Your V-Day Dinner: Courses 1, 2 and 3.

With absolutely no flour in the recipe, this Chocolate Torte makes a great celiac-friendly dessert. But even if gluten won’t kill you, this cake will.

Forget the rest of dinner this Valentine’s Day — just make this single dish for your special someone. Two forks, one plate and you’re all set.

It’s that good.

The recipe calls for a 5″ cake pan so you really can’t make it any smaller unless you opt for individual ramekins.  Tim and I had a generous helping for dessert, our boys each had a sliver, and yet there’s still approximately 2,000 calories taunting us from inside the fridge.

It might seem like a lot of work, but in the big scheme of things (i.e. melt-in-your-mouth-chocolatey-goodness), it’s really not.

Editor’s Note: Make sure to start this a day early as it needs to chill overnight.

Lick Your Plate Chocolate Cake

(Serves 4 gluttons…or 8 self-restrained people)


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (9 oz) bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped up squares
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease one 4-6 inch round cake pan and dust with cocoa.

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the water, salt and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved and set aside.
  2. Over very low heat, melt the bittersweet chocolate. For best results, remove from heat when half the chocolate has melted and whisk vigorously to melt the remaining pieces. Pour the chocolate into the bowl of an electric mixer.
  3. Cut the butter into pieces and beat the butter into the chocolate, one piece at a time. Beat in the hot sugar-water. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the cake pan into a larger pan and fill the larger pan with boiling water halfway up the sides of the cake pan.
  5. Bake cake (in the water bath) for 45 minutes. The center will still look wet. Chill cake overnight in the pan. To unmold, dip the bottom of the cake pan in hot water for 10 seconds (any longer and it will start to melt your torte) and invert onto a serving plate.
Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

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