LC Darkness On The Delta Note
This bittersweet chocolate cake sure as hell means darkness on the delta to us. Heck, who needs the lyrics to that song when you know the ingredients to this dessert?
Bittersweet Chocolate Cake
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 6 H, 25 M
- Serves 8
Put the chocolate in a large bowl.
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and a little nutmeg to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Slowly whisk in half of the milk mixture. Return the entire mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Do not boil.
Pour the hot mixture over the chopped chocolate. Let sit for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the butter, a little at a time, and then add the vanilla and bourbon. Whisk until the mixture is very smooth.
Spray a 6-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray, and line with plastic wrap. Scrape the mixture into the pan and smooth with a spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 6 hours.
When ready to serve, invert the cake onto a serving plate and remove the plastic wrap. Dust with cocoa and confectioners’ sugar.
I like to stencil sugar stars across this cake, using a piece of cardboard with a cutout in it as a guide.
Be aware that egg yolks should not sit in sugar too long. The sugar will sort of “cook” the yolk and make it grainy.
This dessert can be frozen, well wrapped, for up to a month.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Wow! What a heavenly dessert that melted in your mouth like a divine chocolate truffle! My husband and guests couldn’t quit raving about this chocolate cake. I made it a week before our dinner party, froze it and it was perfect. The instructions were very easy to follow and I would definitely make this again and again.
WOW! This chocolate cake was simple to make, had a beautiful presentation, and was deadly rich and delicious. Definitely a keeper. I served it with a small dollop of whipped cream. It’s a perfect way to end a special meal—everyone asked for the recipe. Next time I might substitute rum or chocolate liqueur for the bourbon but bourbon is very Southern.