I’m meeting more and more people who eat a gluten-free diet. I, personally, could never permanently give up breads and pastas, but in order to bond with my GF friends, I temporarily abstain from wheat.
For a recent dinner party where mosts of the guests were GF, I scoured the internet for a good flourless chocolate cake recipe. I didn’t want something calling for bittersweet chocolate (most did) or something calling for a lot of eggs (most did). I finally found something on allrecipes that met my requirements.
This recipe came together fairly easily. I melted the butter and chocolate squares together in the microwave, instead of in a double broiler. I buttered the pan and dusted with cocoa powder to keep it GF. I baked the cake for about 40 minutes, instead of the 30 minutes suggested (the darn center would not cook). My apartment smelled great. The cake looked great. Then, after leaving the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, it crumbled into about 4 big pieces when I turned over the pan. 😦 After crying for a bit, I realized that I could cut the cake in bite size pieces, put about a tablespoon of caramel sauce in the bottom of ramekins, fill the ramekins with the cake pieces, drop on a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and drizzle with a rich caramel sauce. Success!
The final product is somewhere between a dense chocolate cake and a chewy brownie. I only like chocolate cake if it’s extremely rich, and this hit the spot.
Ingredients for Cake
4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions for Cake
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch round cake pan, and dust with cocoa powder.
2. Melt chocolate and butter in a large bowl. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Slices can also be reheated for 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave before serving.