Monday, April 20, 2009

Hey Y’all!

Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake

My cake fell … and it was fantastic! Actually, it was supposed to fall. It’s a recipe for a flourless chocolate cake that I used straight from the pages of Paula Deen’s Chocolate Celebration Magazine.

Paula Deen's Chocolate Celebration

I bought this publication several months ago mainly because of the cover… Chocolate and Paula… you can’t go wrong there. But, to be honest I haven’t made anything from it until this Saturday. I’ve looked at it a bunch of times and made notes of all the recipes I want to try, but nothing until now.

So, this weekend, I finally decided to go for her Deep Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe because I’ve never made a flourless cake before and I was intrigued.
I mean, it must be pretty good if someone would make it instead of the one on this cover.

Springform pan

You’ll need a 9-inch springform pan. It has a latch on the side that helps you release the cake. Because there’s no turning this one upside down to get it out.

Place some parchment paper on the bottom so it hangs over. Close the latch to hold the paper in place and secure the sides. You’ll also want to spray the paper with some non-stick cooking spray just to be safe.

After your pan is ready, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Separate 6 large eggs. Yolks in one bowl and egg whites in another. Set aside.

Melting Chocolate

You’ll also need 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate and 4 oz. dark chocolate. Break it up in a large bowl and add 2 sticks of butter (thank you Paula!). Melt in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until completely melted and smooth.

Whisk in 1 1/4 cups sugar until combined.

Then add the six egg yolks to the chocolate and sugar mixture, one at a time, whisking after each addition.

Beating Egg whites

Now, in a medium bowl, beat the six egg whites on high with an electric mixer. Beat it for several minutes until stiff peaks form.


Then, gently fold your egg white mixture into the melted chocolate mixture until combined. Pour it in your pan and bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees.

Cracked and getting ready to fall.

It will rise pretty high in the oven, but when you take it out to cool, it will fall. And fall hard. Yay!

Let it cool one hour on the counter and then for at least four hours in the refrigerator before you release it from the springform pan.

Deep Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake

And, when you finally do… it will be worth the wait. I didn’t really know what the texture of the inside would be like, but oh my… it was glorious.

Rich and dense and fudgey! Definitely one for true chocolate lover’s. And, If you don’t like things too rich, then stay away. Stay far, far away!

Flourless chocolate Cake

I also sprinkled a little powdered sugar on top to finish it off.


Okay, a lot!

Paula Deen's Deep Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake

Here’s what it’s supposed to look like. Mine had a few more cracks, but I was completely and utterly happy with it.

But, wait a minute… let me tell you the real reason I made this cake from Paula’s magazine.

There was a slim chance I was going to be able to meet Paula on Sunday (thanks to my friend Ted and help from someone on her team) and I wanted to have one of her dessert recipes under my belt if I did. You know, in case we had a moment to chit chat and talk about butter and stuff. Yeah, right!

She was speaking at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Atlanta, and to be honest, I really didn’t think I would get to meet her…

Me, my mom and Paula!

Or get a picture taken with her. Hey, Paula!

My mom and I were so thrilled. She is every bit as beautiful and funny and nice as she is on TV. (And I do mean funny. We also had the opportunity to hear her speak later on and she had the whole place laughing.)

Me, my mom and Bobby!

We also met her son, Bobby. Yummy!!! I mean, he was really nice.

Later on, we even met her other yummy, I mean really nice son, Jamie. Unfortunately, I spazzed and didn’t get a picture of him. But, he did help me out with something.

Something I think you’ll like.

Paula Deen Cookbook

See this cookbook. I bought it last minute at the show. (Sorry, her brand new one was sold out.)

But, that’s okay, because look what Jamie got his mom to do for me just minutes before she went on stage to speak.

Paula Deen Sig

Yep, that’s her signature. And, it gets even better.

I’m giving it away! The book… signature and all. Who wants it?

Seriously, at first, I thought I would keep it, and then, I thought… I would keep it! Then, I decided it would be much more fun to give it away. Besides, it could be a great Mother’s Day present for someone. And, don’t feel bad, I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that I can get another copy for myself later.

