Thursday, 21 January 2010

Tarts On Thursday - Emma Bridgewater's Queen of Cakes

 Words can't describe how good this cake truly is. Good cakes are hard to find and often the pleasure making your own is that you don't have to justify how much you eat. Well, I think so. This recipe is from Emma Bridgewater's Spring 2009 Brochure and sadly it seemed  to be a one-off. It is quite foolproof and yes, it really does benefit from Cadbury's Bournville Chocolate. If you don't have any lovely local stores selling Cadbury's Bournville head for your local 99p store who usually stock it. Don't bother with expensive, finest chocolate. It doesn't add anything I've tried. It is crucially for some people wheat-free. With thanks to Gillian at Emma Bridgewater's Press Office who kindly typed this out for me.  Bettyx

Queen of Sheba Cake

The best CHOCOLATE CAKE, that uses

no flour and everyone will love. It's

called Queen of Sheba because it's the

queen of cakes. Line a 23cm springform

cake tin with baking paper, and turn

your oven on at 180° C or gas mark 4.

Melt 250g of dark chocolate (and forget

the idea that it HAS to be the most

expensive, high cocoa content –

Bournville Red Label has a retro chic

and will work perfectly) in a double

boiler. When it’s soft and molten, melt

125g of butter in the chocolate. While

this buttery, chocolatey concoction is

melting, beat 2 whole eggs and 4 egg

yolks (keeping the whites aside) with

75g of caster sugar. Add the melted

chocolate. Mix. If you like a tang, add the

grated zest of an orange. Try not to lick

the stirring spoon too often. In another

bowl, whisk the 4 egg whites until they

are forming cloudy peaks. Add a big

spoon of the chocolate mixture and fold

it in, then another, and then another,

until both are mixed together. Pour the

mixture into the cake tin, and bake it for

about 35–40 minutes. The top of the

cake will look a bit cracked but don't

worry about this. When the cake is cool,

take it out of the tin, but don't panic if

the cake sinks as this is supposed to

happen. You can add a lot of whipped

cream to the top of the cake if you want

a bit of drama and a handful of

raspberries on top of that too. There will

be happy faces. We promise.

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