As mentioned in the Coconut Cake post, these little guys were a last minute decision that took forever to cool. I was rushed on time and so I had to make these within an hour. Thankfully, that seemed easy because there are only 4 ingredients in the cake. The ingredients were pretty loud though. You can just feel the pounds (no pun intended) as you read what's in it:
1 POUND of dark chocolate
2 STICKS of butter
3 tablespoons of sugar
So as you can see, they are basically mini flourless chocolate cakes. Personally, I love flourless chocolate cake so I was pretty excited. But since they're so strong, I think it's difficult for some people to handle them sometimes.
But as easy as it seems, they were also a huge headache.
You have to bake them in a silicone muffin pan. Not a problem right? But you have to put the silicone muffin pan in a roasting pan and you have to fill the roasting pan with water so that the sides of each cavity are completely immersed in water.
My problem: I don't have a roasting pan to fit the muffin tin. I wasn't about to go buy one so I decided to use a baking sheet with half inch siding and just fill it all the way to the top with water.
OK so that sounds brilliant so far. I'd like to call it thrifty. But think about trying to get a pan out of the oven that is completely filled to the brim with boiling water. Rose recommended using a poultry baster to get the water out but that didn't work. Somehow when I sucked the water into it, it all squirted back out immediately. So then my oven got drenched and some of my little chocolate oblivions got soaked with water.
The next plan was to risk it. I got out all the kitchen towels that I could find, hoping that if it spilled the towels would prevent my hands from being burned. I know someone out there is probably reading this thinking of how much of an idiot I am. Dear reader, you may be right.
I ended up being so scared that I leaned the pan too far forward (away from my hands) and it spilled all over the floor. But better the floor than myself... my floor probably needed a good cleaning anyway.
But with boiling water puddles spreading all around me I tried to get to the counter top without drenching my shoes. I finally made it and hopelessly tried to use the poultry baster to get the water off of the few soaked chocolate oblivions. Finally, I just abandoned the whole thing altogether. That's when I decided that Coconut Cake would be the best option.
Some of the cakes turned out ok. I took them to the party anyway knowing that they probably wouldn't be the best dessert there. But that's ok-- you can't win them all, right?
At the party people said they liked them but they weren't the best cake that I've made. I know, I know- in southern lingo that means it tastes horrible. But in this case that wasn't true. I actually had a long discussion about them and that was the conclusion of it.
I saved one for Liz though and she said it was divine. I guess you just can't mess up chocolate for some people.
Baby Chocolate Oblivions
Rose's Heavenly Cakes- page 371