This is the richest chocolate cake ever! Any questions?

Robin

Recipe Summary

Servings:
16
Yield:
1 - 10 inch round cake
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10 inch round pan and line bottom with parchment paper.

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  • Chop chocolate squares and place in a large bowl with chocolate chips. Add melted butter. Heat water and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a saucepan until boiling, then pour over chocolate. Stir until smooth.

  • In a separate bowl, whip eggs with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until thick. Fold into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into 10 inch pan.

  • Place 10 inch pan on a cookie sheet in the oven and fill the cookie sheet with water.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool and refrigerate for several hours. Be extremely careful not to burn yourself on the hot water when removing the sheet pan from the oven.

  • Dip the pan in hot water to remove cooled cake. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; protein 5g 10% DV; carbohydrates 38.5g 12% DV; fat 31.1g 48% DV; cholesterol 132.8mg 44% DV; sodium 167mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2007
I know what you mean about the eggs. I tried this for the first time yesterday for my husband's hoiday party at work. The key to the eggs and getting them thick is to seperate the eggs. Beat the egg yolks and half of the sugar (meant for the eggs) and they get thick and creamy. Then do the same with the egg whites and the rest of the sugar. When you add the sugar for both, do it very slowly as you are whipping. Once the yolks are thick and creamy and the whites are at soft peaks, combine both of them and then add to the chocolate mixture. Also, the longer it cooks the better. I hope this helps. I also served it with fresh whipped cream just do break the richness. Enjoy!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/27/2007
Did anyone else add the cream to the batter? ARG! Read More
(18)
85 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 65
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2007
I know what you mean about the eggs. I tried this for the first time yesterday for my husband's hoiday party at work. The key to the eggs and getting them thick is to seperate the eggs. Beat the egg yolks and half of the sugar (meant for the eggs) and they get thick and creamy. Then do the same with the egg whites and the rest of the sugar. When you add the sugar for both, do it very slowly as you are whipping. Once the yolks are thick and creamy and the whites are at soft peaks, combine both of them and then add to the chocolate mixture. Also, the longer it cooks the better. I hope this helps. I also served it with fresh whipped cream just do break the richness. Enjoy!!! Read More
(148)
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2009
This is a specialty I am now known for. So easy! SOOO good! UPDATE: I see a lot of people complaining about the egg not being thick. My eggs never get thick and it's OK! Some people separate and whip up the eggs; I find that that gives air to the cake that makes it less like decadence and more like a mousse. Decadence is a dense rich concoction. You want to whip the eggs to make sure they are uniform (without distinguishable whites or yolks) and you want to fold them in so as to not incorporate more air than absolutely necessary. Also for those of you who find there's too much -- you're probably using a 9" pan; this recipe calls for a 10" pan. In a 10" pan the batter never even reaches half way up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2008
I've made several versions of this over the years. This is the best one. They all will be gooey and dense without the flour - however this one has that touch of texture similar to a brownie on top not quite crunchy - but a perfect combination with the softer center. I very much prefer to use all bittersweet chocolate - which translates to roughly 1 1/2 bags of the Gharadelli. Great quality chocolate for what's available at most grocery stores and it elevates it truly to restaurant quality dessert. I make either a blackberry or marionberry sauce to pool on the plate. Top with a thin sliver of the cake that is slightly warmed and a dollop of sweetened real whipped cream. Amazing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2003
I made this once before and I'm having the same trouble. I'm not sure how long to whip the eggs and my batter doesn't fit in my pan. I also can not tell when it is done. Help it's delicious but I don't know if I'm making it correctly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2008
This cake ranks as one of the top 2 or 3 desserts I've ever had. It's that good. Super-rich without being leaden it has a nice slightly crunchy layer on top with a moist and chewy melt-in-your-mouth center. Use good chocolate and it will be even better. I followed the advice of someone who suggested separating the eggs and beating 1/2 of the egg sugar into the whites and yolks before combining them. I think that really helps the texture. The batter more than filled the 9.5" pie pan I had so I put the rest in 3" ramekins for individual servings. I baked it all in a water bath at 350. The ramekins were done in about 40 min the big cake took another 10 min. I baked until there was just a little sticking to a toothpick. Serve with fresh whipped cream (that ingredient does not get added to the batter...) and maybe a drizzle of homemade chocolate and/or raspberry sauce. Absolutely ridiculously good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2006
I made this recipe using a combiation of 75% and 65 % chocolate. IT WAS A CHOCOHOLICS best for a cake. I made it again using a muffin pan for indiviual servings. For this recipe, cut the baking time by 10 minutes. A keeper for sure. Ken Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2007
Delicious! I took this to a large social event and ended up with none left. I didn't follow the directiosn fo cooking exactly and I don't knwo how much it mattered. I just ended up making the batter and cooking it for 45 minutes like you would a cake. I also whipped the eggs with an electric beater and I never refrigerated the baked product. I meant to originally but when I was making it I was in a hurry and i forgot to reread the recipe. However it was amazingly rich and fabulous tasting. I love the fact that it was actually fairly healthy. Eggs butter and dark chocolate great examples of good fats protein and antioxidants. Definitely making again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2005
Our church has a Seder each year and I took this as my dessert this year. It got rave reviews from the crowd though it was mostly because it was like a pan of chocolate goo. I left it in as per the directions and even cooked it in a slightly larger square pan - and it still didn't completely set as a cake. I'm not sure if that's because I didn't beat the eggs long enough or if I needed to cook it longer or if it's just supposed to be that consistency. It was kind of like the middle of a really fudgy undercooked brownie - but the top had a crunch layer. Personally - I thought it was AWESOME as I love undercooked brownies cookies and raw doughs and batters. But if I were making it for a crowd again I would cook a bit longer. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/27/2007
Did anyone else add the cream to the batter? ARG! Read More
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