Chocolate truffle cake

chocolate cake skniffing

…it’s true, there’s something* in most chocolate that doesn’t agree with dogs, but you can’t help feeling that Trota really just wanted to have her cake and eat it (all). And having helped all morning in the cartoon kitchen, Fidget was well cheesed off (as you can imagine) – but then there’s always something else to look forward to…

Chocolate truffle cake

chocolate truffle cake

Anyway, if you are unfazed by this blatant prevarication and want to try this easy yet spectacular cake here’s what you need to do:

Melt together 250g unsalted butter and 250g dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (make sure the water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl). Stir until smooth.

Then take 250g caster sugar and 5 eggs. Separate the yolks from the whites and, with an electric beater, beat the yolks with half the caster sugar until pale and fluffy (5min or so). Now the whites: with clean blades, beat until you create meringue-like stiff peaks, then start adding the remaining sugar gradually and keep whisking until you have a stiff and glossy meringue.

Combine the chocolate/butter mixture with the yolks mixture first, then fold in the whites in batches so as not to lose the air (this cake has no raising agent so it is the air in the whites that will make it rise). Mix until there are no more white streaks, then pour into a lined 24cm Ø loose-bottomed tin (or individual ramekin portions) and cook in a pre-heated oven at 180°/gas 4 for 60–70min (less for the ramekin version).

The cake is ready when well-risen, with a thin crust firm to the touch but still gooey and slightly wobbly underneath. Run a knife around the edge to loosen the sides and let cool.

As it is cooling it will go down (a bit like a soufflé): this is to be expected, but the crumbly top will look most attractive under a sprinkle of icing sugar. Decorate with raspberries if you like.

Very easy, and always a crowd pleaser chez Rowe. Original recipe from Books for Cooks (vol 8, p102).

* It’s called theobromine, and you don’t find it in proper pet treats – but then you probably wouldn’t want to find pet treats in your truffle cake, either.