Chocolate and Almond Cake

It's Easter and we are all craving chocolate so why not make a beautiful moist chocolate cake?

This is made with ground almond instead of flour and olive oil instead of butter which makes it a bit moister and dense but as well gluten free and somewhat healthier!

Today is a horrible, rainy day in London, my family is enjoying the sun in Spain and this makes me jealous and grouchy and grumpy, but after all I am called the Grumpy Little One by the Big Man for a reason.. Always hungry and most of the time grumpy (and hungry)!

This recipe has been adapted from Nigella's Olive Oil Cake. It's beautifully decadent and melt in the mouth amazing. Just what you want on a long weekend with family and friends.

Super easy to make, decorate with some chocolate eggs or anything Easter themed, we tried a few different things, but if not just sprinkle some icing sugar on top.

Here is what you need:

150ml of olive oil (plus some for greasing)
50g cocoa powder
125ml boiling water
150g ground almond
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 pinch of salt
200g caster sugar
3 eggs

Preheat oven at 170 degrees /150Fan. Grease the cake tin with some oil. I used a 23cm tin but something a bit smaller can be used too.

Mix the cocoa powder with the water and whisk to make a thick mixture.

In a small bowl mix the ground almond with the bicarb of soda and the salt.

In a big bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and oil until you have an aerated and thickened cream. I recommend using an electric whisk as it takes a while otherwise. While still missing add the chocolate mixture and once it is all incorporated, add the ground almond mixture.

Pour in the cake tin and cook in the oven for about 45 min. To test it's cooked, press lightly with your finger in the middle of the cake, it should spring back. Or insert a cake tester, it should come out mostly clean with a few chocolate crumbles stuck to it.

Let it cool in the tin for 10min and then you can either eat it warm or leave it to cool completely.

This is great with some ice cream in the summer or a bit of cream and raspberries.

Please try it and let me know your thoughts in the comments below! And don't forget to share if you like!

Enjoy! x