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Chocolate Gateau Recipe

Chocolate Gateau Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 23 cm / 9 in cake

150 g/5 oz plain (semi-sweet) chocolate
150 g/5 oz butter or margarine, softened
150 g/5 oz caster (superfine) sugar
75 g/3 oz ground almonds

3 eggs, separated
100 g/4 oz plain (all-purpose) flour

For the filling and topping:
300 ml double (heavy) cream
200 g/7 oz plain (semi-sweet) chocolate, chopped
Crumbled chocolate flake


Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Beat together the butter or margarine and sugar, then fold in the chocolate, almonds and egg yolks. Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then fold them into the mixture using a metal spoon. Carefully fold in the flour. Spoon into a greased 23 cm/9 in cake tin (pan) and bake in a preheated oven at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 40 minutes until springy to the touch.


Meanwhile, bring the cream to the boil, then add the chopped chocolate and stir until melted. Leave to cool. When the cake is cooked and cooled, slice horizontally and sandwich together with half the chocolate cream. Spread the remainder on top and decorate with crumbled chocolate flake.

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