Better hurry and enter… The winner will be chosen Monday night.

Enter for a chance to win
an autographed copy of
Paula Deen’s Kitchen Classics Cookbook
  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me why you want it, why you love Paula, why you love butter, or heck, just say “hey, y’all!”
  • Leave your comment with a way for me to contact you if you win (either a blog link or email)
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, April 20th at 6:00 p.m. (recorded by the comment time stamp)
  • The winner will be chosen at random* and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

* One winner will be chosen at random, using’s integer generator.

Good luck.

More links:
Paula Deen’s Chocolate Celebration
Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook – NEW!
Paula Deen’s Kitchen Classics Cookbook
Springform Pans
And, Paula’s also on Twitter. Go say hey y’all!

Yay, we have a winner!
Who’s it going to be random integer generator?
Me. Me. Me. ……… No. No. No.

It’s comment #598!

Congrats Angela… Today is your lucky day!

McKenna said...

Butter, butter, and more butter!

April 20, 2009 05:46 AM
Mallory M said...

During college (I just graduated last year) I was always hungry at night. The dining hall closed at 7 and I stayed up to at least 3 so once midnight or so rolled around – starvation supreme. To battle the starvation, my roommate and I would watch the food network. Looking back, that probably made it worse instead of better…. but oh well. So many times when we turned on the TV we’d be greeted with Paula’s smiling face and we’d groan and moan with desire to eat the food she prepared…. If I win (I WISH!) I’d swap the book back and forth with my old roommate. It would be glorious. And we’d never be hungry again.

April 20, 2009 05:46 AM
Tisa said...

Please count me in! I love cookbooks and that cake looks so yummy! ~ :)

April 20, 2009 05:47 AM
Lisa said...

How neat for you! My mom grew up in Savannah, and I’m always saying “are you sure you don’t know her?”

Thanks for the chance to win!

April 20, 2009 05:47 AM
~Mo~ said...

Wow!! How exciting that you got to meet her!!I Love Paula!

April 20, 2009 05:47 AM
Shannon said...

I am not a born and bred Southerner, but my husband is, so we need something to keep us true to his roots, even if our home isn’t there right? Fun giveaway, thanks!

April 20, 2009 05:50 AM
Ashleigh said...

Paula cracks me up. She’s fab and I’m sure I’d learn a lot from her book!

April 20, 2009 05:50 AM
Cowgirl Tough said...

I love Paula because she has true Southern charm and seems like one classy lady.

April 20, 2009 05:50 AM
Heather said...

Hey Y’all!

OOh! I would be so thrilled to have this book. I just love Paula, and she is such an inspiration to me. What a wonderful woman! What an incredible time that must have been for you!


April 20, 2009 05:51 AM
Alyssa said...

I love Paula Dean! I love how beautiful she looks, her accent, her recipes, and mostly how she says “Hey, y’all”!!! I love her!
I would love to have that book! and her autograph! :)


April 20, 2009 05:51 AM
Gwen said...

Hey Y’all, I’d sure love to win that book!

April 20, 2009 05:51 AM
Jess + Steve = Dylan said...

Let’s just say that I need to win this because my other half gets a little perturbed at the fact that there’s no DVR space to record his shows because the memory is filled with Paula Deen (and American Idol).


April 20, 2009 05:51 AM
Sue said...

I am Irish…therefor I love butter….’nuff said!!! I have never bough margarine **gag**…**gag**

This cake looks amazing! I just bought a Kitchen Aid (thanks to you and PW) and so looking for many ways to use it..this would work! :-)

Pick me..Pick me…my mum won;t get it but I’ll bake her a cake :-) LOL

Twitter me… irland1 (living in Canada now)

April 20, 2009 05:52 AM
Melonie said...

I love Paula, and I love butter. I have to try this fallen chocolate cake. I’m afraid though because I may have to eat it all by myself. I’d love more Paula recipes! meloniew a t g m a i l d o t c o m

April 20, 2009 05:54 AM
Katie said...

I love watching her show! She cracks me up.

April 20, 2009 05:55 AM
Hannah said...

