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!

Meghann said...

Paula is fabulous and so are her recipes! Anyone who makes real food with real ingredients (no margarine and fake sweeteners allowed in my kitchen!) is a culinary hero to me. I’m a pastry chef and am always looking for new books to add to my collection, but with Mother’s Day around the corner, I can think of one special mom who deserves this!!!

April 20, 2009 09:59 PM
Anonymous said...

mmm, butter.

mmmmmmm, paula deen cookbook!

April 20, 2009 10:00 PM
Holli said...

My gosh you and your momma look identical! I absolutely love Paula Deen….great post!

April 20, 2009 10:00 PM
wizibuff said...

Hey ya’ll

April 20, 2009 10:01 PM
lovinsanta said...

Would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win!

Heather in IN

April 20, 2009 10:02 PM
Amy C said...

Love Paula Dean! Her voice reminds me so much of a family friend. :)


April 20, 2009 10:02 PM
boredmando said...

My friend had a cake similar to this on her birthday celebration which was on Passover. She really liked it. I think I’m going to try for myself some day.

April 20, 2009 10:02 PM
Melanie G. said...

I love Paula..and I love cookbooks! Hey Y’all

zenmamablue at

April 20, 2009 10:02 PM
Pink Kitty said...

I love Paula Dean and the way she cooks with reckless abandon! Butter, chocolate, eggs and all the things we are not supposed to enjoy but we do. Also, I love this website and all that is on it. I am glad to find someone who loves to bake as much as I do.


April 20, 2009 10:03 PM
Tiana said...

Oh I just love her!

April 20, 2009 10:03 PM
barfingmonkeys said...

Paula Deen is like everyones grandma. She’s so cute. Plus, i love her mad southern cooking.

April 20, 2009 10:09 PM
His Mermaid said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Paula Dean!!! All of her recipes have that full favor, tastes like home feel to them!


April 20, 2009 10:09 PM
Amy said...

I love trying new recipes, and it seems you can’t go wrong with hers!

April 20, 2009 10:09 PM
Christie Muliford said...

would love to give the book to a friend that loves paula!

April 20, 2009 10:10 PM
Ann said...

Wow! What a great prize to win! Butter is a great cure-all especially for those days that don’t go so well! Butter in any recipe is bound to make it yummy!

April 20, 2009 10:10 PM
Anonymous said...

I love butter, maybe not more than Paula Deen…but yum!

Love her chicken nugget/chip recipe and Maggie’s brownies

April 20, 2009 10:11 PM
Laura said...

Yum! The cake looks fabulous, and so does the cookbook!

April 20, 2009 10:12 PM
Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I love Paula.

I was very touched by her autobiography. It is so honest about the mistakes she made in her life but it all turned out great.

Let’s see, if I won the book I’d have to buy more butter. :)

April 20, 2009 10:13 PM
amandajane said...

Wow that cake looks good.

April 20, 2009 10:13 PM
Brianne Skidmore said...

Love Paula for her ‘no apologies’ take at buttery, yummy cooking!

April 20, 2009 10:13 PM
Nicole said...

i might be too late, but paula and i are bff! (via my couch and the foodnetwork!)

April 20, 2009 10:13 PM
bevadc said...

I love Paula because she is not afraid to use real butter and sugar! And I LOVE your stuff, too.

April 20, 2009 10:14 PM
Lisa Smiley said...

OMG! that cake looks simply divine! i NEVER say something is too rich. just don’t understand that…gotta try it if i can find that mag. I think paula is so great and down to earth. i love butter, so we click there and i’d love that book because i don’t have one from her yet!

hey y’all! i’m ready to win :) thanks for the chance!

April 20, 2009 10:15 PM
hollie marie said...

The first time I saw Paula on food network many years ago, I thought immediately that she was JUST like my NANA! A persnickety southern lady who uses nothing but the real thing in her recipes!

April 20, 2009 10:15 PM
Mrs. T said...

Paula Deen is too funny! I love baking and have been trying my hand at cake balls since I came across your site, which I am in LOVE with. I am a teacher but I secretly would love to just stay home and bake amazing treats all day! Your work is amazing and you are SO talented. I am happy to just look at your desserts, I don’t even have to taste them because the photos are so incredible.

April 20, 2009 10:16 PM
Candise said...

Who DOESN”T love Paula, chocolate, and butter. Put the three together and you can’t go wrong!

My blog is private but I will keep checking jaromandcandise at to let you know where to send the book!!!


April 20, 2009 10:16 PM
Liz said...

