Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Guest Post Spotlight: La Bete Noire/The Black Beast

Two weeks ago to reopen the Guest Post Spotlight, I hosted the lovely Catherine Pappas from Living the Gourmet, who made a fantastic Pork Ratatouille Lasagna.

Today, I am fortunate to host her extremely talented daughter Tammy Pappas.

An aspiring author who, along with her equally gifted brother Michael, shine on the writing blog TMP Literary.

Although it is her skills as a baker which will be on display today.  Tammy bakes up some delicious creations on her baking blog, Il Dolce Bacio.  I am not a huge sweets eater but I find myself repeatedly tempted by Tammy's treats, such as...

Spiced Almond Cookies

Soft & Zesty Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, I love cookies!  What's the problem?!


Hello everyone!

I was so excited and flattered when Laz asked me to guest post on his blog. I’m a big fan of Lazaro Cooks not only because all the food looks like a work of art, but because it offers a different culinary experience than most sites- presenting exciting and new variations on classic dishes.

Having grown up in a family where life revolves around the kitchen, it’s not all that surprising that I’ve joined my mother in the foodie blogsphere, who by the way, was featured here on Laz’s site a couple of weeks ago.

Though I enjoy cooking, I find the most enjoyment in baking desserts.
This week, I will be sharing with all of you, a flourless chocolate cake, that I have been itching to make for quite some time now. If you have never tried a flourless cake, you’re in for a real treat. I hope you enjoy, it’s been a pleasure!

La Bete Noire/The Black Beast
(adapted from Bon Appetit)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
For flourless chocolate cake you will need:
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1½ sticks unsalted butter, diced
1 cup sugar
¾ cup dark cocoa powder, sifted
6 large eggs
For ganache you will need:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
For garnish you will need;
Fresh lavender
Icing sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch diameter springform pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper, then butter parchment. Wrap 2 layers of heavy-duty foil around the outside of pan, bringing foil to top of rim.

In a large saucepan, melt chocolate and butter. Whisk until smooth. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa powder and eggs. Whisk until well blended and add in the chocolate-butter mixture. Pour batter into prepare pan. Place cake pan in a large roasting pan and add enough water to come halfway up the sides of cake pan.

Bake until the center of cake no longer moves when pan is gently shaken, approximately 50 minutes. Remove from water bath, transfer to rack and let cool completely in pan.

For ganache, bring whipping cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove and add chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Pour over the top of flourless cake and spread evenly. Garnish with lavender, then refrigerate cake in pan until ganache sets, about 2 hours.

When ready to serve, use a hot knife to cut cake. Dip cake cutter into hot water, wipe it dry and slice. Repeat for every serving. If desired, dust each piece with icing sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.


Please check out Tammy over at Il Dolce Bacio.

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. SO fun to find Tammy here! I love this recipe...who could resist a stunning slice of heaven? Great guest post~

  2. Nice to meet you, Tammy! "The Black Beast" - boy, that says it all. I don't think we could get a richer, more luscious-looking cake. And that ganache is the final chocolate touch! Definitely a keeper :)

  3. It's been so exciting to be a part of this. Thanks again for inviting me, Laz!
    I hope you are feeling better!

    Happy Cooking,
    Tammy ^_^

  4. Hi Tammy, this is a super decadent dessert there, I love the name "black beast", very nice!

  5. Probably one of the richest chocolate cakes I have ever seen.

  6. This is seriously the baking capabilities of a pastry chef who has gone through culinary school! I've been following Tammy's blog and I am extremely impressed by her and this cake...EVEN a recipe for ganache? Impressive!

  7. Dear Bella, This was a delicious cake. I would love if everyone could have a slice. It was heaven in a plate! I love you, Your Mom xoxo

  8. i've also baked a flourless choc cake sometime ago and you've added some cocoa powder too, i can already imagine how chocolatey and delicious this is. I like the idea of using dark choc powder, it really makes the cake stands out!

  9. What a super delicious dessert! Morning tea time :) now I want cake haha

  10. OH my goodness - I would love to take on 'the Black Beast! I love indulging in flourless choccy cake when out and about but have never tried making one myself. How could I resist giving this one a go though?

  11. I love flourless cakes and this is a serious beast. I'd love a slice or two (or three?) right now.

  12. Hi Tammy, so excited to see you here :) And wow this cake looks so tempting, and so very chocolaty! And flourless! Wow!

  13. Bete noire is one of my favorite expressions for so many reasons. Now I have a positive reaction to it.... when I think about that cake...ooh la la! Great recipe!

  14. I don't know what La Bete Noire means but the Black Beast tells me the story. Who can resist chocolate!? NOT me! It looks so moist and delicious! Btw, that's so cute you have the mom and daughter here on the LC!

  15. Tammy, You got this recipe spot on. I could lick the screen! Hugs!

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  16. I was reading about your flourless chocolate cake and then I was waking up, moaning and with ten minutes unaccounted for. There is, however, a big bite out of my 37 inch HDTV that I use as a computer monitor. My attorneys will be in touch!

  17. Thanks for introducing us to another fantastic blogger, Laz! (And who knew that you liked cookies?! Surely not I. ;) )

    Tammy, This cake is every girl's fantasy. When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better for me!

  18. I agree that baking is the best part of cooking! I love baking and I know that my entourage loves that I bake as well! Welcome, Tammy and this cake is extraordinary! A chocolate lover's dream!

  19. Oh yes, this is indeed The Black Beast! I love how much chocolate (wow), eggs and cocoa you put into this cake, Tammy. Who cares about flour when you have all this goodness in here? Great guest post, I enjoyed it, Laz.

  20. This looks wonderful. I've made this recipe before and it is pure heaven. The water bath makes a huge difference. I've seen recipes without it and the cake simply doesn't look the same. YUM!

  21. What a talented family! Like Tammy, my true love is baking. This cake looks great!

  22. Hi Tammy,

    I've never heard of a flourless cake before. Thank you for openning my eyes to something new. Your cake looks moist, chocolatey, and wonderful. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe with us.

    Laz, as always, thank you for introducing another guest blogger to me.

  23. Another blogger to visit. I meet such great people through you Lazaro. This cake is sinful!


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