Rounding out the Fast Food @ Home recipes I tried last week was a baked chocolate mousse cake. Since going on South Beach, I haven’t made dessert. That chocolate covered candy crack I made for SFC’s birthday does not count. Nothing counts on birthdays.
So after months of no cakes or pies or cookies or any sort of homemade treats, I was ready to give baking another try. I did modify the original recipe to substitute butter blend for the butter and Splenda for the sugar. Funny thing about Splenda, it dissolves immediately in water. Not at all like sugar. Kinda freaky.
Splenda freakiness aside, this recipe is a breeze. Mix “sugar” and water, boil, add “butter”, once melted add chocolate, stir well to combine and let cool. Whisk eggs and spices. Add chocolate mixture to egg mixture. Do be sure not to overmix so as to avoid little air bubbles in your cake. Bake in water bath. C’mon, it does not get much easier than this.
Feel free to add other flavors too. I love spicy chocolate so I added a bit (maybe 1/8th of a teaspoon) of chili powder to the batter. Just enough to give it a little heat. And since coffee really seems to bring out the flavor of chocolate, I threw in a teaspoon of espresso powder as well. It only sounds scary. I promise, it tastes good.
The recipe says to bake for 55 minutes to one hour. I guess if I had a proper roasting pan to use for my water bath that might have been accurate. But I don’t. So I used the widest pot that I have. I think it’s about 6 quarts, short but wide. Let’s just say that if I had more than a half an inch of space between my 9″ cake pan and the sides of my pot, and if my water bath was greater than one cup of liquid, then maybe it would take almost an hour to cook. But in my ghetto version of a bain-marie, that cake was done in 45 minutes. No foolin. That’s a good thing because all but about a tablespoon of my water had evaporated. See how close I came to complete oven disaster?
Don’t be in a hurry to eat this cake once it comes out of the oven because it really does need to cool completely before you turn it out onto a plate. Your patience will be rewarded with is a dense, intense chocolate treat.