Yum Yum!

April 20, 2009 10:17 PM
Italianmommy said...


April 20, 2009 10:17 PM
The Behlmers said...

6:00pm CST?!?! I hope so, because if it’s EST, I, too late! Ack!
dcbehlmer at hotmail dot com

April 20, 2009 10:19 PM
Alicia said...

Paula has brought me and my daughters closer together. We love to cook and try recipes from her show. Our favorite is her fried chicken recipe.


April 20, 2009 10:20 PM
-dj said...

Oh I love Paula. Especially the way she gets to flirt with all those hot guys on her show and feed them! Lucky lady!

April 20, 2009 10:20 PM
Anonymous said...

I wan to win because then I will own something that touched Paula Deen’s hands and YOUR hands! Woo-hoo!!

April 20, 2009 10:22 PM
Kristin said...

I LOVE PAULA! This book would be such a great addition to my Paula collection! :)

Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
adoptionpatience at yahoo dot com

April 20, 2009 10:23 PM
luanne said...

Well, I love Paula and really enjoy watching her on the food Channel. She is a Southren Hoot and I really admire her casual way of cooking, downhome, realistic and fun way to go about it. I also enjoy the way she includes her dogs sometimes.
Everything is better with a cup of Mayo and a stick of butter.

Hugs and Grins

April 20, 2009 10:23 PM
Thrifty Cottage Dreams said...

oh shucks…I’m 20 minutes past the deadline! Oh well, I’ll try anyway. My mom would LOVE this for Mother’s Day. She is a HUGE fan of Paula and she took my daughter to see her for her 10th birthday. They didn’t get to meet her, but just seeing her was exciting enough. It’s awesome that you got your picture taken with her! Nice!

April 20, 2009 10:24 PM
Kerstin said...

Paula always makes me laugh. I’ve also tried one of her cake recipes and it was fabulous – I’d love to try a few more :)

April 20, 2009 10:25 PM
The Erdmann Family said...

Love Love Love Paula! I would be thrilled to win the book!


April 20, 2009 10:26 PM
joxana said...

I really like her..
I always watch her show..
please i want to be the winner..

April 20, 2009 10:27 PM
n810smom said...

How Cool! I love Paula Deen. She seems so down to earth!

April 20, 2009 10:27 PM
Sue Cavazos said...

I would love her win her cookbook. I love to watch her on food network and I occasionally buy her magazine especially during the different holidays. I have made many of her recipes and I am always happy with the results. I do not have one of her cookbooks so this would be a great addition to my cookbook collection.

April 20, 2009 10:27 PM
Marcia said...

Hey Y’all!

Paula reminds me so much of my grandma who taught me to cook and bake.

I love your blog too! Thanks for sharing all your awesome ideas with us.

April 20, 2009 10:28 PM
jenlaser2015 said...

Paula is AWESOME! I just love everything about her…the accent, the cooking…her humor! The cookbook giveaway is so nice, Bakerella! You are tooo sweet, Ya’ll!

April 20, 2009 10:28 PM
hawkmom said...

Enter me:)

Love some good Southern Cookin’!!!

Paula is great and you are awesome:)

April 20, 2009 10:29 PM
RinRin said...

Ummm, HELLO! If she can make such beautiful sons then you know she can make great food. I would love her cookbook.

April 20, 2009 10:29 PM
joxana said...

please I want the book…
i think she is great..

April 20, 2009 10:29 PM
life is a blessing said...

I love Paula! This would be awesome!

April 20, 2009 10:30 PM
Anonymous said...

I would love to give this book to my mom for Mother’s Day.

kschex [at] gmail [dot] com

April 20, 2009 10:31 PM
Greg and Kasey said...

I would love a copy of this book for my Mom. My mom is from the south and we always enjoy watching the show together. She says it reminds her of all of her crazy Aunts! It would be a great gift!

April 20, 2009 10:32 PM
Amanda said...

Love Paula!! Hey Y’all!

April 20, 2009 10:33 PM
Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bakerella,Paula, and cooking!! YEAH!!!


April 20, 2009 10:34 PM
Lisa Lew said...

She makes me happy!!

How very generous of you!!

April 20, 2009 10:34 PM
mcmamachen said...

What could be finer than fixin’ my mom Paula’s Flourless Chocolate Cake than giving it to her with Paula’s signed cookbook! That cake is my Mom’s fav! She is always looking for the perfect recipe for just this. Her favorite restaurant in Kansas City that she used to SPLURGE and enjoy this delightful treat is now closed and we are going to have so much fun surprising her with Paula’s recipe! You are a generous soul! Warm regards from Kansas City!

