Strangely, much that I can devour chocolate, when it comes to puddings/cakes/biscuits ... I rarely touch them.
A good friend of mine, Sarah (Founder, Unbeelievable Health), persuaded me to try a slice of this cake she had made. The gluten free almond and orange cake is an absolutely winner and was originally created by Belinda Jeffery for the Ocado Life Magazine.
But if you have cake ... you need to have chocolate too!
Here is the recipe ... have fun ... adapt to make your stamp on it. And let us know how you get on.
Gluten Free Almond and Honey Cake with Chocolate Sauce
5 tbsp runny honey *
150g flaked almonds
100g dark chocolate 70% (you can always use milk or white chocolate)
*I used orange blossom
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Oven Temp: 190C/ 170C fan/ gas 5
Small Cake Tin: 20cm across
- Preheat the oven and grease the cake tin. Separate the eggs and whisk the whites to stiff peaks. Beat the yolks with 4tbspn of the honey, mixing well.
- Blitz 125g of the flakes almonds in a food processor. Put the remaining 25g on a baking sheet, and as the oven gets hot, pop them in for 5-10 minutes to toast them. Keep an eye on them; they will colour very quickly.
- Mix the ground almonds into the egg yolks/honey mixture. Gradually fold in the egg whites using a metal spoon and being careful not to over-mix and beat out all the air. Transfer the mixture to the cake tin. Bake for 25 mins, lowering the temperature after 15 mins to 180C / 160C fan / gas 4.
- Allow the cake to cool completely in the tin before turning it out onto a wire rack. Drizzle the final tablespoon of honey over the top, then sprinkle over the toasted almonds.
- Finally ... if you are treating yourself to a chocolate sauce ... simply break up your chocolate pieces and place in a bowl. Either melt in the microwave or, if you are like me and dont possess one, heat a small amount of water in a saucepan, pop the bowl in (make sure the bowl doesnt touch the water) and melt the chocolate slowly.
- Pour it into a small jug and then drizzle over the finished cake.
It's heaven ... trust me ... the cake won't hang around for long!