Chocolate meringue cake

Prep: 20 mins, Cooking: 1 hr
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Moist chocolate cake topped with cinnamon meringue.

By Food24 March 12 2015
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Ingredients (13)

1,75 cup flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1,25 cup castor sugar
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
4 Tbs cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup water — hot
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 Tbs vinegar — white
4 eggs — egg whites, at room temperature
180 g castor sugar
1 tsp cinnamon — ground
1/2 tsp vanilla — extract
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Preheat your oven to 170°C.

Line the base of a 22cm springform cake tin with baking paper and grease the tin well.
Sift the flour, baking powder, castor sugar, bicarb, cocoa and salt into a bowl and mix.
Add the hot water, sunflower oil and vinegar and whisk until you have a smooth batter. Pour the batter into your prepared tin.

Place the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl and whisk to soft peak stage.
Combine the castor sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar at a time to the egg whites, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and whisk until all the sugar has dissolved and you have a thick, glossy meringue.

Carefully place heaped tablespoons of meringue onto the cake batter. Use the back of a teaspoon to gently smooth the meringue to cover the top of the cake.
Pop the cake in the oven for approximately 1 hour, or until a carefully inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from the tin. Dust the meringue with cocoa powder just before serving.

Makes 1 x 22cm cake.

Recipe reprinted with permission of Cupcakes & Couscous. To see more recipes, please click here.
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