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!

Laurel said...

I married a Southern soldier, and I’m from NY. ‘Nuf said. :-) I need to learn to cook Southern food! Thanks for the opportunity!

April 20, 2009 11:24 PM
The Abelsons said...

hey! I need a cook home cooking cookboo and paula’s will do ti! hey y’all!


April 20, 2009 11:26 PM
Heidi said...

I would love to have her cookbook!

April 20, 2009 11:26 PM
Anonymous said...

I would totally adopt Paula if I could.


April 20, 2009 11:27 PM
Teresa & Brian said...

I’d love to win the cookbook for my Mom! She is a huge Paula Deen fan, and even records everything she airs. Please please!

April 20, 2009 11:28 PM
Shannon S. said...

I love Paula because on one of her shows she said that “2 sitcks of butter was considered low fat!”

April 20, 2009 11:29 PM
Sheila said...

Make her coconut 3 layer cake and die happy!!

April 20, 2009 11:30 PM
Emily said...

“hey, y’all!”

I think I’m too late but I’m gonna comment just incase…

April 20, 2009 11:30 PM
Peggy ( said...

My daughter and I adore Paula. She is so witty and her recipes are delightful. I would be proud to win the cookbook and would gift it to my daughter who is a huge fan.

April 20, 2009 11:30 PM
Hennifer said...

That is so exciting… meeting someone whose work you admire

The cake looks divine.

April 20, 2009 11:30 PM
COEngrGirl ( said...

You lucky lady! You met Paula and her really cute, um I mean nice, sons! I’m green with envy! I love Paula and her recipes! She takes me back to the years I lived in the South – the food is one of the things I miss the most. I would love to have this book, to give to my Mom for Mother’s day! Thanks for the chance to win!

April 20, 2009 11:32 PM
Cheriz said...

Hey Y’all! I love Paula Deen! I love her food, recipes, shows, everything really! She is just the cutest! She reminds me of my mom ( who is also adorable and so sweet)! My mother and I both love her! Also, I love cooking, and hosting dinner parties! I’d be really excited if I won this book and would like to thank you for the opportunity! Much love! e-mail is

April 20, 2009 11:34 PM
Barbara said...

I have a lot in common with Paula Deen. The hair color, and the southern outlook on life and an appetite for Butta :)

April 20, 2009 11:35 PM
Anonymous said...

I want it because I’m awesome, she’s awesome, and you’re awesome! =]


April 20, 2009 11:39 PM
Miz.gina said...

She sounds like my aunt! She cracks me up and she knows that all good things have BUTTER!

April 20, 2009 11:40 PM
Christensens said...

I don’t know if I am too late but I wanted to suggest a little variation of the truffle cake, cook it in individual serving dishes, like a ramekin or the deep thimball cups, grease them well, UNDERBAKE them a little, andcut around the edge so it comes out upside down and the result is a tender little cake with an absolutley divine gooey chocolatey middle…

April 20, 2009 11:41 PM
Cara said...

I love Paula because she’s not afraid to make REAL food with REAL ingredients. You know – the kind that tends to make my rear REAL big. Ha! I love her desserts!

caramarch at jetbroadband dot com

April 20, 2009 11:41 PM
CaressaRenae said...

I think she’s fantastic!

April 20, 2009 11:43 PM
emilyadi said...

Because she deep fried a cheesecake.

April 20, 2009 11:44 PM
Natalie said...

I love when Paula says “from my kitchen to yours, love and best dishes”. Although I would have to give the prize to my best friend, as she L-O-V-E-S Paula!

April 20, 2009 11:45 PM
You may call me Kitten said...

I love everything about Paula!! I would love to win this book!

April 20, 2009 11:45 PM
lovely113z said...

This would be awesome. I moved to the south from the west so I totally need help with southern cooking!

April 20, 2009 11:46 PM
Claire said...

l love paula and you!


April 20, 2009 11:46 PM
Fuji Mama said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Paula Deen! And who doesn’t love butter? You’d have to be insane not to love butter.

April 20, 2009 11:49 PM
Cookin' Canuck said...

Chocolate, Paula, butter…can’t go wrong! “From my kitchen to yers…” I would love a copy of this cookbook!

April 20, 2009 11:49 PM
A.Wren said...

Hey Y’all! There’s not a better way to bring mom/daughter together than cooking in the kitchen! Something I like to do with my
g-ma, mom and daughter. So many memories made in the kitchen! I’d love this book to share with them.

April 20, 2009 11:50 PM
Rizel said...

I love to bake and I think Paula is the best!

April 20, 2009 11:50 PM
Andrea said...

