CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH FRUIT
Makes 32 squares Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 30-40 minutes Ingredients Cake • 500g fresh berries (strawberries or gooseberries), cut into small pieces • 1 slab (100g) dark chocolate, chopped (optional) • 180ml ground almonds • 750ml cake flour • 350-500ml white sugar • 90ml cocoa powder • 10ml bicarbonate of soda, sifted • 160ml oil • 10ml vanilla essence • 30ml vinegar • 500ml cold water Yogurt ganache • 200g (2 slabs) dark chocolate, crumbled • 175ml plain yogurt Method 1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a roasting pan. 2 For the cake Combine the fruit, chocolate and almonds and set aside. Sift the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and make a well in the centre. In another bowl whisk the oil, vanilla essence, vinegar and water and pour the mixture into the well. Whisk until well blended. Fold in the fruit, chocolate and almonds and turn the batter into the pan. Lightly tap it on the work surface to remove air bubbles. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until done – the testing skewer should come out clean. Cover with aluminium foil if the cake becomes too dark. 3 For the yogurt ganache Melt the chocolate and allow to cool slightly. Add the yogurt and chill until the mixture thickens slightly, beating occasionally. Spoon over the cooled cake and leave until firm. Cut into squares.