Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake

This cake is rich, dense, and definitely very chocolatey!!! Made with a full pound of bittersweet chocolate, eggs, a little sugar and Amaretto, it is decadent and oh so delicious! We love to serve it with raspberry coulis and a dollop of vanilla whipped cream. The original cake was one my mother-in-law made for family gatherings and everyone in the family always looked forward to diving into it! She found it in the newspaper as one of the featured desserts at the iconic Chanterelle Restaurant in Manhattan, which, sadly, has since closed. We have made a few changes, substituting brown sugar for white, Amaretto for orange or coffee liqueur, and all bittersweet chocolate in place of the combination of semi-sweet and unsweetened. We hope you enjoy this cake as much as our family does!

This cake is usually made in a 10-inch springform pan, and it serves a lot of people because it is so rich. But we also make it in two smaller springform pans when we have a smaller group that we are serving. This cakes freezes well, and all you need to do is completely wrap it in plastic wrap before freezing it. Be sure to let it chill for a few hours in the refrigerator before wrapping it up for the freezer. When you want to serve it, remove it from the freezer, remove the plastic wrap and thaw it out for an hour or so before serving.

Because the cake is made with beaten egg yolks and beaten egg whites, you want to be very careful when folding the chocolate and eggs together. You don’t want to deflate the eggs you’ve worked so hard to whip up! Also, due to the eggs, the cake will puff up when it’s baking and as it cools, it will fall and that’s what makes the cake so dense and rich. I just don’t want you to be surprised as your 3-inch cake falls to one and a half inches in height!

Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake with Raspberry Coulis

This cake is rich, dense, and definitely very chocolatey. Made with a full pound of bittersweet chocolate, eggs, a little sugar and Amaretto, it is decadent and delicious! We love to serve it with raspberry coulis and a dollop of vanilla whipped cream.
Servings 16 Servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins

Equipment

  • 1 10-inch springform pan (or two 7-inch springform pans)

Ingredients

Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake

  • 16 oz. 16 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips, or bars, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto (or your favorite liqueur like Kahlua or Cointreau)
  • 9 large eggs, separated and at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar

Garnishes

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
  • 1 recipe Raspberry Coulis (recipe below)
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate shavings

Raspberry Coulis

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 12 oz. fresh raspberries

Instructions

Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 10-inch spring-form pan, or two 7-inch spring-form pans. Dust the bottom and sides with flour. (This really helps prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.)
  • Melt chocolate and butter together in a saucepan over low heat, or in the top of a double boiler. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm. Stir in vanilla and Amaretto.
  • Meanwhile, beat egg yolks with brown sugar until very thick and the mixture forms a ribbon when beaters are removed. Gently fold chocolate mixture into the egg yolks.
  • Beat egg whites in your mixer, or in a bowl with clean and dry beaters until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites in three batches into the chocolate-egg yolk mixture. Do not over mix or beat the mixture, because you want the air to stay in the mixture.
  • When just blended, pour the mixture into the prepared pan(s). Bake 25-30 minutes for the 10-inch, and 20-25 minutes for the 7-inch pans, or just until the center of the cake is barely set and still a little bit jiggly. Remove from oven and cool completely. Refrigerate at least an hour, or overnight before serving.
  • When ready to serve, slice cake and serve with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream (or barely sweetened with a little Amaretto or whatever liqueur you used), a drizzle of raspberry coulis, and chocolate shavings. We make our chocolate shavings by running a potato peeler over a bar of dark chocolate and it works out well, but if you have another method, that is great too!

Raspberry Coulis (Makes about 1 cup +/-)

  • Make a simple syrup by whisking the sugar and water together in a small pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue on a low boil until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, place rinsed raspberries into the food processor. Pour warm simple syrup over the berries and process until smooth.
  • Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve to eliminate the seeds, pressing down through the sieve with the back of a spoon. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the strained sauce into the receptacle bowl. Mixture will cool down through the straining process. Pour into a container with a tight-fitting lid and set aside if using soon, or refrigerate until ready to serve. 
Course: Dessert
Keyword: fallen chocolate souffle cake, rich and dense bittersweet chocolate cake

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