/ /Get your fat pants out because you are going to need them. This chocolate cake is sooo worth every pound you are about to gain. Let me intrigue you: chocolate, butter, hot berries sauce. I know…

A very good friend of mine gave me this recipe. She always makes it for us and we always fight over who gets to have the last piece. So finally, I decided to make it myself and even though this cake tastes like pure perfection, the procedure of making it is not complicated at all, just follow the steps and don’t skip the water bath. This chocolate cake has a very short list of ingredients, but is so good you would not believe.

It does not have any flour in it, so the texture is dense, but moist at the same time. Imagine a perfect chocolate fudge with deep deep cocoa flavour, so rich and creamy. And then…you top it with hot sauce made with wild berries. Even though this cake could not be more perfect by itself, the hot sauce just takes it over the edge, because the sour and refreshing taste of berry fruits gives a perfect balance to the intense chocolate flavour. I feel like it washes out all the heaviness from otherwise thick chocolate cream you are biting into. This cake is really so rich and decadent you will feel spoiled while eating it. And why shouldn’t you? Spoil yourself and enjoy, but try to share some with your friends as well.

preparation time: about 30 minutes, does not include cooling and setting
baking time: 45 – 50 minutes, 140°C/275 F
baking pan size: Φ26 cm/10 in

Ingredients for the chocolate cake:
350 g semi sweet chocolate
240 g unsalted butter
100 ml water
80 g granulated white sugar
6 whole eggs
100 g granulated white sugar

Ingredients for the wild berries sauce:
300 g frozen berries mixture (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries…)
2 Tbsp water
1-2 Tbsp granulated white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Start by melting the chocolate. Break chocolate bar into smaller pieces (or use chocolate chips if you have them) and put it into a medium sized skillet. Add butter and let it melt over medium low heat. Stir as needed until everything is melted.

2. In the meantime, put water and 80 g of sugar into a separate saucepan and let it come to a simmer. After that, pour into melted chocolate, stir well and let it cool for a few minutes, just until you prepare everything else.

3. Preheat the oven to 140°C/275 F. Prepare two baking pans – one about Φ26 cm/10 in in diameter and the other large enough to place the first one into it. Also, make sure the bigger pan has high sides. The cake will be baked in a water bath, meaning the bigger pan will be filled with hot water and cake batter, placed into a smaller pan willl cook inside it.

4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with either paddle or whisk attachment, whisk whole eggs with 100 g of sugar for at least 5-6 minutes, or until the mixture gets very pale, airy and increases in volume significantly.

5. Very slowly, whisking the whole time, start pouring melted chocolate mixture into eggs and sugar mixture. Mix just until everything is combined and finish the whole thing with a spatula, making sure everything is well incorporated.

6. Transfer the batter into a round cake pan greased with melted butter on all sides. Wrap the sides and the bottom well with aluminum foil so that no water from the larger pan can get inside the cake and also, so the liquidy batter wouldn’t pour out. Now put this pan into a bigger pan and pour boiling hot water in until the level of water reaches at least half the height of a smaller pan. Carefully transfer everything into the oven and bake for about 50 minutes. This cake will not be set completely, nor will you be able to check if it is done with a toothpick. You will know it is done when a crispy crust forms on top and if you jiggle the pan, it will still be slightly wobbly. Mine baked for 50 minutes exactly.

7. Cool baked cake completely allowing it to set. First make sure it cools to room temperature and then move it to fridge for at least 4 hours.

8. When you are ready to serve the cake, make the hot sauce. Put frozen (or fresh, it doesn’t matter) fruit into a medium saucepan, add two tablespoons of water, a tablespoon of sugar (taste if you need more, but I don’t like it too sweet) and a teaspoon of cinnamon and cook everything over medium heat until the fruit starts to disolve and the mixture starts to thicken, for about 5 minutes. Serve a piece of cake and pour some of the hot sauce over it. Enjoy with a glass of wine.

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