10 July 2006

The cake that caused Filip's flustering

Filip, along with the rest of the kids - and guests - seemed to enjoy this cake so much I thought I'd share the recipe. My mum used to make this (almost?) every Saturday when I was little. I used to make it every time I had guests, when I was young free and single. Apparently I've been making it a little too rarely these past few years, seeing how amazed my kids were...

I didn't take a photo while I still had a chance - it disappered rapidly! - but this one sort of resembles... (Except this one's got an extra layer that mine hasn't got, and it's probably got 1 zillion more calories even than mine...)

By the way, with the number of chocolate cake images I've leafed through by googling, it would probably have saved a lot of time had I just baked and photographed it instead...

Procedure is very simple, you just mash it all together as you go:

150 g (3/4 cup or so...) ground almonds

3 eggs (without the shell...)

100 g (a little less than 1/2 cup) white sugar

1 teaspoon of baking soda (hey, I'm not going into 1/3 of a 1/16 of .. you check it out here... I'm no baker, there's a reason my kids were utterly flabbergasted!)

splash it all together until it's like a thick soup. Grease the cake tin (round, not too big..) on the bottom, but not the sides, it keeps the cake hanging on to be possibly half an inch thick at least..

30 minutes in the oven at about 180 (355? F). Leave to cool.

(Then people of course put all kinds of stuff on top of this, strawberries and cheesestuff and whatnot, but we've always had a bit of a sweet tooth, so here's what we do:)

100 g unmelted (I give up the conversions..) butter or margarine - to be mixed with -

100 g icing sugar (7/8 cup!) (apparently confectioner's sugar in American?). Mixmixetc.

Add 1 egg (without the ... yes! You remembered! Amazing...)

1 teaspoon coffee (some regular sort. Shaken, or even stirred.)

2 tablespoons (1/8 cup?) of cocoa powder. Or enough to make the stuff as brown as you wish. Not too brown...

2 tablespoons or more - vanilla sugar. More mixmixetc.

Put on cake when cake has cooled down. Sound the foodbell. Dig in. And kids? DO try this at home!


"D" said...

oh I hate you now. How can I NOT make that?

Devil Mood said...

Please tell me afterwards if you got my reply e-mail. I think I have the correct address, I hope the problem is sorted now.

Riannan said...

I love flourless chocolate cakes. For my Mom's birthday, I'll make two layers of cake, put raspberry preserves in between and chocolate ganache over the whole thing, then serve with whipped cream. Yum.