Chocolate brownie meringue cake

30m-1h

7

A smaller version of a bake off recipe.

 For the brownie base 

100g of good-quality dark chocolate roughly chopped

100g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

125g icing sugar

2 free-range eggs

55g plain flour

For the meringue topping

2 free-range egg whites

100g caster sugar

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

For the filling

150ml whipping cream

50g icing sugar

100g raspberries

 

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Grease and line two 15cm sandwich tins.

2. for the brownie base, melt 80g of the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan over simmering water. Chop the remaining chocolate and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, cream the butter and icing sugar together in a separate bowl until light creamy and fluffy. slowly whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined.

4. Gradually beat in the flour until the mixture is very smooth. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate and fold it into the mixture, then fold in the chopped chocolate.

5. Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared sandwich tins and bake for 10-12 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 170C/325F/Gas 3.

6.Meanwhile for the meringue topping, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed. Slowly whisk in the sugar until smooth and glossy. 

7. Spoon the meringue topping onto the cooked brownie base. Use a palette knife to smooth the meringue mixture in one brownie and use a skewer to make peaks in the meringue mixture in the other tin.

8. Return the sandwich tins to the oven for a further 30 minutes, or until the meringue is golden-brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Carefully remove the cakes from the tin and set aside to cool completely on a wire rack.

9. For the filling, whip the cream and icing sugar together in a bowl until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed. Fold in the raspberries.

10. To assemble, place the flat meringue brownie, meringue-side down onto a cake stand or large plate, spoon over the raspberry cream and top with the remaining cake, brownie-side down.