The Flourless Chocolate Decadence Cake is sensational: it is rich with an eye-opening chocolate flavor; it is dense and moist like a good flourless chocolate cake should be; and it has this amazing crust that forms on top.
Preheat the oven 350°. Butter a 10 inch round pan or two 5 inch small round pans, line the bottom with parchment paper, and butter the paper.
Chop chocolate very finely and place in a large heat proof bowl with the chocolate chips.
Heat cream and sugar over medium heat in a heavy-bottom saucepan until hot and liquidy and sugar has started to dissolve; stirring frequently. Add butter and stir until completely melted.
Pour hot mixture over the chocolate and stir until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
In a separate bowl beat eggs until double in volume and then gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat. I continued to beat until the eggs were thicker and a very pale yellow, but I wouldn’t suggest doing this because my cakes rose too much and then fell as they cooled creating a pocket between the crispy top and the cake. It did produce a remarkably light flourless cake. Sometimes flourless cakes can be like lead…Your call.
Fold eggs into chocolate mixture. This was actually challenging because the chocolate did NOT want to incorporate with the eggs. Just be persistent. It’ll turn out great!
Place pan on a cookie sheet or roasting pan and fill halfway with boiling water.
Bake for 45 to 90 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with some crumbs and a little chocolate smear. My small 5” pans took almost 90 minutes but the original recipe said 40 to 50 minutes!
Let cool completely in pans.
The original recipe says to cool completely and refrigerate in the pan but I had the hardest time trying to get my cakes out even after dipping in hot water. So next time I will refrigerate for about 30 minutes then run an offset spatula around the edges and flip it out onto a cooking rack and then onto a plate. I might also just bake it in a springform pan and be done with it.
Store in the refrigerator. You can serve cold or warmed!
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