It’s Kellen’s birthday! We all know what this means….

kellen bday cake

Flourless Chocolate Birthday Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and line the bottom of a 9 inch springform cake pan and set aside.

9oz. Dark Chocolate
1/2 cup Butter (room temp)
2 whole Eggs
4 Eggs (separated)
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Coffee or Orange Liquor (optional)
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (for dusting)

Chop the dark chocolate and place into a microwave safe bowl, add the butter. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir the mixture and place it back in for 30 seconds or until the butter and chocolate are just melted. Whisk the mixture to combine and set aside to cool slightly.

Separate the 4 eggs into two large bowls. Set aside the egg whites.
Into the bowl with the egg yolks add the two remaining whole eggs and the sugar. Using a hand or electric mixer whisk the eggs and sugar until well combined.
Check the chocolate mixture, it should be cooler now. Warm, but not super hot (think baby’s bottle temp). Test with your (clean) finger.
If it’s still too hot let it cool for a few more minutes before slowly whisking it into the egg and sugar mixture.
Add the liquor; stir well to combine.

Making sure you’re using a clean whisk or electric mixer attachment, whisk the egg whites until they are fluffy and firm.
The eggs whites won’t fluff if there is even a speck of fat on the beaters.

Take half the egg whites and stir them into the chocolate batter. This will help lighten the batter and make it easier to fold in the rest.
Gently fold the rest of the egg whites into the batter trying not to deflate the egg whites.

This takes some patience. Just…meditate or something.

Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and place into the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
At the 30 minute mark give the cake pan a little shake, if it’s still a bit liquid in the center, bake for 10 more minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool completely before removing the outer ring.
The cake will have fallen and cracked while cooling, this means you’ve done it right! It’s rich and fudgey inside!

Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder or fill the cratered top with whipped cream.

Birthday dude is gonna be stoked!

P.S. Here’s a picture for lining the cake pan.

cake pan

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