Saturday, March 14, 2009
Ugly Flourless Chocolate Cake made from a Recipe that David Lebovitz Found in the Men's Room
This chocolate cake isn't meant to be ugly, but I'm neither an experienced baker nor do I have the tools to remove the chocolate cake from its pan without destroying it - which is why you only see half of it in this photograph. I assure you, that when, you, an experienced baker make this cake - it will look as beautiful as any other chocolate cake.
I first read about this recipe on David Lebovitz's site. He said he found this recipe scrawled on the wall of the men's room at Racines.
The original recipe was traced to Pierre Jancou and is called LE GÂTEAU DE ZOÉ SANS FARINE.
When the cake first came out of the oven it was more like a chocolate mousse surrounded by a soft ring of chocolate cake, but the morning after it spent the night in my refrigerator, it became more like a cake.
It's moist, very chocolatey and decadent. I was going to put 300 g of chocolate instead of 200 g as I always take Mr. Lebovitz's recommendations seriously but I had a moment of blindness where I couldn't see my own handwriting scribbled on the printout and made the recipe with 200 g of chocolate instead.
Note: Next time I'll bake it for 25 minutes instead of 15 minutes. Even though delicious, the cake was so soft you couldn't remove it from the pan without destroying it so I think it needs to be baked a little longer.