A few weeks ago I discovered something monumental in the life of a chocolate lover….something that could be a huge downfall, as well as a blessing….just how easy it is to make flourless chocolate cake. Not only was it easy, it requires very few ingredients, and most of them you’d likely have at home. I’m a day late getting a post up this week, and actually I had wanted to post this recipe over the weekend. Unfortunately, I got taken out last week by the flu. An illness hasn’t hit me like this in YEARS….since my oldest was a baby. I slept all of Thursday and Friday away, and have been very weak since.
One cool thing to come of this…aside from how helpful my oldest daughter was (she took care of her two sisters while I slept this off)….was that I rediscovered the Food Network. Saturday my hubby took all 3 girls out for the day so I could get some rest (such a sweetie!), and I spent the day watching the Food Network. I don’t normally watch a lot of television, but I must say it was immensely pleasurable watching all of the chopping, slicing, cooking….hearing food chatter, seeing fresh ingredients, and being introduced to shows I’ve either never seen or only seen once or twice before.
I’ve always been a fan of Ina Garten and Paula Deen, but some new favorites now include Down Home with the Neelys and Cooking for Real. I’m always up for a throwdown with Bobby Flay, but was really intrigued by Worst Cooks in America. And how cool is Restaurant Impossible? Trying to save a failing restaurant in only 2 days with $10,000. I was craving a return to normalcy, which meant a return to cooking in my kitchen, but my energy level was not there. I found the Food Network to be a source of comfort and companionship. And I’m sure I learned a thing or two….I always do.
Flourless Chocolate Cake (Epicurious.com)
4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (I used special dark chocolate bars chopped)
1 stick unsalted butter (I used salted)
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
3 large eggs, organic cage-free
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8 inch round cake pan, line pan with wax paper and butter wax paper.
- Melt chocolate and butter in a small metal bowl placed over a saucepan with boiling water. Turn burner down when water starts boiling, but keep at a simmer. Stir until you have a smooth mixture. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. When well combined, add in eggs. Stir until smooth, then add cocoa powder. Stir until just mixed.
- Pour into pan and bake for 25 minutes. Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes, and then invert onto cake plate or serving platter.
This cake tastes perfect as is. Moist chocolate heaven! There was no frosting or icing listed with the recipe. I looked around online till I found a simple chocolate ganache type icing. It would also be incredible with a raspberry sauce. Whatever your heart desires.
Mother’s Chocolate Icing (Cooks.com)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup whole milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
- Melt butter. Add in cocoa powder, milk and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook 1 minute stirring constantly. Add in vanilla, and continue stirring over heat for another couple minutes.
- This recipe was extremely easy to make, and very tasty. It made A LOT of icing. After I made it, I poured it right over the cake. I stored the leftover icing in a squeeze bottle in the fridge.
Did I mention how AWESOME this cake was? It was a hit with everyone in the family, and one that we will make again and again. My imagination starts to run wild with all the possibilities…I would love to top this cake with fresh raspberries come summer. That would push this over the edge!! Be sure to check out these flourless brownie chocolate cookies.
Do you like watching the Food Network? If so, what are your favorites shows or personalities?
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WOW! My mouth is literally watching just reading this and looking at the beautiful chocolaty photos!
I love the idea of a flourless cake. Sounds so rich. Hope you're feeling better. That's what I do too when I'm down an out – Food Network 24/7! Drives my family crazy. Love the Neelys, they are so adorable.
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Oh my gosh! That looks fantastic!
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What a dessert! You're giving me a serious chocolate craving. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog called Sweets for a Saturday and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up. http:/sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-5.html
I love flourless chocolate cake, and this recipe looks even simpler than the one I made recently. I will have to try this one, it looks so moist and dense!
Amazing! Looks so delicious and rich…yum!
Simple and PERFECT for people who can't have flour… 🙂
The Lucky Wife
What a gorgeous cake! I LOVE flourless chocolate cake and yours looks soooo good.
I love Ina Garten, she's my absolute favorite. But I also love watching Restaurant Impossible. 🙂
Wow – I gained 10 pounds just looking at your yummy photos! We are such chocoholics in this house, and flourless chocolate cake ranks very high on our list of favorites!!
Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. To answer your question, Yes, I like to use a tripod whenever possible. I bought one for $30 at Wal-Mart.
To get good background blur, I set the camera up 5 or 10 feet away from whatever I'm shooting, then I zoom in on the subject and the background blurs automatically.
I chose my current camera because it had an 18x optical zoom feature – I wanted a good zoom to capture bird shots in my yard, but that was before food blogging took over my life ;).
I hope that helps 🙂
What is the nutrition information for that cake i.e. fat, protein and calories? Thanks!
oh yes, adding raspberry sauce would be the tip of the iceberg for us here! This cake looks amazing!
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I’m sorry you were so sick and hope you get your strength back soon. I wish I came up with such wonderful recipe ideas when I am sick!
That looks gorgeous!
I can never resist the rich texture and chocolately goodness of flourless chocolate cakes! 🙂
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