Best Birthday Cake

Hi everyone! Over at Freckles we hope that everyone has had a great Christmas break, and a very Happy New year! It was actually Freckles’ 1st Birthday a couple of days ago so in honour of a very successful first year of Freckles, I thought we could make a healthy, yet indulgent chocolate cake!




  • 150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

  • 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

  • 6 large free-range eggs

  • 150g ground almonds

  • 2 medium oranges, finely grated zest

  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 100g caster sugar

  • 3 tbsp cocoa



  1. Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3. Grease a round 23cm deep cake tin with butter and line the base of the tin with baking paper.

  2. Break the chocolate into squares and put into a bowl with the butter. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water until the chocolate has melted - make sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water. When done, leave the chocolate to cool slightly.

  3. Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Then, stir the ground almonds, orange zest, juice and yolks into the chocolate. In a different bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Then, add the sugar 1 tbsp at a time - after each addition, whisk until stiff again. Add a quarter of the egg white mixture to the chocolate mixture and gently fold in. Then fold in the rest of the egg whites.

  4. Turn the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack.

  5. Finally, serve dusted with the cocoa.

We hope you enjoy this decadent cake recipe! Don’t forget to celebrate Freckles’ 1st Birthday – send us a Facebook or Twitter message to help us celebrate!