- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
- 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 6 large eggs, separated
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees with the rack in the center. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
- Place butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until completely melted. Let cool slightly. Whisk in egg yolks.
- In a large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add granulated sugar, and continue beating until glossy stiff peaks form. Whisk 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture; then gently fold in remaining egg whites.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan and is set in the center, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack; remove sides of pan. Serve at room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.
Notes and Comments: Chocolate lovers will adore this dessert. The edges and top develop a delicately crisp crust while the center remains moist and fudgy. I usually like a helpful serving of whipped cream on the top, followed with a (heavy) dusting of powdered sugar. Also, it looks really nice when you make a dollop of whipped cream in the middle of the slice and sprinkle it with a bit of powdered cocoa!
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