Sounds delicious, yes?

Well here is the recipe, for all you Fairtrade fans! I hope this encourages everyone to give Fairtrade a try, since it helps so many people around the world become more independent and earn what they deserve for their products.

Spiced Chocolate and Almond Cake
By Andrew Rose, Floridita, London.
Made for the 10th Anniversary of the FAIRTRADE Mark.


300g Fairtrade dark (plain) chocolate
100g ground almonds
175g butter (softened)
Fairtrade cocoa powder for dusting
175g Fairtrade sugar
1 tbsp mixed spice
25g plain flour (sieved)
6 eggs (separated)


  • Preheat oven to 170c Grease a 8 – 8 1/2-inch cake tin and dust well with Fairtrade cocoa powder.
  • After separating the eggs, cream together the egg yolks and 130g of the sugar until they become light and fluffy.
  • Mix together the ground almonds, flour and mixed spices.
  • Whisk the egg whites and remaining sugar to stiff peaks.
  • Melt the chocolate with the butter and leave to cool.
  • Mix the melted chocolate and butter with the egg yolk mixture.
  • Then fold in the whipped egg whites, starting with 1/3 of the mix followed by the rest.
  • Finally, gradually fold in the flour mix, making sure that the batter remains light and aerated.
  • Pour the finished batter into the cake tin and bake for approximately 1 hour or until the cake becomes firm and springy to the touch, when lightly pressed in the middle.

Once left to cool, slice and serve with clotted cream. You can also top them with almonds (those below have walnuts instead) to jazz it up a bit.

This recipe sounds interesting and tasty! Make sure to sieve the flour so it maintains a fluffy texture as a cake. You could divide it up into cupcakes, but remember to shorten the baking time and keep a close watch on them so they dont harden and burn!
Using Fairtrade ingredients not only makes delicious cakes like this one, but its an easy way of supporting the cause.