8" Deep sided loose bottomed or springform cake tin
225gmargarine or butter – at room temperature
225gsoft brown sugarwhite caster sugar is fine
125gself raising flour
30gflaked almondsor roughly chopped whole almonds
50gmilk or dark chocolate
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Preheat the oven to 150 deg Fan assisted. Grease and line the base and sides of an 8” deep sided loose bottom cake tin or spring form cake pan, with baking parchment.
Using an electric mixer, beat the margarine/butter and sugar together until lighter in colour and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go along.
Add the eggs one at a time, adding a little flour between each one to help prevent curdling.
Add the remaining flour, Almond Extract along with the ground almonds, mix until well combined.
Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pan, scattering the flaked almonds on the top.
This is a slow baked cake. Bake in the centre of the oven for 60 – 65 mins or until baked a golden in colour, testing the centre of the cake with a skewer until it comes out clean.
Leave the cake in the tin for 5 – 10 mins, before turning out onto a cake rack to cool completely.
While the cake is cooling, melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water until all the chocolate has melted and is nice and smooth with no lumps.
Using a large spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the top of the cake in a zig zag fashion. If you have any left over flaked almonds, scatter them over the top of the melted chocolate before it sets.
Wait until the chocolate has set and the cake has cooled completely before slicing.
TIPS AND FAQ'S
All ovens are different, so check the cake at around ¾ baked to ensure that you are not over or under baking. Wait until the chocolate has set and the cake has cooled completely to make slicing easier. This cake will keep in an airtight container for a few days.If you wait until the cake has cooled completely, before adding the chocolate drizzle, the chocolate will set quicker.
What do Ground Almonds do in a Cake?Adding Ground Almonds in a cake mix helps to keep it moist for a day or two. This is because of the oil in the nuts.
What do you use Ground Almonds for?Ground Almonds can be used in all kinds of baking. One popular recipe is the Bakewell Tart.