“Auntie! When we get done at the dentist, I want to go get a grilled cheese and then you can teach me how to make a cake. A chocolate cake!”
That’s the great thing about being an Auntie. Whereas moms are obligated to enforce soft liquids and no sweets after dental work, Aunties can take the girlies for grilled cheese and milkshakes! But don’t tell! The minute she said chocolate cake, I knew exactly what she was looking for. A dessert with a dense crumb, but a soft melted center. A cake perfect for marzipan butter cake sundaes (oh yeah, it’s happening) or berries and cream.
This was no ordinary day at the oven. This was a baking lesson! Dobby opened Mimi’s French Country Cooking which had just arrived in the mail the night before and began copying out her recipe for Salted Chocolate Cake word for word. Then she prepped, baked and styled her first recipe going so far as to choose the photos she wanted for this blog post.
This was it. The perfect choice for a first cake – a short list of ingredients, simple techniques and, best of all, Mimi’s excels at cooking with kids. With 8 children, I’d even go so far as to say she’s a master at it! Dobby loved her first cake. Ate the whole thing by herself with a fork and a big smile on her face! One of my favorite days spent with my nieces!
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 oz (1/4 cup) dark chocolate chips
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whipped cream, strawberries, hot fudge, or ice cream, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter and flour a mini 3" cake pan.
- Combine the softened butter and dark chocolate chips in a ramekin and microwave for 10-15 seconds or just until the butter is melted and the chocolate is softened. With a clean spatula, stir the butter and chocolate together until smooth and glassy. Stir in the vanilla extract. Sprinkle with the fleur de sel and set aside to cool.
- In the bowl of a mini Kitchenaid mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together until pale and fluffy. With the mixer on medium, fold in the flour and then slowly incorporate the melted chocolate until a smooth batter forms. Pour into the prepared cake pan until a scant 3/4" full.
- Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes until just underdone. Set aside to cool. Serve warm with whipped cream and berries for a lighter treat.
- This makes a little extra batter for the kids to enjoy. If you don't need the extra batter, you could half this recipe for the perfect baking for one experience!