Fudgy Chocolate Mud Cake

This is one of those wonderful dessert recipes that you can make ahead of time and then just forget about – perfect for a dinner party with other complex courses. Dark, rich, fudgy and decadent this chocolate cake has it all! It is extra delicious when served with whipped cream and berries or with a berry coulis.

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Ingredients (serves 10-12)
125g butter, chopped
375g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup plain flour, sifted
2 tblspns milk
1 cup almond meal, sifted
5 eggs
Icing sugar, for dusting

Method
Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 22cm round spring-form tin.

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Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (or into a saucepan over a very low heat). Stir until melted and combined.

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Add the sugar, sifted flour, milk and sifted almond meal to a large bowl and gently mix to combine. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk until combined.

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Pour in the melted chocolate and butter mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.

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Pour mixture into prepared tin.

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For a smooth top and even-textured cake, fold a pleat into a sheet of aluminium foil. Cover the cake, pinch the middle of the pleat and pull upwards to form a tent-like shape.

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Bake the cake for 40-45mins until cooked on the edges but still soft and fudgy in the centre. Uncover, let it cool for 10mins at room temperature before refrigerating for 2-3 hours (but bring back to room temperature before serving).

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Dust with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream and berries.

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Adapted from Donna Hay’s ‘Ultimate One-Bowl Chocolate Dessert Cake’ from Fast, Fresh, Simple

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