Monday, March 8, 2010

Ellie's Gateau Au Chocolate

The minute I laid my eyes on this stunning cake - adorned with edible gold leaves and sprinkled with fleur de sel - I knew I had to bake it for my family. The cake comes from one of my favourite people, Ellie of Almost Bourdain, who has become a friend and daily source of inspiration. I pray she never stops blogging!



Ellie made this Gateau Au Chocolate based on Trish Deseinea's recipe for Chocolate Cake with Olive Oil and Sea Salt.

I have to say, I much preferred eating it plain. I was fine with the sprinkle of salt (chocolate and salt are a match made in heaven, anyway) ... but not the olive oil. In all honesty, all I craved for was a scoop of creamy vanilla bean ice-cream. Yeah, ice-cream and cake. With hot fudge.

I digress.

Anyway, I adored the way Ellie cleverly cut out a portion of the cake using a scone cutter. I did the same, but using the largest biscuit cutter I had, and unfortunately it didn't do a very good job making clean cuts, probably due to the scalloped edges. The cake looked crumbly as a result. Still, I liked the effect.



Regal gold leaves I have none (sob!) so a dusting of icing sugar will have to do. Icing sugar is what I term "concealer for cakes". My cake had little crinkles on the top - indentations from the cooling rack - which looked fine on a whole cake, but not on a cut-out portion. Well, nothing some icing sugar can't fix.
Besides, I was going for the ... um ... rustic look. Ahem.



As with all chocolate cakes, the taste hinges on the quality of chocolate you use. So use the best quality chocolate possible. I wanted to finish up the semi-sweet milk chocolate my aunt hauled back from Belgium, so I didn't use dark chocolate as the recipe stated. Next time, I surely will.

Thanks Ellie, for showing us how gorgeous cakes can actually look ;) ... and for always inspiring me to cook, bake and blog better.

Recipe
(originally from Trish Deseinea's Nobody Does It Better, and adapted from Almost Bourdain)

- 200g dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa solids)
- 200g unsalted butter
- 4 medium eggs
- 150g caster sugar (if you are using semi-sweet chocolate like me, you might want to reduce the amount of sugar here, perhaps to 130g)
- 60g plain flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Fleur de sel (sea salt)

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Grease and flour a 22cm sandwich tin.

2. Melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of hot simmering water. Add butter and stir well to mix the two ingredients completely. Leave to cool.

3. Put the eggs and the sugar in a bowl and whisk with kitchen mixer until the mixture turns pale and doubles in volume. Sift the flour and baking powder together, then add a tablespoonful at a time, until no traces of flour are left.

4. Mix in the chocolate mixture, pour the lot into the prepared sandwich tin and bake for 30-40 minutes. Tent the cake with an aluminium foil for it burns quite easily. The cake is cooked when a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

5. Leave the cake to cool for 15 minutes before turning out.

6. To serve, cut the cake into slices, set them on plain white plates and pour some extra virgin olive oil around. Sprinkle with some fleur de sel and serve.

OR

Serve with some good ol' vanilla bean ice-cream on the side! Sorry, couldn't resist that. ;)

38 comments:

  1. oh yes I saw this cake on Ellie's blog. I almost fainted. Urs is just as gorgeous...rustic and all.. I LOVE rustic ...truly....I think iwill have to make this too...it looks simply delectable! i had bookmarked it..so now its time to take the pans out and crank up the oven...thanx for reminding me JU! ^^ O YUM YUM YUM

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  2. Oh my.. A very adult chocolate cake... love the look and can imagine the taste from your writing!

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  3. For me, I will choose to serve this with vanilla ice cream too, simple yummy !!

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  4. Looks so moist and delicious! You made me crave for a chocolate cake.

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  5. Well, I think your cake looks majorly delicious haha. I would eat one or two or more with glee!! There's no need to compare yourself with others. You truly produce great sweets, treats, and photos all on your own. I love your blog, photos, and recipes!!

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  6. This looks so beautiful and moist. Would like to have it with a cup of good coffee.

