Always in search of an amazing chocolate cake, and this is the winner so far. I've tried flourless chocolate cakes, but I prefer this one.
French Chocolate Cake
from Smitten Kitchen
9 tablespoons (125 grams) unsalted butter
7 ounces (200 grams) semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons water
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup (40 grams) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup (about 30 grams) dark cocoa powder, sifted
4 large eggs, separated
1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Two pinches sea salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom of the baking pan with a round of parchment paper.
Melt butter in a large saucepan, 3 quarts is a good size. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Once melted, stir in 2 tablespoons water, then baking powder, flour and cocoa until just combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar, 1 tablespoon water and vanilla, if using, until pale and no longer lumpy. Stir into chocolate mixture until just combined.
In a larger, very clean bowl, beat egg whites and salt until stiff. Gently fold into chocolate mixture until most of the white streaks disappear. Be careful not to deflate the cake.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free. Remove from oven and rest on rack for 5 minutes. Run knife along outside cake to make sure it isn’t sticking anywhere, then invert onto another rack, then back onto a cake plate. Eat warm or cold.
Cake keeps for several days at room temperature, lightly wrapped.