|1st cake 6/2/11-below updated pics 2/7/18.|
It was a little birthday celebration in May - nothing fancy - I served all beef dogs with sauerkraut - the fancy dinner, well that was served Mother's Day. But you only turn 54 "yikes" once and I wanted to make dessert; lol so the dessert was reserved for my birthday!
My cousin Herb told me of this cake he had and as soon as he got the recipe he said, I was the first person he thought of calling. Then he told my Dad about it, who lives for sweets and he started to mention it often.
I wrote the recipe down and sat it aside until I was ready. When that day came I started looking at the recipe and thought to my self that is a lot of butter - and sugar- and a change is needed since I really wanted to make it! Apparently, as I was writing the recipe out - I was hearing it correct to write it but not thinking of what, if that makes any sense. So I will give you both recipes and I hope you'll at least try one for your special day.
Chocolate Mousse Cake
In a sauce pan and on low heat, stir until smooth;
1 cup white sugar
2 cups butter
1 cup water
1 pound chocolate chips, semi-sweet or bitter sweet
In a large bowl beat together;
Add chocolate mixture to the beaten eggs, pour into a prepared spring form pan (lined with foil and greased). Bake at 350 for 45 - 50 minutes or when toothpick comes out clean.
Here is the recipe I did use:
Flour-less Chocolate Cake
adapted from several ideas :)
10-12 oz semi-sweet, bittersweet or dark chocolate chips*
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter cut in pieces
1 Tbsp. espresso or strong coffee
1/2 tsp. vanilla
6-7 eggs separated into bowls (medium size to mix)
1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar, plus 2-2 1/2 Tbsp of sugar added to egg whites
1. Preheat oven to 350
Butter and dust a spring form pan with raw cacao or cocoa*. I also lined the bottom with parchment paper.
2. In double boiler or saucepan with medal bowl; melt together chocolate, butter and espresso. Stir smooth. Take off heat and stir in vanilla.
3. Mix/cream together egg yokes and 1/4 cup sugar - it should look light and creamy.
4. In a clean dry bowl mix/beat together egg whites and 2 Tbsp sugar until they form soft peaks.
5. Combine/ fold together egg yolks with chocolate mixture.
It's virtually impossible to do this a third hand is needed! :)
6. Then fold in half of the egg white - fold in carefully and do not over mix or beat.
Lightly fold in remaining half until a slight bit of whites are still seen.
7. Place into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes - it should not feel firm as with other cakes.
Cool completely on a wire rack then remove form.
It will shrink down so no worries ~
*I've used both however, with the Ghirardelli 11.5 oz - 60% bittersweet chocolate, I added a little more sugar but not much. (dad - likes milk chocolate or semi. "sugar"lol & yuk!)
Cacao vs Cocoa