nigella's chocolate cloud cake

here's a shocking personal revelation to you, dear readers, i love chocolate cake. when i need to make a dessert my first instinct is chocolate cake and gotta convince myself not to make it every time. but now, 9 months pregnant, hungry for chocolate and with very little energy to cook i needed something delicious and easy, so i decided to go for it, no remorse.

this particular cake has always been on the back burner for me (excuse the pun). this flour less, dark, rich and rewarding cake is easy to make.

particular cake sinks damply on cooling. but fear not, you fill the center with whipped cream and top it off with some sprinkled cocoa powder. and by the way, it tastes divine.

9 ounces (250g) dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa solids)
1/2 cup unsalted softened butter
6 eggs, 2 whole, 4 separated
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2 tbs cointreau (optional)
1 orange, zested (optional)
9 inch (23cm) springform cake tin

for the cream topping:
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs cointreau (optional)
1/2 tsp cocoa powder for sprinkling
preheat oven to
350 F (180C)
line the bottom of the cake pan with baking parchment.
melt the chocolate either in a double boiler or a microwave, add the butter and let melt in the warm chocolate.
beat the 2 whole eggs and 4 egg yolks with 1/3 cup of the sugar, then gently add the chocolate mixture, the orange-flavored liqueur and the orange zest.
in another bowl, whisk the 4 egg whites until foamy, then gradually add the remaining sugar and whisk until the whites hold their shape but are not too stiff. lighten the chocolate mixture with a dollop of egg whites, and then fold in the rest of the whites.
pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake is risen and cracked and the center is no long wobbly. cool the cake in its pan on a wire rack; the middle will sink as it cools.

when you are ready to eat, place the still pan-bound cake on a cake stand or plate for serving and carefully remove the sides of the pan from the cake. Don't worry about cracks or rough edges, it's the crater look we're going for here.

whip the cream until it's soft and then add the vanilla and orange-flavored liqueur and continue whisking until the cream is firm but not stiff. fill the crater of the cake with the whipped cream, easing it out gently towards the edges of the cake, and dust the top lightly with cocoa powder pushed through a tea-strainer.

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Laura said...

and the result is incredibly delicious! thank you for sharing, sarit!

Miho said...

if you need a quickie choc fix try this one as well.....I was NEVER into brownies until I made these.....

You know, they say that chocolate makes happy babies.....also you will need it when you're keep up your energy AND make your milk yummy!


ps thinking of you during these last 2 crucial weeks!

sarit said...

oh wow they look so good. im totally going to give them a try this weekend!