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Moist and decadent chocolate cake: a taste of Italian elegance

Moist and decadent chocolate cake: a taste of Italian elegance

Delve into the luxurious world of this moist chocolate cake, a famous treat from Ferrara, Italy. Known for its delicate, crispy crust and soft, almost melting center, this dessert stands out in the realm of chocolate treats. Its creation was inspired by the desire to please a queen known for her tender heart, making it a dessert with a royal history.

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Why you'll love this recipe: This chocolate cake is perfect for those who enjoy a dessert that balances a crunchy exterior with a rich, gooey interior. Its composition, richer in flour than a typical molten chocolate cake but moister than a traditional sponge cake, makes it particularly satisfying. Simple to make but elegant in its presentation, it is an ideal recipe for any home baker looking to bring a touch of Italian luxury into their kitchen.

Perfect occasions for this dessert: This moist chocolate cake is perfect for any special occasion, whether it's a family gathering, a romantic dinner or a party. It's especially suitable for events where a touch of sophistication is desired, such as birthdays or holiday parties.

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Decorating tips:

  • Dust with icing sugar or cocoa powder to enhance its visual appeal.
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complement its rich flavor.
  • Garnish with fresh berries or a drizzle of raspberry coulis for a refreshing contrast.

Ingredients:

  • 200 g (7 oz) semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 50 g (1/3 cup) all-purpose flour or cornstarch for a gluten-free version
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • Optional: zest of an orange for added flavor
  1. Prepare the oven and the dish:
    • Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F).
    • Butter a 22cm (9-inch) cake tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate and the butter :
    • Combine the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and melt together over a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir until smooth and well combined.
  3. Mix the yolks and sugar:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with half the sugar until pale and creamy. Stir in the orange zest if using.
  4. Beat the egg whites:
    • In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Gradually add the remaining sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form.
  5. Mix the ingredients :
    • Stir the melted chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Then sift in the flour and gently fold in to combine.
    • Gently fold in the whipped egg whites, in two or three batches, to keep the mixture airy.
  6. Cook:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
    • Bake for about 35 minutes or until edges are set but center is still slightly moist.
  7. Let cool and serve:
    • Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, remove from the pan and dust with icing sugar or cocoa powder before serving.

Enjoy this moist and decadent chocolate cake, a delicious treat that combines the art of Italian baking with the universal love of chocolate.

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