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Chocolate Meringue Cake (gluten free) #SundaySupper


Today is the first #SundaySupper event of 2013.  We are starting off with a bang too!  The theme today is recipes that are on our bucket list.  You know, the list of things you always say you want to do….eventually.  I don’t actually have a written down list, but I have some things in the back of my mind that I have always wanted to do.  This is even inspiring me to make that list (on paper), and maybe share it with you later.  Maybe they will actually get made then :)

So for this week I picked a chocolate meringue cake.  I have Pavlova (which is a meringue) on my blog, but to be honest my husband made it.  So I wanted to tackle it myself, and do it up with chocolate, because we all know that is how I do things.  Plus my birthday was on Tuesday, so I wanted to turn it into a cake!

It did take 2 attempts for this to work out.  The first time I followed a different recipe, which I am sure was a good one, but there was melted chocolate involved and it just didn’t work out.  So then I started again, adapted the Pavlova recipe I know works, and went from there.  I used an almond flavored, freshly whipped cream as the “frosting”.  There is almond extract in with the meringue too, and it just pairs perfectly together.  It is sweet, light, fluffy, and the perfect birthday cake!  My 7 year old even asked me yesterday if I could make this again for his birthday.


Chocolate Meringue Cake (gluten free)
 
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A light and fluffy chocolate meringue layered with almond whipped cream
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs whites
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tbls cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Almond Whipped Cream
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ - 1 tsp almond extract
  • Optional garnish
  • Shaved Chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  2. In the stand mixer bowl, whisk egg whites and a pinch of salt, until stiff peaks, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and add the sugar over 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to high and whisk until the mixture is smooth and glossy and stiff peaks, 6 to 7 minutes. Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, almond extract, and vinegar. Mix until just combined (you might have to use a spatula). Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Divide the batter in half. Spread onto baking sheet, in about two 8 inch circles. You want them about 1 inch high, and evenly sized. Place the meringue into the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave it in the oven for 3 more hours. Open the oven door and cool completely before removing from the oven, approximately 30 minutes.
  4. Prepare the Whipped Cream
  5. In the bowl for an electric mixer, whisk the heavy cream until soft peaks, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add sugar and almond extract, whisk to combine. ** You can store in the fridge until the next day if you need to, just whisk by hand for a minute to stiffen it up again.
  6. To prepare the cake place one meringue onto a serving platter. Spread with a generous layer of whipped cream. Top with the second meringue, and more whipped cream. Garnish with shaved chocolate, if desired. Let set for 1 hour before serving. Store in the fridge.

 

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Comments

  1. So pretty! This looks lovely!

  2. Looks great! I haven’t tackled meringue yet…. ;)

  3. Looks great and light, a perfect dessert after a big meal!

  4. I’ve never made meringue before – but I love the idea of having it with cake…YUM!

  5. Pavlova is on my list too, but I need to find a dry day and have people come over to eat, since it doesn´t last much. I really, really like this cake, such a great alternative to the usual birthday layers! Just gorgeous!

  6. Erin, I loooove this!! I am crazy about Pavlova, but I will definitely tackle this chocolate meringue, too… yums!

  7. Yummy!

  8. Pavlovas are on my bucket list, too. I’ve been really afraid of trying so we’ll see if this year will be it. Your meringue cake looks really good–can’t blame your son for wanting this for his birthday.

  9. I’ve never made a pavlova, but I’ve always wanted to try! Need to make this one first!

  10. Looks fabulous!! Oh my goodness!

    Even with needing two attempts you did such a great job – I love that you used the almond cream. Yum!

  11. I’m thrilled I found a recipe for pavlova because it has been on my list for a long time. This recipe with chocolate appeals to me even more. Thanks for sharing it and the link to the pavlova.

  12. Yup, the chocolate pavlova I use has cocoa powder not melted chocolate. My family loves it, too! Looks like you’ll be making this one again :)

  13. I love meringue! It’s so elegant and lovely. It always makes me want to have friends over for tea. Gorgeous cake :)

  14. I love cakes like this and I have made many, yours looks divine!!

  15. Love this flourless cake !! Beautiful and so good ! Standing up really well too. Have thought about making one, but never attempted it. Yumm. Great job on the pics.

  16. I love meringue, what a pretty cake!

  17. What a lovely and original take on a pavlova! Love it!

  18. Oh wow! I have never made a pavlova, but it sure does look delightful!

  19. This looks divine! I love the idea of a foodie bucket list! what a great challenge!

  20. Meringues have a special place in my heart. I save to make them for special occasions – which can be anything, lol! Mmmmmeringue! (Happy dance…)

  21. I’ll take it for my birthday too! This sounds fabulous, decadent, amazing! Can you tell I like it? :)

  22. This looks so light and delicious!

  23. Love meringue cakes especially one with chocolate! Your cake turned out beautiful too :) have a great week!

  24. I made something very similar to this in a log shape. It was so so good. Love this recipe. I’ll be giving this one a go!

  25. Wow, this is my kind of cake. I love meringue and I think this cake would make me feel like I was in heaven!

  26. Yum! Gorgeous and impressive!

  27. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like a delicious one since you served this gorgeous, light, decadent cake! I’ve never made meringues or pavlova so they’re going onto my bucket list.

  28. Your pavlova looks amazing. I could dig in right now.

  29. What a stunning cake! Bet it did not last long in your house!!!!

  30. Love this cake, wow! and your 7 year old asked if you could make this again for his birthday? SO Sweet!!! love that!

  31. This is a beauty! If the 7-year old loved it, it must be amazing.

  32. I absolutely adore any sort of meringue or pavlova – so I just want to reach in and grab a big piece! Beautiful.

  33. This cake has my interest peaked! I need to try this sometime. It looks heavenly!

  34. Meringue is on my bucket list too. I was going to make coconut macaroons for Channukah dinner last year but I kind of forgot to whip the egg whites. lol!

  35. Patty Cosby says:

    I’m going to have to make this just so I can see what the inside looks like! Yum!

  36. This looks so good! I was just saying how I wanted some meringue pie, and now I am thinking meringue cake!

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