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Continental Chocolate Cake

Ingredients
For cake
  Butter 4 Ounce, softened
  Sugar 4 Ounce, sifted
  Plain chocolate 4 Ounce, melted
  Eggs 4 , separated
  Ground almonds 4 Ounce
  Flour 1 Ounce
For chocolate icing
  Plain chocolate 2 Ounce, broken into pieces
  Water 1 Tablespoon
  Butter 1 Ounce
  Icing sugar 2 Tablespoon, sifted
  Cocoa powder 1 Tablespoon
  Blanched almonds 1 Ounce, chopped
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat oven to temperature of 325 degrees.
2) Grease an oblong cake tin of 8x6-inches. Line the bottom with a greased greaseproof paper or non-stick parchment.

MAKING
3) In a bowl, put the sugar and butter and beat well together till the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate and egg yolks and stir well.
4) Fold the ground almonds into the mixture, along with the flour, till evenly blended.
5) Beat the egg whites till they are stiff and then fold them into the creamed mixture.
6) Into the prepared tin, spoon the mixture. Smooth the top.
7) In the preheated oven, bake the mixture for 1 ¾ to 2 hours, till a skewer inserted in the cake-'s center emerges clean.
8) Turn the hot cake out onto a wire rack and take off the paper lining. Leave the cake to cool.
9) If you wish to freeze the cake, it should be done at this point. First flash freeze the cake till it is firm and then pack it in a rigid container. Seal, label and store in the freezer.

FINALIZING
10) To prepare the icing, in a heatproof bowl, put the water, chocolate and butter. Stand the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and stir well till melted.
11) Take the mixture off the heat and beat in the icing sugar along with the cocoa till a smooth mixture is formed. Let it cool.
12) If using frozen cake, first thaw it at room temperature for about 4 hours and then make the icing as directed in Steps 10 and 11.

SERVING
13) Put the cake on a decorative serving platter, spread the icing all over and, if preferred, scatter tops almonds on top. Serve the cake slightly chilled or at room temperature. Makes a good dessert.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Interest: 
Holiday
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Chocolate
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
140 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes

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