Valentine's Day mini-chocolate cakes
These scrumptious little cakes are so easy to make – simply beat the ingredients together. Decorate them with mini meringues for a sophisticated touch.
Ingredients (serves 8 people)
500 ml (2 c) cake flour
80 ml (¹⁄3 c) cocoa powder
250 ml (1 c) ground almonds
10 ml (2 t) baking powder
375 ml (1½ c) brown sugar
200 g butter, melted
250 ml (1 c) butter
150 g dark chocolate
125 ml (½ c) cream or plain yoghurt
- To Complete
24-30 mini meringues
Icing sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease 8 ramekins and dust with flour. Line a baking sheet with baking paper, grease and dust with flour.
In a large mixing bowl beat together the ingredients until well blended. Turn the mixture into the ramekins, fill them three-quarters of the way. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Reduce the oven temperature to 100 °C.
Melt the chocolate and stir in the cream or yoghurt. Cool until the mixture has a spreadable consistency.
To complete, put the cakes on a serving platter and cover each with ganache. Arrange the meringues on top and set aside until the ganache has set. Dust with icing sugar (if using).