BFF’s 4ever

Twenty-plus years ago, a new girl joined my class in junior high school. She sort of muscled her way into my group of friends, and – to be honest – I thought her to be kind of pushy. I tried to avoid her, but she persevered. Eventually, she found her way in and, before I knew it, I had to eat my words. It turned out that, not only was this new girl tolerable… but I really, really liked her. We got to know one another and soon we were joined at the hip… best friends.

Cat and I have been through a lifetime of things together… ups and downs punctuated by a few tears and lots of laughter. We’ve evolved from schoolyard friends to [mostly] well-rounded adults… and, with every conversation I realize that we’re still discovering our true selves along the way. I can’t wait to see “us” ten years from now… to see where we’ve gone and how we’ve continued to grow.

IMG_5770

Tomorrow Cat will celebrate the beginning of another wonderful year (I told you September was a big month for birthdays in my world). So, today we stole away from our significant others for a girlie afternoon together. We grabbed lunch and a movie… indulged in plenty of girl talk… and then, of course, we had cake!

I found this wonderfully easy cake about four years ago over at Clotilde’s wonderful blog, Chocolate & Zucchini. Dense, creamy and absolutely decadent, I’ve made it four or five times now and it never fails to impress. Today was no different. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a cup of coffee, or a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream (or any combination thereof), it always gets rave reviews.

IMG_5773

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chocolate Cake
(adapted every so slightly from Chocolate & Zucchini)

2 sticks minus 1 tablespoon butter
4 ounces dark chocolate
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 rounded tablespoon of flour

Note: like all dark chocolate cakes, this cake is best made a day ahead (or at least in the morning if you serve it for dinner).

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper (no need to if you’re using a non-stick pan).

Melt together the butter with the chocolate (in a double-boiler or in the microwave slowly and for just a few seconds at a time, blending with a spoon between each pass). Stir in espresso powder. Transfer into a medium mixing-bowl. Add in the sugar, stir with a wooden spoon and let cool a little. Add in the eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition. Finally, add in the flour and mix well.

Pour the dough into the pan, and put into the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off but leave the cake inside for another ten minutes, then put the pan on a cooling rack on the counter to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and take it out about an hour before serving.

About these ads

17 thoughts on “BFF’s 4ever

  1. I know my BFF would love a cake like this the next time we get together!

  2. RecipeGirl says:

    Oh Yummy! That definitely looks like a melt-in-your mouth cake, and a good choice for your BFF!

  3. Anne says:

    I was wondering… could you tell me the percentage of cocoa in the dark and the semisweet chocolate? I live in Europe and over here we use percentages.. I don’t really know how dark your dark chocolate is :)

    That looks very yummy by the way!

  4. grace says:

    what a FANTASTIC birthday cake, and what a lovely post about your bud. :)

  5. Deborah says:

    Yes, that looks like the perfect chocolate cake!!

  6. Anna says:

    Hi
    This cake looks great and I would love to try it. Just one question. How many grams (or ounces) is a ‘stick’ of butter?
    Anna

  7. Happy birthday to Cat – this is a wonderful cake!

  8. Kate says:

    I love frosting-less cakes

  9. Ooooh! This looks soooo good! Cat’s a lucky girl.

  10. brilynn says:

    That looks like a delicious cake for a birthday!

  11. I love a cake like this…hits the perfect spot every time!

  12. ttfn300 says:

    oh wow, wanna be my BFF? :)

  13. Laurie says:

    Wow that’s one good looking chocolate cake!!

  14. joey says:

    Oh I love this post! My BFF is also named Kat (but with a K) and her birthday is also in September! And I also fell in love with this chocolate cake from C&Z and have made it several times already…you are right, never fails to impress!

    You put a smile on my face today :)

  15. Megan says:

    nothing is more comforting than a slice of chocolate cake accompanied by a scoop of vanilla icecream. yours looks wonderfully delicious :)

  16. Katrina says:

    I’m going to have to make this this weekend for my husband’s birthday. He hates frosting and doesn’t like cakey cakes. But loves molten lava cakes and this looks similar.
    Love your blog and love the look of those lavash crackers as well as your whoops not-vegan dip. I love spinach dip. Who cares about vegan. jk

  17. Nadine says:

    Hi! I just baked this cake and it smells amazing!
    I was a little worried, though, because upon cooling, the middle partially collapsed. Then, I looked at your picture, and realized that everything is probably all right. I might end up having to cut off the crust to get the majority of the cake out, but I’m looking forward to sampling it!
    Any ideas on my little problem?
    Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 29 other followers

%d bloggers like this: