Chocolate Pecan Cake
Unsalted butter (2 sticks)
Heavy (or whipping) cream
This cake gets even better and slightly denser one day after it's
Cake: Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 9 1/2-inch springform pan.
Line the bottom of the pan with a round of waxed or parchment paper.
Butter the paper and dust the pan lightly with flour, tapping out any
Place the pecans in a food processor. Pulse the machine on and off
until the pecans resemble coarse meal. Measure the ground pecans; the
yield should be 1 1/4 cups. Set aside.
Place the butter, chocolate, and milk in a heavy small saucepan over
very low heat to melt the chocolate. Stir occasionally until the
mixture is completely smooth. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and confectioners' sugar together
with an electric mixer until thick and pale yellow. Slowly add the
melted chocolate mixture to the eggs and beat until well combined.
Add the flour and the reserved pecans and mix to combine.
In another large bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until
they hold soft peaks. Stir one-third of the egg whites into the
chocolate mixture until completely combined. Gently fold in the
remaining egg whites with a rubber spatula until just combined.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the center of the
oven until the center comes out nearly clean but with some crumbs
attached, 35 to 40 minutes. The center of the cake should *not* be
completely dry. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool completely.
When cool, remove the cake from the pan, peel off the paper, and
carefully place it on a serving plate.
Chocolate Glaze: Place the chocolate, cream, and butter in a heavy
small saucepan over very low heat to melt the chocolate. Stir
occasionally until the mixture is completely smooth. Cool just
Pour the glaze over the cake and use an icing spatula to smooth it
gently across the top and down the sides. Let rest for at least 2
hours before serving. If serving the next day, cover loosely and
refrigerate overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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