Chocolate Truffle Cake

This is a wildly decadent, butter-rich truffle style chocolate cake. Perfect for serving on a special occasion- especially when you entertain. Gluten eaters won't miss the flour one bit. And gluten-free folks will feel pampered beyond belief.

Tip: Make it the day before you serve it.

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup whipping cream
2 1/2 cups high quality semi-sweet or dark baking chocolate or chips*
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons bourbon vanilla extract* or see notes
7 organic free-range eggs
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Organic cacao powder with maca, for dusting (or use chocolate cocoa powder)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line the inside bottom of a 9-inch Springform cake pan with a circle of parchment paper. Wrap a large piece of foil around the outside of the pan, covering the bottom and sides, to catch any leaking drips. Set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, gently heat the cream over low heat. When the cream is fairly hot, melt the chocolate by adding pieces slowly to the pan as you whisk. Add the butter, in pieces. Whisk until the chocolate and butter are melted. Add the vanilla extract. As soon as the mixture is melted, smooth, and glossy remove it from the heat.

Using a wire whisk attachment, beat the eggs, light brown sugar and sea salt until the eggs are foamy and doubled in volume, roughly 3-4 minutes. (This is where a KitchenAid stand mixer comes in handy.)

Slowly add the cooling chocolate mixture to the eggs, and beat gently until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.

Bake in the center of a pre-heated oven for one hour, until the cake is set and cracked. It will still appear a bit loose in the center, underneath. This is fine.

Place the cake pan on a wire rack to cool. When the cake is close to room temperature, lightly cover and chill the cake overnight.

Before serving, gently loosen the cake from the sides of the pan using a thin flexible spatula. Release the Springform clasp and remove the ring. Place the cake on a cake plate.

Dust the cake with a sifting of cacao powder, maca, or cocoa powder.

Additional Info:

Cook time: 1 hour

Yield: 18 thin slices- this cake is super rich!
*If you prefer using your favorite dark chocolate bar instead of chips- break the bar into small pieces and melt as directed.

After chilling, and before serving, allow the cake to sit out for a few minutes before you serve it- to achieve the best satiny texture.

I've made this recipe kid friendly by using a good vanilla extract for a kick of warm vanilla flavor. For serving adults, you could use your favorite orange, coffee, or even raspberry liqueur instead. Tune into your taste buds and make them happy.

Serve with fresh berries in season.

For substitutions, please see my guide to baking with substitutions.

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