If Food = Love, This Cake = Hot Sex (Flourless Chocolate Cake for Valentine’s Day)

February 15, 2006 | By | COMMENTS

I’ve been reading a book on food and sex in anticipation of an interview I get to do with the author next week for another website [more on that soon!] and thusly food and sex have been on my mind. Specifically, how the pleasures we enjoy in the bedroom are not so different from the pleasures we enjoy in the kitchen or the dining room. (Fork condoms anyone?) Though many people don’t like to admit it, food is love. It’s the first connection with have with another human being (mother’s breast) and our need for that connection lasts our entire life. Which is why God invented chocolate.

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This is the cake I brought to school today as the adult equivalent of the glittery homemade cards we used to put in each other’s 4th grade mailboxes. Of course, there was never any card in MY 4th grade mailbox which is why I turned to cooking. If no one loves me enough to give me a card and food equals love then I’ll cook for myself! [Paging Dr. Freud.)

I'm not really that angry and bitter. I've experienced love in all of its forms (except tantric; sorry, Sting.) I've had my heart broken, I've broken other hearts, I've been around the proverbial block and stepped in several pieces of gum and dog poo. Hey, love's tough. Love hurts. All you need is love.

Valentine's Day makes us think about love and for that many people get angry. I don't. I like love and if I'm not dating anyone I can experience love in different ways. Like I can cook for people I go to school with. That's love, isn't it?

Thus, last night, even though I was exhausted (long day at school) I set upon my making a flourless chocolate cake for my playwriting class taught by a famous and gluten-allergic teacher. This sounds like it would be a daunting thing to do late at night but I have a secret. Are you ready? Come closer. I won't lick your ear. [I lick your ear.] Sorry! Anyway, here’s the secret: this is the easiest cake I’ve ever made.

It comes from the Gourmet Cookbook. It’s SO easy in fact that I don’t even need to go look up the recipe to share it with you. It’s all in my head because it’s all so simple. [And if you don't trust me, I bet it's on Epicurious.)

Preheat the oven to 350. Get your springform pan (10", but mine's 9" and it was fine). Spray it with butter spray or coat it in real butter. Cut out wax paper and line the bottom. Spray that with butter spray.

Take 2 bars (8 oz) of Ghiardelli bittersweet chocolate (or better chocolate if you have it) and chop them up. Put them in a bowl with 2 sticks of unsalted butter chopped up and put over a double boiler.

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Stir until it's all melted and take off the heat. Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar and whisk that in:

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Here come the eggs. Six eggs. Crack them one at a time, add them and whisk them in--one at a time--until each one is incorporated.

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[I use that small white bowl to crack them into to make sure there isn't any shell.]

Now the final step. Sift in 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder:

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Whisk until just combined and you’re done.

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Was that so hard? Of course it wasn’t. Now pour into the prepared pan and place in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes OR until a tester comes out with some wet crumbs on it.

I kept taking it out and putting it back in after 35 minutes because the tester was so wet. So I’d say it cooked for about 50 minutes, but you should cook to your liking. Here’s what it looked like when it came out:

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Cool in the pan on the rack for 10 minutes then remove the sides, flip on to a plate, remove the bottom, remove the wax paper, and flip back on to the cooling rack to cool completely.

And that’s it!

Seriously, it’s easier than making a pre-made brownie mix and a zillion times better. And as far as gratification goes, this one guarantees an orgasm. Just look at my class:

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Do you see the ecstasy on their faces? We needed to mop up afterwards. And that’s how Valentine’s Day should be: messy, sloppy, sweet and filled with chocolate. Hope yours was wonderful too.

Categories: Cakes, Desserts, Recipes

  • http://andreayaya.typepad.com/rookie_cookery/ Andrea

    I can actually *hear* the chocolate.

    Oh, wait–that’s because you licked my ear.

    Never mind.

    Sounds great!

  • http://thefeastcrusade.blogspot.com MM

    It is on Epicurious. I’ve made this cake many times and it never fails to send me into chocolate ecstasy. Your lucky, lucky classmates. Did you do a “Do you feel the love in this room?” after everyone was in an insensate state?

  • Tracy

    What a thoughtful student you are to make flourless chocolate cake with your gluten-intolerant teacher in mind. If only my students would bake me that cake. This recipe is going in my to try pile. It looks delicious!

    I have a recipe for a wonderful gluten-free red velvet cake if you’re interested.

  • not telling

    is that Marsha Norman stuffing her face on the right hand side of the pic?

    hmmmmmm.

  • Lauren

    Here are the parts I find confusing: remove the sides, remove the bottom.

    What sides? What bottom?

    I NEED EXPLICIT INSTRUCTIONS!!

    (I am also incompetent.)

  • http://www.somethingclever.net Devlyn

    Lauren – springform pans have a removable outer ring, so when the cake has cooled a bit, you remove the outer ring, then remove the bottom of the pan from the cake (and the wax paper) to let it cool completely.

    ^_^

  • Christine

    can you use a whisk attachement on the mixer instead of a hand whisk?

  • Jeff

    Yuck! Mop up afterwards? Ewww. Did you at least get extra credit?

  • Miriam

    Mmmm, looks delicious :) I should make it. Thanks for sharing!

  • vicki

    I wonder if this will work with Splenda? If so…it would make a great treat for a diabetic. Flour = carbs = high blood glucose…so no flour / no sugar = YES!

    I’m going to try this SOON!

  • Iza

    whats 1 stick of butter in grammes?

  • Angela

    Dear AG, thanks for the reminder about this wonderful cake!

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/endermunkee Mellissa

    Haha, the licking of the ear bit made me laugh. But only because I’m ticklish.

    The cake looks absolutely delicious, and though I do have someone for Valentine’s Day, I also made food for all of classmates. Even the bitchy ones who took my cupcakes but still manage to hate me. :)

    I am going to make your cake.

  • Janine

    Damn it! Guess what? I looked at the photo and now my pants don’t fit anymore! I don’t want to know, what happens after I actually baked it! ^^

  • gidget bananas

    Iza:

    A “stick” of butter or margarine weighs 4 oz and is 1/2 cup US. Each 1/4 cup or half stick butter or margarine in US recipes weighs about 50 g. There are 8 tablespoons in 1/4 pound butter.

    Here’s a convenient conversion chart.

  • http://agashi.blogspot.com CrazyC

    I have been reading your blog for a while, and decided to give this a try… =) The batter was pretty thick at the end, is this correct? It is in the over as we speak. I increased the proportions by 50%, and made a batch of cupcakes too… The batter sure tasted good!

  • http://1 qasim

    hi

  • Peter Canston

    It sure does look good hah :D. But is it good :D? What I know, is that chocolate isn’t so good for your health (I don’t care what some crazy monkeys say :D), so after I ate a whole box of really delicious Belgian pralines (check Bouchard http://www.bouchardlescaut.com/en/node/10 ) I think I will pass this one :D.

  • Kelly

    I’m so excited to procrastinate on my packing and papers that I’m going to get started on this right now!! It looks delish

  • Kelly

    I’m so excited to procrastinate on my packing and papers that I’m going to get started on this right now!! It looks delish

  • Kelly

    I’m so excited to procrastinate on my packing and papers that I’m going to get started on this right now!! It looks delish

  • http://www.dlldll.org/ Dll

    The licking of the ear bit made me laugh. But only because I’m ticklish. The cake looks absolutely delicious, and though I do have someone for Valentine’s Day, I also made food for all of classmates. Even the bitchy ones who took my cupcakes but still manage to hate me.