Chocolate, almond and chestnut cake

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Serves: 10

By Artichokes

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  • 180g caster sugar

  • 200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

  • 5 eggs

  • 180g ground almonds

  • 190g butter

  • 200g chestnuts (vacuum packed)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C, and line the bottom of your cake tin with greaseproof paper, butter and flour the bottom and sides.
  2. Simmer the chestnuts in milk for 5 mins. Once they are soft, remove them from the milk and chop into little pieces. At this point you can also chop up the chocolate into small pieces.
  3. Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Beat the butter with 140g caster sugar until mixture is pale and goes into peaks. Add the egg yolks and mix each one in properly. Then stir in the ground almonds, chopped up chocolate and chopped chestnuts.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until foamy, add the other 40g sugar and the whisk until firm.
  5. Fold the egg white mixture into the cake mixture, and pour into prepared cake tin.
  6. Place in oven, and bake for 50mins until the filling is firm to touch. Remove and eat.

Additional Information

  • chocolate

  • Winter

  • Bonfire

  • Autumn

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Vegetarian

  • Gluten Free

  • cake

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

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  • AnotherLiz 26/11/14 20:49

    What size cake tin have you been using?

  • AnotherLiz 19/11/14 20:21

    What size cake tin have you been using?

  • bebejones 11/01/11 17:04

    Having just cooked this for the 3rd time I thought I ought to add my 'findings'! 1st off, it's fabulous! But also I have found it better if you puree the chestnuts with a little of the milk using a hand blender and it seems to take ALOT longer (at leat 1.5hours) in my oven at 160, and it's a fan oven! It is a bit time consuming, but worth it!

  • pipplin 11/11/10 16:11

    Gluten free! yippee! I cannot wait to --eat-- bake this cake!

  • PoppetOne 21/10/09 20:56

    This is the most scrummy, moist cake ever! I have coeliac disease and have been fed up with useless crumbly-textured cakes. A definate winner!

  • Romanarama 05/10/09 11:26

    This is gluten free isn't it?

  • Artichokes 23/01/08 19:48

    This is a lovely rich and dense cake. It is sooo tasty, everyone who I have served it too raves about it. It is hard to get the vacuum packed chesnuts. French or spanish delis stock them, as do waitrose and big sainsburys.