Sacre bleu! Cinq oeufs?

Yes, I was thinking in French… FIVE eggs???

Whirlpool replaced poor Wall-E (MHDSRIP!) with a new stove on Tuesday.  Not just a replacement of Wall-E, but with the latest model.  Of course there was nothing to do but test the oven and Sonia Cabano suggested the Chocolate Almond Cake recipe included in her latest book.

I seldom post recipes (or follow them to the T while cooking) but this one truly is fail-proof and my Facebook friends are begging, so I have to share.  I improvised with what was in my pantry cupboard on some items, (my daughter doesn’t like dark chocolate, so I used milk bar and I imagine one could do a white chocolate variation too) but the end result is a sure winner.

I’m typing this from memory, so it may not be Sonia’s exactly as it appears in the book:


300g dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks

250g unsalted butter

5 large eggs

¼ cup (60ml) castor sugar

½ cup (125ml) ground almonds

1 cup (125g) self-raising flour

Icing:½ cup (125ml) cream

125g dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks

  1. Preheat oven to 160C and spray a 23cm springform tin with non-stick spray and line bottom with greaseproof paper.
  2. Gently warm butter and chocolate until melted and until mix smooth. (I used a double-boiler.)
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat sugar and eggs until fluffy and fold in almonds, flour and butter/chocolate mixture.
  4. Pour into baking tin and bake on middle shelf for about 45 minutes until done. (Mine took just under 40 minutes.)
  5. Allow to cool completely before icing.

 To make the icing:

Warm the cream (don’t let it boil), adding the chocolate and stir until melted.  Leave to cool slightly before pouring over cake.

Sonia serves her cake with raspberries coated in cocoa powder, but I was fresh out, so I decorated it with whole toasted almonds.

There is no cake left over …   


29 Comments Add yours

  1. suzicate says:

    No matter what kind of chocolate is used, looks like it’s a winner! Yummy for chocoalate and for chocolate cake!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It really is a luscious cake 🙂

  2. Supa says:

    So no hassles with the new oven?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Supa it still seems the panel carrying the hob knobs gets very hot, will see how the knobs weather the heat.

  3. Tes says:

    Oh wow I just want a slice of that cake. It looks so rich and creamy!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit Tes, pleased to meet you 🙂

  4. nrhatch says:

    C’est magnifique . . . here’s hoping that WALL-E is a suitable ally for your creative endeavors in the kitchen!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope this one works out for the best 🙂

  5. Quite delectable. I’d love a piece, and coffee too. Thanks. xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Coming right up 😀

  6. Jenna says:

    What a beautiful looking cake! I love the glossy chocolate on top–gorgeous.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Jenna 🙂

  7. Now that is emimently do-able, Cindy. So do-able that I shall do it tomorrow. Thank you 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’ll be very popular in your household Kate 🙂

  8. halfp1nt says:

    Great to hear poor Wall-E was replaced by the latest model! I’m not surprised there’s no cake left; it looked scrumptious! I think the dark chocolate version would be wonderful with a hint of chillie in it 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Great idea Shorty 🙂

  9. Congrats, Cin. And bravo to a company that wisely ‘serves’ its clientele. Oh, my…about chocolate. Any mom who would replace dark chocolate with milk chocolate has to be a mother of pure love!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Still going to do the dark choc one 😉

  10. gospelwriter says:

    Latest model? Awesome! And that cake does look so good – all gone, you say? 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never mind, another coming up soon 🙂

  11. deepercolors says:

    Sounds wonderful. Send me a piece. Ha! :-]

  12. Colleen says:

    Ooooooh I could sink my teeth right into that slice…and another one. I think it has something to do with that glossy chocolate glaze that is giving me the evil eye and beckoning me……thanx for sharing.And thanx Sonia for saying yes!!! MWAH!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You going to bake it today Colly?

  13. Looks wonderful.

    And, it looks like you have a 50s tablecloth??!! I collect them. Love it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, the tablecloth is a treasure handed down to my by my MIL, I love it.

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