Chocolate Truffle Cake

By • June 10, 2011 • 3 Comments


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Author Notes: This is one of the easiest desserts I've ever made. The recipe is a little quirky, and you must follow it to the letter, or you'll lose the sinful truffle texture that is created.

What a marvelous cake to have in your repertoire! It takes no longer to make two or three than it does to make one. It's a good idea to make multiples since not only is it utterly delicious, but you can keep it (when properly wrapped) up to 4 months in your freezer. [I know this is so because I "found" one in my freezer after that long, and served it successfully!]
ChefJune

Serves 8 to 12

  • 16 ounces best quality semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chestnut flour
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar (you can whirl it in your food processor)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Unsweetened cocoa for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease the bottom (only) of an 8-inch springform pan. (Yes, it must be 8-inches.)
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in the top of double boiler over simmering water. When melted, transfer into a bowl, and add flour, water, and blend well. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. Beat egg whites until very frothy. Add the sugar and continue beating until they are stiff and shiny, but not dry. Fold into the chocolate mixture.
  4. Pour into pan and bake for 15 minutes, ONLY! The cake will look very undone in the center.
  5. 4. Cool. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Spread a very thick layer over top of cake, smoothing with spatula. Shake unsweetened cocoa through a sieve over the whipped cream. Use a doily to make a design on the whipped cream if you wish. Cut the cake while cold, but let it stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving.

Tags: doubles easily, Easy, festive, serves a crowd, travels well

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almost 3 years ago sfbarocas

Can you use another nut flour in place of the one listed above? If so, any suggestions?

Tks.

Junechamp

almost 3 years ago ChefJune

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If you grind the almonds REALLY fine, I think it would work. It really needs to be flour consistency.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Sounds wonderful Chef June,