Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil and Cherry Cake (gluten and dairy-free)

This gluten and dairy free pudding is guaranteed to be a hit with all!


Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm cake tin with olive oil and line the base with baking paper.

Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt slowly. Once melted, whisk in the olive oil then two-thirds of the caster sugar. Let the mixture cool a little then beat in the egg yolks, salt and ground almonds.

Whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until very light and frothy, then add the rest of the sugar. Continue to whisk until soft peaks form.

Fold a big spoon of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to loosen it then gently fold in the remaining whites, a spoon at a time.

Lastly, fold in the cherry pieces, and spoon into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

Serve with some fresh cherries and a dollop of crème fraiche or a dairy-free alternative as a decadent dessert.

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