Our good friends recently got engaged.  Two children and a previous marriage each under their belts, they figured it was about time...What surprised me most about their announcement was the fact that many people they told were surprised (that they weren't already married).  I guess I am now living in quite a conservative town, but where I'm from it is actually really common to tie the knot POST- kids...in fact I did it myself.

As it was also a birthday celebration for one in the couple, we invited them over for a celebratory dinner, champagne and  mojitos!  I wanted to make something special for dessert so pulled out an easy yet impressive, old favourite - a flourless chocolate tart.


PS For the record, the proposal was tres romantique...in Key West, with the sun setting on the beach, he sent their eldest (Miss 2 1/2) over to Mum with the stunning Cartier ring in her hand.  How could she refuse?? xx

Chocolate Engagement Cake
2 sticks (200gm) butter 
200 gms darkest chocolate (at least 60% cocoa)
4 eggs
1 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 C/180F.
Line an 11' (28cm) spring-form cake tin with baking paper and grease sides well.
Melt butter and chocolate in microwave or over a very low heat on stove.  Leave to cool.
Separate eggs.  Beat yolks in a small bowl with 1/2 cup of sugar until pale.  Add to chocolate/butter mixture and combine gently.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer until soft peaks form and slowly add sugar until glossy.
Fold chocolate mixture into egg whites and pour batter into cake tin.
Bake approx 45 -50 mins or until a toothpick in centre comes out clean.  Cake will then drop (a lot!)...do not be alarmed as this is meant to happen!
Serve with heavy cream/creme fraiche and oranges or berries (I used Ruby Grapefruit).