Paula Deen might just be my hero… and my mom loves her even more!!!

April 20, 2009 05:57 AM
Kristy said...

Yummy recipe!! I have one that calls for ganache over the top – it is seriously almost too much to take!!

April 20, 2009 05:57 AM
Nicole said...

I’ve been watching Paula since I was a freshman in high school! I LOVE HER!! I love that she ties her family life into her shows…. I went crazy when she said she was getting married and when her daughter-in-law had her little baby. Love the butter too! Life is too short to always go non-fat. :)

April 20, 2009 05:58 AM
Tristan said...


I just love Paula..because..well..because…what’s not to love!!!!

April 20, 2009 05:59 AM
Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

hey y’all! I love Paula…for her food, butter, accent, and adorable sons…she must be so proud! you lucky girl! What a fun day! Maybe I will be so lucky as to win this fab giveaway…

April 20, 2009 05:59 AM
Erin said...

That cake looks heavenly! You can never have too much chocolate.

April 20, 2009 05:59 AM
hahainlala said...

Your cake looks sooooo YUMMY! I have yet to meet a Paula recipe that I did not like;) I think I might even be related to her, because like Paula I believe you can never have TOO much butter! Hmmm….I wonder if there is a way I could deep fry a stick of butter;)

April 20, 2009 06:00 AM
Kristy said...

I love her, love you, and I love chocolate.

April 20, 2009 06:01 AM
k8lynr said...


1) i want it because, duh? paula signed it, and it’s her recipes, and i looove food that tastes good,

2) i love paula because she rocks being a sophisticated country gal and i absolutely adore her accent,


3) i love butter because, while it’s absolutely horrible for you, i cannot stay away from it. whether i’m spreading it on some toast or making no bake cookies, it gets me every time.


April 20, 2009 06:01 AM
Donna said...

A couple of years ago I had the supremely yummy experience of meeting Jamie and Bobby Deen in Savanna at their restaurant.They are two of the nicest and sweetest guys I have ever met.They autographed a set of cookbooks for my daughter.How awesome for a chance at one from fab Miss Paula herself.Thanks Bakerella

April 20, 2009 06:02 AM
Lorrie said...

Hey Y’all! I love me some Paula Dean! I’m from GA originally and watching her reminds me of home. Food is love and is always the center of our family gatherings. Thanks for the chance to win the book. That’s super sweet of you! : )

April 20, 2009 06:02 AM
Tammy tntdavisatgmaildotcom said...

Three words…..gooey butter cake!!
Paula rocks!!

April 20, 2009 06:03 AM
Courtney said...

Hey y’all!

Paula reminds me a TON of my own aunt. Plus, everytime I watch her show, I feel my arteries clogging.

April 20, 2009 06:03 AM
Luanne said...

She is so real and genuine! I love her style and her humor. She’s the real deal!

April 20, 2009 06:03 AM
Melanie said...

My mom would just love this!

April 20, 2009 06:05 AM
Robyn said...

Paula is hilarious, I’d love a copy of her cookbook! I’m always up for trying new recipes… especially cake! :)

April 20, 2009 06:06 AM
Sarah S said...

That cake looks amazing, I am going to find a way to make it this week. You can’t go wrong with Paula!

April 20, 2009 06:06 AM
Elizabeth said...

Oh my gosh, I love Paula Deen! I love that she isn’t afraid of calories and that she is so joyful. I also love the smiley in her signature. :)

April 20, 2009 06:07 AM
Candace said...

I absolutely love Paula Dean! If I won this book… I would totally give it to my mom as a Mother’s Day gift! She loves her as much as I do, probably more!

April 20, 2009 06:08 AM
Amy said...

I love Paula! My 6 yr old does too. She says “Hi y’all its Paula” I am so green with envy that you got to meet her and her yummy ones I mean sons.

April 20, 2009 06:09 AM
Erin said...

What is not to love about Paula…yummy southern home cooking!

April 20, 2009 06:09 AM
hotmama2811 said...

