Monday, January 28, 2013

Flourless Chocolate Cake


We had our first family dinner at our new house this weekend, and since my daughter-in-law is on a Gluten free diet I knew I had to make a dessert that she would also be able to enjoy. This flourless chocolate cake was the answer!


It was very chocolaty and fudge like in texture and "melt in the mouth" good! Even my youngest grandson loved it!  You don't have to be Gluten free to enjoy this cake -- it definitely was a crowd pleaser.

Flourless Chocolate Cake


Serves 10| Hands-On Time: 20m| Total Time: 2hr 00m

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for the pan
  • 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  •  1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

    Directions:

    1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and dust with cocoa powder.
    2. In a medium saucepan, heat the butter with ¼ cup of the heavy cream over medium-low heat until the butter is melted. Add the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth; remove from heat.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, and cocoa powder; whisk in the chocolate mixture.
    4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until puffed and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 1 hour. Run a knife around the edge of the cake before unmolding. Dust with the confectioners' sugar. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.



    This is one of the beautiful  sunsets we see almost every evening over the nearby foothills.  It reminds me of the John Denver song when he sand: " I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky!"


    Last week I showed you a beautiful buck that happened to visit my backyard--click here to see that post. This little guy drops by daily to nibble on some grass and sun himself.


    My cat sits by the door for hours watching him and other wildlife. Life is certainly a slower pace here for us all, and we're enjoying every minute of it!

    Linking up today to Mosaic Monday, Our World Tuesday, Outdoor Wednesday.
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    64 comments:

    Pondside said...

    It looks like you are settling into life in Colorado - sunsets, bunnies and baking. I've made a similar cake, and it was a winner too!

    Ola said...

    can I have a bit please?:)

    Daphne Bryson said...

    Good Morning Pat, What breathtaking sunsets....and how wonderful to enjoy them every evening....what a treat.
    I make a similar cake so I know it is a winner.
    I am so pleased you are enjoying your slower pace of life, surrounded by your family.
    Have a lovely day.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

    diane b said...

    I didn't think it was possible to cook a cake without flour. It looks delicious and by the look on kiddo's face it was delicious. It must be wonderful to have slowed down and have more time with your lovely family as well as watch interesting wildlife and beautiful sunsets.

    Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

    The cake sounds great Pat! (And sure looks like it was enjoyed:@)

    pam said...

    We don't have to eat a gluten free diet but we are avoiding wheat more days than not(and loosing weight) and I have found many gluten free recipes that are quite satisfying. I must say that I am thankful I can eat wheat because there are some things I would miss. Those flourless cakes are amazing for sweet lovers.

    From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

    The first of many family dinners. How exciting for you and your husband. Your grandson is adorable and will love having his grandparents so close. Enjoy the wild life in your new backyard!

    podso said...

    Pat you sound content and happy. I smiled to see your grandson at your table eating your cake, You have many such happy times to look forward to! Thanks for the cake recipe! Beautiful sunsets.

    Ciao Chow Linda said...

    You must be happier than ever to be preparing family meals with your kids within driving distance now. The flourless cake sounds great whether you're gluten free or not!

    Sharon said...

    Your flour-less cake looks gorgeous! I want some!!

    Snap said...

    Beautiful sunsets, wildlife, and chocolate cake ... what could be better?!!!!!

    A Garden of Threads said...

    Isn't the slower pace of life wonderful and daily visitors as well. Hope you enjoy your Monday.

    Judie said...

    i am so happy to have this recipe! several members of our family have celiac disease, and i could serve this when they come for a visit.

    your photos are lovelt, pat. i have some on my blog as well. not as good as yours, though!!

    Karen Harvey Cox said...

    Oh Pat,

    It sounds like a dream, and your photographs make it look like a dream too.

    Those sunsets are remarkable. I love when you can see wildlife all around you. You must be so enjoying living in the country now. Not to mention feeding cake to that cutie pie.

    Karen

    Tracy said...

    WOW...this cake is wonderful, Pat! Many thanks for the recipe! Both my sisters-in-law and a niece are gluten-intolerant, so I will make this cake the next time we have everyone over. Your Bo is a beautiful cake... Looks like he's got a whole new life as nature watchman. ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

    Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

    This cake sounds delicious!! What an amazing sunset. It sounds like your are settling into your new life wonderfully.

    black eyed susans kitchen said...

