Pure Decadence

While the weather outside might be frightful, I love any excuse to have my husband home during the day. Even if he is working, it is nice to have lunch together and to be able to have dinner before 8:00, so yesterday I took the snowed-in opportunity to make an extra special dessert.

Snow in Boston

I had never made a flourless chocolate cake before, but since I am a huge fan of the dense, silky, chocolate-ness of flourless cakes, I decided to use my recent adventurous baking spirit to make my own.

Per usual, I started out by consulting a bunch of recipes and decided to use a flourless chocolate cake recipe from Epicurious because it required the least amount of eggs.

dark chocolate

I started by chopping some high quality dark chocolate, then melting it until glossy in a makeshift double boiler. I love how shiny the chocolate gets, and my husband said that he could smell it from across our condo.

chocolate and butter in a double boiler

Once the chocolate and butter were melted and combined, I whisked in the sugar, using slightly less than the 3/4 cup called for.

whisk together chocolate and sugar

Next in, the eggs, and finally, the cocoa powder which gave the batter a very thick consistency.

cocoa powder

I poured it into a greased pie plate, baked for 25 minutes, and voila, ended up with a perfect flourless chocolate cake without a single crack! Smile 

flourless chocolate cake

Yum yum yum yum! The cake was just as I wanted it to be, chocolatey but not sugary, rich and smooth, pure decadence. I served it with a sauce made of Trader Joe’s frozen berry blend, simmered with a little bit of water and sugar.

flourless chocolate cake

We didn’t have any ice cream in the house, but I could definitely see this with vanilla or coffee ice cream as well. This recipe was exceedingly easy; the most important part it seemed, was making sure the pan was fully greased and letting the cake cool enough before I turned it out of the pan. I am learning lessons from past baking mistakes! I will definitely be making this cake again; it would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day menu at home.

When it comes to dessert, do you lean toward chocolate? Or do you prefer more fruit-based desserts like pies and crumbles?

 

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe from Epicurious.com

  • 4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional for sprinkling

 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line bottom with a round of wax paper and butter paper.

Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water melt chocolate with butter, stirring, until smooth. Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat and whisk sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs and whisk well. Sift 1/2 cup cocoa powder over chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Pour batter into pan and bake in middle of oven 25 minutes, or until top has formed a thin crust. Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes and invert onto a serving plate.

Dust cake with additional cocoa powder and serve with sorbet if desired. (Cake keeps, after being cooled completely, in an airtight container, 1 week.)

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Flourless-Chocolate-Cake-14478#ixzz1ArPVGmyM

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  1. blog is the new black’s avatar

    The cake looks amazing. Even at 9 AM!

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  2. Michelle’s avatar

    This cake looks fabulous! I love desserts with hints of chocolate and I definitely lean more towards bread puddings and creme brulee as my dessert of choice!

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  3. Elizabeth’s avatar

    This looks absolutely delicious and so simple too. The top almost looks brownie-like. Definitely want to try it. So nice you got to have your husband home for a day!

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  4. Erin @ Big Girl Feats’s avatar

    Ohhh that looks so good! It was really nice to have a snow day and share it with someone. I totally tend to lean towards chocolate, although in the past few years I’ve learned to make a mean blueberry crumble.

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  5. Emily’s avatar

    Well done. The cake looks perfect! I definitely lean toward chocolate – but there are times when a good creme brulee with fruit is more my speed. Yay snow days!

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  6. Amanda Maynard’s avatar

    I always walk by the baked goods stand in my local Trader Joe’s and see a flour less cake and think that it just looks flat and sad. Are they supposed to be better for you in some way?

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I think they are good for people on a gluten-free diet. What I love about flourless chocolate cake is that without all of the flour to puff it up, it’s almost like a slice of fudge. Mmmmm :)

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      1. Mark’s avatar

        Thanks Meghan for your response to Amanda’s comment. I was wondering the same thing. And with your cake being flat, would it taste more like a brownie and less like a cake. A slice of fudge works for me!

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          It is VERY dense. A little slice goes a long way!

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        2. Amanda Maynard’s avatar

          Thanks for the info, Meghan! I’m not doing a low carb diet, per-say, but I’m trying to eat less carbs on average. Maybe the next time I have a sweet tooth I’ll try something like this out.

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        3. Shannon’s avatar

          I’m not a HUGE chocolate person… I tend to gravitate towards fruity desserts or cheesecake, but this looks SO yummy. I’d definitely like to give this a try… maybe with a peanut butter topping?

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        4. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

          Aww…how sweet. Having lunch together at home on a weekday is special!

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        5. Meesh’s avatar

          i NEVER get to have lunch with the boyfriend on weekdays! must have been fabulous!

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        6. Kate @ Diethood.com’s avatar

          9 out of 10 times I make a flourless cake. I think it tastes better…moist, silky, light…what’s not to love? :)

          Your cake looks so good – I’d love a piece of that!

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        7. Katie’s avatar

          Nice way to spend a snowy day! Cake looks great!

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        8. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

          Your husband is a lucky man. This looks like heaven!

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        9. Judy’s avatar

          This definitely looks decadent. My work-at-home day cooking didn’t go nearly as well.

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        10. Megan’s avatar

          I definitely lean toward chocolate! Got any leftovers? :)

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          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            I was smart this time! I cut individual slices and froze half of the cake for later :)

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          2. Daisy’s avatar

            learning from past baking mistakes is key! this cake looks wonderfully decadent. glad you enjoyed the day off with Eric. (PS how did I spell his name wrong in my post from Lansdowne? Fixing that now! haha)

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          3. Heather’s avatar

            That cake looks absolutely amazing.

            I may take your advice and make that for valentines day – although my husband is not the biggest chocolate fan. Perhaps I will make it for myself.

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          4. Steph@stephsbitebybite’s avatar

            Whoa! This cake totally lives up to the title. This looks so choco-ragous!

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          5. Vicki @ Wilde in the kitchen’s avatar

            This cake does look perfectly decadent! I wish I got a snow day yesterday… I only live a minute away from work and just walked in. Boo!

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          6. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines’s avatar

            Oh my, that is my kind of chocolate heaven. I just love seeing all the snow pics. I think I’d love it at least for a couple of days. I’ll have to try this one, thanks for sharing it! Try and stay warm.
            -Gina-

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          7. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

            I haven’t made flourless chocolate yet but I’ve actually been researching recipes too because I wanna make mini-ones next weekend! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ll keep it in mind.

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          8. Skylar’s avatar

            Oh wow that looks amazing!

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          9. The Chocolate Priestess’s avatar

            LOL… I don’t think I actually need to answer your question given my name and blog.

            But I have my husband home now about 80% of the week — it wears on me sometimes but yes I do like that I can be sure he’s getting a decent lunch.

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          10. Jason Phelps’s avatar

            Flourless cakes can be a wonderful alternative to the classic version. If my wife sees this I am in trouble. I’ll be making it ASAP. Thankfully I am do a test run on an apple pie for an upcoming competition this weekend. We’ll get our sweets for sure!

            Jason

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          11. Nikki’s avatar

            Oh this looks so dense and rich! Yum…

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          12. alicia’s avatar

            YUM. That cake looks totally rich and delicious. I bet it would be great with ice cream…..or all alone. i could destroy a cake like that!!

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          13. Saundra @ FamishedFish’s avatar

            I’ve always wanted to make a chocolate cake like this. How pretty is that!?

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