Food Friday: Flourless Chocolate Cake


















I had a craving for chocolate and how better to satisfy a chocolate craving than with a flourless chocolate cake?  No better way.  This recipe is courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

1 cup butter

1 ¼ cups sugar

6 eggs

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate

3 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon milk

1 tablespoon honey

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Butter a 9-in springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper.  Butter the paper and set pan aside.















Melt 8 oz chocolate and 1 cup butter in a medium saucepan stirring often.  Remove from heat and transfer to large bowl.  Add sugar and mix well.  Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition.  Sift cocoa into bowl and stir until just blended.















Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 35-40 minutes, or until cake has risen and top has formed a thin crust.  The cake should be just firm in the center when done.  Cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a plate, removing sides of springform pan.  Remove and discard parchment paper and set cake aside to cool completely.















Meanwhile, make the chocolate glaze.  Melt remaining 4 oz chocolate and 3 Tbsp butter in a small saucepan (I used the same pan).  Remove from heat, then stir in milk, honey and vanilla.  Set aside to cool slightly.
















When cake has cooled, pour glaze onto the center.  Using a spatula or the back of a spoon, very gently smooth glaze along the top and sides of the cake.  Chill cake, uncovered for 30-60 minutes before serving to set the glaze and make the cake easier to slice.   It is good both warm and cold.  It becomes kind of like fudge after refrigerated.

‘Tis the Season – Sweet Inspiration








‘Tis the season.. Have you seen that snow falling across the pages of WordPress?  Thought I was imagining things at first.  Lovely soft falling snow.

It must be that giving season.  I have been given an award not once, not twice, but three times!  What fun!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award was sent my way by  WIE SAGT MAN…?, A Hausfrau in Deutschland.  An informative blog about two Americans living in Germany.

The Petroleum Wife, TCK and trailing expat spouse, also sent this award my way.

I thank you both.  You inspire me as well.

For once, I am going to follow the rules (more or less).  Seven things about me:

1.  I once had a turtle named Tootsie

2.  I like to watch Doc Martin and work on my needlepoint

3.  I love art museums

4.  I think Roger Daltrey is cute even though he is way too old to go prancing around stage with his shirt off

5.  I want to go to Buenos Aires and learn to Tango and then see the end of the world in Ushuaia

6.  I am convinced chocolate and red wine will cure anything

7.  I love all you nutty bloggers


And the Nominees are:

Mumigrants  –  An honest look at being a mum and a migrant.

Expat Since Birth  –  A multicultural family living in the Netherlands

Mirth and Motivation  –  A TCK who believes in positive kismet/fate

American Tai Tai  –  In search of beauty in the mundane

Angelinem’s Blog  –  Traveler, photographer, nurse










My other award comes from  Jumble,  An American woman living in China.  It is the The Super Sweet Blogging Award.  Not sure if I got it because I am so sweet or because of my Food Friday.  I’m sure it was both!  🙂  Thank you, Ms Jumble!!

This one comes with questions:

1) Cookie or cake?   Chocolate chip cookies, of course!

2) Chocolate or vanilla?  Is that a choice?  Chocolate all the way.

3) What is your favorite sweet treat?  Dark chocolate truffles

4) When do you crave sweet things the most?   The holidays!!

5) If you had a sweet nickname what would it be?   Dulcinea


And now, drum roll….

This one goes to Maggie at Fly Away Home Book, A New Jersey girl living in Norway.  She is very sweet and currently sitting under a ton of snow.

Happy Holidays everybody!!