April 20, 2009 10:34 PM
Margaret said...

I love her cooking. I would love her cookbook.

April 20, 2009 10:36 PM
LJ said...

My moms birthday is this month… and she adores Paula! I also love chocolate so it fits!

April 20, 2009 10:36 PM
SawyerSharks said...

love butter and Paula and chocolate and…

April 20, 2009 10:38 PM
Marnie said...

I would love this book to give to myself for Mother’s Day:) Love your blog!

April 20, 2009 10:39 PM
Haley said...

My cancer-fighting-eight-year-old-adorable-Paula-loving-buddy BAILEY WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK!

my email is

you can meet Bailey at:

and… check out his youtube video to Paula here:

Seriously, he would LOVE to have this.

*crosses fingers* HOPE I WIN!

April 20, 2009 10:39 PM
joannawakefield said...

OMG!!!! BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are no words…


April 20, 2009 10:40 PM
Anonymous said...

“Hey Y’all!” wish I could say it like her.

April 20, 2009 10:41 PM
Sandra W. Tran said...

I enjoy watching Paula Deen on Food Network :o)

April 20, 2009 10:44 PM
Lauren U! said...

Butter, mayonnaise, and egg yolks, oh my!

April 20, 2009 10:46 PM
Jen said...

oooohhhh, me me! I want it! I LOVE Paula!!! I mean, with all the butter she uses…who wouldn’t?? :)


April 20, 2009 10:47 PM
Anonymous said...

4 years ago I met Bobby Dean at The Lady & Sons. I had a chance to talk to him for a few minutes – one on one. He was so nice, and yes, I agree, yummy. My husband and my baby were outside the restaurant waiting in line. I LOVE my husband, but I turned into an idiot talking to Bobby. I went from a normally unflappable, confident woman to a giggly teenager. Never happened before, never happened since. Just must be something about Bobby. Met Paula & Michael a couple of years ago in Memphis. Couldn't be nicer people out there. Glad you were able to meet them all.

April 20, 2009 10:47 PM
Leslie said...

I LOVE anything and everything Paula Deen! She is the reason I have been able to enjoy learning how to cook since I got married. I mean, how can you not love a woman that can always put a smile on your face?!?

I dream of meeting her someday and am completely jealous that you got to meet not only her, but her two (YUMMY) sons as well! :)

Leslie (

April 20, 2009 10:48 PM
Natalie said...

I love watching Paula’s show. I always seem to catch it when I’m working out. I don’t recommend it, after 40 minutes on the treadmill I always want cake or some tasty treat she just baked. It’s very counterproductive.

April 20, 2009 10:48 PM
Amy said...

I live in Savannah and have been lucky enough to see her, her brother and one of the boys at the grocery (just shopping like the rest of us)on several occasions!

April 20, 2009 10:50 PM
Mary said...

Paula Deen is the best….she is a great cook and has a blast doing it!

April 20, 2009 10:50 PM
Natasha Holmquist said...


April 20, 2009 10:50 PM
karen said...

LOVE paula! she cracks me up with some of the stuff she says.

April 20, 2009 10:51 PM
cheeks said...

please tell me i’m not too late?! I don’t know what time zone you’re in! I desperately need this cookbook! I have been a full time worker and breadwinner while my husband finishes school for the last 4 years….2 mos ago i had our first baby…since i’m a stay at home mom now i’ve been hooked to FoodNetwork as i try to be the “bread maker” now! I need all the help i can get ! Paula is my favorite to watch by far…love the butter! That’s why i need to win!

April 20, 2009 10:51 PM
Anonymous said...

hey y’all!!! i love paula deeean!

love the easter cake pops… just as i side note :o)

April 20, 2009 10:52 PM
Kelly said...

Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try one myself!

April 20, 2009 10:52 PM
Kelly said...

Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try one myself!

April 20, 2009 10:53 PM
Anonymous said...

Mmmm, Paula has the best recipes and I love butter too!!!

Sharonda S.

April 20, 2009 10:56 PM
Carla said...

I would love this book!! cool on meeting her!!!!

April 20, 2009 10:56 PM
Busy Soccer Mom said...

Butter, butter and more butter….enough said.

April 20, 2009 10:56 PM
T said...

I love that you got to meet her! I love her!

April 20, 2009 10:56 PM
K said...

Hi Y’all she is the best!!! I love her recipes :) Yummy for the tummy!!!!

