Monday, May 10, 2010

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I made this for mothers day and boy is it a special treat!
I absolutely loooooove this cake.  It is probably my favorite chocolate cake of all time, its not like any normal cake you are used to.  If you like chocolate truffles you will like this cake, it tastes like one big truffle.  The cake tastes sort of like pudding but with the consistency of cheesecake and then the ganache topping completes it with its smooth rich chocolatey flavor.
If you have never tried flourless chocolate cake and your a choclate lover, you MUST try this!
1 c. water
3/4 c. sugar
3 c. chocolate chips
9 TBL. butter
6 large eggs beaten

1 c. whipping cream
8 oz. chocolate chips

Combine water and sugar and bring to boil then simmer about 5 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved.  In a microwave bowl microwave chocolate chips and butter, stir every 30 seconds until chocolate is melted.  Make sure not to over cook this it will ruin the chocolate.  You could also do this in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, this melts the chocolate more slowly decreasing your chances of burning the chocolate in the microwave.  When melted add to sugary syrup and whisk together, when cooled off enough add eggs (Do Not add eggs when hot or you will end up with little bits of cooked scrambled egg in your cake). 

Wrap the outside bottom of the springform pan with several layers of tin foil to keep water from escaping through the bottom. Cut a piece of parchment paper slightly larger than the bottom of a springform pan ( I used the smallest pan) , lay on bottom.  Butter the parchment and the sides of the pan.  Pour cake batter into pan. 

Find a pan large enough to fit the spring form pan in and fill with water so that the water bath goes up the sides half way.  I'm not sure what cooking this in a water bath does, but I have seen other recipes that don't do this, so it is possible that it's not necessary.  Bake 350 for 50 minutes or until middle of the cake is not jiggly.   Let cool, then put in refrigerator for 2 hours, this will allow it to harden so you can cut it.  Once chilled through, take off side of springform pan and slide off bottom of pan by lifting up with the parchment paper.  Serve with ice cream or whip cream.

There are 2 recipes on Allrecipes for flourless chocolate cake that look good too and are slightly different, some even baked it in a muffin tin to make several individual cakes. I think I might try that next time.


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