I love Paula and I love butter! :) I think that it would be fabulous to have a signed copy of this cookbook! Thanks for the opportunity!

April 20, 2009 11:50 PM
Lisa S. Luckey said...

If that recipe is any indication of the rest of her cooking then I will have to look it up.


April 20, 2009 11:52 PM
janette said...

I’m so bummed I missed this contest…but I do have to tell you just for your information. I love paula! There is nothing this woman can’t tackle…and make taste good.

April 20, 2009 11:52 PM
Betty said...

I love to bake, and I’m teaching my daughter how, so this would be a great book to own.

April 20, 2009 11:54 PM
Mary Ellen said...

I love baking and chocolate! Paula is so funny and makes such great desserts.

April 20, 2009 11:55 PM
Britt said...

I LOVE Paula because she had the snooty snoots on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me eating out of her hands this weekend!

April 20, 2009 11:57 PM
Brandi said...

Totally loving the looks and awesome yumminess of the cake!
What I wouldn’t give to eat that all by myself!
Love your blog Bakerella and love your recipes and you show Paula!

April 20, 2009 11:58 PM
Isadora Herzog said...

OMG! I would love to have that book!! My mom has always liked cookbooks and passed that addiction to me. I love them all and every new one is better than the other. Thanks for the giveaway! Love the blog!

April 20, 2009 11:58 PM
Flashnflaky said...

Oh dear! Yes please! Enter me in the giveaway!! And who DOESN”T love butter for all the rich, buttery, gloriousness of it?? you rock, Bakerella :o)

April 21, 2009 12:00 AM
Jeremy and Jennifer said...

I’d love to have this Paula Deen cookbook for my mother-in-law. She went to one of Paula’s restuarants once and just adores Paula!

I want to give it to her for Mother’s Day.

Thanks for your generosity, Bakerella!


April 21, 2009 12:01 AM
Deb said...

Hope I didn’t miss the deadline..
love to cook—

April 21, 2009 12:02 AM
Cherry Blossoms said...

Have you ever made Paulas green bean casserole…yum! She is the greatest!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail dot com

April 21, 2009 12:03 AM
Michelle said...

I LOVE Paula and have tried several of her recipes- to die for! I would love the book- may even give to my mother…maybe! :)thanks!

April 21, 2009 12:03 AM
Anonymous said...

Hey Y’all! I love Butter more than ANYONE!

Whodamomnj at yahoo dot com

April 21, 2009 12:03 AM
Jeremy and Jennifer said...

I’d love to give this to my mother-in-law, who adores Paula Deen.

Thanks for your generosity!


April 21, 2009 12:04 AM
Emily said...

That would be so perfect for my mom.

April 21, 2009 12:04 AM
Anonymous said...

Paula Dean has the BEST recipe for French Toast…oh my freakin’ gosh! Its A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

robandkileysmith at hotmail dot com

April 21, 2009 12:04 AM
Natalie Mohler said...

Hey YALL!!

April 21, 2009 12:06 AM
Marci said...

I would love to win! Paula is a doll~so fun!

April 21, 2009 12:07 AM
Callen said...

Love her, love butter, love this blog!

April 21, 2009 12:10 AM
Candi said...

I have that magazine. I bought it for my Dad and it is the best chocolate porn I have ever seen. I have yet to make anything because I’m just learning how to cook but I plan on trying a recipe soon.

April 21, 2009 12:15 AM
Cake Believe said...

Bakerella – how fun to meet her. I live near Savannah and haven’t met her yet….but her niece is my hairdresser! I can pick you up a signed copy of any of her books quite easily!
Thanks for your blog! Gotta try that cake!

April 21, 2009 12:17 AM
awomansprerogative said...

I love Paula because every time I see her / watch her she reminds me of my Grandma and her sister. They are from TX but so many of her mannerisms mirror theirs. She makes me miss them and yet hearing her is like a hug from Heaven also.

April 21, 2009 12:18 AM
Vanessa Tuau said...

The cake looks delightful and while I haven’t heard of this lovely lady (I’m an Aussie) you have me intrigued and I can’t wait to check out the links! Vanessa xxx…..x :)

April 21, 2009 12:27 AM
Courtney Quinn said...

I love butter, therefore I love Paula! I live in the south and she is reminds me of myself and all the women in my family. She rocks!

April 21, 2009 12:28 AM
Missy's said...

Paula is fantastic and you are fantastic for giving away the wonderful autographed book. I sure hope I win. I watch Paula every chance I get and love how she used her love for cooking to creative a life for herself and her sons. Very inspiring.

Thanks and good luck everyone.