    Good morning Pat, the cake looks wonderful and I will save the recipe for Passover. I am always looking for flourless desserts for the holiday. I have always said that if I can see the bunny rabbits in the yard, and the bats in the sky at dusk, then all is right with the world. Looks like all is right in your new neighborhood.

    GardenofDaisies said...

    That cake looks delicious! I know my son would love it! I'm so glad you are enjoying the wildlife and all the beautiful views that your new home provides.

    Vee said...

    It is crazy to imagine how much everyday life has changed for you. Now you're watching sunsets and rabbits...a much experience. How is your kitty adjusting to Colorado?

    The flourless cake sounds marvelous. I should make that for my brother-in-law who doesn't eat "breads." Perhaps he'd try this.

    edenhills said...

    Glad to hear you are enjoying the new home. It certainly looks beautiful! That cake does look awfully good.

    Claudia said...

    It snowed yesterday. I looked at my pantry ad saw eggs, sugar, chocolate and butter and made this cake. So comforting. Such a happy family! Loving the wildlife. Such a change for you but so lovely and winning. That cat has got to be interested in the new vistas!

    Old Kitty said...

    Not just any ol flourless cake but a cake of pure chocolate goodness! How amazing! Now that truly is a first for me!

    Awwww Bo!! Such great views for him - he's got his very own nature TV!!

    Glad you are all settling in nicely! Take care
    x

    ellen b. said...

    Sounds like you are settling in nicely Pat! Love the sunsets and the wide open spaces. That cake looks delicious and I'm going to bookmark it for my gluten free niece!

    Riet said...

    You have found a wonderful place to live Pat. The wildlife in the garden , the sunsets so beautiful it must be a totally different life like you are on vacation all he time. That chocolatecake looks delicious and what a good idea.
    Have a good week.

    Paula's Postings said...

    Glad to see the move went well Pat I must try and catch up on your previous posts. Those sunsets are amazing.

    Betsy Brock said...

    when you have people over for dinner, you know you're beginning to settle into your new home! :)

    That cake looks amazing!

    Nellie said...

    How delicious that cake must have been!

    I hope you are feeling more and more at home with your move.

    eileeninmd said...

    Pat, your cake looks delicious. I love anything chocolate. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Your sunset is gorgeous and the bunny is so cute. I am so happy you are enjoying your new home. Have a great week!

    annie said...

    Glad you are enjoying it Pat and I hope your new home brings you years of happiness.

    Pamela Gordon said...

    Life in Colorado is looking good Pat. The cake looks delicious and the sunset shots are gorgeous! I noticed your new header photo. Perfect!!

    Photo Cache said...

    meow to teh adorable kitteh.

    makiejl.com said...

    Marvelous!!
    ~Linda

    Cindy said...

    I love the happy tone of your posts, your little grandson is adorable and is obviously enjoying his grandma's cooking. Hugs, Cindy

    Jenny said...

    Oh wow!

    That looks delicious!

    Love all your pictures!

    And that Grandlittle. Be still my heart!

    Jackie said...

    I have had a cake like that at church before and it was delicious and I am a chocoholic!

    Your view and sunset is incredible and I love love love the little bunny!

    Awesome post!!

    Jim said...

    That cake looks yummo.

    GailO said...

    Oh they are going to be so happy that you moved nearby!

    My son in law has to follow a gluten free diet too so I am bookmarking this yummy looking cake!

    Love seeing your local wildlife!

    Barb said...

    I'm happy to visit another Coloradan! Your cake looks delicious!

    AdriBarr said...

    Well, it seems as though you are settling in. Oh, that sky is just glorious. You must love it. Some friends of our lived in Colorado for a few years, and they often spoke of the majesty of their surroundings.

    And, that cake ain't chopped liver, as the saying goes.! My, it looks wonderful. So many folks today are following a gluten free diet, and experiencing its many benefits - like your cake!

    Take care, keep cooking and enjoy your new home.

    Cheryl @ TFD said...

    The cake sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    The sunset is beautiful and so is your white fluffy kitty! So glad you are enjoying your new home.

    Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

    I think life is good for all of you...even the cat is enjoying it! Beautiful sunset.

    The cake looks yummy!

    Fun60 said...

    Love those sunset pictures.

    ladyfi said...

    Delicious shots!

    Anna said...

