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Recipe

Flourless Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Cake

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Anna Williams

Yield: Yields one 9-1/2 inch cake

Servings: sixteen

This dense, luscious cake has a texture a little like fudge and a little like cheesecake. A small slice goes a long way.

Ingredients

For the vanilla batter:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate batter:

  • 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 5 oz. (10 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. dark rum or espresso
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch table salt
  • Cocoa powder for dusting

Preparation

  • Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a 9×2-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment.
  • Make the vanilla batter: In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and continue beating until well blended and no lumps remain. Add the egg and vanilla and beat just until blended. Set aside.
  • Make the chocolate batter:  In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate and butter in a large metal bowl over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. Whisk until smooth and set aside to cool slightly. With a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the eggs, sugar, rum or espresso, vanilla, and salt on medium high until the mixture is pale and thick, 3 to 4 min. With the mixer on low, gradually pour in the chocolate mixture and continue beating until well blended.
  • Combine and bake: Spread about half of the chocolate batter in the bottom of the pan. Alternately add large scoopfuls of each of the remaining batters to the cake pan. Using a knife or the tip of a rubber spatula, gently swirl the two batters together so they’re mixed but not completely blended. Rap the pan against the countertop several times to settle the batters.
  • Bake until a pick inserted about 2 inches from the edge comes out gooey but not liquid, 40 to 42 min.; don’t overbake. The top will be puffed and slightly cracked, especially around the edges. It will sink down as it cools. Let cool on a rack until just slightly warm, about 1-1/2 hours. Loosen the cake from the pan by holding the pan almost perpendicular to the counter; tap the pan on the counter while rotating it clockwise. Invert onto a large flat plate or board. Remove the pan and carefully peel off the parchment. Sift some cocoa powder over the cake (this will make it easier to remove the slices when serving). Invert again onto a similar plate so that the top side is up. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 4 hours or overnight, or freeze.

Make Ahead Tips

Wrap the cooled cake (unmolded as directed in the recipe) in plastic and refrigerate until firm and well chilled. Slide the cake from the plate and wrap it again in plastic. Freeze for up to a month. To serve, unwrap the cake and set it on a flat serving plate. Cover with plastic wrap and thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or at room temperature for an hour or two.

Tip

To slice the marble cake neatly, use a hot knife (run it under hot running water and dry it). Wipe the blade clean between slices.

 

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  • Luke2008 | 05/15/2016

    An amazing recipe. I'm a cook, but not a baker. I always hesitate to bake something and usually ask someone else to bring dessert. But will make this recipe again and again and again. It's fool proof - even for non-bakers. Initially, I was nervous that I didn't get the cool pattern as shown in the picture. I had to dig deep to get the fun presentation. I made it the week before the party and froze it as per the directions provided. It was perfect. Served it with ice cream and fresh fruit.

  • BRock5678 | 04/01/2015

    This was awesome! The colder the better. I made 2 for 2 different parties and there wasn't much left, even though it is a super rich dessert.

  • Barbara_Obeirne | 07/23/2014

    This is fabulous! I served it at a dinner party sitting on a swirl of raspberry coulis and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. It was a big success, everyone wanted the recipe.

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