April 21, 2009 12:30 AM
Robin said...

What’s not to LOVE about Paula? Anybody that openly uses butter and sugar and makes no apologies….my kinda’ gal!

I **HEART** Paula

Robin @

April 21, 2009 12:31 AM
Deenie said...

Any gal who drops STICKS of butter into things…………knows what she’s doin’!! Glad you had a good time!!

April 21, 2009 12:31 AM
McMahonX4 said...

I love Paula Dean! She’s such a bad influence on our waistbands, but how can you not love her!!??

April 21, 2009 12:32 AM
Brooke said...

What better than butter and sugar. Yum.

April 21, 2009 12:33 AM
Lori said...

Hope I’m not too late!
One of Paula’s best dishes is her Ain’t your mama’s banana pudding. It is “out of this world”!

April 21, 2009 12:34 AM
Watkins Wackiness said...

okay im not sure if im making it on time but i’m giving it a shot anyway… i LOVE PAULA DEAN!!! Her creamy mac n cheese and her herb crusted pork tenderloin are some of my signature dishes!! I have her CELEBRATES cookbook, one i think ever cook should have in her kitchen!! Oh my, how i wish i’m not too late to enter!!! PICK ME!!

April 21, 2009 12:39 AM
Chelsea said...

she is one of the food network shows my husband would watch with me and actually likes! (most of the hostesses he would make fun of)

I LOVE her recipes. very easy, not too much frou frou.

April 21, 2009 12:40 AM
Charity said...

Hey Yall!! I LOVE Paula! I am also an avid cookbook collector!

April 21, 2009 12:41 AM
Denise said...

Oh I hope I’m not too late to enter. I love everything about Paula Deen, I subscribed to her mag last year and can sit and browse through them for hours. I love that she has shih tzu’s too, which I have ;-)

April 21, 2009 12:42 AM
Carrie said...

Are you kidding? Is there anything NOT to love about Paula?? She’s the MOST!

Besides Bakerella…

April 21, 2009 12:42 AM
Pete said...

I think Paula Dean is the greatest and I’d love to win her autographed cookbook.

phoffmann at twcny dot

April 21, 2009 12:45 AM
Aisie said...

You are so generous. What a fun day for you and your mom! Love everything you do. Thanks for sharing.

April 21, 2009 12:46 AM
Anonymous said...

Hey Y’all! How nice that you got to meet Paula and her boys. I’m a huge fan. I would love to have an autographed copy of her book, so I hope the random picker will pick ME!!

Grammy Doris

dorisandpete at hotmail dot com

April 21, 2009 12:49 AM
John, Kara, Andrew and Grant said...

Ummm…6pm pacific time? :) It’s worth a try…

That cake looks divine!

April 21, 2009 12:50 AM
Liv said...

what a great giveaway! please enter me…I’ve only ever read about Ms. Deen, not read her books or anything…but I’d love to be entered! :) [If I'm on time..not sure what time it is where you are, so fingers crossed I'm not too late!]

April 21, 2009 12:56 AM
{ erin } said...

that cakes looks like HEAVEN. too bad weight watchers would cost me 142 points just to smell it! I think it actually just used up 82 points LOOKING at it!! So worth it….


April 21, 2009 12:57 AM
2270 said...

Deep fried cake. Need I say more! I am an aussie so have not had the pleasure of her gracing my tv, but I checked her out online and I think she is fabulous!

April 21, 2009 12:58 AM
Bakerella said...

Hey y’all! I’m glad to see so many people that love butter and chocolate as much as I do. Paula would be proud. Thanks for entering the giveaway! The winner was just announced on this post. Now, I have to go finish off that truffle cake. There’s a few crumbs left calling to me. :)

April 21, 2009 01:58 AM
lindsey mitchell said...

My names lindsey mitchell and i really want this book becuase i just love paula deen, want me to prove it

that is a link to my flikr account

i have this tattoo i got for her about 2 weeks ago
thats my email, i think i deserve a little something for haveing this permanently on me haha

April 21, 2009 02:03 AM
Kristy said...

I’m ok that I didn’t win – I just think you are so awesome for always having giveaways!! Win or lose – it still is fun to play!!

April 21, 2009 02:09 AM
Baking Monster said...

I have a flourless chocolate cake on my site check it out!

April 21, 2009 02:30 AM
Hostess said...

Love chocolate. Love Paula. And I love your site! Thanks for all of the inspiration!

April 21, 2009 03:33 AM
Anonymous said...

Congrats Angela!

April 21, 2009 03:49 AM
Kelley Taylor said...

Will you show a set up of how you take your pictures – they look amazing and Pioneer Woman said you shoot on Auto!

