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Luscious and Memorable Desserts for a Party: A Super-Easy Chocolate Cake

Updated on January 10, 2012

Desserts for a party? Yes you can!

There are two sure-fire ways to impress your guests at a party -- serving luscious desserts, and (best of all) ones that you prepared yourself.

I know, I know... most people are intimidated by the idea of making desserts for a crowd. But it doesn't have to stress you out, or overwhelm your abilities in the kitchen.

The following chocolate cake is simple to prepare, looks like a million bucks, and is sure to impress your guests.

Ahhh, Chocolate!

Of all the dessert possibilities for a party, chocolate is always a winner.

This cake recipe has a fancy name -- Boca Negra -- which translates as "Black Mouth" -- because it's dark and sinfully rich. Best of all? It's easy to prepare -- right in your food processor.

The ingredient list is simple:

12 oz. bittersweet chocolate

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup bourbon

2 sticks (8 oz. total) butter

5 large eggs

2 tbsp. flour

How To Make This Great Chocolate Cake

First -- turn on your oven to 350F to preheat.

Grate the bittersweet chocolate (use your box grater, the side with large holes) into the bowl of your food processor. Don't worry if some of the chocolate pieces are larger sized.

In a saucepan on the stove, cook the sugar and bourbon until the mixture comes to a full boil. Immediately pour this hot liquid into the food processor with the chocolate -- mix for about 12 seconds till the chocolate is melted.

With the machine running, add the butter IN PIECES (I just cut off inch-long pieces and drop them into the processor till all the butter is used up.) Continue processing for about 15 seconds till butter is fully melted.

Add eggs, one at a time, allowing about 5 seconds of mixing for each egg.

Add in the flour, then use a rubber spatula to scrape down your food processor, then mix for about 15 seconds.

Lightly spray a 9" round cake pan with Pam cooking spray, then pour the batter into it.

Bake for 30 minutes -- the top will have a thin, crisp-looking crust.

Remove from the oven and let it set on the counter for 5 minutes, then carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter. A Boca Negra is thin -- and plenty rich,

Final Notes

To serve the Boca Negra -- put individual slices on dessert plates, then add a small dollop of vanilla ice-cream. Remember -- this is very rich! Serve very thin slices.

The Boca Negra is served at room temperature. It makes 12 slender servings.



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