Decadent Fallen Chocolate Cake

Photograph by Michael Graydon and Nikole HerriottPhotograph by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott

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Photograph by Michael Graydon and Nikole HerriottPhotograph by Michael Graydon and Nikole HerriottFallen Chocolate Cake

The late Richard Sax, celebrated cookbook author and champion of home cooks the world over, inspired this flourless chocolate cake-a riff on his iconic chocolate cloud cake.

Recipe by Alison Roman
8-10 servings


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Ingredients
Cake 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, plus more, room temperature, for pan
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided, plus more for pan
10 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (61%-72% cacao), coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt Topping
1 cup chilled heavy cream
1/2 cup mascarpone
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Special Equipment
A 9-inch-diameter springform pan

Preparation
Cake Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly butter springform pan and dust with sugar, tapping out any excess.

Combine chocolate, oil, and 1/2 cup butter in a large heatproof bowl. Set over a saucepan of simmering water and heat, stirring often, until melted. Remove bowl from saucepan.

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Separate 4 eggs, placing whites and yolks in separate medium bowls. Add cocoa powder, vanilla, salt, 1/4 cup sugar, and remaining 2 eggs to bowl with yolks and whisk until mixture is smooth. Gradually whisk yolk mixture into chocolate mixture, blending well.

Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites until frothy. With mixer running, gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar; beat until firm peaks form.

Gently fold egg whites into chocolate mixture in 2 additions, folding just until incorporated between additions. Scrape batter into prepared pan; smooth top and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

Bake until top is puffed and starting to crack and cake is pulling away from edge of pan, 35-45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cake cool completely in pan (cake will collapse in the center and crack further as it cools). DO AHEAD: Cake can be made 1 day ahead. Cover in pan and store airtight at room temperature.

Topping
Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream, mascarpone, and powdered sugar in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Remove sides of springform pan from cake. Mound whipped cream mixture in center of cake.

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