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Chocolate, Chilli & Cardamom Cake

Chocolate Chilli & Cardamom Cake

I made this beautiful Chilli Chocolate & Cardamom cake on the 1st of March, being a wonderfully crisp spring day, what better way to get ready for preparing for the Iranian / Persian New Year, so here you have it, my Chilli Chocolate & Cardamom cake!

I’ve been thinking about making this cake for ages and it tastes better than I thought it would. The depth of the dark chocolate comes through with hints of cardamom, but it’s that special tingle you get from the chilli dancing in your mouth that takes it to a totally new level of cake experience.


For the chocolate cake

1 cup self-raising flour

3 egg whites

1 whole egg

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla essence

1tsp baking powder

1/4 cup oil

1 tsp cardamom

pinch of chilli powder

For the chocolate mousse filling

1 slab dark chocolate (65%)

3 egg whites beaten stiff

1/2 tsp cardamom

pinch of chilli powder

For the decoration

1 tbsp coco powder

1 tbsp icing sugar

few strands of gold leaf


For the cake

Step 1

  • In a bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff, set aside

  • In a separate bowl mix the rest of the cake ingredients

Step 2

  • Fold the egg whites 3 spoons a time to the cake mixture

  • Place the cake mixture into a well greased cake tin

  • Bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees.

Step 3

  • Place the cake mixture into a well greased cake tin and bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees.

  • Once baked remove from the oven and allow to cool

  • Cut the cake length ways in half (for spreading the mousse)

For the chocolate chilli & cardamom mousse

Step 1

  • In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites

  • While whisking add the cardamom and chilli powder

  • Allow the egg whites to form stiff peaks

  • Set aside

Step 2

  • Fill a saucepan a quarter full with water over medium heat

  • Place a bowl over it so that the bowl sits neatly on the saucepan

  • Break the chocolate into small pieces into the bowl

  • Allow the chocolate to melt slowly

  • Once melted remove from the heat and set aside for a few minutes

Step 3

  • Gently fold the chocolate into the egg whites, a batch at a time

  • Place in the fridge and allow to cool for 2 hours (the longer the better)

Putting it all together

  • Spread all the mousse over half of the cake

  • Place the other half back on top

  • Dust icing sugar and coco powder over the cake (optional)

  • Add the gold leaf in the centre (optional)

This is an absolutely divine cake. My minime had two slices! As for me. . .  well who’s counting 😉

Chocolate Chilli & Cardamom Cake

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