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!

elissa said...

I love Paula! She's the cutest thing ever! ?

April 20, 2009 08:06 PM
Mamasoo said...

I go to Savannah just to eat at her restaurant!

Pick me, Monty!

And thanks for giving away this awesome book!

April 20, 2009 08:06 PM
gina said...

I love Paula’s recipes. Bought this cookbook for my sister for her birthday last year…hopefully I’ll win my own copy. YEA!


April 20, 2009 08:11 PM
PatQ said...

I’m not sure my last comment posted. So I’m trying again.

April 20, 2009 08:11 PM
Catherine said...

I fell in love with Paula when I saw her deep fry biscuits and inject them with honey butter! OMG they are fabulous!

April 20, 2009 08:11 PM
Margie said...

I love Paula, & would love this cookbook!!

April 20, 2009 08:11 PM
The Chocolate Lady said...

Im a Chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries.

I LOVE all things baking!

I just made chocolate cups, decorated so pretty…check it out:

And, Id love to show you how to use a tempering machine…I promise they are so much fun!! Maybe we could even give one away :)

April 20, 2009 08:13 PM
Brenda A said...

Ooh…. I’d love to try her recipes. Can’t believe how generous of you!

April 20, 2009 08:13 PM
Jenny said...

How cool that you got to meet her! I love Paula so much b/c she’s so REAL! She is obviously a very smart, talented lady. And on top of that she has a great sense of humor and relates to everyday people. Love her!


April 20, 2009 08:14 PM
Anonymous said...

I love her, shes awesome. But I’d love an autographed copy for one of my best friends who is a huge Paula Deen fan, shes been thru alot in her life and deserves this more than I do.

April 20, 2009 08:14 PM
Haley said...

Hey y’all! I love Paula!!!


April 20, 2009 08:14 PM
The Hat Chick said...

I love Paula because she gets it….anything green can’t be good unless it’s deep fried or drowning in butter. Amen sister!

April 20, 2009 08:14 PM
Nikki said...

I LOVE Paula Deen! I so relate to her story (with the anxiety and such). And the funniest part is, my mother in law is agoraphobic, and she has 2 sons named Bobby (my husband) and Jayme!!!!!!! LOL

April 20, 2009 08:14 PM
8Trigrams64 said...

Hey Y’all! Paula is just so awesome!!!! ^_^ I actually watch her show. I have never tried any of her recipes though. Not exactly allowed in the kitchen. BUT SHE IS AWESOME!!!!

April 20, 2009 08:14 PM
Celine said...

Hey, y’all!
How lucky you are, I’d love to meet her too!!

April 20, 2009 08:15 PM
Jerilyn said...

I left Texas for Seattle 12years ago.Paula, her recipes, her southern twang and all her butter remind me of home! LUV her and would lUV her signed book.


April 20, 2009 08:15 PM
Monica H said...

Alright I’m commenter #1947. Was that a good year?

I am entirely jealous of your little visit. Is it me or do you and your mom look a little happier in the photo with Bobby?

I love them both! THis is so generous of you.

April 20, 2009 08:16 PM
Pieceful Bits said...

I would just love Paula Deen as my “other mother”! Of course I still love mine..but having 2 would be great!
I am known for bringing the desserts to all the functions. Bring on the butter, sugar, and chocolate!

April 20, 2009 08:16 PM
Casey said...

ooh yes please!! my mom would love to get this as a mother’s day gift

April 20, 2009 08:17 PM
Cannygirl Designs said...

Awesome give away, I love watching Paula’s show on Sundays with my family.

April 20, 2009 08:17 PM
Shannon said...

I just explored all entries on your blog this weekend! Yummy and I plan on frequenting it often. I am going to make your cupcake bites for a Christening this weekend!

I bought that same magazine from Paula and have made a few things from it. Delicious! I’ll have to try this cake! Thanks!

April 20, 2009 08:17 PM
LmB said...

If I could pick someone to cook me dinner or to have a meal with she would be at the top of my list! I watch her show frequently and I love her attitude and her recpipes are just devine. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with that lady?

April 20, 2009 08:18 PM
lodi said...

I am a big fan of Paula, hope to meet her some day. Would love the cookbook autographed by her and what would make it even better, you sign it as Bakerella giveaway.

April 20, 2009 08:19 PM
Yard Sale Princess said...

I love Paula because when she talks she makes me think of my mom. Mom is from the south and all of the yumminess that goes with it is a reminder of Mom. Mom got my kids hooked on butter layered on bread…as a meal! Anyways, Paula is just so fun and I love her story! Thanks for the opportunity!

