This is based on a recipe from Alfred Portale’s Gotham Bar and Grill Cookbook You can also find it recipe here and that’s a good thing because you must try this cake. Update: This is a great recipe. I originally made it in a stand mixer, but I think it could easily be done with just a hand-held.
Here’s the scaled down mini cake recipe. It makes two rich cakes and I think the best way to serve them is one cake per two people…Valentine’s style! But feel free to ignore this and just make the original recipe for 12.
- 4 oz high-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 3/4 ounces high-quality unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
- 1 large eggs plus 2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg
- 3 T. sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter insides of 2 mini springform pans (4 inch size) and line bottoms with circles of parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate with coffee in a double boiler or bowl set over simmering water. Alternatively, you can use the microwave.
- Whisk sugar and egg together in a metal stand-mixer bowl. Set the mixer bowl over a saucepan of simmering, not boiling, water, and whisk until mixture is warm to the touch and sugar is dissolved – make sure not to cook the mixture! Put on mixer stand and beat at medium speed until light and almost tripled in volume, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low and continue beating another 2 minutes.
- In chilled bowl, beat cream just past the soft-peak stage. Fold a quarter of egg mixture into chocolate mixture to lighten, then fold chocolate mixture back into remaining egg mixture. Fold in whipped cream. Transfer to prepared pans, smooth top, and tap filled pans lightly on work surface a few times to settle any air pockets.
- Place pans in larger (I used a 9 inch) baking pan. Add enough hot water to baking pan to come halfway up sides of cake pans. Bake 30 minutes. Open oven door 30 seconds to release any excess moisture that builds in oven. Continue baking until center of cake feels somewhat firm when pressed lightly with your fingers, another 15-20 minutes. Remove cakes from oven and let cool at room temperature (note, if baking the larger cakes you cool them in the closed oven for two hours).
- Run a warm knife around inside of pans, and carefully remove from pans. Transfer to refrigerator and chill until very firm. Wrap in plastic wrap and keep chilled until ready to serve
- Remove cakes from refrigerator and return to room temperature. At least 1 hour before serving, preheat oven to its lowest setting. If you have just used the oven, turn it off. Unwrap cakes and set on oven proof serving plates. Warm them in the oven for about 20-30 minutes or until they are warm throughout.