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Chocolate Orange Amaretti Cake

Chocolate Orange Amaretti Cake
Chocolate Orange Amaretti Cake

Are you a Chocolate Orange Fan? Even if you’re not, this recipe will convert everyone!! This decadent gooey chocolate cake is the furthest thing from those commercial chocolate orange treats (which I absolutely detest!!). This cake was inspired by the fab Butlers Chocolate Cookbook.

The cake is flourless but uses blitzed up Amaretti biscuits instead. Combining it with almond extract, really good quality orange chocolate (Butlers or Lidl have bars with high cocoa content), orange zest and chopped almonds makes this cake a really delicious dinner party dessert.

Save some for the day after and the cake becomes denser, like a gorgeous brownie….perfect cut into slivers to go with your cup of coffee.

Chocolate Orange Amaretti Cake
Chocolate Orange Amaretti Cake

Ingredients:

  • 150g dark orange chocolate (min 70% cocoa)
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 100g flaked or whole blanched almonds
  • 50g amaretti biscuits
  • zest of an orange
  • 100g butter, room temperature
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • 1 tsp natural almond extract
  • cocoa powder for dusting

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C regular, 170C fan. Grease the bottom and sides of a 20cm springform cake tin, then line the base with baking parchment.
  2. Place a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, add chocolate and stir until melted. Remove and set aside.
  3. Blitz the sugar, almonds and amaretti biscuits in a food processor until it resembles fine bread crumbs.
  4. In a seperate bowl, beat together the eggs, butter, orbage zest and extract for approx 2 minutes. Tip in the crumb mix into the egg mix and gently combine by hand using a metal spoon or spatula. Add the melted chocolate and mix again until just combined - do not overmix.
  5. Tip into the prepared tin and bake in the centre of the oven for approx 25 minutes. The centre will be a little gooey but the edges harder, a bit like a brownie.
  6. Remove to a wire rack, leave to cool in tin for 10-15 minutes before removing to cool further.
  7. Serve with whipped cream - can be eaten warm or cold the following day.

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