I made chocolate cake for Mike's birthday. Let me rephrase that...I made CHOCOLATE cake for Mike's birthday.
- Butter a 9" cake pan and line with a circle of parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper too.
- Melt 7 ounces of good quality baking chocolate and 7 ounces of good quality butter over hot water. I used 4 ounces of unsweetened and 3 ounces of bittersweet. Or maybe it was the other way 'round, I don't remember exactly anymore. Stir chocolate and butter together.
- Add the chocolate mixture to 1 1/3 cup sugar in a mixing bowl and allow this to cool a bit. Then beat lightly.
- Add five large eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Stir in 1 (that's one) tablespoon of all purpose flour.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. It will look like chocolate mousse.
- Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.
- The middle may look still moist when it is done, but don't over bake.
- It keeps well in the freezer--maybe even slightly improved after a day or two in the freezer.
- A slick of frosting, a spoon of whipped cream, or a spoon of ice cream--all superfluous, but a little bit of excess never hurt anyone around here all that much.
Now, here's the thing. The cake is good and very, very rich. The recipe is from A Homemade Life. We had each had a piece on Saturday and I knew that we would have another on Sunday and that took up a third of the cake. I figured it would be a good idea to wrap up the rest and put it in the freezer--save it for another time the urge for chocolate hits, save ourselves from pigging out on the whole thing in just a couple of days. I thought I was doing the responsible thing.
So Mike went to get himself a slice of that cake on Sunday. He found what I had portioned out for the second helping and thought to himself, "Wow, it's almost all gone. She has really been hitting this cake pretty hard." He thought I had eaten an entire half of a cake over the day on Sunday! Honestly! I'm outraged.