16 February 2011

Let them eat cake… or a GF chocolate torte!

Training: Body Pump


I feel as if the BBB kitchen has been alive with energy recently. I have spent quite a bit of my free time working on new recipes, for no real reason other than I love to cook. It seems, however, that my kitchen creations are outnumbering my blog posts, so I have a few dishes to catch you up on.

This cake came about when I invited some friends over for dinner.


I wanted a dessert that I could make in advance, that was both delicious and allergy friendly.


I believe this GF chocolate torte was just the cake I was looking for.



Not only was it super easy...


Super fudgy...



and super rich…


It kept for days, and the flavours only became more intense as the time went on.


The cake is so rich that it didn’t need any icing. Rather, I opted to garnish it simply with a generous sprinkle of icing sugar,


And a punnet of fresh blackberries.


Which were actually a last minute addition when I saw them on sale at my local green grocer!

This is definitely one cake that I will be making again.

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And again.

Super rich GF chocolate torte

This is a super rich cake, with a fudge –like texture. The cake can be made in advance (up to step  7) and kept in an airtight contained in the fridge for a day or two. The flavours will continue to develop, resulting in a rich sweet cake. It may be relatively heavy in sugar, but I promise that you only need a small slice to satisfy even the strongest chocolate craving!

  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 200g butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs amaretto or almond essence
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 6 eggs
  • Punnet of berries
  • Icing sugar to dust
  1. Preheat oven to 160C. Grease and line the base of a round spring form cake pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the chocolate mixture with the cocoa, sugar and amaretto until smooth.
  4. Add the ground nuts and beat until combined.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each one is incorporated into the mixture before adding the next one.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan.
  8. Remove from pan, top with berries and sprinkle with icing sugar.

What about you? Do you have a 'go to' dessert when you have guests for dinner?

Happy Baking :)


  1. Beautiful! Nuts, chocolate, almonds essence, and easily dairy-free - this is a winner for sure :)

  2. mm looks delish. Would be great with raspberry :)

  3. Delicious!! I'm not really a dessert person though :/ H makes some delicious ones for me the last being a white chocolate encased lime curd tart but as amazing as it was I'll always be a savoury girl.

  4. Looks yummy. Will have to put this one in my to-try folder :-). My go-to desert used be a lemon cheesecake but these days I try to make different things. Luckily most seem to be successful. Of course, with now being "almost" vegan I'll need to be trying new recipes or altering our old ones.

  5. This looks delightful. I love very rich cakes and this I'll remember this one when I need a GF one :)

  6. Two kinds of chocolate AND almonds? I like! Have you ever made brunsli? It's a similar type of almond-based chocolate cookie that is naturally gluten (and dairy) free.

  7. This looks so rich and nice, the hazlenut meal would add to the depth of taste. Yumm...

  8. let them eat cake for sure. Berries and chocolate are the best combo!

  9. Oh Lisa!

    That looks amazing! I will most definitely be making this!

  10. Why can't you just come live next to me already??!! I can't bake like you & you need someone to share with, right?!

  11. Wow that cake is gorgeous!! You have some lucky friends! :)

  12. ohhh my yum!!! the fudgey and the blackberry combo puts this treat over the top! how delicious!
    My go to is usually warm cookies&ice cream
    I hope you have a great wednesday!

  13. You never cease to amaze me! My gosh!

  14. looks delicious, your very clever!

  15. I love the blackberries on top, so beautiful!

    Ice cream is always my go-to dessert. :)

  16. That is a work of art! I love the pictures. Very nice touch with the blackberries as well. This looks awesome, and I will bet it was outstanding!

  17. I am drooling! Love the blackberries on top. Perfection :)

  18. I don't have any specific go-to desserts, except for maybe lemon meringue pie. That's always a winner.

  19. Ooh that looks so good. I have my Dad's 60th coming up and I am on dessert. I wanted to make something chocolatey and need to make a cake a couple days ahead as we will be coming back from Sydney, so this looks perfect!

  20. I just toss them Snickers bars. Haha, just kidding. I usually make some kind of lemony dessert, because I have a lemon tree and it just makes it so much more meaningful. :-)

    The torte looks incredible though, and as if it took you a lot of work!

  21. That looks SO good! I have a chocolate cake in the oven at the moment and I hope that it turns out half as nice as this! :)

  22. Baking a chocolate torte cake is a great thing that you could offer to your family or guests. It is a very delicious dessert that would make them crave for more.