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Magical Chocolate Cake

(by Viv Jones)

2 oz. water

3 oz. sugar

pinch of salt

8 oz. dark chocolate

4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 eggs

1 oz. brewed espresso

Preheat oven to 350 F. and prepare a 9-in. square baking pan with cooking spray/oil

and parchment.

Prepare a second pan with water that comes about halfway up the sides of your

cake pan.

Combine water, sugar, and salt in a pot over medium heat until the sugar has melted.

Melt chocolate over simmering water in a double boiler or in microwave in short bursts.

Transfer melted chocolate to the bowl of a mixer and beat in butter.

Add sugar syrup to the bowl, then add espresso and eggs one at a

time until just mixed

Pour batter into prepared pan and place into the water bath on the upper rack of the


Bake for approximately 30 minutes, testing with a toothpick until it comes out clean.

(I find leaving it a bit more moist makes it more delicious.)

(Read Magical Chocolate Cake, the story that accompanies this recipe.)

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