How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Line the bottom of the cake pan with baking parchment.
  • Melt the chocolate either in a double boiler or a microwave, and then let the butter melt in the warm chocolate.
  • Beat the 2 whole eggs and 4 egg yolks with 1/3 cup of the sugar, then gently add the chocolate mixture, the Cointreau and orange zest.
  • In another bowl, whisk the 4 egg whites until foamy, then gradually add the remaining sugar and whisk until the whites are holding their shape but are not too stiff.
  • Lighten the chocolate mixture with a dollop of egg whites, and then fold in the rest of the whites.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake is risen and cracked and the centre is no longer wobbly.
  • Cool the cake in its pan on a wire rack; the middle will sink as it cools.
  • When you are ready to eat, place the still pan-bound cake on a cake stand or plate for serving and carefully remove the cake from its pan. Don't worry about cracks or rough edges:
  • it's the crater look we're going for here.
  • Whip the cream until it's soft and then add the vanilla and Cointreau and continue whisking until the cream is firm but not stiff.
  • Fill the crater of the cake with the whipped cream, easing it out gently towards the edges of the cake, and dust the top lightly with cocoa powder pushed through a tea-strainer.
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  • You can make this into an Easter Nest Cake by folding 7 ounces of melted chocolate into the cream topping and dotting with sugar-coated eggs instead of the cocoa. Leave the Cointreau out of both the cake and the cream.

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    " It was excellent "
    mumtazcatering ate it and said...
    another great one joymarie
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    I like that you use Cointreau in both the cake and the whipped topping.

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    " It was excellent "
    zanna ate it and said...
    YOU are going to get me fat with all these cake recipes,but at least it will be worth it!lol thanks:0
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    OMG!! One of my favourite..Thanks for sharing with us.
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