If you are a chocolate lover, this is the perfect recipe for you. This cake has an intense chocolate flavor with a soft, brownie-like texture. And it's super simple to throw together for a last minute dinner party! If you have Bakers chocolate on hand, you probably could put this together without running to the store. I like to top this cake off with berries to balance out the bold chocolate flavor. Raspberries, strawberries or even blueberries would be a nice compliment…and it also works well to help bring color to liven up this dessert.
I adapted this recipe off the Food Network, original recipe here. Only instead I used the water bath method to bake the cake which allowed the cake to stay intact. A lot of the reviews complained of severe cracking or deflation of the center of the cake. A water bath creates a nice even temperature and warm, moist heat that prevents the cake from cooking unevenly and thus prevents cracks in the cake. This baked beautifully and if you do get cracks…which you shouldn't, but if you do, powdered sugar and extra berries can help cover them up ;).
This is definitely a crowd pleaser and people will be "wowed'" by it…no one has to know that it's so simple a monkey could make it. Hope you enjoy this one! Also, I am VERY excited to be cooking in my brand new dream kitchen!! Fully equipped with two full double ovens. I am looking forward to sharing my new space with you all! :D Take care!
12 oz. semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
1.5 sticks unsalted butter
1/4 tspn fine salt
6 large eggs (room temperature)
1.5 cups granulated sugar
Powdered Sugar for dusting
Berries of your choice
1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9 inch by 2 inch spring form pan with cooking spray. Foil bottom and sides of spring form pan. Boil water to fill a quarter of a larger pan (large enough to fit the spring form pan in it).
2. Chop the chocolate in bite-size pieces. Place chocolate, butter and salt in a microwave bowl. Melt in microwave for about 1-2 minutes until completely melted. Stir until well incorporated. You can also use a double boiler and do the same.
. Beat the eggs and sugar with a stand mixer or a hand mixer for a full 10 minutes. (Do not do any less). Mixture should be light yellow and fluffy.
4. Pour egg mixture into the melted chocolate/butter mixture and stir until batter is fully mixed.
5. Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan. Place pan in the water bath and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.
6. Cool the cake and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours before decorating and serving.
7. Prepare for your guests to be "wowed". :D