• Butter for greasing

  • 300g broken plain chocolate

  • 225g caster sugar

  • 180ml boiling water

  • 225g salted butter, cut into cubes

  • 6 free range eggs, separated

  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • Raspberries, strawberries and redcurrants or blueberries and blackberries

  • 200ml of crème fraiche


  • 1.

    Grease and line the base of a solid-bottomed 23cm/9inch round cake tin (a springform is best)

  • 2.

    Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4

  • 3.

    In a large food processor pulse the chocolate and sugar until fine. Add the boiling water, butter, egg yolks, coffee powder and vanilla extract.

  • 4.

    In a glass bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff and then fold them into the chocolate mixture

  • 5.

    Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake in the hot oven for about 45 – 55 minutes. The top will be cracked like a desert fault line.

  • 6.

    After you take the cake out of the oven it will collapse into itself quite a bit. This is ok – its not meant to be a proud cool cake, its meant to be slightly rough around the edges and the crème fraiche and berries will hid any dips and cracks

  • 7.

    Let the cake cool, then put it in the fridge for a few hours. When you are ready to serve, remove from the tin, smother the top in crème fraiche, then raspberries, strawberries and redcurrants (or blueberries, blackcurrants and blackberries). You can also grate some more chocolate on top or dust some icing sugar

Metric Converter

Tell us what you think in the comments below


Sign Out

Click to Rate

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

4 4 4 4 4
Average Rating
5 comments • 5 ratings
Please login to comment
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.