Queen of Sheba chocolate cake

We just spent our first week in confinement in France. Finally, a weekend without any plans. No hurry to go grocery shopping, nothing to prepare for the following week, just the slow life that I have always wanted. We spent our time working out, watching movies, being cozy on the couch and trying out new recipes.

Talking about the recipes, we finally made a good chocolate cake with success. I am not a big fan of chocolates but the husband loves to smash his face in everything chocolatey. So most of the time it’s chocolate cake at home.

Every time we tried making one, there was something not OK with the cake. It was not spongy enough, sometimes overcooked, hard, etc. But this time, it turned out pretty much good. I won’t say that it was the perfect chocolate cake but if you are a beginner in baking or looking for an easy and simple cake recipe, then this should help you.

This cake is called the 'Reine de Saba' in French meaning 'Queen of Sheba'. It is the name given to some of the most delicious French chocolate cakes with loads and loads of butter and nuts. There are many versions about the life the Queen of Sheba. If you are interested in history, you can read it here.

This 'Reine de Saba' cake is not as luxurious as it should be but you can take it as the simpler version. And for the more talented and courageous bakers, you can check out this video of the great Julia Child or follow her recipe. May be I will try it next time.

And by the way, if you love cooking and/or Julia Child, don't miss watching the wonderful movie Julie & Julia. I thoroughly enjoyed every scene of it.

Now, to get you prepared, you will need 2 mixing bowls because there are 2 different mixings for the cake. But it’s easy, I promise.


Part 1:
·       Pre-heat oven to 190°C
·       Melt the butter and chocolate in a water-bath or in the microwave and let it cool a bit
·       In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, all-purpose flour, almond powder, salt and egg yolks and mix.

Part 2:
·       Beat egg whites until they are stiff
·       Add it slowly to the batter from part 1
·       Pour the batter in a oven-safe cake mould and bake for 30 minutes.
·       Insert a knife to check if the centre is cooked
·       Let the cake cool before unmoulding it

And voilĂ , you have a delicious and simple chocolate cake !

Do try and let me know if you liked it :)

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