Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Daring Bakers February Challenge-Valentino Cake

February’s challenge is a Flourless Chocolate Cake
The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.
This was my first Daring Bakers Challenge, and it was a success I might say. Only 3 ingredients, can't get easier then that! I must say that the taste and texture of the cake was not what I expected at all. You could actually compare this to a brownie, but better. I used the best available dark chocolate, Callebaut. Available in Ottawa at "Farm Boy". This cake will taste exactly like the chocolate that you will be using, therefore I would abstain from low quality chocolate. I drizzled homemade caramel sauce all over it, hummmmm. There is nothing better then chocolate cake and a cup of Timmies. For you Canadians out there, you know exactly what I'm talking about :-)

Chocolate Valentino
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter
5 large eggs separated

1. Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.
2. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.
3. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.
4. Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).
5. With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
6. Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.
7. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter. {link of folding demonstration}
8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C
9. Bake for 25 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C.
Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.
10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.


Andreas said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers. You did a great job of this months Challenge. The second picture looks very warm and inviting.

Dragon said...

Welcome to daring bakers. Great job on this month's challenge!

Passionate About Baking said...

Aw, just look at that caramel sauce drizzling down. Can find myself reaching ouit for my fork! YUM!!

Jo said...

Welcome to Daring Bakers and congratulations on your 1st challenge.

gail said...

mmm! How did I not see this yet! YUM!!