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Chocolate Love Cake(serves 2)

Published Friday, 09 April, 2010 by alex wilby

Jamie olvier made this not me



  • for the cake:
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 100g / 3 1/2oz butter, softened
  • 100g / 3 1/2oz caster sugar
  • 1 egg, preferably free-range or organic
  • 100g/3½oz self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tin of black cherries, drained
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnuts, chopped
  • for the chocolate sauce:
  • 25g / 3/4oz butter
  • 142ml/4.9fl oz double cream
  • 75g/2 1/2oz good-quality dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • a splash of brandy, rum, Amaretto or Baileys Cooking time 1 hour


Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 and grease a small ovenproof dish (9 or 10 inches) with butter.

Mix the cocoa powder with a few tablespoons of boiling water and stir until the mixture is lovely and smooth.

In another bowl or a food mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy and light then add the cocoa mixture, egg, flour and baking powder. Mix it all together really well, pour into your ovenproof dish and sprinkle the cherries and hazelnuts on top before putting in the oven for about 25 minutes.

While your cake is baking, make your chocolate sauce. Place the butter in a small pan with the cream and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and add your chocolate pieces to the pan. Give it all a good stir and then leave it for 5 minutes so that the hot cream can melt the chocolate. Add a splash of your desired alcohol and stir until thoroughly combined.

To check if your cake is ready, give it a bit of a jiggle and if it doesn'€™t wobble too much then it's done, if not, give it a few more minutes in the oven.

Once it's ready, pour your warm chocolate sauce all over the cake and either share it right from the dish or serve it up on two small plates with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream or double cream. Delicious!

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