February 2, 2020

The Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe


Pastry chef David Lebovitz included this recipe in his memoir The Sweet Life in Paris, all about his fabulous experience living and baking in the City of Light. I love the way Lebovitz shares a witty insight related to each recipe. In describing the Gateau Therese, he claims that every Parisian woman knows a chocolate cake recipe by heart. 

I've recently been making the Gateau Therese on a regular basis because it's so simple and so delicious. It's my new favorite chocolate cake recipe, definitely worthy of memorization!


Gateau Therese (Chocolate Cake) 
Recipe from "The Sweet Life in Paris" by David Leibovitz

Ingredients
250g (9 ounces) of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
120g (8 tablespooons) of unsalted butter
65g (1/3 cup) of sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons of flour
Pinch of salt

Directions
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2.) Butter and line a 9" loaf pan with parchment paper or use a cupcake pan and cupcake liners.
3.) Using a bain marie (bowl set over a pot of boiling water), heat the chocolate and butter together until melted and smooth.
4.) Remove the chocolate-butter mixture from the heat; allow to cool down for a few minutes. 
5.) Mix the sugar and salt into the chocolate-butter mixture, then blend in the eggs one by one.
6.) Gently stir in the flour.
7.) Pour batter into loaf pan or cupcake tin (fill each cupcake liner halfway with batter). Bake loaf cake for about 30 minutes or 20 minutes for cupcakes. The cake should be slightly firm in the center when done. 

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