Kathryn's chocolate cake

    30 min

    A smooth, silky, rich and indulgent French-style super chocolaty treat. This is not too sweet and even if over-cooked (which is pretty easy to do) the taste is still fantastic.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 500g dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids minimum)
    • 250g butter, roughly chopped
    • 8 eggs
    • 100g sugar
    • 50ml Armagnac or a brandy liqueur
    • 20-25 stoneless prunes soaked in Armagnac (or brandy liqueur) for a few hours
    • creme fraiche or fromage frais, to serve
    • icing sugar, to dust

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Break the chocolate into a small bowl, add the butter and melt them both over hot water. Cool a little.
    2. Preheat oven to maximum temperature.
    3. Whisk the eggs and the sugar until pale and thick, and the whisk leaves a trail (or beat in a food processor on high speed for about 5 minutes)
    4. Using a balloon whisk, fold the and sugar mixture into the melted chocolate, combining well. Whisk in the Armagnac.
    5. Line the base of a 20cm, round springform cake tin with parchment paper and scatter the prunes over it. Pour in the cake mixture.
    6. Put the cake tin onto a baking tray and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 10 minutes, until the edges start to form a dark crust (Keep an eye on it because it over-cooks very easily).
    7. Carefully remove from the oven and cool in the tin for 3 hours. Then refrigerate for 6 hours, or overnight.
    8. To serve, invert the cake onto a serving plate, so as the prunes are on the top. Cut with a knife that has been heated in hot water and then dried. Serve each (small!) slice with a dusting of icing sugar and creme fraiche or fromage frais.

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    Followed the instructions to the latter. Unfortunately for myself and family we find this quite bitter, I don't particularly like overly sweet cakes but a bit of sweetness I think we would of preferred. I can imagine this would be great for some but for us. No  -  15 Aug 2012


    I Tried This And It Was Gone In Seconds With My Husband. I Would Recomend It Highly.Rated.  -  27 Feb 2012