Friday, 28 March 2014

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Orange Cream

Chocolate is an amazing thing. It brings people together, in ways that nothing else can.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Orange Cream | Svelte Salivations

Physically, I mean. It literally drags everybody to one spot - where the chocolate is. 

I've witnessed this a few times over the last few weeks, during my placement in intensive care. There's a lot of sick patients, but they do a really good job of looking after them there, and patients' families and friends are very grateful. So, it's not uncommon for them to show their appreciation, often in the form of chocolates.

Because there's so many patients, so much going on, so much to do, and so few staff, everyone working on the ward is busy almost all the time. That makes it near-impossible to gather everyone up for the ward round, or to co-ordinate a plan that involves more than 2 people (sometimes even finding just one other person is hard!)

You'd have to run up and down the corridors a few times, ask a couple of people, make a lot of phone calls, send someone halfway around the hospital... and you might be semi-successful.

Chocolate, on the other hand. When there's chocolate at the nurses station on the ward, people will just come... from all different directions... from all different corners... not matter what they're doing... You don't even have to make an announcement. People just know. It's like a chocolate-sensing sixth sense. It's amazing.

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This is a gluten-free chocolate cake recipe that I found on My Baking Addiction by Jamie. My friend is sensitive to gluten, and although she can tolerate the odd slice of cake, I thought it'd be nice to try out a recipe that means she won't have to worry about the consequences later on.

I've pretty much used the exact recipe (there are only so many ways to combine 4 ingredients together), just tweaking it ever so slightly. Then I added a lovely light orange cream to really lift this cake, as gluten-free flourless cake recipes do tend to come out denser.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Orange Cream | Svelte Salivations

I filled my jars about 3/4 full and they puffed up beautifully in the oven. I almost though they were going to topple over and spill! But they die right down when you take them out and cool. 

One thing I noticed was that they tasted great practically straight out the oven (I let it cool enough to not burn!) because they were very moist and rich. However, the next day, when they had cooled completely, they were a bit on the dry and too crumbly side. I realised that the jars insulate the cake very well, and keeps on cooking the cake for quite a well. So my tip is to just underbake the cakes if you're not eating them right away!

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Orange Cream | Svelte Salivations

The orange cream was inspired by the beautiful orange sunset colours on the packaging of the chocolate! 

All I did was whip up some whipping cream, add a few tablespoons of icing sugar, and the freshly grated zest of an orange. That's enough to give it that light orange tinge - all natural! no added flavourings or colourings! 

The orange and chocolate combination was perfect - fresh fruity citrus zing with rich and indulgent chocolate cake. My sister summarised the taste like this: "It taste like Club". And that's exactly what it tastes like. 

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Orange Cream | Svelte Salivations

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH ORANGE CREAM by adapted from Jamie at My Baking Addiction
"It taste like Club" - Gluten-free chocolate orange deliciousness

Makes 8 individual mini cakes. Prep it all in 15 minutes, then bake for 20 minutes.

Just get some of this:

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 50g butter
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • some oil/butter for greasing
  • 300mL whipping cream (heavy cream or double cream works too)
  • 2-3 tablespoons icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, optional
  • You'll also need 8 oven-safe jars (otherwise muffin / cupcake tins will work)
And do some of this:
  1. Preheat oven to 175˚C (155˚C fan oven), then brush some oil/butter onto the inside of the jars.
  2. Break up the chocolate into chunks and place with the 50g of butter in a non-metal heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. This melts in the chocolate and butter gently. Stir it so it is smooth and liquid, then take off the heat to cool.
  3. Beat the egg whites in a clean bowl until you get stiff peaks, then beat the egg yolks and sugar in a separate bowl until light and fluffy.
  4. When the chocolate has cooled to room temperature, mix a couple of tablespoons of it with the beaten egg yolks. Keep on adding the chocolate to the egg yolks slowly, you don't want to scramble the eggs! Mix until it's all combined.
  5. Then gently fold in 1/3 of the egg whites. When there are no more streaks, add the rest. Be gentle here because you need to preserve the air in the whites, because that is what will help the cake rise.
  6. When all smooth and incorporated, then fill your jars evenly with the bater.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, keep checking so that you take it out of the oven before it completely finishes baking!
  8. For the orange cream: beat the whipping cream until thickened, then sift in icing sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, beating it in and tasting after. Keep adding icing sugar until desired sweetness. Then add in vanilla bean paste if you want, and orange zest. Beat until stiff peaks form (but be careful not to overwhip!)
  9. To serve: Serve the cakes warm or at room temperature. Dust lightly with icing sugar, then spoon orange cream into a piping bar with a star nozzle and pipe out a generous mountain of cream.

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