I stumbled upon this recipe while falling down a deep Pinterest rabbit hole and knew I had to make it. Lately I've been itching to bake and take some photos for you guys after being out of commission sick for the past week. Now, that I'm finally healthy....I figured it was time for some health food.
This cake is my version of a healthy dessert. It's really not that bad people! It's got dark chocolate, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and not too much sugar -- all of which are considered healthy in my book (and most other people's books, in fact). And it's so rich and delicious. This cake is the perfect way to get over that afternoon hump, paired with a cup of tea or coffee.
I love this cake because it's not too sweet, and it's got a bit of a kick towards the end from the cayenne. Sometimes it's nice to have a departure from super sweet desserts and this fits the bill perfectly. If you prefer it a little sweeter, I would add 1 cup brown sugar. It is also SO good with some sweet whipped cream dolloped on top (I plan on making some tomorrow to go with the rest of it). Scroll down for the recipe.
6 eggs, separated
8 Tbs. (1 stick) butter, plus a bit for buttering pan
10 oz dark chocolate (chips, bars, whatever is your favorite)
1 good pinch salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Butter and sugar 9 in. cake pan lined with parchment
3. Melt butter and chocolate in double boiler (or in microwave)
4. In a bowl, whip egg whites to stiff peaks
5. In separate bowl, whip egg yolks and sugar until fluffy
6. Mix in cinnamon, cayenne, salt, and vanilla
7. Temper (aka slowly add) chocolate into yolks
8. Fold in egg whites
9. Bake for 30-35 min. until tester in the center comes out almost clean (a bit gooey inside)
10. Let cake rest for 20-30 min. Sift some powdered sugar on top, or a dollop of whipped cream, and enjoy!