I got a thumbs up on the flour-less chocolate cake from two discerning palates: my daughter, who’s on the right, and her BFF (and fellow first grader) whose nickname is GG.
My heart feels so full when I see my daughter playing with her friend and enjoying life. Once she was an infant so reliant on me (well, still is at only 6) and now she’s this growing person with her own thoughts, beliefs and friendships. I hear them talking, telling secrets, arguing sometimes and even consoling each other, like at school drop off when they don’t want to leave their mamas.
But back to the cake. I wanted to make an easy dessert, since I was busy making broth for bouillabaisse. This cake has only seven ingredients (five if you omit the vanilla and cardamom), plus whatever you choose to serve alongside it.
Type of bittersweet chocolate to use
Be sure to use a high end bar of bittersweet chocolate as well as high-end cocoa powder. It makes a difference. My go-to chocolate is Scharffen Berger but I also like Mast Brothers.
What to serve with the cake
I made whipped cream by whipping a pint of heavy cream with a tablespoon of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of Madagascar vanilla, plus 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom (I like to spice things up). But you could serve it with ice cream, fruit, grated chocolate, mascarpone, simply dusted with powdered sugar—or whatever you like.
I love the Madagascar bourbon vanilla from Neilsen-Massey. For the whipped cream, you can use liquid vanilla or add in vanilla beans scraped out the pod.