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Mocha Truffle Cake

Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 1 hr
Chill time 2 hrs
Stand time 30 mins
time 3 hrs, 45 mins
Yield Serves 12
A quick spin in the food processor makes this cake's prep easy enough for a weeknight dessert for your family. Its bold chocolate flavor is so satisfying that it's unlikely you'll be able to think about seconds.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 373
  • fat 22 g
  • satfat 13 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 44 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 136 mg
  • sodium 40 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line bottom with parchment. Butter parchment.

  2. Combine chocolate, sugar and espresso powder in bowl of a food processor. Process until chocolate is finely ground, about 30 seconds. With blades in motion, pour in 3/4 cup boiling water. Process until chocolate has melted, about 20 seconds. Add butter, eggs and vanilla. Pulse several times to thoroughly mix into a thin batter.

  3. Pour batter into springform and swirl to evenly spread batter. Bake until set in center, 55 to 60 minutes (cake will appear dry on top and slightly cracked around the edges). Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes; cake may sink in center. Run a thin knife around edges of pan, remove cake from pan, cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight.

  4. Place cake on a serving plate and let stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. Just before serving, sift confectioners' sugar over cake. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.