Valentine’s Week is officially here! Chances are you fall into one of the following camps- into V-Day or not into V-Day. I’m not really into the holiday in general, but I’m extremely into chocolate and any holiday that celebrates with hearts and sugar may be my favorite. I couldn’t let a year go by without something over-the-top rich and decadent for this occasion so I hope you’re as excited as I am!
For some reason I’ve always been a bit scared of Flourless Chocolate Cake. Maybe it’s because last year I attempted making one and it stuck to the edges, collapsed in the middle and though was tasty, was a general flop. It’s one of my all-time favorite “order at a restaurant” desserts though , so I braced myself this time around, knowing I really wanted to master it, but was prepared it may take a few tries.
I’m happy to say that this recipe seems pretty foolproof, and it’s really and truly incredible. Because I like all things mini, I made these into smaller “cakelets,” but one normal sized 9-10 inch pan would work too. I also think a bunch of small ramekins would be awesome for serving these at a dinner party. I wanted to make enough that I could gift a few of them to family/neighbors and keep one at home for us. Being a rich cake, I thought the 3 inch size was perfect for two people. A dollop of whipped cream or ice cream and you have yourself one beautiful V-day treat!
Also: The original recipe suggested baking the cake in a water bath. (Wrapping the pan in heavy duty foil first) I didn't do this, but added a steam pan to the oven instead. My cakes came out perfectly and crack free. I made minis though, and if you make a full sized cake the water bath may be a good idea.
Recipe adapted from: All Recipes