April 20, 2009 08:19 PM
hal-delicious said...

“How ’bout some butter ya’ll! “

April 20, 2009 08:20 PM
Anonymous said...

hey y’all!!

saphyra at gmail dot com

April 20, 2009 08:21 PM
Maura said...

That cake looks awesome! I love anything Paula Deen as much as I love your blog (which is a lot).

April 20, 2009 08:22 PM
Stephanie said...

I love how Paula cooks REAL food, and it always makes my mouth water!


April 20, 2009 08:22 PM
Marielle said...

I love Paula!!! She is so not afraid of butter-why can’t we all be more like her? By the way Bakerella-I’m going to try your cake pops this weekend, wish me luck.

April 20, 2009 08:22 PM
Stasi said...

That looks so good! My dad is Gluten Free and we make a similar recipe and call it “Fathers Day Cake”

April 20, 2009 08:22 PM
Mandy said...

I LOVE HER AND HER SONS TOO!!! They are yummy!

April 20, 2009 08:22 PM
joflynt_123 said...

Hey y’all and you, too, Bakerella!
I love your website and the things you bake/make, and I also love to watch Paula. AND, I really love butter!!

April 20, 2009 08:23 PM
Mike and Heather said...

Paula’s hilarious and I love her go with the flow attitude! I’ve made a couple dishes of hers and would love to make more :)

April 20, 2009 08:24 PM
Katie said...

Yum to you! You’re great! Nothing better than Chocolate with Paula Deen.
I look forward to your postings – I can’t get enough of your creativity!
Thanks for always sharing!


April 20, 2009 08:25 PM
christy said...

I want to be Paula when i grow up:)

April 20, 2009 08:26 PM
Andrew's Mom said...

I love her too!

April 20, 2009 08:26 PM
Courtney said...

Who doesn’t love Paula?

Also, I’m pregnant and I could use a few extra 200 calorie (I mean, 2500 calorie) recipes. :)

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

April 20, 2009 08:26 PM
Becky said...

I have to try that flourless cake, I had one at Disney last year that I still dream about. Sooo gooooood. I love Paula, she’s so entertaining to watch. Thanks!

April 20, 2009 08:27 PM
Amanda said...

I love Paula Dean! Thanks for the giveaway!

April 20, 2009 08:28 PM
Kate said...

no recipe is complete without a bit of butter! i just love her :)

April 20, 2009 08:28 PM
Sara B. said...

Her Gooey Butter Cookies are ridiculously easy and to die for. I’d love this book!

April 20, 2009 08:28 PM
Debby J said...

I love all of Paula Deen’s shows and it would be great to have one of her cookbooks.


April 20, 2009 08:29 PM
AlaskaAngell said...

I Love Her shes so real and her food is most yummy!

April 20, 2009 08:30 PM
Lillian Child said...

Aren’t we all southern belles at heart? Her slow southern drawl and love of butter makes us kindred spirits. She is a true gem.

By the way, I made your cake pops for Easter and my family RAVED about them. While it was a tad time consuming, I have to admit it was worth every minute to see the reactions of my family as they bit into their first cake pop. It’s now a new family favorite!!

April 20, 2009 08:31 PM
Cakespy said...

Bakerella, I’m certain that you and Paula are trying to make me obese! But you know what…it’s gonna be so much fun devouring my way into a muumuu with recipes like this.

April 20, 2009 08:32 PM
Buffie said...

I need one because I love her fattening recipes and as Paula would say “I am not your doctor, I’m your cook.”

April 20, 2009 08:32 PM
Anonymous said...

WOWEEEE!!! How sweet of YOU!
I love Paula and I love butter LOL. Thanks for sharing your story meeting her. I always wondered if she was as sweet, beautiful, and charming in person as on TV ( I knew she could be no fake ) LOL

Please include me in your contest.

April 20, 2009 08:33 PM
Kaela said...

Hey y’all! I’d give it to my super father-in-law, he loves her and I love him when he cooks her recipes!

April 20, 2009 08:33 PM
Kacey said...

Wow, you’re really gonna give that away? Well count me in! I LOVE Paula, butter, her recipes AND I could listen to that southern accent all day long.

April 20, 2009 08:34 PM
Melissa said...

Hey y’ll..I really want this book and I talk just like Paula!

April 20, 2009 08:34 PM
Melisa said...

Oh wow! How wonderful to have been able to meet Paula in person! We watch Food Network all day in our communications center and Paula is by FAR a favorite!

