Donal Skehan is a home cook, food writer and television presenter who has written five cookbooks. He presents the TV show Kitchen Hero on RTÉ One in Ireland, Grandma's Boy on FOX International and is a judge on BBC's Junior MasterChef.
A deep dark chocolate cake is the perfect dessert to celebrate easter with. This one is unique in that it doesn’t require flour to bind it and instead relies on ground almonds which makes it gluten free but also results in a rich and moist finish. With a glossy chocolate glaze and a topping of toasted hazelnuts this cake will be a true showstopper.
8oz dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
4½ butter, diced
6oz caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4oz ground almonds
6 large eggs, separated
For the chocolate glaze:
4oz of good quality dark chocolate
1oz of butter
2oz of icing sugar, sifted
⅓ of double cream
3oz of hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped.
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