Thursday, April 5, 2012

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce

As if I don't already have enough Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipes, my friend Laura-Kate Rurka, mystery writer and fantastic baker, made yet another cake from a different recipe for the Literary Salon the other night for authors Hilary Davidson and Brad Parks. The cake is gluten free, so it was just perfect. Hilary has Celiac Disease and hosts the blog: Gluten-Free Guidebook (on the road with travel journalist Hilary Davidson). Brad Parks, as far as I know doesn't care about gluten, but he did sing for his supper--or in this case, his cake! What a great voice. Be sure and check out both of these mystery authors.

This recipe is also perfectly timed for Passover which starts this Friday night, so if you're celebrating Passover--or just want another Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe, this one is terrific--and easy! What is the 'crowning' touch on this recipe, though, is the sauce... a warm rum sauce that sinks into the rich dark cake, giving it a unique moistness and taste. The recipe for the cake is adapted from Tyler Florence of the Food Network. It's his Cracked Chocolate Earth Flourless Chocolate Cake. The Rum Butter Sauce is from the Jr. League Centennial Cookbook that accompanies a 'floured' Cake. Works well with the Flourless one. All I can say is YUM!

Cracked Chocolate Earth Flourless Chocolate Cake

1 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1 stick sweet butter
9 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
2 cups heavy cream, cold 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan.

Put the chocolate and butter into the top of a double boiler (or in a heatproof bowl) and heat over (but not touching) about 1 inch of simmering water until melted. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in a mixing bowl until light yellow in color. Whisk a little of the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture to temper the eggs - this will keep the eggs from scrambling from the heat of the chocolate; then whisk in the rest of the chocolate mixture.

Beat the egg whites in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form and fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into the prepared pan (spray the bottom with nonstick spray) and bake until the cake is set, the top starts to crack, and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it, 30 to 35 minutes (and then check every five minutes after that--don't overbake). Let stand 10 minutes, then unmold.

Hot Buttered Rum Sauce

1 Cup Heavy Cream
3/4 cup Packed light brown sugar
8 Tbsp (1 stick) sweet butter
3 Tbsp dark rum
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine cream, brown sugar and butter in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently until mixture boils. Boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and rum. Spoon warm sauce on plate and top with a wedge of cake or drizzle or pour sauce on top of a wedge of cake.


Baking Addict said...

Looks delicious especially with the rum sauce. Have a great Easter :)

Lynn said...

The cake and the sauce look absolutely amazing! Would love a bite of that right now -- ok, maybe more than just a bite ;)

Sue Trowbridge said...

This was one of the best chocolate cakes I've EVER tasted! My mouth is watering just looking at the pic. I am definitely not the baker Laura-Kate is, but I will have to give it a try sometime.

yummychunklet said...

The hot buttered rum sauce sounds amazing!

Janet Rudolph said...

It really is, and it makes the cake..

Anonymous said...

This cake was so mouth watering and so delicious that as I stared at the cake and the sauce and I felt as if I were my Golden Retriever staring at a bowl filled with his favorite treats. I could hardly wait to pour myself a tall glass of satisfying and quenching cool milk. The milk is like the "chaser" one drinks after already savoring the most satisfying of tasty beverages. It just augments the experience.

ISO Training said...

Can't take my eyes off that cake and I still mindlessly still scrolling for it. Looks really good! I love chocolate cakes and I definitely can't wait to try this one.

Whitney said...

Looks amazing! Where do I put the 2 cups of cold cream? Do I whisk it in with the yolks and sugar? Or do I whip it to serve on the side??


Janet Rudolph said...

Whipped cream is put on the top of the cake.. if you'd like.. sorry.. should have said that.