I would love to win, but even if I don’t I’ll still read your blog! LoL

April 20, 2009 08:34 PM
silvertongue said...

you always need an extra sick of butter.

April 20, 2009 08:34 PM
Anonymous said...

I have just recently happened upon your blog and I just love it. I have also passed it on to my daughters, who both love to cook. We love Paula Deen. My oldest daughter has been to her restaurant several times when they are in the Georgia area on business. I would love to have the cookbook, as I collect cookbooks and only have one of Paula’s, Celebrations. Thanks for the chance to win, whether I get to win or not, and I enjoy your blog. Jane in Mississippi

April 20, 2009 08:34 PM
Kim said...

how amazing! i love that she’s not afraid to use some fat. we all know that the best food is never low in calories, and frankly, this whole dieting thing was never for me. love!

April 20, 2009 08:34 PM
Elissa said...

I love Paula because she keeps it real…and buttery…who can argue w/ that?

April 20, 2009 08:35 PM
April said...

Iwoul love this book. I dvr paula and watch her every day. Seems funny, but she reminds me alot my mom who passed away 2 weeks before my son was born. Even her hands remind me of her. kind of makes me feel that she is still here with me. thanks for the offer…

April 20, 2009 08:35 PM
AB said...

Paula is the greatest!

April 20, 2009 08:35 PM
Viviene W. said...

Oh my gosh! That cake looks delicious! I also cannot believe that you got to meet her! What is she like in person? Her signature is so cute. lol I love coming to your site! You have so many great and yummy ideas posted. I read that you gave away the Ninetendo DSi as a gift! That is so awesome and sweet of you. I want to try to make a batch of those cake pop thingies one day. Thanks for the inspiration! Keep doing your thing! =) Take care, Bakerella!

April 20, 2009 08:36 PM
heidi said...

If I could choose my momma, I would have chosen Paula to be my momma (sorry mum, still love ya)!

April 20, 2009 08:37 PM
Morgan said...

best giveaway ever!

this would make a fantastic mother’s day present for my paula – obsessed mother!

April 20, 2009 08:38 PM
Courtney said...

soo excited about this one! that cake looked delish!

April 20, 2009 08:38 PM
dreag21 said...

wow wee wow! well i do loves me some chocolate. and butter. but more than anything, i loves me some Paula Deen and her accent! Hey y’all!

April 20, 2009 08:39 PM
Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmmm Paula Dean….Mmmmmmm Butter…..Mmmmmm a cookbook that can reach me how to cook with butter like Paula Dean. What could be better?


April 20, 2009 08:40 PM
zekesmom10 said...

What makes my two year old son’s eyes glaze over? Bakerella, PD, chocolate and butter. Any chance that cake could be used in cake balls? hee hee.

April 20, 2009 08:40 PM
Jolley Blogger said...

Paula has great recipes! I think I would use this book every day!

April 20, 2009 08:40 PM
Pat's Tuesday said...

I love Paula and her southern accent. I try to watch her everynight and would love to win the cookbook as my mother does not cook that much anymore and I have taken over doing the family Sunday dinners.

April 20, 2009 08:40 PM
Anonymous said...

I love Paula! Not as much as I love The Pioneer Woman and Bakerella though!

Stephanie Beall

April 20, 2009 08:41 PM
Sarah said...

Wow, I would LOVE this!!! How fun!!!! She is awesome :)

sarah8914 @ (no spaces of course)

April 20, 2009 08:42 PM
SheaTinder said...

I’ve never seen anyone besides my grandmother who uses butter more than Paula. I’m from the South too, so I love her by default!


April 20, 2009 08:42 PM
Memaw's memories said...

I like the down home goodness she brings to her recipes. And butter!

April 20, 2009 08:43 PM
Mollie said...

Hey y’all!
But seriously, I love butter because I still have a high metabolism and it won’t stick to me…. yet…..

April 20, 2009 08:43 PM
Amy W said...

Hey, ya’ll! She’s my hero.

April 20, 2009 08:43 PM
1973 said...

The reason I should win this cookbook is because I LOVE PAULA! I swear, she makes me wanna be a southern girl so bad I can taste it! I love that she cooks real food that real people love and she has fun doing it!Why can’t we laugh and make yummy treats for our families? What in the world did we do before Paula? Just a sidenote…I love you too Bakerella! I made your Oreo and Nutterbutter truffles for my Sunday school class and now I can get them to do anything I want!!!

April 20, 2009 08:43 PM
stacieknits said...

I just love her down to earth approach to everything! If you’ve not tried her cheese grits recipe, GO NOW! It’s divine!

April 20, 2009 08:43 PM
Christina said...