I love watching Paula and am always amazed by her creations. Having her book would be a wonderful addtition to my library. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

April 20, 2009 06:09 AM
Brandon and Emily said...

Hey y’all! I love Paula (and butter!)

mledorman at gmail dot com

April 20, 2009 06:10 AM
JulieR said...

That cake looks a little like step one of a chocolate mousse cake I’ve made several times in the past. After the cake falls, you fill the depression with reserved batter (that is really chocolate mousse), then cover the whole thing with whipped cream. Rich cake, mousse, whipped cream — what’s not to love?

April 20, 2009 06:11 AM
Laura said...

Paula is a really nice lady and I love her recipes!

April 20, 2009 06:12 AM
Alison said...

I love her and would love an autographed book! How fun!


April 20, 2009 06:13 AM
Mary said...

I love me some Paula!!!

April 20, 2009 06:13 AM
Mary said...

Oops forgot to leave my email:

April 20, 2009 06:14 AM
I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

aw, you're always so generous Bakerella! I can always use a new cookbook, since I LOVE baking, almost as much as I love sugar…& butter….& chocolate…Mmmmm.

April 20, 2009 06:14 AM
cindysherritt said...

“I’m your cook, not your doctor”, she said to Oprah…LOL!!! Then, she later drops a little glass measuring cup into the mixing bowl- the look on her face and then the laughter that followed, was absolutely pricless – ya gotta love Paula!!!
Cindy Sherritt

April 20, 2009 06:15 AM
Amy said...

I love how Paula loves better and uses it with abandon!

April 20, 2009 06:16 AM
Lisa said...

How exciting! What a cool giveaway. I love Paula Dean!


April 20, 2009 06:16 AM
Pony Girl said...

I have never made anything by her but my parents have and rave about her…although I think my dad is on a diet now so their cookbook might be collecting dust, LOL! ;)
Your cake looked VERY good! I have a total sweet tooth right now and that didn’t help!

April 20, 2009 06:16 AM
Lisa in California said...

Hey y’all! I love watching Paula Dean and wish I could meet her someday. She is hysterically funny and just seems like such a warm and welcoming person. I don’t own any of her cookbooks although I would love to!

April 20, 2009 06:16 AM
craigandstacy said...

Hey y’all – that cake looks delish!

April 20, 2009 06:17 AM
Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

Holy Mother of God that looks divine!

I must make it.

I must make it today.

Any chance you will chuck the magazine in too?

April 20, 2009 06:17 AM
Michelle said...

Oh my goodness! I love Paula! Butter and Mayo – and more butter. LOL!!!

April 20, 2009 06:17 AM
Julie Magallanes said...

I LOVE me some southern food, so I could def use that cookbook :) Thanks for the chance!


April 20, 2009 06:17 AM
Julie said...

sounds like an amazing time! Paula cracks me up!

April 20, 2009 06:18 AM
junglewife said...

I’d love to win! I am a firm believer in lots of butter (real butter!) and I’d love to bake/cook with her recipes!

April 20, 2009 06:19 AM
Meg said...

HEY Y’ALL!!!!!

Oh gosh, I hope I win!! Just don’t let my doctor know…

April 20, 2009 06:21 AM
One Thrifty Mamma said...

I’d LOVE to be entered!!! Paula is one of the things I miss most about no longer having dish service in our home….. Thanks!

April 20, 2009 06:24 AM
Julie said...

Your blog is so great… I live in Europe and WISH I could get the products you use over here. I try making some “pops” every now and then and I get a great response…but they don’t do yours justice. THanks for inspiring!

I would love that book because I have to make everything from scratch and books in English over here are RARE… so this would be awesome!

April 20, 2009 06:25 AM
seagulled said...

I love Paula Deen! She reminds me of my grandmother and her laugh is SO contagious! I’m always trying her recipes. soooo delicious! Thanks for another great giveaway.

April 20, 2009 06:26 AM
Anonymous said...

Sure enjoy your site.

Have you made anything out of this cookbook?

Love making something easy with great taste.


April 20, 2009 06:28 AM
Lauren said...

What isn’t to like about Paula? Or butter for that reason! ;) My mom would LOVE this.

