Grilled strawberry cake with white chocolate and rosé


  • Serves 4 people

"The idea behind this cake is that you would make the cake mixture, jelly and chocolate cream at home, take it with you to a barbecue, and bake the cake in a covered barbecue," says Devlin. "You could bake it in the oven at home straightaway, but it's at its best completely fresh, and you get to look awesome by baking a cake while everyone is watching and anticipating it."

  • 310 ml rosé
  • 80 gm caster sugar, plus 1 tsp extra for pan
  • ½ tsp agar agar
  • 125 gm couverture white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 90 gm butter, softened, plus 1 tsp extra for pan
  • 50 gm brown sugar
  • 35 gm (¼ cup) wholemeal flour
  • 70 gm almond meal
  • 90 gm eggwhites (about 3)
  • 5 large strawberries, halved lengthways, plus extra sliced, to serve
  • For dusting: icing sugar
01   Bring 250ml (1 cup) rosé to a simmer in a saucepan with 25gm caster sugar, whisk in agar agar and bring to a boil. Strain into a wide container and refrigerate until firm (15-20 minutes).
02   Meanwhile, bring remaining rosé to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl, pour hot rosé over, stand for a minute, then whisk until smooth. Set bowl over a bowl of iced water and whisk occasionally until mixture has the consistency of soft-whipped cream. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate to firm slightly (15 minutes).
03   Meanwhile, beat butter, brown sugar and remaining caster sugar in an electric mixer until pale (3-4 minutes), then fold in flour, almond meal and a pinch of salt. Whisk eggwhites to soft peaks, then fold into batter.
04   Heat a barbecue to 180C, then heat a 15cm-diameter non-stick pan or cast-iron skillet on the barbecue. Add 1 tsp butter, strawberries and 1 tsp caster sugar, and stir occasionally until strawberries soften slightly and warm up (30 seconds to 1 minute). Spread strawberries evenly in pan, spoon cake mixture evenly over, cover barbecue and cook until a skewer inserted withdraws clean (10-12 minutes). Top cake with rosé jelly, sliced strawberries and white chocolate cream, dust with icing sugar and serve.

Note Agar agar is available from health-food and Asian food stores. Devlin recommends Valrhona Blanc Ivoire white chocolate, available at Otherwise use Lindt white chocolate.

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