Cakes made with ground nuts and no flour have a rich flavour and are very moist, but they also have a light and delicate texture. You can use ground nuts instead of some of the flour to improve the texture of fruit cakes, and chocolate cakes are excellent made with melted chocolate and ground nuts and no flour at all.
Vary the following simple recipe by using different kinds of ground nuts — hazelnuts are particularly good — and by adding chopped, toasted nuts, too, to the cake mixture. This cake has enough flavour and moisture to eat plain, but you can ice it, if you like or bake 2 cakes and sandwich them together with whipped cream, Greek yogurt or fresh fruit.
Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4. Have ready a buttered and floured
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