Anyway, back to the cake. It's a snap to put together. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler, mix in sugar and orange zest, add eggs and egg yolks, and stir in sifted cocoa powder. I made a batch and a half and baked it in a 9-inch by 13-inch rectangular pan (which has exactly 1.5 times the volume of the 10-inch round pan specified in the recipe, so no adjustment in baking time was required). The cake was ready in 35 minutes and had a nice firm crust on top.
I was pleasantly surprised by the way this cake turned out. It was very moist, had a nice light texture, and the orange flavor was terrific. This cake is completely passable for Passover, or any other occasion.
To round out the Passover baked goods selection, I also made a Chocolate-Almond Soufflé Torte, which I like to serve cold. It's one of my favorite creamy delicious treats any time of year!
- Orange Flourless Chocolate Cake for the Reagan Family from All the Presidents' Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House, a Memoir by Roland Mesnier.
- Chocolate-Almond Soufflé Torte from epicurious.com.
- "Bastille Day Treats," July 14, 2008.
- "Holiday Party Recap, Part III: Ready For a Throwdown!," December 17, 2008.