2/28/09

Daring Bakers: Flourless Chocolate Cake

I must admit this is by far my favorite Daring Bakers Challenge!! And I think I'd actually make this recipe again.

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

This is the shortest recipe and directions, so I will copy and paste it here for all of you (I would definitely encourage you to make this cake!).

Chocolate Valentino
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter
5 large eggs separated

1. Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.

2. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan (I used Emily's spring-form pan) and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.



3. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.



4. Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).

5. With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.

6. Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.7. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter.



8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C9. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C. Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.

10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.



I served my cake a few different ways with strawberry puree and mini chocolate chip ice cream.



Everyone I shared the cake with LOVED it! I did too. Let's see what March brings us.

29 comments:

Teri @ Make A Whisk said...

Yum!

chef_d said...

Oh so pretty!!

Lisa said...

As I said earlier in the week, beautiful photos. I love the step by step photos too! Very well done!

Sophie said...

It looks so pretty & appetizing!! bravo!!! MMMM....

Melissa said...

Even the batter looks amazing! I like the way the one on the plate that has the powdered sugar design on it it. They all look delicious!

Jude said...

It's definitely a keeper. Had no idea flourless chocolate cake was so easy to make.

5 Star Foodie said...

I love your different presentations here! The powdered sugar design is very neat.

Netts Nook said...

Olga: I love your cake looks great mouth watering and great pictures to match. Good Job

Elra said...

What a beauty Olga. Nicely presented too.
Cheers,
Elra

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Impressive - Love the step by step!!
Flourless cake is so wonderful!

Arlette said...

Very nice cake and nice photos
thanks for nice work Olga

Fahrenheit 350° said...

Very enticing and beautiful!

Maggie said...

It looks wonderful! The strawberry puree sounds delicious with the dark chocolate cake. What ice cream did you make?

Esi said...

So pretty! Glad it worked out for you :) I hope to try it again some day.

Sara said...

You know what this would be great for? Passover :)

pigpigscorner said...

The cake looks so dense and moist! Lovely presentation.

Ally said...

I love all your photos! Very pretty, great job!

Passionate About Baking said...

Just gorgeous. Your valentinos' having a party & I'm lovin' it Olga!

Leslie said...

oh yes indeed, it was my favorite challange as well!
Love all your photos! Wonderful job!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great job! Both your cake and ice cream look mighty delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

recipes2share said...

This really does look like one to try - I am always searching for 'new'chocolate cakes to try - thank you!

lesley said...

YUM! Looks delicious!

Paz said...

Your cake looks awesome!

Paz

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Lovely presentations! Your cakes and ice cream looks so delicious!

BlueToYou said...

your presentation on this one is amazing! magazine quality! will martha stewart hire you already?

The Duo Dishes said...

This is a hard dessert not to like!

Jo said...

Great job on your challenge and love your pictures.

Beth said...

Very nice!

angela@spinachtiger said...

Thank you. I have made this before and could never find the recipe again. It's good.