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Not As Good As Pork Cracklins

misadventures in cooking

Saturday, July 31, 2010

the divine Miss M

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, dear Monica,
Happy Birthday to you!

Small Chocolate Amaretto Cake

6T. unsalted butter
4 oz semisweet chocolate
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour
3 eggs, separated
1/8 tsp salt

2 T. unsalted butter
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 T. Amaretto

French Chocolate Glaze
6 oz semisweet chocolate
3 T. cream
1.5 T. butter

Cut parchment to fit 6" pan. Spray pan with nonstick spray and lay parchment on bottom. Preheat oven to 350 and set a teapot of water to boil.

Melt butter and chocolate. Let stand for a minute. Add sugar and flour. Mix in one egg yolk at a time.

Beat egg whites and salt to stiff peaks. Gently fold them into the chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared pan.

Place cakepan into a larger pan and add hot water to the depth of about 1". Bake for approx. 1 hour. Remove pan from water, cool for 15 min. Invert onto wire rack, peel off parchment, cool completely.

Spread buttercream all over. Freeze for 15 min.

Be patient. Melt chocolate together with cream. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in butter until melted. Cool, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.

Put cake on wire rack. Pour chocolate glaze over and allow to drip over sides. Spread with a spatula ONCE, then leave it alone. Leave it be for at least an hour.

Wish her a Happy Birthday, because she is most wonderful.


At 8/04/2010 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Monica. Many, many more.


At 8/13/2010 12:00 PM, Anonymous christine said...

Happy birthday Monica! By the way, this is lovely Small Chocolate Amaretto Cake. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

At 9/14/2010 11:26 PM, Anonymous kathyphantastic said...

This looks so yummy! I ended up celebrating Monica's birthday that night, and she told me about how you'd left a cake on her doorstep. That's super sweet. You're the Chocolate Amaretto Cake Fairy now. I wonder how I get a Chocolate Amaretto Cake Fairy? :)

At 11/12/2010 9:01 AM, Blogger (K) said...

I had the pleasure of tasting the cake you made when visiting Monica in Austin - I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since! So with someone special's birthday on Wednesday, I saw a golden opportunity to make it myself, and he loved it. The only change I made was to the buttercream; the birthday boy loves all things chocolate and mint, so I used creme de menthe instead of amaretto. Despite being a huge chocolate mint fan myself, the amaretto is what takes this cake to divinity. Thanks for the post!

At 11/12/2010 11:25 AM, Blogger Amy said...

You're welcome! I'm so glad you not only liked it, but you made one yourself. My husband likes it with Grand Marnier :)


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