by Aubry Rose

Before this blog continues on down a road of ultimate awesomeness, I have another confession to make. I am a serious foodie. Seriously.

Tell me a story, and expect me to get distracted thinking about what I want to eat for dinner. Indulge details about a recent vacation and I won’t care about anything but every single meal you ate. Ask my family one trait my future husband will need to have, and they will tell you: a fast metabolism. I love to eat food, and I love to make food. And you will love me and my food once I give you this recipe.

This cake has literally never failed me. It’s absolutely brilliant, and everyone who eats it thinks that I’m brilliant. Here we go:

Flourless Chocolate Cake (serves about 10)

2 sticks minus 1 tablespoon butter
4 ounces dark chocolate
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 teaspoon espresso powder (or ground coffee)
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 rounded tablespoon of flour*

Note: like all dark chocolate cakes, this cake is best made a day ahead (or at least in the morning if you serve it for dinner).

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper (no need to if you’re using a non-stick pan).

Melt together the butter with the chocolate (in a double-boiler or in the microwave slowly and for just a few seconds at a time, blending with a spoon between each pass). Stir in espresso powder. Transfer into a medium mixing-bowl. Add in the sugar, stir with a wooden spoon and let cool a little. Add in the eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition. Finally, add in the flour and mix well.

Pour the dough into the pan, and put into the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off but leave the cake inside for another ten minutes, then put the pan on a cooling rack on the counter to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and take it out about an hour before serving.

*I have experimented with this cake as well. It tastes absolutely fantastic with additives – e.g. macademia nuts & fig preserves on the bottom, etc. Anything you like with chocolate with be delicious in this cake.