Chocolate Valentine Ecstasy

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day cake? Actually, this is a fabulous Any Day cake! It’s quick and easy if you aren’t afraid to whip egg whites. If you are afraid to whip egg whites, this cake is worth overcoming your fear. It’s fluffy, yet intense. Rich. Dreamy. Utterly satisfying. My favorite chocolate experience.

My kids were psyched when I made this cake just so I could take this picture!
My kids were psyched when I made the cake just so I could take this picture!

Chocolate Valentine Ecstasy

Oven temperature: 350

Baking time: 35-40 minutes

Pan: 9” Springform, lined with parchment circle,

spray parchment only with pan spray.

I may have gotten carried away with the whipped cream...
I may have gotten carried away with the whipped cream…

8 ounces chocolate

1 stick of butter

1 cup of sugar, divided

6 large eggs, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla

For topping:

1 cup heavy cream whipped with 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar

A good-quality chocolate bar, to make a large pile of chocolate curls or mini chocolate chips or cocoa powder

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering water.
  1. Separate 4 eggs. Reserve the whites in a clean, dry bowl.
  1. Combine the 4 yolks with 2 more whole eggs and ½ cup sugar. Whisk until combined.
  1. Stir the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the egg yolk and sugar mixture just until combined. Set aside
  2. In a squeaky clean bowl with a squeaky clean whip, whip egg whites. When they begin to form peaks, slowly add the remaining ½ cup sugar, just a tablespoon at a time, until the peaks become stiff. The idea is that you want them whipped enough to add body, but not so stiff that they won’t combine smoothly with your other ingredients. Better under than over with this recipe.
  3. Fold the whites into the chocolate egg mixture just until the streaks of white disappear. Don’t deflate your whites with too much folding. 🙂 Pour into your prepared pan and smooth gently.
  4. Bake for exactly 35 minutes at 350 Farenheit. Give the pan a jiggle. If it seems set, it’s perfect! Otherwise give it 3-5 more minutes and then take it out. Let cool completely.
  5. Cover with a swooping blanket of whipped cream, chocolate curls, chips or a dusting of cocoa powder. Serve with berries if you want to impress your date or your family. Hoard the leftovers and have them for breakfast…in bed!

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