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  7. Oh that looks great! and yes, you're right, cake and ice cream go perfectly together.. :)

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  8. I can't believe you made this cake so quick!! Swee San also made it over the weekend. I also prefer the cake with ice cream :) And lol with the rustic look!!! Thanks for the shout out, Ju! It's friends like you that encourage me to continue my blog. You are very welcome :)

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  9. I agree...looks moist....and divine!

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  10. I think your cake looks great. It is different to Ellie's but still looks good to me.

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  11. One person can finish up this with 2 scoop of vanilla ice cream!

    The edges of the cake are nice...

    : )

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  12. I would love some vanilla ice cream with that too, if you ever published a baking book I want a signed copy!

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  13. This looks really good!! Love how the crumb looks too.

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  14. Your chocolate cake looks tempting~
    My daughter loves the combination of chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream too. Yumm....

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  15. Ever since I saw this gorgeous cake in Ellie's blog - I knew it was a winner! So many people have made it that I have no doubt it must take gorgeous! Next time I make it Ill take your tip and have it with ice cream!

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  16. Oh how beautiful!? Your version looks just as beautiful as Ellie's. And I agree with 3 Hungry T's... I want a signed copy of your future baking book ;)

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  17. Ah, now I am seriously in need of chocolate fix!

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  18. RE 3 Hungry Tummies comment, I want a signed copy too!

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  19. You did her proud! And the cutouts are perfect what are you talking about?
    I bet everyone was in awe. Did the little fingers get all chocolatey?Both your blogs are sooo inspiring to me.As well as the other names I see here and frequent every day:)

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  20. Wow! You made it, too!! Seems like Ellie is creating a fever here! LOL! Yours looks scrumptious!! Yea ... I don't mind having the cake plain, too! In fact, the darker the better!

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  21. This is gorgeous and looks perfect to me...
    I must try this recipe!
    L~xo

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  22. oooh, yummy. Chocolate and salt is just the most addictive thing for me, and this looks so amazing. I would gobble it up!

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  23. What adorable little cakes! They look perfectly chocolatey and wonderfully delicious!

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  24. Oh dear me....wonder why none of the pictures load on my computer :( I can just imagine it must be utterly delicious and look gorgeous too...reading from everyone's comment here.

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  25. Look, I don't know if I should consider myself as a chocolate lover or not. I don't snack on chocolate, or particularly will crave for chocolate bars. I can quite fussy when comes to chocolate, I like dark choc, good quality ones.
    But, when comes to desserts, I can never escape from a gateau like this.
    So, should I call myself a chocolate lover or not? (confused :P)

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  26. Ellie's creations are always awesome- gourmet magazine standard that I can only aspire... but for mortals like us, we are more than happy with what you have created. I can picture your little boy with chocolate moustache and chocolate stained hands...:)

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  27. love it with the rustic look..

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  28. it'll be so good if theres molten choc inside =~~~~

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  29. I keep seeing all these chocolate dishes. Oh Yum again!

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  30. This looks rich and divine ... tempting me even without the ice cream ;)

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  31. It tastes surely delicious with all the quality ingredients there!

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  32. ohmygosh, Ju! This looks amazing. Who said anything about bad cutting? It looks so bite-worthy I am poisitively salivating. awww, poor me. no chocolate cake.

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  33. Ecco un'altra delle tue delizie, dev'essere squisita, complimenti.
    Ciao Daniela.

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  34. that looks amazing. i gotta say, it doesn't look overly sweet, which is perfect for me. i think i can bake this and enjoy it!

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  35. same here. not all that adventurous with these combos.
    though i reckon it'll taste awesome with the fleur de sel.
    anything nice, warm and chocolately goes best with vanilla ice cream!
    hehe.

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  36. I'm so glad the pictures load very well this time. Wow.....looks very mouth-watering!

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  37. Oh, Ju, I love this little cake. It's so elegant with its scalloped sides and its dusting of 'concealer'. This is gorgeous. Thanks for posting it.

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  38. Hello ju,

    yes, I saw this cake at Ellie's blog!! I loved it!! I also love yours!!

    MMMMMMMM,....yummie all the way!

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