This is my go-to cake for so many special occasions or family gatherings. It’s simple and quick to prepare, decadently rich in dark chocolate but light enough to leave you without feeling the slightest bit guilty.


  • 150g 70%+ dark chocolate, roughly chopped

  • 150g grass-fed unsalted butter, room temperature (plus more for greasing)

  • 6 large free range or organic eggs

  • 225g unrefined caster sugar

  • 100g almond meal

  • 4 tsp cacao powder

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange

  • Crème fraiche, coconut yoghurt or cream, to serve

  • Fresh berries, to serve


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 180°C

  • 2.

    Line the base of a 23cm spring-form cake tin with baking paper and grease the side with butter

  • 3.

    Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof glass bowl over a pan of simmering water, then set aside to cool slightly

  • 4.

    Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until about tripled in volume

  • 5.

    Combine the almond meal with the cacao and fold gently into the egg and sugar mixture, followed by the slightly cooled chocolate and butter. Lastly, fold in the orange zest and juice

  • 6.

    Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 40–45 minutes, the cake will be just firm on top, but still have a bit of wobble underneath

  • 7.

    Remove from the oven and sit the cake in its tin on a wire rack to cool. The top will crack and the cake will collapse into itself quite a bit, as it’s supposed to

  • 8.

    Once cooled, remove from the cake tin and serve with the cream and berries heaped in the middle of your chocolate crater or on the side

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Posted by PrathimaReport
Nice and Simple recipe.. but can this be done using white chocolate will it turn out the same way.. Thanks
Posted by PrathimaReport
Simple recipe... but can this be done using white chocolate, will it turn out the same way.. Thanks
Posted by PrathimaReport
Simple recipe.. can this be done using White Chocolate, will it be the same.. Thanks
Posted by Janette96Report
beautiful cake, light and very moorish.
Posted by daenaReport
Will try soon. Seems very simple. Tks.