SCHARFFEN BERGER Velvet Chocolate Cake
This luxurious, intensely bittersweet chocolate dessert infused with coffee and cream was created by San Francisco Bay Area pastry chef and instructor Claire Legas. Rich mocha flavor and 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate – velvet indeed!
- 16 ounces SCHARFFEN BERGER 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup strong coffee, kept warm but not hot
- 6 eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 9-inch round cake pan (not spring-form)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Butter or spray the pan with vegetable oil spray. Line bottom with a parchment circle. Have a larger pan ready to serve as a water bath.
3. Melt the chocolate gently over a pan of barely simmering water. Keep warm.
4. Whip the cream with the 2 tablespoons of sugar until the mixture forms soft peaks. Set aside.
5. Whip eggs on high speed in a stand mixer until double in volume. Gradually add the 1/2 cup sugar to the eggs, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue whipping until the eggs have fully tripled in volume and are light and fluffy. They should have some body.
6. Pour the coffee into the chocolate and stir until combined. Fold the eggs into the chocolate in three additions, working quickly to incorporate each addition. Fold in cream.
7. Pour the batter into the parchment-lined pan. Place it in the larger pan. Fill the outer pan with hot water so that it reaches halfway up the side of the cake pan.
8. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the cake still jiggles in the center when gently shaken. Cool completely on a rack. To unmold, slide small knife or spatula around the edges of the cake to loosen from pan. Cover the top of the pan with a sheet of waxed paper. Place a plate upside-down over the paper and invert pan and plate together. Remove cake pan and parchment liner. Place a serving platter on the bottom of the cake and turn right side up.
9. Slice and serve with creme anglaise or whipped cream.
10. Keeps up to four days at room temperature, wrapped tightly in plastic.