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A Cake for… Idiots?

4 de June de 2009

chocolate cake

This cake’s story is a very interesting one. David Lebovitz, the pastry chef, used to work as a consultant for restaurants in trouble with their dessert menu. In one of them, he faced the following scenario: high payed executives with no knowledge of cooking at all running a business with under payed employees. And they didn’t care.

David tried to fix things, but had no success – they were idiots. And he couldn’t say a word, because the guys were paying him. He needed a new dessert for the restaurant, so, he came up with this cake – so easy is absolutely idiot proof.

I decided to make this cake in a tribute to all the idiots I had to face in my life and, as David, couldn’t say what I was really thinking.

I’m glad I did it, because the cake is very delicious, rich and dense and melt-in-your-mouth.

Chocolate Idiot Cake (from David Lebovitz website)
One 9-inch (23 cm) cake

  • 10 ounces (290 gr) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 7 ounces (200 gr) butter, salted or unsalted, cut into pieces
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gr) sugar

Preheat the oven to 350F . Place a large rimmed baking sheet inside the oven.

Butter a 9-inch springform pan and dust it with cocoa powder. Wrap the outside with aluminum foil. Set aside.

In a double boiler (I used the microwave oven)melt the butter and chocolate together until smooth. Remove from heat.

Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Add the chocolate mixture and mix well.

Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan and cover the top of the pan with a piece of  foil. Put the springform pan in the baking sheet placed inside the oven, and pour some hot water in the baking sheet, enough to cover halfway trough the springform pan.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (Mine was done after 1h40min)

The cake is done when you gently touch it and it doesn’t stick to your finger.

Remove the foil and let cool in a wire rack.

David’s serving suggestion: Serve thin wedges of this very rich cake at room temperature, with creme anglaise, ice cream, or whipped cream.

chocolate cake garfo

Post dedicado à Amanda.
6 Comments leave one →
  1. 5 de June de 2009 19:14

    I made a similar cake for Daring Bakers. The simplest thing EVER! And looks and tastes so impressive.

  2. 6 de June de 2009 20:30

    lovely :-)!! have a great weekend :-)!! XOXO

  3. 6 de June de 2009 21:57

    Thanka for visiting SippitySup! I just had to run right over here and see what you had cooking. I see it is a cake a stunningly scruptious chocolate cake! GREG

  4. 8 de June de 2009 18:19

    Looks so gooey and perfect! Best of all, it’s idiot-proof. Thanks for sharing.

  5. queen butter permalink
    19 de August de 2009 9:22


    Oh, it’s flourless!

  6. 24 de December de 2010 16:03

    What a great recipe!! Cant wait to try it!

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