Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hot Chocolate Cake

This is so so good. I havent made it in years but I think I need to! It is a bit labor intensive but so worth the effort.

2 Tbsp sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
6 squares (6 ounces) semi sweet chocolate chopped coursely
1/2 cup milk (whole, skim or evap milk ok)
4 large eggs, seperated
1/2 cup sugar mixed with 2 tsp cornstarch

350 oven. Lightly butter an 8 inch springform pan and coat with the 2 Tbsp of sugar. Wrap outside of pan with foil molding to prevent seepage. Microwave cream cheese and chocolate 45 seconds stirring till blended, heating more if neccesary. Gradually stir in milk. Beat egg whites in large bowl with mixer till soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Gradually beat in sugar/cornstarch mixture. Beat 5 more minutes till stiff. Stir about 1/3 of the beaten whites into chocolate mixture. Gently fold in remaining whites till just blended. Do not overmix or whites will deflate. (The recipe says you can freeze this now and bake later but I have not tried that) Bake for one hour or till cake feels equally firm when pressed near the edge and in center. Top might crack. Cool in pan on rack 5 minutes. Run a knife around edge to loosen before removing pan sides. Enjoy!

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