Chocolate orange cake
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- 150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
- 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
- 6 large free-range eggs
- 150g ground almonds
- 2 medium oranges, finely grated zest
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 100g caster sugar
- 3 tbsp cocoa
Pre-heat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3. Grease a round 23cm deep cake tin with butter and line the base with baking paper.
Break the chocolate into squares and put in a bowl with the butter. Stand the bowl over a pan of simmering water until the chocolate has melted - make sure the base doesn't touch the water. Leave to cool slightly.
Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Stir the ground almonds, orange zest, juice and yolks into the chocolate. In a different bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Add the sugar 1 tbsp at a time - after each addition, whisk until stiff again. Add a quarter to the chocolate mixture and gently fold in. Then fold in the rest of the egg whites.
Turn the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack.
Serve dusted with the cocoa.