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Cake Contest

April 23, 2009

Almost Flourless Chocolate Torte

At work today, we had a cake contest.  Though I have to admit to not going as all out as I did for our Halloween pumpkin contest, I still contributed a tasty cake.

If you’re looking for a rich, chocolatey cake that is quite easy to make, this is the cake for you.  Garnish it with strawberries or keep it plain and serve with a bit of vanilla ice cream.

The cake I made for the contest featured our company’s logo in powdered sugar.  To do this, I simply cut out a stencil from computer paper, spread the cut-out over the cake and lightly sprinkled it with powdered sugar.  I then carefully removed the stencil to reveal the crisp logo in white.

For the recipe, I have to thank Clotilde from Chocolate & Zuchini for her Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chocolate Cake.

Melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Cake (copied from Clotilde’s blog)

– 200g (2 sticks minus 1 Tbsp) butter
– 200g (7 oz) dark chocolate
– 200g (1 C) sugar
– 4 eggs
– a rounded tablespoon of flour

Note: like all dark chocolate cakes, this cake is best made a day ahead (or at least in the morning if you serve it for dinner).

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper (no need to if you’re using a non-stick pan).

Melt together the butter with the chocolate (in a double-boiler or in the microwave slowly and for just a few seconds at a time, blending with a spoon between each pass). Transfer into a medium mixing-bowl. Add in the sugar, stir with a wooden spoon and let cool a little. Add in the eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition. Finally, add in the flour and mix well.

Pour the dough into the pan, and put into the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off but leave the cake inside for another ten minutes, then put the pan on a cooling rack on the counter to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and take it out about an hour before serving.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Erika permalink
    April 24, 2009 7:22 am

    I am in love with this!

  2. April 26, 2009 5:22 pm

    wow! gorgeous cake!

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