Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Boca Negra

February 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in BWJ, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 13 Comments
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boca negra

This Boca Negra isn’t the first super chocolaty cake I’ve made courtesy of Lora Brody.  Really though, this one is more like baked pudding than cake– it’s almost flourless, so it doesn’t really have a crumb.  It’s silky smooth, dense and at room temperature just barely holds shape (seriously, I destroyed the first piece I tried to lift up).  And has a good amount of booze to boot…the recipe calls for bourbon, but I used dark rum.

I made this in the food processor, rather than by hand.  It took barely any effort, and even less time, to make the batter.  I decided to cut back on the butter by a couple of ounces, figuring that it had enough chocolate, sugar, liquor and eggs to still be ultra luxe.  Along those same lines, I skipped the white chocolate cream that goes along with this one and just used plain, unsweetened whipped cream instead.  It helped cut the richness just a bit.  While the recipe recommends enjoying this at room temp, we really liked it about 15 minutes out of the refrigerator, when each piece was like a slice of the most decadent fudge.

I’ll make this again as an easy answer to a special occasion.  For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan or read Cathy’s A Frederick Food Garden.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Decadent photo! This was a super easy, impressive dessert to say the least. It was a hit with my family!

  2. You were right not to use the white chocolate, the whipped cream is more than enough. What I see is that those who made it in the food processor have cakes with a better texture and not so puddly. The pic is wonderful!

  3. Nice photo! I wish I had made mine with whipped cream. You were right, for me, the chocolate cream was too much of a good thing.

  4. I found that mine also was better out of the fridge. That is one good looking cake!

  5. That looks heavenly. I want to definitely try that recipe. That would be an excellent dinner party desert!

  6. oh my, now I’m salivating! 🙂 Great photo.. Makes me want to make and eat one!

  7. What a good photo! I liked the cake both cold and at room temperature, how could you go wrong with so much dark chocolate?

  8. I don’t even know how to describe all the thoughts I had while reading about this! Sounds SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!

  9. Your cake looks so decadent and yummy! Great shot. I will make this again too. So easy yet so elegant looking. Perfect recipe.

  10. What a gorgeous photo! This was an extreme tasty treat!

  11. This looks so perfect! It’s 12:30 a.m. and I totally need a slice!!


  12. rum sounds great!

  13. Wow this looks deeeeeelicious!

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