April 20, 2009 10:57 PM
Jules said...

she is such an inspiration!(as are you) and I want to be Paula when I grow up!

April 20, 2009 10:57 PM
Stitchin' Kitchen said...

I love Paula & Chocolate too!

April 20, 2009 10:57 PM
AmyWaWa said...

I want it because…I NEED it! I WANT it! I LOVE me some Paula Dean!!!! No really.

April 20, 2009 11:00 PM
Steph said...

I love butter AND Paula AND you! (not necessarily in that order). :)


April 20, 2009 11:01 PM
Jacquie said...

Oh how wonderfully blessed you are to have met Paula on such a whim! It’s very admirable of you to give away such a moment like this, and you’re right, it would make a lovely Mother’s day gift. I know my mom would LOVE IT! Thanks for this opportunity!!

April 20, 2009 11:02 PM
jessie. said...

Hey y’all… she loves butter, need I say more?

April 20, 2009 11:03 PM
~ dee ~ said...

I wish she was my neighbor – I just LOVE Paula!!!

April 20, 2009 11:03 PM
Sandy said...

Wow! Looks like a lot of people want that cookbook. How fun!

April 20, 2009 11:03 PM
Peggy said...

I just love Paula. Her laugh, her recipes, and her sense of humor bring a lot of joy and happiness to others!

April 20, 2009 11:07 PM
Kelly said...

Love all the Southern cookin’ – would love to have that cook book!

April 20, 2009 11:09 PM
karen said...

If that flour-less cake recipe was any indication of the treasures that may lay within it’s covers I’d love to win it!


April 20, 2009 11:13 PM
Life with the Campbells said...

Well I have a story for you. Aside from just loving her…One day I was watching her show with my sister in law, and she was making some homemade salsa. (One that a little girl Taylor had won a contest with.) Ever since then, my sister-in-law and I constantly quote her from that show, with that cute southern drawl…saying “ohhhhhhhhhhh Tayla, that’s spicy girl…I don’t know how you eat that! Tayla!! Ohhhhhhh”. I would just love to have the book, so I can chase my sister-in-law around the house with it in hand saying… “Ohhhhhhhhhhh Tayla” :) and I would just love to have that precious gem of recipe book so I can cook up some good eats for my very deserving husband.
I just ran a 4.2 mile race, and I am hungry! ;) or

April 20, 2009 11:14 PM
Lorie said...

Hey y’all is right! I adore Paula Deen and would love to have that book as a Mother’s Day gift to MYSELF!! ;D

Everything I have ever tried of hers is amazing. You really can’t go wrong with someone who loves butter!

April 20, 2009 11:17 PM
Jaime said...

I would LOVE to have this cookbook! Paula is my favorite!

April 20, 2009 11:18 PM
Erica Rooks said...

I love your cake….looks great. I got to make one for the Daring Bakers in February. I tried making it with white chocolate first, not so successful (evidently you need to cut the butter in half if you use white chocolate)…but then I did it with semi-sweet. YUMMY!

And, I love Paula Deen, too! :)

April 20, 2009 11:19 PM
Kim J said...

I would love this book because it reminds me of my son and I sitting and watching Paula’s show. I hope I win.

April 20, 2009 11:20 PM
ashley said...

I love Paula because her recipes are soooo wonderful. I love butter because it makes almost everything better. I want this book for the above two reasons and so I can spoil the guys some more.

April 20, 2009 11:20 PM
Kim said...

I would love to have a copy of this book! I’m currently enrolled in a culinary program and would thoroughly enjoy being able to make some of those recipes part of my menu!

April 20, 2009 11:21 PM
Lisa said...

Hey ya’ll, I hope I’m not to late. Not sure what time zone. I love Paula!!

April 20, 2009 11:21 PM
C said...

My roommate and I love Paula to pieces! She got me a Paula cookbook for my birthday and we love, love, LOVE it. I’m pretty sure we would both skip school and work on our southern cooking for a week if we got this :)

April 20, 2009 11:21 PM
christy said...

Hey ya'll! :)

I was going to comment for the safe of commenting, but this works too! Yay! Paula is a doll & love her southern cooking!

PS. You & your mom look so much alike! She could be your older sister. The cake looks yummy too & I am not a chocolate person!

April 20, 2009 11:22 PM
Linnea said...

I love Paula, but if I got it, I would give it to my good friend. Her name is also Paula, and she loves trying Paula’s recipes!!
And..that cake looks delicious. I’ll need to try that this weekend.

April 20, 2009 11:22 PM
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