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Chocolate-Bourbon Cake

Photo: Fran Gealer
Yield Makes 16 servings
This rich chocolate cake gets a sensational finish from a Coffee-Bourbon Syrup. It's so delicious that you can skip the ice cream, and we never skip the ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder, divided
  • Hot water
  • Coffee-Bourbon Syrup
  • Hazelnuts

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9- x 2-inch cake pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, and set aside.

  2. Combine bourbon and sugar in a large saucepan; bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat, and add chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Set aside, and let cool to room temperature.

  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until very well blended. Fold in flour and 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Set pan in a large roasting pan filled to depth of 1 inch with hot water.

  4. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting with Coffee-Bourbon Syrup every 15 minutes after a crust has developed on cake's surface.

  5. Cool cake; cover and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. Transfer cake onto a serving plate, and dust with remaining 1 tablespoon cocoa powder. Top with hazelnuts.