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Death by Chocolate…

Death by Chocolate...

Preheat oven to 350*

I’ve experimented with this RICH yet surprisingly light cake for many years-
It’s my favorite & regardless of friends & families dietary restrictions
they LOVE it too-

No flour, oil or leavening.
Rich coffee flavor runs throughout both cake & frosting.

Serve with freshly churned vanilla ice cream & espresso.

Cake;
1 packet of Starbucks Italian roast “Via” plus 1/3 c. water
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 c. chocolate chips (1- 11 ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips)
1 1/2 t. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. butter
12 egg yolks (keep egg whites for later)
1 3/4 c. organic walnuts, ground (food processor, ground like coffee grounds)

In a medium size saucepan, over low heat;
Coffee, water & sugar. Mix then add chocolate chips & stir.
Once mixed add vanilla & remove from heat.  Let cool 5-10 minutes.

With an electric mixer;
Cream butter, add egg yolks & mix. Add ground walnuts, then chocolate mixture.

In a separate (metal) mixing bowl;
Beat egg whites until firm but not dry-  Fold whites into the chocolate batter-

Place 3 layers of parchment paper on counter top, draw around the cake pan with a pencil then cut out with scissors- Cut some straight pieces to use for the pan sides. Line pans.

Evenly distribute the batter into cake pans. I add 1 or 2 scoops of cake batter to each cake pan until all three are evenly filled.

They will look a bit empty- but don’t worry-

Bake @ 350 for 25 minutes (a little less time in a convection oven).

Frosting;
2 c. chocolate chips (1 11-ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips)
1 packet of Starbucks Italian roast instant “Via” plus 1/3 c. water
1 c. + 2. T. butter
4 egg yolks
2 c. powdered sugar + a little for dusting the finished cake.

In a medium size saucepan, over low heat;
Slowly melt the coffee, water & chocolate chips.
Once smooth & blended; remove from heat.
Cool for about 7-10 minutes.

In a separate bowl;
Cream the butter, add egg yolks, then sprinkle in the powdered sugar.
Once smooth & well mixed, add in the chocolate mixture.

note; make sure when adding something hot to eggs that you don’t accidentally cook the eggs- add a little at a time & keep stirring because you don’t want it lumpy-

enjoy!

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