Weekend recipe: flourless peanut butter chocolate cake

I’ve been baking cakes since I was about nine years old. Back when all I had at my disposal for mixing them was an old rotary beater from the ’60s.

Apparently those beaters are worth a bit now … collectors’ items … wish I’d kept it instead of getting so excited at the arrival of an electric hand-held mixer at our home.

In any case a beater or mixer is only needed for a small part of this recipe.

I decided to make my own birthday cake this year as that way I actually get one. I’ve bought cakes in the past as the rest of the family believes that birthdays need cakes (no-one seems to extend that rule to making one though) and while they’ve been good there’s generally not a huge taste variation available with good, bought flourless cakes.

The flourless part? I’m gluten intolerant and the best gluten-free cakes are the flourless ones in my opinion. Forget flour substitution. Just don’t work with it in the first place, I say.

Makes for a cake that is fudgy and, on this occasion, supremely chocolately with a salty finish.

I don’t know where the need to combine flourless chocolate goodness with peanut butter came from but it started me on an experimental path that I’m glad I went down.

The cake itself is an adaptation of Nigella Lawson’s Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream which I whipped up for Mr SY’s birthday (you’ll find a visual here). 

The dark chocolate peanut butter ganache on top (best served up warm) I adapted from here. I’m a dark chocolate girl but that’s just me, maybe you love milk chocolate. Whichever your poison, choose the best quality your budget will allow. It will pay off for you in taste big time.

BTW, this cake comes with a decadence warning … but you already knew that didn’t you?

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Weekend recipe: flourless peanut butter chocolate cake
 
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This is a decadent dessert for chocolate and peanut butter lovers.
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 150g dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 150g soft unsalted butter
  • 6 large eggs
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 100g ground almonds
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • Dark chocolate peanut butter ganache (recipe below) and Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brittle to serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line 23cm springform baking tin with baking paper and grease sides with butter.
  3. Melt butter, chocolate and peanut butter together in a medium saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Beat the eggs and sugar together until about tripled in volume, pale and moussy. I used my Thermomix and the butterfly attachment but any mixer would work.
  5. Gently fold ground almonds into the egg and sugar mixture, followed by the slightly cooled chocolate mix.
  6. Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes. The cake will be firm on top but still moist underneath when done.
  7. Remove from the oven and sit the cake in its tin on a wire rack to cool. Or serve warm with the warm ganache sauce and crumbled dark chocolate peanut butter brittle.
  8. To make ganache sauce: warm on low heat one cup of cream in a small saucepan, add 200g dark chocolate, 2tbsp unsalted butter, ¼ cup peanut butter and ½ tsp vanilla. Mix until all have melted and whisk to a smooth, shiny consistency. Pour immediately on cake or gently reheat for later.

If you were making your own birthday cake, tell me what you’d make?

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  • Seana Smith

    AAarrghhhh…. my teeth are hurting already. This looks just marvellous and is being clipped to Evernote straight away. One for a special occasion… yum!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes a special occasion and one where you share it with lots of others preferably!

  • Ms_Critique

    OMG. I am all over this marvellous concoction. Delicious!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      It so was!

  • http://www.redlandcityliving.com/ Janet from Redland City Living

    Oh my – I’m not normally a huge cake fan but this one is a winner! Pinning it for sure!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      thanks Janet … was a hit here!

  • Elle

    I’ve discovered recently a delicious flourless orange cake, of all places from Coles! Not sure if its just my local one ( with an in store bakery) but its from a chiller cabinet located near the fresh breads. For $15 it easily serves 6, and with a dollop of double cream is to die for! It too is an almond meal based cake, which I think are the best!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh wow … that’s a winner. Will hunt down.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Yum yes I usually make my own birthday cake too! or I don’t get one! but sometimes my daughter will buy me one, I love Nigella Lawsons chocolate olive oil cake the best.I don’t do cream or lots of milk and heaps of chocolate cause I am lactose intolerant.I know being gluten intolerant is so much harder though.Thankyou Nikki for sharing your recipe with us,I put it on my to bake list.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      GF isn’t so hard these days. Not at all … I’m very lucky.

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        No not as hard as it used to be! I find it hard to get lactose free milk in cafe’s and the like but I can take a lacteeze tablet to digest the lactose better :)

  • PrincessEatsPeaSoup

    You don’t have to be gluten intolerant to appreciate a cake like this. I always think that these kind of chocolate cakes have a lot in common with brownies and deliciously so.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Best kind of cakes, flourless ones … for that very reason!

  • http://www.hairromance.com Christina @ Hair Romance

    omg I am so making this!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      You’d love it Christina … would make it for you if I were there!

  • Julie

    Chocolate all the way! Annabel Langbein’s recipe topped with raspberries and my husband’s version of her ganache which uses 2 bars of Lindt chocolate, one dark and one orange chocolate – divine! Happy weekend Nikki xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh wow Julie … dark chocolate and raspberry is my other fave combo!

  • Alli @ ducks on the dam

    Mmmmmm chocolate and peanut butter. Drool

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      There was a lot of drooling in our house last week over this one!