Laura’s French Chocolate Cake

When I asked Charlotte what kind of cake she wanted me to bake for her 8th Birthday dinner, she requested this one. Why? Because I have a firstborn who is as much a chocoholic as her mother. This french “fondant” chocolate cake is not for the faint of heart.

Even though I learned this recipe over here in France, you can find all the ingredients almost anywhere in the world. However, a word of wisdom – don’t stint on the quality of the chocolate or the butter, as you’ll see they are rather crucial ingredients.

– 200 grams of good black chocolate (I always use Nestle dessert chocolate, and swear by it)

– 200 grams of unsalted butter (if you are even considering using margarine, lard, or any other heinous low-fat butter substitute you don’t deserve to be making this cake)

– 5 eggs (the fresher, the better)

– 1 soup spoon of flour

– 250 grams of white sugar

– Butter and flour cake pan (preferably non-stick).

– Warm your oven up to 190 degrees Celsius (375 Fahrenheit).

– In the microwave or a double boiler melt the chocolate and the butter together, mix slowly with wooden spoon until shiny and without lumps.

– When melted, add the sugar and let cool about five minutes.

– Add in eggs to chocolate mixture one by one, stirring with a wooden spoon between each egg.

– Add in spoonful of flour and mix well.

– Put in cake pan approximately 20cm in diameter (I have a heart-shaped one that I always use for this cake) and bake for 22 minutes. The cake should be slightly wobbly in the middle when taken out of the oven. Let cool on rack. Great served slightly warm, and delicious and fudge-y after a night or two in the fridge

You can serve it with high quality vanilla ice cream (high fat bien sûr, and the kind with the real flecks of vanilla in it), with a fruit coulis, or just decorated with a bit of icing sugar as I did here. Candles are optional, but don’t be surprised that everyone in your family starts requesting this for their Birthdays, as is the case chez nous!

I know, I know I need to work on my food photo-taking technique…however, trust me, try making this cake! You will acquire new friends, make your children love you, and generally become a very sought-after host / hostess.