April 21, 2009 04:30 AM
Robin said...

Paula Dean is fun to watch and great recipes!

April 21, 2009 04:54 AM
Kathy said...

That is hilarious! You all look related in that photo :-D

April 21, 2009 11:06 AM
Michelle said...

Hope Paula didn’t lose her britches this time around! LOL!

April 21, 2009 11:40 AM
Wenchzilla said...

Paula and butter are my two great loves! (Don’t tell my hubby) Although he totally benefits from both so he may not complain too much.

April 21, 2009 12:07 PM
Megan said...

I love Paula because…well, how could you not?!?! I would want to meet her over the president any day.

April 21, 2009 02:06 PM
HotHeaded said...

I have never seen Paula on TV but that cake looks really, really good. It makes me want some for breakfast!

April 21, 2009 02:09 PM
Maria Riccitelli said...

Hey y’all. I just love Paula Deen. She has an amazing story and a great attitude for life. She is a sweetheart. And I love to see what she is going to do next.
I heart butter,

April 21, 2009 03:21 PM
Brian, Mason and Cortni said...

Do yourself (and anyone you know) a favor and whip up a double batch of that. Bake half of it and set the other half aside. When the baked half cools, dump on the unbaked half and put it in the freezer. Your tastebuds will thank you…over and over and over.

April 21, 2009 05:53 PM
Shaila Creekmore said...

Okay – the picture of Paula Dean cracked me up because I had just read my friends blog of her also standing beside Paula Dean – a life-size cardboard Paula Dean. So I had to really look at yours to see if it was really her. The cardboard one is so life like too!

April 21, 2009 06:17 PM
Cheryl888 said...

HEY YA’LL! Seriously I love Paula AND your blog too!!

April 21, 2009 08:21 PM
spracker said...

This should tell you where my chocoholic brain is.. I read this: “Let it cool one hour on the counter and then for at least four hours”

and my brain read it as this: ‘let it cool one hour on the counter and then feast for hours’ LOL! I think that sounds more appropriate anyway. :)

Flourless chocolate cake is one of my favorites. If you think the cake alone is good.. for an even more indulgent treat, try topping it with chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries. Heaven on a plate!

April 22, 2009 03:55 AM
Angie said...

Now just serve the cake with creme anglaise. Yum.

April 22, 2009 05:04 AM
Jen said...

man! I missed this one…but I wanted to tell ya how cute you are!
? Jen
PS I am not a weirdo, in case it sounded that way! :)

April 22, 2009 05:33 AM
Anonymous said...

Paula is just awesome. I’ve tried a few of her recipes-yummy! I would love to have her cookbook so I won’t have to keep searching for them on the internet.

April 22, 2009 11:07 AM
Carole said...

I just made this cake, it’s currently in the oven. It’s hard to find good chocolate cakes where I live, and North American cake mixes are insanely expensive here, so this one may be my saviour. Thank you for posting this recipe.

April 22, 2009 01:05 PM
geographygeek said...

Hello! I just found your website today – it is amazing! You are very talented. I can’t wait to dig into the archives.

April 22, 2009 01:27 PM
We Are Not Martha said...

Awww that’s such a cute pic!! And your cake looks delish… I made a similar one a few months ago and it looked pretty similar and tasted fabulous. Paula is just awesome!


April 22, 2009 01:38 PM
Sarie Lou Who said...

I made this cake, and it doesn’t have much of a cakey texture at all. Did I do something wrong? It’s like fudge in a cake form.

April 22, 2009 05:04 PM
Vintage Cowgirl said...

even though i missed it, i love this recipe! i am gluten intolerant and have been craving chocolate cake! this might work!!

April 22, 2009 06:44 PM
Moonpie said...

Paula is one of my favorites. Everything she fixes is good! I also like the fact her recipes are down to earth and extra tasty. No weird stuff with odd ingredients mixed. You can picture yourself doing it.
I also like her bubbly happy personality. A real person!
I think you aught to write a cookbook with all your wonderfu cake ball ideas!

April 22, 2009 06:54 PM
Anonymous said...

I love paula, too.

April 22, 2009 11:17 PM
Southern Belle Gourmet said...

Hey Bakerella,

Just wanted you to see what you have inspired in me and my baking. I just made some Spiderman cake pops for a little boys 5th birthday party. Wow, what fun! Thanks for sharing with us your love for baking too!

April 22, 2009 11:37 PM
Bakerella said...

Sarie Lou Who – you didn’t do anything wrong.
It’s called a truffle cake for a reason.

April 23, 2009 12:34 AM
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