from our chocolate recipe collection
Recipe by: Alice Medrich
Serving Size : 10
- 16 oz Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
- 5 Large eggs, separated
- 5 oz Sweet butter
- 1/4 t Cream of tartar
- 1 T Flour
- For serving with the finished cake informally, Alice suggests lightly sweetened whipped cream and one or more of the following sauces: Raspberry sauce, Orange sauce and/or Sauce bijou (cranberry/raspberry).
- For covering the cake in the formal presentation you will need 4 c Heavy cream whipped with 3-4 Tbsp sugar.
Preheat oven to 425-F. Line 8x2" round cake pan with parchment or waxed paper.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a small bowl placed in a barely simmering water bath over low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth. Or, microwave on medium (50%) for about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Whisk in egg yolks and flour. Set aside.
Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in a clean, dry mixing bowl at medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in 1 Tbsp sugar, beating at high speed, until stiff but not dry. Fold about 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Quickly fold in remaining whites. Turn mixture into prepared pan. Bake for exactly 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool in pan. Cake will rise somewhat, especially around edges, but will still seem undercooked. As it cools, it will sink in the center. This is correct! Let the dessert cool completely in the pan on a rack. Cover and chill for several hours in the refrigerator.
Run a knife or small spatula around the edge to release it from pan. Warm the bottom of the pan on a stove burner on low heat for just a few seconds; invert it onto a plate to unmold. Peel the parchment liner from bottom and invert again onto serving plate or corrugated cake circle (if you plan to frost it with whipped cream).
The cake circle will be 1/2" bigger than the dessert all around. The dessert will be right-side up and higher around the edges than in the middle. It may be made to this point up to 4 days in advance. Wrap well and refrigerate until needed, or freeze for up to 3 months.
To Serve Simply: Remove from refrigerator at least one hour in advance. Cut in wedges and pass lightly sweetened whipped cream and sauces separately.
To Serve More Formally: Whip cream with 3-4 Tbsp sugar and mask cake thickly with about 3/4 of it. (Instructions in back of book say to use a turntable. Cover cake with whipped cream, smooth top, then hold spatula at an angle to sides and rotate turntable to smooth.) Scrape the remaining whipped cream into pastry bag and pipe large rosettes or swirls around the top edge of the cake.