Orange & Bourbon Chocolate Cake

Restaurant: The Spotted Pig, 314 West 11th St., 212-620-0393 Chef: April Bloomfield, "This cake is silky, decadent and heavenly." Why We Love It: Adding booze makes this rich cake an even guiltier pleasure. Tips from the chef: 1. Always use baking chocolate w/@ least 70% cocoa content or the eggs won't set. "You'll have a landslide on your hands," says Bloomfield. 2. Try making minis for your guests instead of a single cake. Baking time is the same, but place ramekins in a rimmed cookie sheet filled w/water. 3. Serve a sparkling red wine - not bourbon, which would be overkill w/this sweet. One refreshing choice: Braida Brachetto d'Acqui ($27,

Orange & Bourbon Chocolate Cake

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  • CAKE:

  • ½

    lb bittersweet baking chocolate

  • ½

    c unsalted butter (1 stick cut up)

  • 3

    T bourbon (preferably Maker's Mark)

  • 1

    orange, zested

  • 4


  • c granulated sugar


  • ¾

    c chilled heavy cream

  • 2

    T confectioner's sugar

  • ½

    t ground cinnamon

  • ¼

    t nutmeg

  • t cardamom

  • t ground cloves


1. Preheat oven to 325F. 2. Butter & flour sides of a round 9" baking pan & line the bottom w/parchment paper. 3. Melt chopped chocolate & butter in a double boiler, stirring until smooth. 4. Mix in bourbon & orange zest; set aside. 5. W/an electric mixer, beat eggs & granulated sugar in a bowl until mixture is thick & pale yellow ribbons form, ~6min. 6. Fold mixture into chocolate little by little. 7. Spoon batter into prepared pan. 8. Bake for 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 9. Cool on a wire rack. 10. W/mixer, beat cold heavy cream until frothy. 11. Add confectioner's sugar & spices. 12. Continue beating until soft peaks form. 13. Chill in refrigerator. 14. Transfer cake to a serving platter. 15. garnish w/spiced cream & chocolate shavings.


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