The fact that she cooks with all the real stuff and has a fabulous accent is more than enough for me!

April 20, 2009 08:43 PM
Emily said...

hey y’all! hahha, mmm, butter. Margarine just isn’t as good…

email me at

April 20, 2009 08:44 PM
Pat's Tuesday said...

I forgot my email in case I win.

April 20, 2009 08:44 PM
T. said...

I loved hearing her description of the contents of her refrigerator on “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” on Saturday. Too funny!
–T. tjustus at sprynet dot com

April 20, 2009 08:44 PM
rach said...

Hey Y’all!!
I love Paula! Just by watching her show you feel like an invited guest to her home/party/whatever!
Such a great gift – hope I win!!!

April 20, 2009 08:44 PM
The Kelley Family said...

I cannot wait to try this cake!!! A chocolate lovers dream! Thanks for sharing and thanks Paula! PS- We love Paula’s sour cream biscuits: 1 stick butter, 1 cup of sour cream and 2 cups flour…yum!
Liz @

April 20, 2009 08:44 PM
Nina said...

I love Paula Deen cause she’s so downhome. Her recipes are always yummy.

Contact email:

April 20, 2009 08:45 PM
Kim said...

I love her self confidence (and the fact that she rocks the gray hair)

my email is happypiranha -at- aoldotcom

April 20, 2009 08:46 PM
slkchk23 said...

While it’s true that I do love Paula… I love Bakerella more!

April 20, 2009 08:47 PM
jo said...

OMG. I love Paula. I love how she uses butter. I love how she says “tin foil.” *lol* She’s awesome. :)

April 20, 2009 08:47 PM
Michele Stansley said...

Chocolate, butter, and Paula…3 of my favorite kitchen things!!

April 20, 2009 08:47 PM
Lisa said...

I would love the cookbook…I need all the help I can get in the kitchen!

April 20, 2009 08:48 PM
Sharon in Tulsa said...

I would love to have this cookbook! After you and Pioneer Woman, she’s my next idol!

April 20, 2009 08:49 PM
foodiechickie said...

So awesome you got to meet Paul Deen. She is my favorite cook at the Food Network.

I say cook and not chef because she is not fancy. She is comforting. She is luck a hug from a family member you have not seen for a while.

A cup of tea on a rainy day.

And she always brings a smile to my face. She is genuine.

April 20, 2009 08:50 PM
Anonymous said...

I love her too and I’m laid up on the couch with a sprained knee watching Food Network endlessly…at least until I get my MRI tonight.

April 20, 2009 08:51 PM
Megan said...

My mother in law loves her so much she got ME a subscribtion to her magazine!! :) I have yet to get up enough gumption to try any of her recipes though. This book would be the best gift ot give back to her!

April 20, 2009 08:51 PM
Sommers said...

I would love to try some new one’s… Pick me!!

April 20, 2009 08:51 PM
Courtney said...

What a great giveaway! I love Paula!

April 20, 2009 08:52 PM
Hilary said...

I hope I’m not too late! I love Paula for so many reasons but especially for her laugh – it’s infectious!

I also love the fact that she’s not embarrassed to use good, old-fashioned, common pantry items – mayo, condensed soup, pudding mix, even Miracle Whip! Don’t get me wrong, I love snooty food as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just want that straight-from-the-family-reunion-potluck food!

April 20, 2009 08:52 PM
Andrea S. said...

I just love Paula Deen. I watched her on QVC years ago before her Food Network days. I also LOVE butter!!

Thanks Bakerella!

April 20, 2009 08:52 PM
The Wallace Family said...

I love Paula because she’s the real deal…and any friend of butter is a friend of mine!

April 20, 2009 08:53 PM
Anonymous said...

Just looked at this fabulous Chocolate magazine at my mom’s. So Yummy!!

April 20, 2009 08:53 PM
raegan said...

Hey Y’all!

April 20, 2009 08:54 PM
Katie said...

I love Paula! You know anything you make of hers is going to be delicious.

April 20, 2009 08:54 PM
Virginia said...

hey, y’all! I love Paula. Come on – who else would name their son Jimmy Dean?!?! That alone is so funny. I love butter too – just look at the size of my….never mind! I really like reading cookbooks and trying all the recipes inside – like a museum but better – you get to taste! Bakerella – can we wad up this cake and make some cake pops with it?

April 20, 2009 08:54 PM
Shelly said...

I’m a native Californian who recently moved to the South and need some good Southern recipes to go with my new Southern life!!!

Thank you!

April 20, 2009 08:55 PM
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