Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas mark 6 and grease a 20cm/8inch cake tin.
Whisk the egg whites with the sugar until stiff. Beat the egg yolks then add to the whites. Add the flour and mix gently. Pour
into the tin and bake in the oven for
40 minutes until browned. Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat together the cocoa powder, butter and icing sugar.
Slice the cake horizontally into three. Spread the bottom layer with half the filling then place the middle layer on top and
spread with the remaining filling mixture.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or
whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.
- to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together
with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This
process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.
- The incorporation of fat into flour.Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and
forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully
incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.