Craggy Chocolate Cake

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 55 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 7 ounces/200 g 70 percent chocolate, chopped
  • 7 ounces/200 g butter, softened
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup/200 g sugar
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      Directions

      Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line with parchment, grease, and flour an 8-inch/22 cm springform pan.

      Melt the chocolate gently over a water bath, and then beat in the butter a piece at a time until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat the yolks with 1/2-cup sugar until thick, pale, and ribbony. In yet another bowl, beat the whites to soft peaks. Scatter over the remaining 1/2-cup sugar and beat to a stiff meringue.

      Slowly whisk the chocolate mixture into the yolk mixture. Stir in a spoonful of beaten egg whites, then pour the chocolate mixture over the egg whites and gently fold together with a spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 50 minutes.

      Remove from the oven. Run a knife around the outside edge, then let sit until cool. It will sink down and the top will crack, appealingly. Serve with a drift of slightly sweetened whipped cream, flavored with vanilla, rum, or orange flower water.

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      • on January 22, 2014

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        Amazing!
        The only thing, my 9 inch backing pan was a bit to small for it...
        Works great with Vodka Cranberry reduced sauce ;)

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      • on July 02, 2013

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        So easy my 3 year old has helped me make this twice already. Absolutely yummy and a number one go to for our midweek baking treat going forward. Best with fresh whipped cream, but quite lovely also with cut strawberries. I think it may be fail-proof since my non-baking sister in law also has had raving success. Love hearing my son say -mommy lets make the CRAGGY cake. It's a perfect name.

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      • on February 14, 2013

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        Loved this easy to make cake, quick to put together. The only problem I encountered was that it burned slightly around the top edge. My pan was dark, so maybe I should have lowered the oven temp. Will try again.

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