If your beloved deserves nothing less than pure decadence, bake this chocolate cake from The Fabulous Baker Brothers this Valentine's Day
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Over a gentle flame heat a pan of water until just simmering. Place the butter and chocolate in a metal bowl and cover with cling film, then place on the pan and let the steam melt the chocolate. It's important not to stir the mixture or let any moisture get to the chocolate or it may seize and go grainy. Once it's melted leave it to cool a little.
In an electric mixer beat the sugar and egg yolks until they are pale and fluffy. This will take about 10 minutes. Whilst on a slow speed pour in the cooled melted chocolate mixture, and continue to beat until smooth and glossy. If the chocolate is too hot it will cook the eggs.
In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks - it's easier done in a mixer if you're not feeling hardcore. Using a metal spoon, gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Add the whites in stages, this keep the mixture light and fluffy. Don't over mix or all the air will be lost.
Grease a 30cm/9 inch spring-form cake tin and spoon the mixture in. Bake for 30-40 minutes until set.
Henry's top tip: If you're short on time, use the batter to make my Valentine's chocolate pots instead. The mixture puffs up to make gooey chocolate soufflés that take just 12 minutes to bake.
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