Chocolate Almond Cake


chocolate almond cake served on a white plate

Chocolate almond cake is one stunning rich, dense, fudgy and very chocolatey little number. One that you need in your repertoire. Just 5 ingredients and 50 minutes cooking till you’ve got a cake that will win over everyone.

ingredients for chocolate almond cake in white bowls on a marble table

Now this cake would be a ten served just as is with some freshly whipped cream, but to really turn it into a ‘little black dress of cakes’ we slather it with chocolate ganache, and then sprinkle with toasted almonds. OMG,  talk about over the top, but in a really elegant way this cake will turn any meal into fine dining.

Chocolate almond cake on a white plate

This is a cake that we trot out year round for its simple deliciousness.

Almond meal

Depending on what part of the world you live almond meal could be called almond flour or ground almonds. What you need is 100% almonds and nothing else, so check out the label.

adding almond meal (flour)

Gluten free

As this cake is made with almond meal it is gluten free.

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Chocolate Almond Cake

  • Author: Recipe Winners, cake recipe by Jill Dupleix
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 serves


Jill Dupleix’s ‘Incredibly Wonderful Chocolate Cake’ recipe is an adaptation of a superb Elizabeth David recipe. It is rich, dense and slightly fudgy, but not in a cloying way like mud cake. It’s a winner!



  • 250g (9 ounces) dark cooking chocolate  finely chopped – see notes
  • 150g (5 1/4 ounces) castor sugar
  • 150g (5 1/4 ounces) butter
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 100g (3 1/2 ounces) almond meal (almond flour)
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds


  • 1 cup thickened (heavy) cream
  • 200g (7 ounces) dark chocolate – see notes


ganache – make your ganache before starting the cake

  • in a small saucepan add cream and chopped chocolate
  • bring to a simmer and stir till chocolate is melted and mixture is combined
  • remove from heat and refrigerate till cool and thickened (about an hour)


  • preheat oven to 180c  (350f) on bake, not fan force
  • butter and flour a 20cm (8 inch) cake tin an cut a disc of baking paper for the base
  • melt butter, sugar and chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
  • remove from heat and stir thoroughly
  • add almond meal (almond flour) and blend, then beat in egg yolks, one by one
  • in a separate bowl beat egg whites till stiff and peaked
  • add a couple of spoonfuls of egg whites and mix to slacken the mixture, then gently fold through remaining egg whites
  • pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 45-50 minutes
  • leave cake in the tin to cool
  • remove cake from tin
  • spread ganache over cake top and sides and sprinkle toasted almonds over cake
  • serve and enjoy!


  • we used Lindt Dessert 70% Cocoa cooking chocolate
  • Category: cakes and desserts
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: English

Keywords: chocolate and almond cake


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  1. Avatar Kanika Mahna says:

    I made this cake, it came out so yum that it finished in no time.

    Thank you for such simple and amazing recipe

    1. Avatar Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Kanika, yes it’s a little winner and we’re so happy you loved it. Thanks for commenting, Jo and Jen

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