Johanna: The Improviser

Never quite follows the recipe. Doesn't really measure. Tastes with her fingers. Somehow, it always works.

Go with your strengths

Posted: December 4, 2009 | Author: Johanna | Filed under: Johanna | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

When I was just learning to cook, I was advised to learn one knockout chocolate dessert, because it would take me far.

Meet the knockout.This one is my knockout. My first roommate still talks about the cake, and asked me for the recipe this year when her birthday came around. She, more than anyone, has earned it, having acted as my guinea pig and consuming the “test cake” that I made to ensure that the recipe would be fit for a birthday cake for a certain someone. This cake uses cocoa powder instead of flour, eggs and sugar, and unlike most flourless chocolate cakes, does not involve powdered nuts. The cake is dense and fudgy, and unlike most chocolate things, one piece is just enough.
Flourless Chocolate Cake

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I use 70% or higher)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder (sifted) plus more for cake pan.

1. Preheat the oven to 375. Butter an 8-inch cake pan, and dust with cocoa powder on bottom and sides.
2. Chop or break the chocolate into small pieces. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler (or bowl over a pot of simmering water), stirring frequently.
3.  Remove the chocolate and butter from the stove, and whisk in the sugar, then the eggs 1 at a time.
4. Stir in the 1/2 cup cocoa powder.
5. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. The cake will expand and puff up, and once you take it out of the oven, it will slump back to flat. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before eating.

Jesse has eaten this in both cake form and cupcake form. Nicole, my first roommate, got about 4 of these cakes in the 4 short months we lived together. I have fed it to friends and various loved ones, and have never had anything but excellent results.
Meet your new knockout.

3 Comments on “Go with your strengths”

  1. 1 leah said at 9:59 am on December 4, 2009:

    Word! This sounds amazing. Love the new site layout!

  2. 2 Mom J said at 4:40 pm on December 4, 2009:

    Can this be my next birthday cake? I might not even lie about my age if I can have it for my birthday cake. Please, please, please?????

  3. 3 Beargorie said at 9:00 pm on December 4, 2009:

    I love it! That is way cool man! The steps weren’t that complicated too, which is great.

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