Chocolate Sin Cake with Espresso Cream

Chef Tim Creehan of Beach Walk Café in Destin, Florida (see page 82), created this dense chocolate cake. Don't feel guilty about eating a slice--the taste is worth every calorie.

Yield: Makes 12 servings
Recipe from Coastal Living

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Ingredients

  • 15 (1-ounce) semisweet chocolate baking squares, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups butter
  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Espresso Cream
  • Mixed berries
  • Fresh mint

Preparation

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat; cool. Combine eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Gradually add cooled chocolate, beating at low speed until blended.
  2. Pour batter into a buttered, wax paper-lined, 9-inch deep round cake pan. Place cake pan in a large shallow pan. Add hot water to shallow pan to depth of 1 inch.
  3. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes. Turn oven off; let stand in oven 50 more minutes or until set. Remove cake pan from water bath, and cool cake completely in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill 2 hours. Loosen edges of cake with a spatula, and invert cake onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges, and pipe or spoon Espresso Cream on top. Top with mixed berries and mint sprigs.
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