Loretta Sebastiani

By: Loretta Sebastiani
     

Chocolate cake ( Dolce al cioccolato )

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The chocolate cake you can see in the photo is one of the first cake created by me several years ago for a special occasion. It tastes fantastic and it has not many calories. Serve it after a meal with fish or meat or for a kitchen party or in a meal, buffet-style. Pair this chocolate cake with Brachetto d'Acqui or Asti spumante, both wines of Piedmont. Here's the recipe.

difficulty: medium

time: 1 hour

calories: 320 (kCal)

Ingredients / Serves 12

  • 4 eggs
  • 150g (5 1/3 ounces) bitter chocolate
  • 180g (6 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 150g (5 1/3 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 35g (1 1/4 ounce) almonds, chopped
  • 35g (1 1/4 ounce) hazelnuts, chopped
  • 150g (5 1/3 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 7.5g (1/4 ounce - 2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
Difficulty:
medium difficulty
Time:
preparation: 30 minutes
cooking: 30-35 minutes
total: 1 hour
How many calories in a serving?
Calories: 320 (kcal) 16 % - 1339 (kJ)
Protein: 6.0 (g) 12 % GDA
Total fat: 19.9 (g) 29 % GDA
Total carbohydrate: 30.7 (g) 12 % GDA
Sugars: 19.3 (g) 22 % GDA

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Nutrition facts

Chocolate cake recipe

Preparation and cooking

  • - Dissolve bitter chocolate in a water bath on very low heat and then melt butter stirring gently.
  • - Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • - Butter a 22.5cm (9 in) round pie dish.
  • - In a bowl, beat eggs and sugar for long time until pale and creamy.
    Sprinkle in all-purpose flour, yeast and salt, stirring gently with a wooden spoon.
    Fold in almonds and hazelnuts and then chocolate & butter mixture.
  • - Gently, spoon into the buttered dish and level its surface.
  • - Bake until firm and slightly shrunken from the sides of the dish, about 30-35 minutes.

Just before serving

  • - Let your chocolate cake cool completely before turning it upside down on a serving plate.

Note

Tips

  • - For a better cake: cut your cake across horizontally. Fill it with jam according to your taste and sandwich discs of the sponge together.
  • - You can use margarine instead of butter but I will strongly discourage its use.
  • - Serve it with a little of ice-cream too. It's very good!!

What's the right wine for " Chocolate cake "?

My husband and I suggest Brachetto d'Acqui (an Italian red sparkling wine) or an Italian sweet sparkling wine like Asti Spumante.