November 18, 2014

A Slice of Decadence

Gino D'Acampo describes his 'La Bella Caprese' recipe as 
"... the best chocolate cake EVER."

I made this cake a long time ago. The rich ingredients of dark chocolate and almond flour would probably classify it as a occasion cake for when we had guest over, but I made it in the middle of the week for no special reason other than to satisfy a craving for decadence. 

The cake is made up of just 5 ingredients and a very basic method. Melt 250g of dark chocolate (I used Bellarom 70% dark) and 100g of butter in a double boiler.

Separate 4 eggs and whisk the yolks with 160g of icing sugar. Then pour in the melted butter and chocolate and mix well. Add 150g of finely ground almonds (this is the substitute for flour in this cake)

Whisk the egg whites separately till it forms still peaks and then gently fold it into the batter. The recipe has no baking powder or soda, so do not over mix the cake batter at this stage otherwise the cake will not rise.

Pour into a greased and floured cake tin and bake for 30 minutes at 180 deg. C. 

Let the cake rest for a while before slicing. To serve, I candied some orange slices. To make them, I sliced oranges (with the peel) into thin slivers and then boiled some sugar till it became a syrup and then cooked the orange slices in them till they were soft and chewy. Also eat with ice cream or whipped cream. Yum.

1 comment:

Priscilla Christo said...

Don't remember this. Looks grand. You'll have to make it again. Good to have you home and cooking again!