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Eggless chocolate cake

There’s no need for eggs in this incredible chocolate cake. Crisp on the outside and oozy on the inside, it’s so easy and so delicious. It’ll make you happy for sure!



  • 200 grams soft unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 200 grams hazelnuts
  • 200 grams quality dark chocolate
  • 200 grams self-raising flour
  • 200 milliliters semi-skimmed milk
  • 200 grams golden caster sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease and line a deep non-stick 25 x 25 centimeter tray with greaseproof paper. If you don’t have a non-stick tray, simply grease what you’ve got and dust it lightly with flour before lining with the paper.
  2. Blitz the nuts in a food processor until fine.
  3. With the processor still running, snap in the chocolate, then add the butter, followed by the flour and a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Pour in the milk, then add the sugar, letting the processor do all the work bringing it together.
  5. Once smooth and combined, use a spatula to help you tip the mixture into your lined tray, spreading it out evenly.
  6. Bake for 18 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven, or until crispy and spongy at the edges, but still a bit gooey and wobbly in the middle.
  7. Now, you can either serve it warm with an extra grating of chocolate, some fresh fruit and a dollop of yoghurt, a scoop of ice cream or even custard, and enjoy it like a pudding. Or, let it cool into more of a gooey brownie.



  1. I like hazelnuts in this recipe, but almonds, pecan nuts or cashews, or even a mixture would be delicious.


  1. Try adding a sprinkling of dried fruit to the mix, such as a few sour cherries, raisins or apricots.
  2. Tinned pears, chopped up, would be delicious.
  3. Add chopped fudge, or chocolate chips before baking for extra indulgence.
  4. We’ve got blitzed nuts in the mix, but you could add a few chopped or flaked nuts in at the end for texture.

©2008 Jamie Oliver Enterprises Ltd. Photographer: David Loftus. © 2020 Jamie Oliver

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