Chocolate Nemesis Cake (Gluten-Free Version)

A wonderfully rich cake that the family will love.

Vegetarian. Hands-on time: 10 mins. Total time: 50 mins (plus cooling).

Contributed by Janey Macleod (October 2010).

I won't even try to convince you that this fantastic dessert is low in calories. It's rich, it's chocolaty, and it's delicious, but it's not exactly suitable for a weight-loss diet. Never mind. You'll just have to limit yourself to one or two (or four or five) slices. Better still, go for a bike ride afterwards to burn off those extra calories.

Although you'll need to allow plenty of time for the cooking and cooling, the actual preparation is very easy. The quantities given here will make about eight servings.



Oven: pre-heat to 250F (120C)

First, line the base of an oiled 9-inch (22 cm) loose-bottom cake tin with parchment paper.

Break the chocolate into small chunks, and gently melt it in the butter. The best way to do that is to place the chocolate and butter in a bowl on top of a pan of boiling water. Alternatively, you can do it in a microwave, on a low setting. Leave the melted mixture to cool.

Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the sugar. Beat thoroughly with a hand whisk or electric blender for about three minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the chocolate mixture to the eggs and stir until it's well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin.

Bake in the middle of the oven until the cake is completely firm, which should take 40 to 50 minutes. Then turn the oven off, but leave the cake in the oven, with the door open, until it's completely cold.

Optionally, dust the top with cocoa powder.

Finally, refrigerate the cake for at least two hours before serving.

Note on quantities and temperatures:
Quantities are given in American (cups), imperial (oz, fl oz) and metric (g, ml) units. Do not mix the units - use one or other system throughout the recipe.
See also How much does a cup weigh?
oz = ounces, fl oz = fluid ounces, g = grams, ml = milliliters, tsp = teaspoons, tbsp = tablespoons.
Oven temperatures are given in degrees F (Fahrenheit) and C (Celsius).
For fan-assisted ovens, reduce the temperature by 20F or 10C.