Very chocolatey cake

Yield: 1 cake

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Pitted dried dates
6 tablespoons Margarine, softened
⅓ cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
2 teaspoons Instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
½ cup Finely choped almonds
3 \N Eggs, separated
8 teaspoons Sugar
1 pint Fresh raspberries (garnish)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch round cake pan with wax paper or foil.

In a small saucepan, place dates and cover with water. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Remove and discard skins.

Puree dates, margarine, cocoa, cornstarch, espresso and vanilla in a food processor until thick and smooth, scaping sides of bowl once or twice. Add almonds and egg yolks. Process a few seconds, just until blended. Transfer to a bowl.

With an electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.

Stir a large spoonful of whites into the chocolate mixture. Fold chocolate mixture back into remaining whites until smooth. Scrape into prepared cake pan. Place cake pan into a larger pan and fill to halfway up the sides with hot water.

Bake for 30 minutes until puffed and cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from water bath and cool on a rack to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least one hour. To unmold cake, carefully invert on a plate and peel off wax paper or foil. Decorate top of cake with fresh raspberries and serve on a poolof berry sauce if desired. Serves 8-10.

Per serving: 212 calories, 22 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams protein, 12 grams fat, 82 milligrams cholesterol., 78 milligrams sodium; exchanges: ½ starch, 1 fruit, 2 fat.

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