This square cake is dark and moist, with a fudge-all-the-way-through texture. What else would you expect from an entire pound of chocolate? The cake can be spread with a ganache glaze for even more chocolate richness.–Elinor Klivans
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Pound of Chocolate Cake
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- 35 M
- 2 H, 10 M
- Serves 9 to 12
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This is everything you’d expect from a cake made with a pound of chocolate—although it’s more like a brownie than a cake. It’s very easy, quick to prepare, and is impressive enough for company. The baking took a bit longer than stated—about five minutes—but otherwise, everything was perfect. The coffee added a wonderful dimension to its flavour. I didn’t make the ganache, so we had it bare. The ganache would’ve gilded the lily here, which wouldn’t have been a bad thing at all.
This is the ultimate chocolate cake, even for the non-chocoholic. It’s an easy recipe to make after you find chocolate worthy enough (I found mine at Williams-Sonoma). The recipe is straightforward, and the only glitch I had was with the parchment lining: I ended up cutting an exact 9-inch width, with about 8 inches more in length to get it to hang over the sides. Suffice to say, that was the hardest part of the endeavor.
The ganache was again something I hadn’t done before, and the tip to add the heated liquid to the chocolate was akin to the two other recipes I referenced before attempting this one. It worked like a charm, and I was quite proud of myself as I licked the spoon, bowl, my fingers, the countertop, and anything else I found dotted with chocolate. My cake took a full 40 minutes to bake, so I’d suggest setting the timer for 35 minutes to start. Everyone, including the birthday girl for whom this was made, proclaimed this a real blue-ribbon winner, and I’ll most definitely make it again.
This recipe turns out just as Elinor Klivans promises: dark, moist and fudgy. It isn’t too sweet, but it’s very, very rich. This is seriously chocolaty, so those who aren’t chocoholics may not enjoy it. I made it in a 9-inch square pan, and it could easily feed 16, as you can only eat a small piece at a time. The baking time was right on. I found it tasted better on the second day because the chocolate seemed to mellow. The ganache was nice, but it took some time to set, and the cake is equally as good without it.