Our Five Favorite Valentine’s Day Desserts

Our Flourless Chocolate Cake gets a romantic glow with a touch of edible gold leaf from the  Gold Leaf Company

Flourless Chocolate Cake for Two
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  2. 6 tablespoons butter
  3. 3 large eggs, separated
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 cup sugar
  6. 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  7. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 cup hot fudge topping
  9. Garnish: whipped cream, chocolate curls, fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Fill an 8x8-inch pan with 1 inch hot water, and place in oven. Spray a 6-inch round cake pan with baking spray, and line bottom with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and butter on High (100 percent power) for 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and smooth (approximately 11/2 minutes total). Let chocolate mixture cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks and vanilla extract until well combined. Whisk in chocolate mixture until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt. Stir sugar mixture into chocolate mixture until well combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture in thirds. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Place in oven in center of 8x8-inch pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Remove cake from water bath; let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely.
  7. To serve, warm hot fudge topping according to package directions; spoon over top of cake. Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate curls, and fresh strawberries, if desired.
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