Chocolate Cake

Francesca's Chocolate CakeMy parents will be arriving today from Rome to spend the holidays with us. They will be at our house at around 4 pm and the first thing my mother is going to ask for is an espresso macchiato and something sweet to eat. She is chocolate crazy like my daughter. I truly believe that the sweet tooth skipped a generation with me! 🙂 Am I the only one who would choose pizza or nachos with cheese cream (for the record, I go totally crazy about those that are sold at movie theaters) over a slice of cake or a little chocolate without even thinking about it? Anyway… since Christmas is upon us and at Christmas anyone should be on their best behavior, I decided to bake a chocolate cake to make her happy and celebrate her arrival.

Before we talk ingredients and procedure, let me just thank my mother-in-law, Laura. This delicious recipe comes from her and she was gracious enough to share it with me. Thank you, Laura! 🙂


4 eggs
3/4 of 1 cup, sugar
11 Tbsp, butter, softened
6.5 oz, dark chocolate
1/3 of 1 cup, flour
Powdered sugar for dusting


Fill a medium-sized pot with hot tap water and put it on a very low heat on the stove. Put the chocolate in a small pot or a heatproof bowl (if you are using a chocolate tablet, reduce it to small pieces). When the water is about to boil, fit securely the small pot or the bowl over the larger pot. Let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally and being very careful not to let the water come into contact with the chocolate, until you obtain a smooth sauce.

In the meanwhile, separate the egg yolks from the whites and put the latter aside in a separate bowl.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, place the sugar and the egg yolks and mix until they are perfectly blended. Add the butter and beat until the butter is completely blended with the egg mixture. Add the melted chocolate and mix for a few minutes. Add the flour and mix until well blended. Stop and scrape the bowl.

With a hand mixer, start beating the egg whites that you previously set aside. Start at a low speed and gradually increase the speed of the hand mixer until you obtain a thick and foamy mixture.

With the help of a spatula, slowly add the foamy mixture to the chocolate mixture, moving the spatula from the bottom to the top.

Pour the mixture into a greased and floured 10-inch round baking pan. Bake for 25/30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake completely cool and remove it for the pan. Put the cake on a big round serving plate and dust its top with the powdered sugar.

Enjoy! 🙂

Francesca's Chocolate Cake


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41 Responses to Chocolate Cake

  1. eclecticlamb says:

    Beautiful cake! I like chocolate but I would also pick the pizza when giving a choice.

  2. Laura says:

    This cake looks incredible, Francesca! I must say, for as much as I love pizza, I would choose the chocolate cake any day–especially one that looks as moist and delicious as this one! 🙂

  3. Sounds delicious and I love the festive looking pictures. Enjoy your time with your parents. 😉

  4. I will not comment on your preference for movie theatre nachos with plastic cheese. I will simply pretend you never said it.
    The cake, however, sounds delicious and relatively easy to make. So you think you could substitute ground nuts instead of the flour to make it flourless?

    • Francesca says:

      Hi Gabi.
      First of all, let me say 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Second of all, I think you can certainly try. I guess we are going to taste your substitute version at our next French class? 😉

  5. sugaredpecan says:

    This sounds delicious and such a beautiful display!!!!

  6. Looks like your mom will be in for a treat when she arrives today! The cake looks deliciously moist and I love the simplicity of the ingredients- I want a piece myself! And now you’ve got me craving a slice of pizza… I’m thinking about that for lunch now!

    • Francesca says:

      Thank you, Heather. You can stop by anytime you want! 🙂 I’m really flattered by your comment because I do not think there is anything you can learn from me in the sweet department…your cakes and cookies are amazing.

  7. Lovely looking cake.Do you ever make vegan cakes? any tips?

  8. I agree on the pizza, but the nachos with the nasty cheese?

  9. rebecca2000 says:

    Mmmm looks super yummy. I hope you all have a wonderful visit!

  10. My French Heaven says:

    I love the little ginger bread guy!!:)

  11. Sarah says:

    Yum!! Enjoy the visit!

  12. Wow, oh it looks delicious! I must try it 🙂

  13. chef mimi says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  14. Enjoy your visit with your family. I am sure they will be in love with your deliciously moist chocolate cake.

  15. I have a similar recipe but haven’t made it in years. I have to try your version, too. Gorgeous photo styling!

    • Francesca says:

      Thank you, Jill.
      Go ahead and indulge yourself with your version and my version. Now it’s the time. My secret is simple: I refuse to think about my upcoming meeting with the scale in January. 😉

  16. alisitaliankitchen says:

    Brace yourself! This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I must make this for the holidays! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  17. Bernice says:

    This looks wonderful!

  18. Kiara Style says:

    This cake looks sinfully delicious even for a salt and spice kind of gal like me! Do you think I can make it even without an electric hand-beater? After several of my electric appliances gave up on me, I have decided not to replace and do everything by hand. Just can’t stand all that plastic and metal waste 😦 By the way, how was your trip to NY city? Enjoy having your family over!

    • Francesca says:

      Of course you can!!! I got my mixer last Christmas. Before that my hands were my only appliance. 😉
      I have to admit that all my trips to the city are great. This time I ended up going to a private Rodarte sale. I got a wonderful dress and I was soooo tempted to buy a gorgeous coat. You know…when you see something and think “this is gorgeous, it must be mine”. I know you can understand. Well, I behaved and, after admiring myself in the mirror for more than half an hour, I put the coat back on the rack. I still think about that coat. You are the expert: was I too good? 😉

  19. zanzanaglob says:

    I adore this kind of cakes! 🙂

  20. Mary Frances says:

    Sounds light – and chocolatey!! Yummy!

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