April 20, 2009 06:28 AM
Kincade1996 said...

My mom loves watching her and I agree this would be a fantastic Mother’s day gift!

April 20, 2009 06:28 AM
Jessica said...

Oh my goodness gracious! I’m so jealous of you! My dream someday is to MEET her! That would be GREAT!

I love how she always says “Hey y’all!” and how she has SUCH an obsession with butter. She is hilarious! I only wish I could be half the woman she is…

I want it, I want it, I want it!!!

Thanks, Bakerella!

April 20, 2009 06:28 AM
manda. said...

I love Paula. She may be crazy with her baking but, she is still a good cook.

April 20, 2009 06:29 AM
Truculence said...

Ohhh, I love Paula! Ever since I saw a Thanksgiving where she deep-fried cranberry sauce. Awesome! (way to contact me is the name this is posted under at hotmail!)

April 20, 2009 06:32 AM
The Pike Family said...

I love Paula because she isn’t afraid to be fat.

April 20, 2009 06:32 AM
Jaimey said...

I love love love Paula! And I am gonna try that chocolate cake!

April 20, 2009 06:33 AM
lauren said...

I love Paula’s attitude about cooking, she would be so much fun to cook with no matter what she cooks!

April 20, 2009 06:33 AM
Jessica said...

I actually told my dear, dear, beloved Grandmother that I wanted Paula Dean as my grandmother. I was joking, but wouldn’t that be awesome?

April 20, 2009 06:34 AM
Sher said...

You really are not going to give this book away are you?? That is just too darn sweet! I am so happy you got to meet Paula. I love
the enjoyment she feels/shows associated with cooking and food. She always make me smile and that is not an easy thing to do.

April 20, 2009 06:34 AM
Krystal said...

Hey, ya’ll! I would love to win the book to give to my momma on Mother’s Day because she ADORES Paula and we watch her on the Food Network any time we see that she’s on!

April 20, 2009 06:36 AM
Lara Starr said...

She’s adorable – and what’s not to love about butter?

Lara Starr

April 20, 2009 06:36 AM
Anonymous said...

my kids love to watch her just as much as i do. they call her the “hey y’all lady” since she always greets everyone on her show that way. they have called her that for as long as i can remember. we love paula!!!

April 20, 2009 06:36 AM
Karrmen said...


April 20, 2009 06:40 AM
Theresa said...

I absolutely LOVE her!!

April 20, 2009 06:41 AM
aka_Nik said...

Hey y’all! I’d love to have Paula’s book because I miss watching her on TV! I live overseas and she’s only on at 6 AM on Monday’s and I always forget and miss her. I need some Paula in my life.

My email address is: nikki (dot) demarco @

April 20, 2009 06:42 AM
Em said...

Hi there,
because sugar and butter are 2 of my favourite things to use while baking at the moment being 28wks pregnant!!
would love this recipe book to try out her devine recipes.
thx Em

April 20, 2009 06:47 AM
Matos Family said...

I love all her recipes. I am so going to try this flourless chocolate cake. My favorite recipe of hers is pumpkin buttercakes. Please pick me!

April 20, 2009 06:47 AM
evljbei said...

I don’t love her as much as i love one of her cookie recipes…

1 egg
1 stick of (softened) BUDDDER (just like paula says)
1 8oz brick of cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp of vanilla
1 box of moist chocolate cake mix

mix together until combined and let the batter harden in fridge for like 15 min. roll it into golf ball size balls and then roll in sugar. bake at 350 for 10 min. let them cool on the pan and when you’re done, be prepared to eat all of them. we call them Evil Cookies in my house.

April 20, 2009 06:48 AM
JulieMom said...

She gives real meaning to the words “Butter Love”.

And I like to listen to her talk.


April 20, 2009 06:52 AM
morgana said...

Hey Y’all!!!

This cake remembered me about the valentino cake we made for Daring Bakers last… february, I Think. Delicious but yes, mine falled down too. Great with icecream or whipped cream.

April 20, 2009 06:55 AM
Anonymous said...

