Thursday, July 26, 2012

Flourless Chocolate Cake Bites

A traditional flourless chocolate cake is rich and dense when you have a bite. An 8" cake has been known to serve 16 people because it is so flavorful. This cake is one of my favorites and so I wanted to find out what would happen when you baked it as mini should find out too, because it's worth it.

These little cakes are sort of like their well known larger sized selves. But when you put them in mini cupcake liners and bake them they are different in texture. They are still dense but have a lightness to their texture and a dark chocolate flavor that is difficult to beat. They don't require a frosting but just the traditional light dusting of powdered sugar. These cupcakes make an adorable presentation and a lovely surprise for anyone expecting a traditional chocolate cupcakes. 

As a bonus you bake the larger cakes for 45 or 50 minutes. These little cuties only bake for 11-12 so you can pop out as many as you have mini muffin pans in a relatively short period of time. The flourless chocolate cake is also notoriously wonderful for gluten free people which is a great dessert recipe to have on hand, just in case. I hope you love these as much as I do!

Update: When I baked these the recipe only made 12 so I made them in my convection toaster oven. They only baked for 11-12 minutes. I made these again last night in a larger batch in my standard oven and they baked for 16 minutes because of the lack of convection. Please keep that in mind. You want them to look like a cracked cupcake when you pull them out of the oven, they will deflate because that is the type of cake it is.

Flourless Chocolate Cake Bites
Makes 18 mini muffin sized bites

- 4 oz. dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used mini)
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons very hot strong coffee
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
- 1 ½ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place mini cupcake liners into one and a half mini muffin pans.
2. Pour the chocolate into the bowl of the food processor. Add the sugars. Pulse until the chocolate and sugars turn into an even, sandy grain texture.
3. Pour the hot coffee slowly into the feed tube as you pulse again. Pulse until the chocolate is melted (3-5 times usually).
4. Add the butter pieces and the cocoa powder, and pulse to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla, and process till smooth. The batter will be very liquid and creamy.
5. Portion the batter into the mini muffin cups filling each cup only about ½ way. More than that and they may overflow. Bake until they are puffed and cracked, about 11-12 minutes. Using a wooden toothpick check the center of the cake bites; pick should emerge clean, with maybe a crumb.
6. Place the cake bites in their pan on a wire rack to cool. The cake bites will deflate, just like the larger cake does. After the cakes are completely cool dust them with powdered sugar then serve. If you store these in the refrigerator then do not dust them with powdered sugar until right before serving or it will all melt into the cakes and you will need to do it again anyway. 

*I stored some of these in the refrigerator and they are more difficult to get out of the paper after chilling. They are delicate to begin with and you need to be a little gentle when you take them out of the paper, even at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Gluten Free Goddess

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