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Easy and Decadent: Weeknight Chocolate Cake

Need a chocolate cake fix? Sometimes the mood strikes you or circumstances overtake you and you’ve just gotta whip up a decadent chocolate cake on short notice. Well, this rich, dense chocolate cake is perfect for those weeknights when you want a delicious cake, but don’t have a ton of time. If you work efficiently, you can have this cake done from start to finish in 45 minutes.

With only a little flour and plenty of chocolate, this cake is somewhere between a molten chocolate cake and a super-rich brownie in texture. And don’t let the easy preparation fool you, this cake is amazing, and your family will adore it. It also holds together well, perfect for school lunches (or your own) the next day. We served it with whipped cream, but you could also do a dusting of confectioner’s sugar or some light icing.

Nearly Flourless Chocolate Cake (Adapted from A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg)

for the cake
7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
14 tablespoons butter, chopped
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 eggs
1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour

for the whipped cream
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8″ round cake pan and dust with cocoa powder.

In a double boiler over medium heat, heat the chocolate and the butter just until melted and smooth, and then add the sugar and salt. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 – 10 minutes. Add the eggs one by one, gently whisking each one into the chocolate. Finally, stir in the flour and mix until the batter is dark and smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake the cake for 20 – 25 minutes. As the end of the cooking time approaches, check the cake. For a molten center, pull the cake when the sides are set and the center still jiggles a bit. Ours went just a bit longer, and a had set, though creamy, center.

Cake will keep covered at room temperature for 3 days, in the fridge for 5, and freezes beautifully.

To serve, whip the cream. Just as soft peaks are about to form, add the sugar, and beat a minute longer. Serve each slice with a generous dollop.

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