June 17, 2008

ROUND FIVE: Sinfully Decadent Desserts

Valrhona Chocolate Cake

I've had the pleasure of having Valrhona Chocolate Cake three times at the California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Each time that I've had it, it has been paired with a different sorbet or ice cream. The first time it was along side cherry sorbet (pictured above), the next was strawberry ice cream and the last time was blood orange sorbet (my personal favorite). I wasn't able to procure a blood orange here in Panama City so I decided to be a purist and serve vanilla ice cream with my Valrhona Chocolate Cake. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have...and will continue to for the rest of the week! Yum!

Here is my "beauty plate" as they say on The Next Food Network Star.
The name of this cake comes from the chocolate that was originally used in the dessert. I haven't been in France lately to buy any Valrhona chocolate so I used 60% Cacao Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate instead.
5 1/2 oz of chocolate
11 T unsalted butter, cut into cubes
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1/4 c plus 2 T sugar
5 T all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour six 6-oz ceramic ramekins. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and the butter until smooth. Set aside to cool.
Using an electric mixer (stand would be easier than trying to balance everything while using a handheld mixer like I did), beat eggs, yolks and sugar in a bowl until lighter in color and thicker (5 minutes or so). Gradually add flour. Add chocolate and continue to beat until glossy. Divide the mixture among the prepared ramekins. Bake until set around the edges but center moves slightly when ramekin is moved. Cool slightly and run a sharp knife around the edge of the ramekin. Turn out onto plate and serve with ice cream.
This recipe was developed by Chef JoJo Vongerichten and appeared in the June 1992 issue of Bon Appetit (pg. 102). I changed a few things here and there but wanted to give credit to whom it was due.


Jamie said...

YUMMY! This round is going to be sinfully fun! Your cake looks ten times better than the Disney one! Great job Susan!

Susan said...

Thanks Jamie! I can't wait to see what you and Beth come up with. We finished the last of the little cakes last night so we're ready for something new!

Beth said...

That really does look incredible, Susan. I like your presentation much better than Disney's. So pretty! This one will be hard to imitate...