chocolate cake

The BFF's birthday was coming up.  She is a confirmed chocoholic, and naturally, a chocolate cake was a must for her birthday cake.

The recipe I like using is delightfully fast and decadent.  It comes from a NY Times article, which I copied down a few years ago.  The beaten egg whites add a fluffiness to the cake, yet at the same time, there is a soft, fudgy interior.

Azo Family Chocolate Cake
Printable Recipe

8½ ounces (2 sticks plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, more for greasing pan
7 ounces bittersweet chocolate
5 large eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
whipped cream for serving

Place rack in top third of oven and heat to 400 degrees.  Butter a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.  In a double boiler or microwave oven, melt together the butter and the chocolate. Stir to blend.  (Using a Corningware pot, I microwaved for one minute.)

In a medium bowl, stir together egg yolks and sugar.  Stir in flour.  Add chocolate mixture and stir until smooth.  Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites and salt until stiff byt not dry.  Fold whites into chocolate mixture just until blended.  Pour into cake pan.

Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove cake from oven and allow to cool for 1 hour.  Wrap with foil and refrigerate until cake is firm and cold, at least 2 hours.  Two hours before serving, remove cake from refrigerator and bring to room temperature.  Slice (center of cake will be fudgy) and serve, if desired, with whipped cream.


  1. So decadent! Reminds me of a flourless chocolate cake.


  2. It was as good (in fact BETTER) than it appears in the picture! I'm one lucky BFFF. (the Extra F for FAT)...(also thanks to my BFF)...but every Rebecca-induced calorie is well worth it!

  3. This cake really does look fudgy and rich. I could definitely use a piece of that tonight.


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