Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Charlene Sands: Recipe and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Cheryl was kind enough to invite me to her blog today and I wanted to share something sweet in return.   
Recently, I celebrated my 39th (so not!) birthday and my lovely daughter made me this wonderful flourless chocolate cake.  

This recipe is truly an Exquisite Acquisition.  

 It’s so easy-peasy to make, it’s almost foolproof.  Think of something between the moistest chocolate cake you’ve ever eaten and a gooey brownie…and there you have it.

We topped ours with fresh fruit and a dusting of powdered sugar, (you can use cocoa also) but you can eat it as is…it’s that moist. 



4      ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line bottom with a round of wax paper and butter paper. 

Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water melt chocolate with butter, stirring, until smooth. Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat and whisk sugar into chocolate mixture. 

Add eggs and whisk well. Sift 1/2 cup cocoa powder over chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Pour batter into pan and bake in middle of oven 25 minutes, or until top has formed a thin crust. Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes and invert onto a serving plate. 

Dust cake with additional cocoa powder and serve with sorbet if desired. (Cake keeps, after being cooled completely, in an airtight container, 1 week.) 

What do you think of this recipe? Have you ever made a flourless cake?  Would you try this one?

One commenter will win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card! Leave your email address in a comment to enter.

Oh and here’s my other Exquisite Acquisition:
Genre: Series, Current Series Imprints, Harlequin Desire
Romantic Times Magazine Rating EXQUISITE ACQUISITIONS (4) 
"Though neither Carter nor Macy wants a new relationship, before they know it the two are working to restore a decrepit B&B and falling in love. Even without the underlying mystery, the witty banter, well-drawn characters and satisfying conclusion will draw new fans to the Auction House series."

Be sure to visit Charlene’s website to enter her Sands of Summer Contest to win great prizes!  www.charlenesands.com


  1. I'be never made a flourless cake but I think I'll have to try this. it looks very good.

  2. wonder how it will do with Xylitol instead of sugar? Looks yummy

  3. Ohhh!! This looks good - the recipe and the book! Thanks for sharing, Charlene. Happy Birthday (belated), and best of luck with the new release.

  4. wow that looks good. You're killin' me, Charlene! I'm dieting here!!!!!!!!
    The book sound great. I can't wait to read it.

  5. Hi Cathy - You won't be disappointed if you try it. It's yummy. In fact I just went out this weekend to get a special pretty pan white to cook/serve it in.

  6. Hi Monica - I don't know..I've never used sugar substitutes...but you can try and let me know the outcome...

  7. Hi Roz - Thanks for the birthday wishes! I hope you enjoy recipe and story! See you soon in Anaheim!!

  8. Hi Mary - The cake is also called "cracked cake" because it takes on the look of a brownie. So dont' be alarmed if there's a few cracks in it. It's pretty with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or cocoa powder. And put the fruit (if desired) on last, or it will make the cake soggy.
    I hear you about the dieting...me too!

  9. I would love to try a flourless Chocolate cake as my husband loves Chcocolat. Perhaps once it gets a bit cooler and I and handle turning on the oven and heating up the house. Perhaps for our anniversary in late fall.

  10. I would love to try a flourless Chocolate cake as my husband loves Chcocolat. Perhaps once it gets a bit cooler and I and handle turning on the oven and heating up the house. Perhaps for our anniversary in late fall.

  11. Wow, Charlene! This sounds amazing. I'm going to have to try it. Thanks for posting it here. Good luck with your new release. Can't wait to read it.

  12. Hi Suburban prep ...it's really easy to do. Five minutes from bowl to pan...hope you try it!

  13. Hi Linda- It's delicious, I kid you not. Thanks for the well wishes for the book! It's a fun one.

  14. oh goodie! More chocolate. :)
    That looks yummy--a perfect treat for Fri Nite Crit. Or anytime.
    as much as I've baked, I've never made a flourless cake. Perhaps it's time I did.

    And you book looks just as delish.

  15. I have never made a flourless cake, but this one looks delicious! I especially love the fruit on top. Great summertime cake!

    Your book sounds wonderful, too. I love a book that has witty banter.
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  16. That sounds totally easy and delicious.

  17. What an awesome recipe! I can't wait to try it. (And don't put me in the drawing for the prize.)

  18. Hi Cheryl and Charlene! Oh, that cake looks so good!! Thanks for sharing the recipe - I'm so going to make it one day. I love to bake. And I cannot wait to read Exquisite Acquisitions!!

  19. Hi Lizzie - a great idea, chocolate and critiquing!!

  20. Hi Cheryl C -- I hope you try the recipe! I never had one either, until this year, when my daughter baked it for me. Now, it's my favorite!

  21. Hi Maria - Easy and delicious and good for the hips.. NOT! Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Hi Robin - I think you can use this recipe for cupcakes too!!

  23. I cannot wait to make this!!! It looks so yummy :)


  24. Happy Birthday, it looks great especially for a chocolate cake.


  25. I have a confession to make: I make a chocolate cake at least every other week. Chocolate cake is my thing. Totally. My favorites are Texas sheet cake and black forest cherry. So you know I will try this and probably add cherries to the top.

    Thanks for helping me celebrate anniversary month, Charlene! xoxo

  26. This looks so good, I want to make it right now. Your book looks very interesting. Can't wait to read it.

    Brenda M

  27. I have never heard of a flourless cake. IT sure looks good. I always like your books.

  28. Oh my this looks and sounds good. But then for me, anything made with chocolate is GOOD. I have a chocolate angelfood cake and a pudding topped chocolate cake that are family favorites.

  29. I haven't tried flourless, but can whip up a milk-free and an egg-free cake. I taught kids with allergies at church and had to learn quick. :-)

    Thanks for this recipe, can't wait to try it out.

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  30. Never made a flourless cake, but I'm writing down the recipe to try!!! It looks great.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  31. I've never made a flourless cake before, but I'm game to try this one. If it's chocolate cake, it's already good. Donna Harris


  32. Love this recipe! Chocolate and strawberries, yum!
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  33. It looks good!!
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  34. Wow, that looks so yummy! I've never tried a flourless cake before. Sounds easy so I will definitely give it a try.
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  35. delish! thks for sharing!
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