Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Flourless Chocolate Cake

 Rich, buttery, chocolatey, and decadent.  For some reason there are many complicated versions of flourless chocolate cake, but this version is a simple 5 ingredients.  But it packs quite a punch and is surprisingly non dense.  If you want a rich chocolate dessert to satisfy your gluten free and non-gluten free friends that is simple to whip up, this is the treat for you!
No mixer required!

I really need to get a cake plate...

8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
3 eggs, beaten

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F
Prepare an 8inch round cake pan by greasing and dusting with cocoa powder.  (I also suggest adding a parchment paper (wax paper) circle to the bottom of the pan prior to greasing and cocoa powdering)
Melt butter and chocolate together, either using a double boiler, a bowl over a pot of boiling water, or the microwave (like I did)
Remove from heat and add in sugar, vanilla, and eggs, stir until combined (easily done with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula)
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes
Let cake cool for approximately 10 minutes in the pan
Turn cake onto wire cooling rack to finish cooling
Serve warm
Eat with ice cream or whipped cream for added deliciousness

First flourless chocolate cake success.  It would also be delicious but denser and more brownie like if you substitute some of the melted chocolate for cocoa powder (1/4 cup of cocoa powder per 2 ounces of chocolate approximately).  Top a brownie version of this with ice cream? Yes please.

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