No Sugar White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

2013-09-02
  • Yield : 23cm
  • Servings : 10/12
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 1:10 h
  • Ready In : 1:10 h

Ingredients

  • 250g white chocolate buttons
  • 250g butter/margarine – soften
  • 250 Self Raising flour
  • 200g frozen raspberries
  • 100g almond meal
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • extra white chocolate for topping
  • crushed/ground pistachios for sprinkling
  • Raspberries or strawberries for decoration

Preheat the oven to 160 C  for at least ten minutes. During this time line a large 22 or 23cm round tin with baking paper. Beat the butter or margarine with an electric beater till light and fluffy, roughly 5 minutes, then add an egg at a time and beat until all finished. Sift in the flour and baking powder and the pinch of salt then fold in the chocolate and almond meal followed by the frozen raspberries. Level the top and bake just above the centre of the oven for 60 to 70 minutes till risen and firm to touch, and if needed bake for another 10 minutes. If preferred as a hot dessert then fill the ramekin dishes to 3/4 and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. If preferred as muffins then line the pan with patty pans and fill them nearly to the top and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. When cold decorate with melted white chocolate and with a sprinkling of pistachios or as desired followed by raspberries and strawberries if wished. This can also be baked in a rectangle shallow baking tin and cut into slices or squares.

Method

Variations and My Story

This no fuss cake is so easy and moist that it is a delight to make and eat. No added sugar means you can have your cake and eat it, to use a common expression literally.  The cake isn’t sickly sweet or needs sweet icing for it to taste delicious, it is full of flavour already with all of the other ingredients. The raspberry in the cake gives it the moistness and also the tang to deliver the main flavour. I created this for my son’s 30th birthday. Lately he has not been fond of sugar or sweet treats. Previously he loved white chocolate and was always given white chocolate treat on special occasions. The white chocolate given to him over Christmas of 2012 was not eaten and then he tells me that he doesn’t like white chocolate any more because he finds it too sickly sweet! So I decided to create this cake to see if he would like it without telling him that it had white chocolate in it. He asked for a small piece and after he took a bite and said it was delicious I had to confess that it contained his previously favourite white chocolate instead of sugar.  To my delight  he asked for a second piece with a a big grin on his face!  I was also surprised that our invited guests including our grandchildren were amazed at the flavour and, that it didn’t have any added sugar! I am still receiving comments even after the party about how good this cake tasted! I suppose there is no excuse to avoid making this dish when the ingredients are so few and the method is so simple! I had to publish it!

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