1 Suzie the Foodie: Happy Chocolate Cake Day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Happy Chocolate Cake Day!

Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake

After I had made this flourless chocolate cake I heard from friend Desba that January 27th is Chocolate Cake Day which was confirmed by Tastespotting. And you know what is so weird? Yesterday, I just had to make a chocolate cake. Now I never make cakes. I took a cake decorating class with my amazing friend Colleen and it was an absolute nightmare! That was over three years ago and since then I have made two cakes: 1) my sister Shannon's prosperity cake and 2) the cake that saved Halloween.

Now if I had waited until today to make the cake I would not have time to photograph it and put it up. I listened to my foodie instincts which were going off like alarm bells yesterday screaming, I want chocolate cake! Considering how down in the dumps we have been lately I actually allowed myself to indulge. I pulled out a recipe I have been wanting to try for a year now: Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake. A flourless and dense chocolate cake, perfect for the January blues.

Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake

You begin with melting chocolate over a double boiler and then adding softened butter to melt into the hot chocolate.

Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake

You separate some eggs and add the yolks with two eggs and some sugar into a bowl and mix it together. Nigella's recipe calls for orange zest and Cointreau but I did not have those so I added Baileys instead. Temper the melted chocolate and butter into the egg mixture. That just means, add it slowly while whisking.

Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake

You whip the egg whites with some sugar until they are at a soft peak stage.

Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake

You put one third of the egg whites into the batter and fold together (I prefer to use a whisk) and then, like in the photograph, you add the remainder of eggs whites and just combine! Do not over mix or the cake will deflate.

Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake

See all of those bubbles? That is a good thing. Do not tap them out, gently put the cake into the oven (the recipe says 180C which I converted to 350F) for 35 minutes.

Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake

At first the cake will have wonderful lift and then:

Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake

Dum, dum, dum... it will fall! Which is what you want. Now you have a place to put the whipped cream. I only made 1 cup of whipped cream, not two like the recipe calls for. One was enough. I whipped mine up with some icing sugar, Baileys and a little skim milk powder to help give the whipped cream some stability:

Nigella's Chocolate Cloud Cake

I sprinkled some cocoa powder on top and voila! Chocolate cake!

This recipe requires a scale, Nigella does not use cup measurements, but other than that, it is very easy. There are some steps to follow but when it comes to cake making, the dense richness of the cake is totally worth the extra effort. I give this recipe four and a half wooden spoons.

It seems silly and a bit crazy to bake an entire cake just for me and my husband in the middle of the week. There is no way that we can eat this entire cake all by ourselves but I had to listen to the Foodie Goddess voice inside who demanded I make this cake immediately. Now I have a post to share on National Chocolate Cake Day.

Perhaps maybe now you will also be inspired to try making a cake on this special foodie holiday?! Is the Foodie Goddess talking to you too?


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Mmmm, I imagine it is dense and chewy like a brownie. Made with Bailey's, my fave. Mmmm. Pardon me, I'm fantasizing right now.

Lisa said...

This looks amazing! Well done.

Claudia said...

I now need to make a chocolate cake. And it needs to look like yours. So rich and dense and filled with chocolate goodness. Kudos! (I'm not a cake baker either)

AvaDJ said...

What dreamy looking cake, and you added Baileys-WOW-Yes,Suzie, your inner Foodie Goddess conjured up a truly beautiful masterpiece. Indulge in and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

tournesol said...

Hmm looks yummy! I no flour cake, sounds very interesting. Yes! I did make that bread of yours, the Purity Cook book one. Family ate it up quick! Im making the stew tonight, thanks for the tip about consomme and paste.


Tori said...

Wow that looks good! I'm glad you listened to your Foodie Insinct. Happy Chocolate Cake Day!

Shell said...

Happy Chocolate Cake Day! Yesterday, I was given a beautiful chocolate cake for my birthday. I guess it is divine timing.
It is never crazy to make a delicious cake for two people, Suzie.
I know you will enjoy it.

Sathya - said...

Ooo that looks so good. Nigella never fails me, I shall have to try this!

Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy said...

That looks so delicious!!! I'm so disappointed that I missed chocolate cake day, but I must say that I also, like you, experienced a desire for chocolate cake yesterday, so maybe a part of me knew after all! I fully intend to make some chocolate cupcakes today to make up for having missed such a wonderful holiday. :)

B & D said...

i just love nigella..isnt she awesome!! :)
I really didnt know that there is some day called chocolate cake day!! :) i missed it :( nice post and recipe :) also happy belated chocolate cake day!!! :)

Chocolate Shavings said...

I love the look of that decadent chocolate cake!

Mae said...

Hoho! I love that it collapses just perfectly to cradle the topping... gorgeous.

Janice said...

OMG Suzie, that looks so gorgeous and you made it to top 9 on Food Buzz - your instincts are on fire girl!

boysnbiscuits said...

Oh my... this looks SO good! If only clouds were really made of chocolate.

Carol Egbert said...

Chocolate and cream are THE best blues chasers.

BakingWithoutaBox said...

Oh it looks so good. My hubby and I are both hooked on Nigella. And I loved your Bailey's substitution and jazzed whipped cream.

Caitlin said...

The cake looks delicious. I like the idea of flavoring the whipped cream.