Dear SOS: We recently ate a delicious dinner at Gale's Restaurant in Pasadena and celebrated birthdays with its flourless chocolate cake, which was very light and heavenly, not dense like many flourless chocolate cakes. Any chance of getting its recipe?
Dear Charlene: This is a cake to make any chocoholic happy, birthday or not. Gale Kohl was happy to share the recipe for her restaurant's cake, which you can find below.
1 hour, 10 minutes, plus cooling time. minutes. Serves 12 to 16
1/4 cup (½ stick) butter
1/3 cup (2 ounces) chopped semisweet chocolate
Using a double-boiler (or in a bowl set over simmering water), melt the butter and chocolate, gently stirring, to form the ganache. Hold in a warm place until ready to cover the cake.
Chocolate flourless cake
1 2/3 cups (10 ounces) chopped semisweet chocolate, preferably Callebaut or Valrhona
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon (3 sticks plus 1 tablespoon) butter
7 eggs, separated
7 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, preferably Kahlua
Prepared ganache, warmed
Whipped cream or crème fraîche, for garnish
1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.