I’m teaching my daughter (12) to cook, and as inspiration we watch Paula’s cooking shows because she makes it look so fun and easy. I would love to be able to give her that book for her birthday in 3 months – by then she should have mastered the basics.

April 20, 2009 06:55 AM
Amanda said...

hey ya’ll!! haha…how amazing!! I watch Paula everyday on the Food Network…she’s so talented…and butter always makes everything better…especially a couple sticks of it!!

April 20, 2009 06:55 AM
Vince and Jaclyn said...

She has a recipe for caramel corn that I just LOVE…so easy and SO good!

April 20, 2009 06:56 AM
185 said...

What a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift! I am so jealous that you got to meet her!!!

April 20, 2009 06:56 AM
Aurora said...

I met her and the boys (all 3!) like 3 years ago at Universal Orlando when she taped a talk show and I yelled out ” I love you Paula” and she yelled back “I love you too Angel!” total highlight of my day! She was super cute in person and just seemed to be one of those genuine type people!

April 20, 2009 06:58 AM
courtney said...

I <3 Paula! I think my favorite Paula moment was when she was talking about her husband asking if she put butter on corn flakes.

- Courtney

April 20, 2009 07:00 AM
188 said...

I *LOVE* both the Chocolate Celebration magazine and the deep dark chocolate truffle cake… it's my favorite recipe from the whole issue! I made it in a bake-off with friends with three variations: one slide with a Nutella reduction-y glaze; one with raspberry and blackberry coulis; one "PB&J" with a grape reduction and peanut butter cream sauce. It was UNBELIEVABLE and worth every bite.

Congrats on meeting Paula Deen! That had to have been entertaining.

April 20, 2009 07:03 AM
alice said...

hey ya’ll. yummy butter.

April 20, 2009 07:06 AM
Lisa said...

Hol-leee crap! What a sweet giveaway – how giving are you?! I'll go with your "why do you love Paula" question. I <3 her because she reminds me so much of the fab female cooks in my family… all of who I've enjoyed countless amount of wonderful food from in my 24 years!

Have a fab week!

April 20, 2009 07:08 AM
Kassy said...

Hey Y’all! Oh, I love Paula! She is so funny and her recipes are awesome! I would love to have this book for my mother in law…or myself :)

April 20, 2009 07:09 AM
(defiant)conviction said...

I went through this WHOLE entry with Paula’s accent in mind hahaha

and butter.. well, without it, popcorn and corn on the cob would be so dull ;)

I’ve never made flourless cake, either.. but staring at it now.. I have to ask.. how does it compare, texture wise, to brownies?? It looks delish!

April 20, 2009 07:12 AM
Amy said...

Because butter makes everything better!!!

April 20, 2009 07:12 AM
Sam said...

Wow this cake looks really goood, quite a few years ago I made Nigella’s Cloud Cake, which is a flourless cake, except you filled the fallen centre with whipped cream – it was delicious! I will have to try this recipe.

April 20, 2009 07:13 AM
Andrea said...

Someone who makes a recipe like that..heavenly!!!!
So if I could get a whole book full of those… Yes please!!

April 20, 2009 07:14 AM
Lisette and Cameron said...

i am a sucker for good cookbooks. i like to read them like some people like to read novels, it always makes me hungry before i go to bed though.


April 20, 2009 07:14 AM
PerfectlyPrincess said...

You just can’t go wrong with a Paula recipe. Whenever I am stuck I head to and find a perfectly fabulous Paula creation that always ends up being a hit. Her cookbook for kids is just as wonderful. My little boy chooses a recipe and (with a little help from Mom) makes really spectacular meals. Paula is the best!

April 20, 2009 07:17 AM
Gina (ks) said...

I just got Paula’s cast iron dutch oven for my daughters bridal shower. This would go great with it. Or maybe not..Maybe I would just let her look at it and I would keep it. heehee
Love your site!

April 20, 2009 07:19 AM
maBel said...

I would be very happy if I could have the book autographed by laura

April 20, 2009 07:22 AM
Anonymous said...

I would love it as a mother’s day present.

April 20, 2009 07:23 AM
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