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Flourless Chocolate-Chile Cake to Celebrate our Winner (and Christmas, Too!)

By OneHungryMama |

flourless chocolate chile cakesThank you to everyone who entered the Family Kitchen giveaway for a chance to win the latest cookbook by Food Network star Daisy Martinez. Your favorite holiday dishes were inspiring!

Our winner, who has been selected by random, will receive a copy of Daisy’s Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining. The rest of you lucky readers get Daisy’s irresistible recipe for Flourless Chocolate-Chile Cake.


A big, happy congrats to Adelina. We hope this decadent chocolate cake—and other recipes you’ll find in Daisy’s book—will go great with your favorite holiday dish, arroz con pato. Yum!

Daisy’s Flourless Chocolate-Chile Cake
makes 12 servings

1 cup brewed espresso
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 ounces semisweet chocolate
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
8 large eggs, beaten
Cinnamon ice cream and raspberries, for serving

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan: Cut a circle of parchment paper the size of the removable bottom of the pan. Fit the parchment circle into the bottom of the pan. Tear off an 18-inch length of aluminum foil. Center the pan over the sheet of foil and crumple and crimp the foil tightly all around the sides of the pan. (The foil will prevent water from seeping into the pan during baking.) Set the pan aside.

3. In a medium saucepan, bring the espresso, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks to a simmer over very low heat. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and steep until the syrup is very fragrant, about 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Stir in the butter until melted and then stir in the cayenne pepper. Set aside.

4. Pulse the chocolate in the food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a deep bowl. Pour in the warm coffee syrup and whisk until the chocolate is completely melted. Whisk in the beaten eggs until completely blended.

5. Scrape the batter into the prepared springform pan. Set the pan in a large, deep ovenproof skillet or a roasting pan and set on the oven rack. Pour in enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake until the center is set and barely wiggles when you shake the cake pan gently, 50 to 60 minutes.

6. Remove the cake from the water bath. Let the water bath cool before removing it from the oven. Let the cake cool to room temperature. Remove the foil and chill the cake in its pan for at least 8 hours. Remove to room temperature about 30 minutes before serving. Run a wet knife around the sides of the pan, then pop the spring to release. Place a platter on top of the cake and fl ip the pan over. Remove the bottom of the pan, and peel off the parchment. (To cut neat slices of the cake, dip the knife in hot water before and wipe it clean after cutting each slice.) Serve with cinnamon ice cream and raspberries.

Photo and recipe reprinted with permission from Daisy’s Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining by Daisy Martinez, Copyright © 2010

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Stacie Billis is a Brooklyn mama of two and co-founder of ChowBaby foods and ChowMama. As a parenting-and-food writer, Stacie is combining her background in developmental psychology with her passion for food to help make the world a more delicious place for families. She was a resident food blogger on Babble, and continues to write on her personal blog, One Hungry Mama.

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0 thoughts on “Flourless Chocolate-Chile Cake to Celebrate our Winner (and Christmas, Too!)

  1. Katie says:

    I’ve got a roommate with a gluten-allergy, but she also hates espresso and all things coffee. Is there anything I can substitute that won’t ruin this?

  2. OneHungryMama says:

    Hi Katie. Espresso–and other forms of coffee (brewed, instant powder, etc)–are often used as an ingredient in chocolate desserts because coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate. Think of it like salt: used sparingly, you don’t taste the salt as much as it intensifies the flavor of whatever you put it on. If you make the espresso weak, I promise that your friend will never know it’s in there. If you’re concerned, though, try using the same amount of cocoa. It adds equal liquid, important to the texture of the cake, but will not water the flavor down the way plain water might.

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