I wasn’t going to post again this week, but just wanted to share …
Wanting to take something to a New Year’s Eve get-together, but finding myself with little time to prepare: it had to be something quick and innovative.
The aroma of chocolate with the warmth of spice … finished with a smooth coolness. Then it came to me: a flourless chocolate cake (easy), with chili (the touch of heat), and a whipped cream and mascarpone cheese topping (light and cool) finished with chocolate shavings.
FLOURLESS CHILI CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH WHIPPED MASCARPONE TOPPING
Prepare 2, 6″ springform pans (or 1, 10″ pan for a larger cake) — grease the insides with butter and cut round parchment pieces for the bottom
Heat the oven to bake at 325 degrees.
Follow the recipe and instructions for the Flourless Mini-Muffins (http://onesharpcookie.com/?p=402)
1 tsp Cayenne Powder (*see note at bottom)
1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon
Chocolate Chunk for shaving (either semi sweet or dark — I like to use Sharffenburger 62% cacao semi sweet, which comes in a yellow box weighing 9.7oz/274g)
Add the ground Cayenne powder along with the chopped chocolate, salt, butter, vanilla, coffee and Grande Marnier in a large glass bowl. Microwave on medium heat, 30 seconds at a time, until melted and smooth.
Bake 30-34 minutes, until the center seems firm … when the singing stops. If you are baking in a single 8″ or 10″ cake pan, the baking time will be longer, between 35 and 40 minutes.
Allow the cake to cool completely before finishing with the cream topping.
WHIPPED MASCARPONE CREAM
1/2 cup Mascarpone Cheese
1 cup Whipping Cream
pinch Fine Sea Salt
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Grand Marnier
In a mixer using a wire whisk, beat the whipped cream, mascarpone cheese, sea salt, sugar and Grand Marnier on high until well incorporated and smooth.
Using a vegetable peeler, hold the chocolate chunk over the top of the cake and shave the side of the chocolate, creating an avalanche of flakes. Don’t worry if the shavings also fall around the cake onto the plate.
*Note – If you don’t remember the last time you used your cayenne pepper it may be time to replace it with a fresh jar! As with all spices and dried herbs, after a while they lose their freshness and flavor.