Ingredients : 250g dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids 125g unsalted butter, softened 6 eggs: 2 whole, 4 separated 175g caster sugar: 75g in the cake, 100g in whites Grated zest of 1 orange (optional)
For the cream topping 500ml double cream 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, for sprinkling
How to cook chocolate cloud cake
1.Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
2.Line the bottom of a 23cm Springform cake tin with baking parchment.
Melt the chocolate either in a double boiler or a microwave,
and then let the butter melt in the warm chocolate.
You can make this into an Easter Nest Cake by folding 200g melted chocolate into the cream topping and dotting with the sugar-coated eggs instead of the cocoa.
3.Beat the 2 whole eggs and 4 egg yolks with 75g caster sugar,
then gently add the chocolate mixture and orange zest.
4.In another bowl, whisk the 4 egg whites until foamy,
then gradually add the 100g of sugar and whisk until the whites are holding their shape but not too stiff.
Lighten the chocolate mixture with a dollop of egg whites,
and then fold in the rest of the whites.
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes
or until the cake is risen and cracked and the centre is no longer wobbly.
Cool the cake in it's tin on a wire rack; the middle will sink as it cools.
5.When you are ready to eat, place the still tin-bound cake on a cake stand or plate for serving
and carefully remove the cake from its tin.
Don't worry about cracks or rough edges: it's the crater look we're going for here.
Whip the cream until soft and then add the vanilla and continue whisking
until the cream is firm but not stiff.
Fill the crater of the cake with the whipped cream,
easing it out gently towards the edges of the cake,
and dust the top lightly with cocoa powder pushed through a tea-strainer