Amazing Flourless Chocolate Cake
This Flourless Chocolate Cake is spectacular. If you need a fantastic finish to the best of meals, this is it. This cake is rich, delicious chocolatey perfection. It’s simple to make, gluten free, and Passover friendly. If you are a chocolate lover, this cake is for you. Now get baking!
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (I like using a good Ghirardelli bitter-sweet chocolate.)
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch-process cocoa recommended
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease an 8" round cake pan; cut a piece of parchment or waxed paper to fit, grease it, and lay it in the bottom of the pan. 2. To make the cake: Put the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat until the butter is melted and the chips are soft. Stir until the chips melt, reheating briefly if necessary. You can also do this over a burner set at very low heat. Transfer the melted chocolate/butter to a mixing bowl. 3. Stir in the sugar, salt, espresso powder, and vanilla.
4. Add the eggs, beating briefly until smooth. Add the cocoa powder, and mix just to combine.
5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
6. Bake the cake for 25 minutes; the top will have formed a thin crust, and it should register at least 200°F on an instant read thermometer inserted into its center.
7. Remove it from the oven, and cool it in the pan for 5 minutes. 8. Loosen the edges of the pan with a table knife or nylon spreader, and turn it out onto a serving plate. The top will now be on the bottom; that's fine. Also, the edges will crumble a bit, which is also fine. Allow the cake to cool completely before glazing.
9. To make the glaze: Combine the chocolate and cream in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat until the cream is very hot, but not simmering. Remove from the microwave, and stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is completely smooth. 10. Spoon the glaze over the cake, spreading it to drip over the sides a bit. Allow the glaze to set for several hours before serving the cake.
Yield: 8" cake, 8 to 12 servings.
For cleanest slicing, use a sharp knife dipped in hot water and wiped dry. Repeat dipping knife in hot water and wiping dry for each slice.
This recipe was adapted from Flourless Chocolate Cake: King Arthur Flour