Flourless Chocolate Cake

For quite some time I have been meaning to try a variation of this recipe. My brother in law and a close real friend are both gluten free and it seemed like an opportunity to learn how to work without flour. The result was dense and super cholocatey, but I think I left it in the oven 5 minutes more than I should have.

I served this because my sibling and her husband came to town and she shares a bday month with Maura, my other sibling, so I volunteered to make a shared cake for the celebration. I think it was best served with ice cream, and luckily we had some on hand! Baking can be something of a mystery, and I wish I had more opportunities to perfect my skills. The problem is you have to have somebody to eat what you baked and if it is bad, (which on occasionally happens to even the best home chef) you are hesitant to give it to somebody under the guise of thoughtfulness. Being thoughtful is so gratifying, doing something which looks thoughtful but isn’t seems like work I’d rather not do do. Luckily this cake did not go the way of pudding cookies (threw most of them away) or raw garlic scape ravioli (apologized but shared it anyway).

Plan of Attack

Ingredients

cup of chocolate chip cookies

cup of butter

8 medium eggs

Preheat the oven to 300-325 degrees depending on how hot your oven runs, Cut the butter into pats for easier melting and put in a microwave safe bowl with the chocolate chips. Melt the the ingredients in the microwave in 30 second intervals, taking care to mix the ingredients between stints int he microwave to prevent burning and sticking to the bowl.

Preheat the oven to 300-325 degrees depending on how hot your oven runs, Cut the butter into pats for easier melting and put in a microwave safe bowl with the chocolate chips. Melt the the ingredients in the microwave in 30 second intervals, taking care to mix the ingredients between stints int he microwave to prevent burning and sticking to the bowl.

Add your eggs to your stand up mixer and whip until light yellow and the mixture makes sift peaks, but before it make meringue like stiff peaks.

Add your eggs to your stand up mixer and whip until light yellow and the mixture makes sift peaks, but before it make meringue like stiff peaks.

Pour, in batches, the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, making certain you have integrated the chocolate completely before adding more of the echolocate mixture

Pour, in batches, the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, making certain you have integrated the chocolate completely before adding more of the echolocate mixture

The mixture should resemble a very smooth cake batter when completely integrated. Pour the batter into a foil lined springform pan and place the pan on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 36 -41 minutes.

The mixture should resemble a very smooth cake batter when completely integrated. Pour the batter into a foil lined springform pan and place the pan on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 36 -41 minutes.

The cake is done once it has risen and there are cracks in the top.

The cake is done once it has risen and there are cracks in the top.

Decorate as you prefer

Decorate as you prefer

Serve in a festival atmosphere covered in sparkler candles.

Serve in a festival atmosphere covered in sparkler candles.