Indulge yourself with this chocolate fondant cake

Chocolate fondant cake (makes 12 slices)

Ingredients Instructions
  • 200g chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa), broken into pieces
  • 200g salted butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 40g ground almonds
  • 8 plums
  • Star anise
  • Caster sugar
  • Preheat the oven to 175ºC. Grease and line a 23cm-deep sandwich pan. Put the chocolate, butter and sugar into a plastic bowl and microwave on medium for three minutes. Remove and stir until well mixed.
  • Beat or stir in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the ground almonds.
  • Scrape this batter into the pan and bake for 25 minutes. The centre should still be wobbly at this stage, but it will firm up as it cools. Leave in the pan to lose the heat before turning it out. You can heat slices of it in the microwave for a few seconds and it is divine served with ice cream, fresh raspberries or the plums.
  • Halve the plums and remove the stone. Place cut-side up on a baking tray with half a star anise pushed into each half. Cover the plum halves with a teaspoon of caster sugar. Bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool then serve with the chocolate fondant and a scoop of crème fraîche.