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Silky Chocolate Cake


This silky chocolate cake is the perfect end to any meal.

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  • Servings: 16


  • Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 pound semisweet chocolate
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan upside-down (concave side down); secure sides of pan. Butter pan, line sides of pan with a long strip of waxed or parchment paper, and butter paper. Wrap bottom of pan securely in aluminum foil. Bring a kettle of water to a boil.

  2. In a large heatproof bowl set over, not in, a pan of simmering water, melt chocolate; cool to room temperature.

  3. Using an electric mixer on high, beat eggs, sugar, salt, and rum until thick and foamy and batter holds a trail, about 3 minutes.

  4. Stir half of the egg mixture into cooled chocolate to lighten it. Fold in remaining egg mixture and whipped cream. Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth top.

  5. Place pan in a roasting pan and pour hot water to come halfway up the sides of the pan. Bake until set and firm to the touch, 30 to 35 minutes. (It will look like a cheesecake.) Transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until well chilled, about 3 hours.

  6. To serve: Release sides of springform and, using a knife dipped in warm water, cut into thin slices.

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  • alessandrawilliams
    15 FEB, 2014
    I just made this cake but I think the chocolate wasn't cooled enough. When I stir the egg mixture into chocolate it looked a mess. It didn't fold very well. I put in the oven anyway and I am waiting to see the result.
  • MS10907798
    17 MAY, 2012
    I have made this except baked in a loaf pan, and served thin slices chilled with creme anglais. Champagne is preferred drink with this cake.
  • prinesskikio12
    26 DEC, 2008
    i love it