This flourless chocolate fondant cake is so exquisite, and the hint of orange and brandy really takes it to another level. You could experiment by adding Grand Marnier or Cointreau instead, for even more orange flavour.
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Butter a 20cm round cake tin.
Melt the chocolate and the butter in a double boiler. Off the heat, add the orange zest and brandy, and stir well to combine. Set aside.
Take 2 tablespoons of the caster sugar and combine with the egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed till the yolks are light and creamy.
In a stainless steel or glass bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. Add the sugar a couple of spoonfuls at a time, beating with the mixer.
Mix the yolk mixture with the cooled chocolate mixture. Gently fold in the egg whites in thirds. Don't overmix.
Tip into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, reduce the temperature to 160 C / Gas 2-3, and bake for a further 40 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin, and serve warm with ice cream, mascarpone or whipped cream.
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