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October 19, 2010

La Bete Noire


My good friend Nicole and I recently made this flourless chocolate cake called La Bete Noire (the black beast).   I tried this cake about 5 years ago when Nicole brought it over to our place for a Wine and Cheese Tasting Party and I loved it.   I remember serving the cake at the end of the night with Port and the combination was such a huge hit with my guests.   I am not a huge fan of chocolate cakes but this cake is definitely an exception.  Whenever my husband and I think about that night 5 years ago we always think of Nicole and the amazing cake she made.   So if you feel like taking a break from making apple crisp and apple pie this fall then definitely try making this black beast.

The key to this recipe is using high quality chocolate. We used Callebaut chocolate from Whole Foods.
The foil kind of ruins the picture but it is crucial in this recipe to wrap the foil all the way around the pan so that water does not seep into the pan when the cake is baking.
Here is the finished product right out of the oven.
Here is the cake with the ganache and some whip cream (oh and after I had a couple of bites). The cake is rich and creamy like fudge but it is not too sweet or heavy.

Oh and a very Happy Birthday to my husband today! Chocolate cake is definitely his favorite dessert so I might have make the cake again this weekend.   I think pairing the cake with some fresh raspberries might be a nice combination. 
Do you enjoy baking with your friends and family? What types of desserts do you enjoying making?

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47 Comments:

The Owl's Closet said...

Omgosh, this looks so good!! Thank you for sharing ur pics!:)

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Caroline said...

That title is pretty much the best thing ever!!! And that looks DIVINE!!! Loving this blog of yours!! XO

ching said...

that looks delish! you guys did great!

Josie said...

Oh, this looks AMAZING. So rich and delicious.
xo Josie
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Anthea said...

Looks sooo delicious! Chocolate cake is my fave!

annelise said...

Between you and Valerie posting these delicious baked goods, I'm going to end up the size of the house! This looks absolutely amaaaazing.

I love how food can be the highlight memory :) I still remember how good one particular meal was about eight years ago!

Stacey said...

This looks so delicious! I enjoy baking with the hubby. XX

Katie said...

That looks amazing!

Diana Mieczan said...

Mmm...I love chocolate cakes and this one looks delicious..I ofter bake with my girlfriends..It more fun that way, right?
Hugs and kisses,sweetie

GB said...

It looks divine! I'll wait for the next party to try this out--thanks for sharing!!

Chas said...

Yum that looks amazing!

Cara said...

looks very rich and decadent!
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Audrey Allure said...

That looks delicious!

Café Bellini said...

Happy birthday to your husband! That cake looks amaaaazing, I'm not such a fan of chocolate but I do love chocolate cake!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i bake ALL the time with my Niece - otherwise i like to do it alone .. and i had THE BEST chocolate cake in New Orleans! - i STILL to this day dream about it - i wanna go back JUST for a piece a cake ... ok and a lil fun too!

kiran said...

Happy Birthday to Aneesh and I know he is going to love this cake! He is partial to chocolate cakes! I think I will have to try it!

Lisa Griffin said...

my mom always makes this for dinner parties and i love it! it feels so decadent but doesn't feel to heavy yummmm
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Ann said...

That is sure to be one yummy chocolate cake...

Oh my... now I'm craving for one.

Caroline said...

So happy you like the photos on my blog!! And yes all the photos are taken by me it is one of my hobbies. That cake like I said already looks honest to goodness DIVINE!!! XO

Torrie said...

This looks heavenly! And I bet your house smelled amazing when it was in the oven (one of the best aromas!). I've made a flourless cake before and I know what you mean- it is intense in flavor, but not too rich, or heavy at the same time.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR HUSBAND!!

nikki said...

These pictures are mouth watering. Chocolate is my weakness!!
I love baking, especially at my parent's house around the holidays :)
Have a great day Naina!

xx
Nikki

Pop Champagne said...

mmm the cake looks delicious! I love chocolate cakes, though I don't like to bake I do love to eat baked goods haha

coolkids said...

um........YUM! I love to cook but i am not a huge baker. I want to become better at it. The problem it takes time and that is limited these days! We do love to bake during the holidays. Mia loves too bake cookies, cupcakes etc..

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Krystal said...

happy bday to him =) that looks amazing!!!

Krystal said...

p.s., how my dear, do you get your pictures looking so good in the kitchen w/o natural lighting? i need pointers!

bollywoodstylediaries said...

I love chocolate!! and this cake looks like a slice of heaven..maybe this weekend...

I baked ur pineapple and banana cake 2 weeks back and it was delicious, moist and really amazing. This is the first non-chocolate cake that my husband liked - both of us are chocoholics:-)

Happy b'day to Aneesh!!

Aneesh said...

Thanks for the birthay wishes Naina! And I can definitely say I loved the La Bete Noire!

MelissaNibbles said...

Delicious!!!

Lee Oliveira said...

I love flourless chocolate cakes. Especially when a slice is married with double cream. I must attempt to make one of these one day although there is a create place in Sydney that does one perferctly.

LOx

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

yumm that looks delicious!! I baked chocolate chip pumpkin bread with my roommate this weekend and it is fabulous.

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

you take such great photos! i am salivating, that looks so good!!!! i'm giving it a try for sure:)

Samantha said...

YUM! That looks utterly decadent! Adding it to the "to bake" list!

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Tanvi said...

This looks decadent and the pictures have come out so well!

MarchMusings said...

Fudgey, gooey chocolate cake = heaven. So I'm definitely going to try it out. Thanks Naina

style-haus said...

mmmmm soooo decadent! i also like chocolate cake when the chocolate isn't so sweet it overpowers the cake itself. this looks yummmaaay! happy bday to your hubby!

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Marissa said...

See, this is the kind of stuff I just do not make because it would be gone in a day. Happy birthday to your hubby! He shares a birthday with my dad. :)

styleforlife said...

Over the top YUM!
xx Emily from EL Vintage

Style Attic said...

My favorite kind of cake too! Happy Birthday to your husband and thanks for sharing your stylish baking skills as well!! I'm sure you look a little more put together and less frazzled in the kitchen than I ;) XOXO

My name is Renée. said...

This really looks delicious! And my favorite dessert to make is apple cake

Eden said...

looks soo delicious!
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Anna Katrina said...

yumm!! looks so delish. i love cooking but for some reason i can not bake :(


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Piya said...

that cake looks amazing! love chocolate, it's my weakness!

Jess said...

Oh wow - that cake looks professionally made!!! Great job!
And happy birthday to your husband! My hubby's birthday is tomorrow ;)

Annie said...

Wow, that looks SO decadent! Yummm! My fav dessert to make is pumpkin pie.

Andee Layne said...

im drooling over these pics! i LOVE making pumpkin pie and cheesecakes!! always a crowd pleaser xo

Oh, My Darling said...

Wow, this looks so delicious!

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