    Beautiful pictures, Pat!
    And gorgeous your Chocolate Cake... it looks like Yummy Delicious... ;))))))
    Have a nice week and warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna

    From the Kitchen said...

    It seems that you are settling in quite deliciously!! I think you've given me the solution as to what I could make for my gluten intolerant friend for her birthday luncheon!! Love the "thumbs up" from your adorable grandson.

    Best,
    Bonnie

    Cathy said...

    Your photos are gorgeous, Pat. It sounds like you are enjoying your new lifestyle in Colorado. It does look like there is fire in the sky. Your little cutie pie sure is enjoying his cake.

    Just a little something from Judy said...

    I cannot show your blog posts to my husband anymore. He has a desire to move to CO and if he sees your pictures, it just could become a reality for us too. The sunsets are so breathtakingly beautiful! I like how contented your spirit is with your move. Love seeing the pictures.

    Gary said...

    Great recipe!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    Laura said...

    lovely skies and that cake looks really yummy!

    Dana said...

    That sunset is gorgeous!

    I've always meant to try making a flourless cake. Maybe now I will. Thanks!

    Jeannette StG said...

    I think I've tasted this flourless cake, and it's delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

    SCRUMPTIOUS and fabulous! I have never made a flowerless cake. I think I might try!
    I would love you to stop by and participate in ON THE MENU MONDAY, my weekly linky party. Link goes live 8:00 pm every Sunday. You and your yummy cake would be a welcomed addition!

    Indrani Ghose said...

    I have to try out the flourless cake!
    Great pics!
    Thanks!

    La Petite Gallery said...

    Happy to see you are all settled in.
    Is the Baking temp different from NYC? The cake looks great, I will try it soon as I get the coco powder.
    How about that, a New Yorker really enjoys the wild life. When I first saw a Maine deer out my Kitchen window,I was breathless and it
    brought me close to GOD. Isn't it great to have the family close.
    Watch out for Cougars.. yvonne

    Carol L McKenna said...

    Wow! Great photography ~ Love the rabbit and your cat is beautiful!

    Carol of : A Creative Harbor ^_^

    RNSANE said...

    Oh, Pat, how wonderful to find you here. Last time I visited, you hadn't moved yet. It seems you are making the most out of your move to Colorado! I am home from India for six months, at least. Just had shoulder replacement surgery 10 days ago. I wish I hadn't put it off so long. My orthopedist was right. I had less pain the day after surgery the day before. The biggest nuisance is not being able to use my left arm six weeks.

    I'm eagerly awaiting the birth of my first grandchild in late April. Don't know yet if it's a girl or a boy and the kids don't want to know. Frankly, with three sons, I wouldn't mind a girl. We'll probably return to India by June 1.

    My Outdoor Wednesday is at: http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2013/01/outdoor-wednesday-212-hills-of-pacifica.html

    The Gathering Place said...

    I guess I didn't realize you could make a cake without flour, but your cake looks delicious! It looks like you are settling in to the western life! How fun to be near your children.

    Welshcakes Limoncello said...

    looks lovely - I will try it!

    Cucina49 said...

    Your cat must be fascinated by your new home and the wildlife nearby! Congratulations on your new home, and what a great-looking cake.

    Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

    Hi Pat, You must be thrilled to be able to bake for your family now and see them often. I am looking forward to seeing more of your adventures in Colorado!! Linda

    CatHerder said...

    Beautiful pics..and that cake looks AMAZING i have been trying to cut the gluten from my diet. Hope all is well with you i have been absent from blogger for the longest time but i am finally back

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

    Flourless chocolate cake is the best! Yours turned out beautifully. How delightful to be able to share meals with your family and grandchildren :) That and those gorgeous views and wildlife are the best.

    backroadjournal said...

    It sounds like you are getting settled in and loving it. The fantastic sunsets to end each day are wonderful.

    Annesphamily said...

    Your cake looks lovely and I know they taste terrific! My little niece Taylor has celiac's as well as juvenile diabetes so she does not get many of these wonderful treats!

    I am not sure I enjoy sunsets anywhere as much as I do here! The sunrise too! When I take my hubby to the bus each work week morning we travel over a small bridge and at the top of it you can see the sky and I am always snapping my new camera phone to get a few beautiful sunrise shots!

    John Denver loved Colorado and he certainly sang some wonderful songs about it!

    Good to see you here! Hugs Anne