Chocolate Cake from Food Network Star Tyler Florence
I’ve worked with a lot of celebrities but I have to say that Tyler Florence is now my favorite. He came to Macy’s last night to a standing room only crowd, about 500 people, for a cooking class. Not only did he work magic with simple ingredients, he worked magic on the crowd, as well. He was supposed to do a one hour class, and it turned into almost two hours. In the class he made his famous flourless chocolate cake – He calls it Cracked Chocolate Earth Cake.
Tyler then had the Scarlet Oaks culinary students, who served for me and who were so professional, gather around him for a photo op. But you know what the best part of the evening was? Having a sweet elderly lady with Alzheimer’s having her photo taken with Tyler Florence. When I told him that the food network was the only thing that got her out of bed, he gently bent down and put his arm around her for the photo. After that, he stayed until the last book was signed. Now there’s a man who appreciates what brought him to this level.
Tyler Florence’s Cracked Chocolate Earth Cake
For the reader who wanted a flourless chocolate cake along with pumpkin pie to serve to her uncle at Thanksgiving. “He would always order flourless chocolate cake in restaurants”, she said. I used a non-stick pan over low heat instead of a double boiler to melt my chocolate and butter. And this cake is a great keeper, covered in the frig for several days.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
1 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
2 sticks unsalted butter
9 large eggs, separated
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 cup cream, whipped
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Butter and spray a 9-inch spring-form pan.
Melt chocolate in double boiler. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in until light yellow in color. Whisk a little of chocolate mixture into egg mixture to keep the eggs from scrambling from the heat of the chocolate; then whisk in the rest of the chocolate mixture. Beat whites until stiff and fold into chocolate. Pour into pan and bake until cake is set and the top starts to crack and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it, 20 to 25 minutes. (It took about 35 minutes in my oven). Let stand 10 minutes, then unmold. Serve at room temperature dusted with powdered sugar and garnished with whipped cream.
Tyler’s Flourless Chocolate Cake – Cracked Chocolate Earth Cake Recipe