French chocolate cake

Feb. 12, 2006, midnight | By Mary Donahue | 18 years, 4 months ago

Impress with this decadent, but simple cake

This cake is simple enough to whip up in a moment, but decadent enough to please even your toughest critics. Try it with a thin chocolate glaze instead of traditional icings. Fresh fruit makes a perfect garnish to juxtapose the almost overwhelmingly chocolate experience.

Makes two 8-inch cakes

This richer-than-rich cake can be easily adapted to suit any holiday decor. For example, check out this heart-shaped cake.

- two, round 8-inch pans
- mixing bowls and electric mixer
- wire cooling rack


- 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
- 4 tablespoons lukewarm water
- 1/2 cup sweet butter in bits
- 3 large eggs separated
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup flour


1. Preheat oven to 350º

2. Melt chocolate over low heat in the water, stirring constantly

3. Stir in butter, piece by piece until all the butter has melted

4. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Cool

5. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in vanilla

6. Gradually stir in flour and mix well

7. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff and then fold them into the batter

8. Pour half of batter evenly into each pan

9. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake tests clean. Do not over bake; the cake should be moist. Cool on a wire rack

Top cake with the thin chocolate glaze and garnish with raspberries, if desired.

Mary Donahue. Mary Donahue is an 11th grade, vegetarian Honors student who is addicted to sugar. Whatever free time she can find is quickly swallowed up by Doback, "her" horse, or her crazy friends, with whom she scares mortals. She isn't happy unless she is moving, which … More »

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