My oven has been broken for over a month. I live in a gorgeous building, but when something breaks, there is no hurry to fix it.
Which means my cake cravings are out of control. You know what I mean. You always want something more when it is practically impossible to acquire. So, I searched around the Internet, did what a good librarian does, and found THE BEST, gluten-free, no bake chocolate cake. EVER. I mean it.
You can find the original recipe at 101 Cookbooks. I’ve adapted it just a tad to make cake bites since the cake is so rich.
- cupcake pan
- cupcake liners
- plastic wrap
- double boiler or the bowl- over-pan method described below
- medium pan
- 8 ounces of 70% dark chocolate, well chopped
- 8 ounces of heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 2 teaspoons finely ground espresso
- 1/4 teaspoon fine grain salt
- cinnamon, to serve
- whipped creme, to serve
Step 1. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners. You may want to try spraying the liners with a little nonstick spray. I didn’t try it, but I wish I did since the bites were a bit ugly.
Step 2: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over gentle heat. If you don’t have double boiler, don’t worry. I don’t have one either. Just put a larger bowl on top of a smaller saucepan and fill with about an inch of water and heat the water to simmering.
Step 3: As the chocolate is melting, in a separate pan, heat the cream over gentle heat. Stir in the allspice and the espresso.
Step 4: When the cream is hot to the touch, remove from heat and stir in the salt.
Step 5: After the chocolate has melted, pour it into the cream slowly and whisk slowly. At this point, you are probably going to think, this isn’t working! But I promise, if you are patient and keep whisking, it will come together.
Step 6: Pour mixture into the cupcake pan.
Step 7: Cover with plastic wrap.
Step 8: Refrigerate until solid. I let mine refrigerate overnight.
Step 9: Let the cake bites come up to room temperature.
Step 10: Peel off the wrapper and finish them off with a little whipped creme and a dusting of cinnamon.
Hope your day is scrumptious!