A flourless choc cake with no vanilla in recipe. Can I add some?

It also calls for unsalted butter and a "pinch" of salt. I'd like to add more than a pinch. May I? My intuition is saying this will be tastier with vanilla and more salt. Am I crazy?

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702551 June 18, 2016

You can do whatever you want. After all, you're the one who is going to eat it, not us.

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Smaug June 18, 2016

There shouldn't be any structural problems, if that's your concern. Baking isn't quite as precise as it's often painted- most ingredients in most recipes have quite a bit of leeway.

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Sadassa_Ulna June 18, 2016

Will alcohol-based vanilla curdle the chocolate? (I don't think it will if I add it to the beaten egg/sugar mixture).

702551
702551 June 18, 2016

No, no, vanilla, alcohol and chocolate are frequently combined in thousands of recipes (perhaps millions).

Sadassa_Ulna
Sadassa_Ulna June 18, 2016

Clarification: I am bringing this to a Dessert Party and was asked specifically to make a flourless chocolate cake. If I add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 a tsp. salt will it not taste "classic?"

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Smaug June 18, 2016

You should, however, present it as a variation of the original recipe if anyone asks. Also, things depend some on the type of chocolate used- if it's sweetened it very likely contains vanilla already.

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Susan W June 18, 2016

Definitely add the vanilla to the egg mixture and the extra salt is up to you. I'm not sure what you mean by classic, but these additions, won't change the flavor by much.

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Sadassa_Ulna June 18, 2016

Thanks so much, everyone! I added both but was conservative with quantities. If it is delicious I will post it, it was so easy to make.

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stephanieRD June 18, 2016

I would add the vanilla too. I don't think there would be any structural problems with the cake.

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