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Fudgey Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

A massive chocolate hit, this cake is sure to obliterate even the most severe of chocolate cravings! It's delicious eaten fresh on the day of baking, but my favourite way is to have it straight out of the fridge the next day when it takes on a more solid, fudgey sort of texture.

In the past, chocolate was deemed, a 'food of the gods', and was valued for its mood-enhancing and aphrodisiac properties. Chocolate comes from beans from the cacao tree which were first cultivated in Central America by the ancient Mesoamericans, as early as 1900bc. The cacao beans were made into a beverage that was drunk at celebrations and considered a status symbol.

Chocolate is made from beans that are fermented, dried and then roasted. The beans are then cracked open and the inner 'nibs' are ground to release their oils (the cocoa butter). This liquefied chocolate, (a combination of the cocoa butter and the cocoa solids), is then used as the base for chocolate, to which extra cocoa butter, sugar and flavourings like vanilla are added. Milk and white chocolate include the addition of milk and much higher levels of sugar to their products and the health benefits of these are greatly reduced and in some cases no longer remaining at all.

This cake is all about chocolate. It only contains five ingredients, so each one of them really counts, and it's important to buy the best quality you can get hold of to make sure you maximise the following health benefits of this delicious dessert:

Dark chocolate - chocolate is high in magnesium, iron, copper and antioxidants like resveratrol and epicatechin. Often it contains sugar, but also theobromine (a caffeine-like substance) and oxalic acid, which if eaten too often can inhibit absorption of minerals like calcium. So when you do eat it, buy the best you can and really make sure you enjoy it! The less sugar and the higher cacao content the better - never buy less than 70% cacao content. For this cake I've used dark chocolate as it gives a beautiful texture, however, your healthiest way to get a chocolatey hit is to eat the raw cacao powder or nibs which you can add to smoothies, cereal, cake recipes, etc;

Almonds - high in monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and magnesium as well as the only nut that is alkalising to the blood;

Coconut Sugar - made from the sap of the Coconut Palm, coconut sugar contains iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, as well as antioxidants and a fibre called inulin which slows down it's impact on blood sugar levels. It is still a sugar however, and there are many better sources of the above nutrients so it should be viewed as something to be enjoyed on special occasions and very much in moderation;

Eggs - a great source of protein, containing the complete range of amino acids, eggs are also a great source of B vitamins, selenium and iodine;

Butter - contains vitamin A and vitamin E, as well as a range of beneficial short-chain fatty acids like butyric acid which can provide energy to gut cells and help restore the integrity of the gut lining.

Fudgey Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 200g high quality dark chocolate, 70% plus
  • 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 125g coconut sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 200g ground almonds
  • Raw cacao powder for decorating
Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Grease and line a 20cm round tin with butter and baking paper. Set aside.
  3. Heat a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and break the chocolate pieces into it. Stir occasionally until melted.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Separate the eggs, and add the yolks to the butter mixture, along with the ground almonds and melted chocolate. Mix well to combine.
  5. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and add to the batter, folding in gently.
  6. Once combined, pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for around 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out almost clean.
  7. Allow to cool in the tin, then turn out onto plate and sprinkle with cacao powder.
Serve with coconut yoghurt and fresh raspberries.

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