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!

Anonymous said...

I love Paula because she really made her dreams come true out of nothing. She is truly inspirational, Plus she she is so darn funny, my husband and I just adore her and her recipes…so pick me pick me :-) Oh and I love you too Bakerella!

April 20, 2009 11:57 AM
Morgan said...

first of all, i LOVE flourless cake. it is so easy, and so yummy! i would love to win the cookbook. paula cracks me up. she makes me want to eat nothing but butter and fried food and not even worry about. sounds like a good way to live to me! ;)

April 20, 2009 11:57 AM
Stephanie said...

My mom loves Paula! We call our cat Paula because she loves to lick the butter wrappers when we bake something.

April 20, 2009 11:58 AM
Moi, la perdue! said...

hey’all.It’s Paula Dean cook book!! love it!!!!! that receipie just look perfect..mium!!

April 20, 2009 11:58 AM
Amanda said...

My mother would find this a totally entertaining mother’s day gift!

April 20, 2009 11:59 AM
Brooke in Texas said...

I love how “real” she is and her food too. :)

April 20, 2009 11:59 AM
Henry said...

OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I am meant to be on a detox. Love Henry

April 20, 2009 11:59 AM
Sarah said...

Hey Ya’ll. I just love butter don’t ya’ll.

April 20, 2009 12:00 PM
heathercrossman said...

I’m with you Butter, Paula, Chocolate! Yummers!!! There’s nothing better in life, And I absolutely love to bake!!!

April 20, 2009 12:00 PM
mamablingthing said...

OMGoodness!!!!!! I just adore Paula. And a signed copy of her cookbook?!!! You are just way to generous! Soooo coool!! But that’s why we adore you!

April 20, 2009 12:01 PM
Alexis said...

Everything is better with butter! That’s my motto :)

Would love this cookbook.


April 20, 2009 12:01 PM
debbieok said...

I love Paula, but my mom loves her more. it would be a great surprise gift to my mom. thanks.

April 20, 2009 12:01 PM
Sue said...

Paula cooks the kind of food I want to eat!


April 20, 2009 12:01 PM
Annabelle said...

Paula’s recipes are great! They go from the comfort to the fancy. When watching her shows you get the feeling that she is a genuine person and if you were at her house this is who she is. That comes across in her food.
…and mmmmmm Butter!

April 20, 2009 12:01 PM
Ree said...

Hey Ya’ll I would love to win the book since I can’t get to her resturant in Savannah! I can bake up some goodness at home!

April 20, 2009 12:02 PM
Anonymous said...

My roommates and I have watched Paula for almost 2 years now and it may be the only show we all sit down for. I also secretly wish she were my grandmother because learning baking secrets from that woman just may complete my life! I just hope there isn’t a recipe for a deep fried stick of butter in that book…

nerdy_girly at hotmail dot com

April 20, 2009 12:02 PM
Liz said...

I can not believe you met her! I’ve never made a Paula recipe that I haven’t loved! It would make my week if I won that cookbook!


April 20, 2009 12:02 PM
Alison B said...

i’m a cookbook lover, paul lover and certainly a chocolate lover!!! I would love this cookbook. how generous of you to give it away.

alisonnay at gmail dot com.


April 20, 2009 12:03 PM
Southern Gal said...

Look at you and Paula!!

I would love her cookbook. Hers plus PW’s when it comes out will probably add 3 inches to my derriere though…

April 20, 2009 12:03 PM
Deana said...

I love Paula (Paula=good food). Love chocolate (Paula + chocolate=YUM!!) And butter, well, it just makes everything taste better.

Can’t wait to try that cake!

Thanks for sharing!

April 20, 2009 12:04 PM
Tami said...

Hey y’all! Or as we say here in landlocked OK “Hey you all!”

April 20, 2009 12:04 PM
Simone Izumi said...

Hey Y’all!
Wow, I want this! I love butter! I love Paula!:-D
Hugs from São Paulo

Simone Izumi

April 20, 2009 12:04 PM
Jessica VZ said...

I love your site, just to let you know. I fell in love with cake truffles (as we called them) and then found your Web site. It was love at first site. I would love this book, especially this recipe because I know some people in the newsroom I work in that would go gaga over the fudgy chocolate goodness. You can never have too much chocolate. Ever.

April 20, 2009 12:05 PM
Lyn said...

How can you not love someone whose Split Pea soup recipe begins, Brown 1/2 lb. bacon in a stick of melted butter…

April 20, 2009 12:05 PM
jaesi said...

I LOVE Paula! She feels like your best friend every time you watch her melt that butter and laugh.

April 20, 2009 12:05 PM
The Baldwin Brigade said...

Imagine all the yummy things I could make . . .!

April 20, 2009 12:06 PM
The Byrne Family said...

I love her – we went to her restaurant in Savannah :)

April 20, 2009 12:06 PM
Kathy said...

I can’t pass up a chance to win a Paula book! Love your blog, btw!

April 20, 2009 12:06 PM
Renee said...

Paula cooks the food that I grew up on with lots of butter!

April 20, 2009 12:07 PM
Tracie said...

I LOVE that she cooks with butter. I eat healthy almost all of the time, but when I want dessert, I want something rich and delicious and yes, with real butter!

April 20, 2009 12:07 PM
Thursday Bram said...

One of my favorite Paula moments was when she went on Iron Chef America for a Christmas special. I think she managed to make just about every kind of cookie known to man in just 60 minutes.

thursday at thursdaybram dot com

April 20, 2009 12:08 PM
Carolyn said...

Watching Paula is so much fun– especially when her sons come onto the show and eat up all the food she just made. I’ve never tried her recipes, and that’s why I’d love to win the cookbook!

April 20, 2009 12:08 PM
Itty_Bitty_Wittes said...

I like the fact that she never tries to be healty EVER!

April 20, 2009 12:08 PM
Candy said...

Next to cake pops, Paula’s recipes are the best. I only have one of her cookbooks and would love to add another to my kitchen library. Lots of great cookin’.

April 20, 2009 12:08 PM
Nina said...

I’d love to try her recipes! She’s amazing!

April 20, 2009 12:08 PM
Melanie said...

who doesn’t love butter! and who doesn’t love Paula! And I love to cook!

April 20, 2009 12:09 PM
mimiburroughs said...

Hey y'all!!!!!

You made the cholate springform pan recipe sound soooooo easy & yummy!!

Love reading your posts…keep up the great work…and the great baking…love it!! And thanks for the opportunity to win this great cookbook…I don't have any of Paula cookbooks….YET!!!

April 20, 2009 12:10 PM
Katie said...

Hi Bakerella! Thanks for posting this Paula Deen recipe!! Paula Deen is my fav Food Network chef! Not only does she make the best recipes, she has the best personality on TV. From what I have heard from you and others, she is totally genuine!! My dream is to meet her some day but seeing as though that probably wouldn’t happen, winning her signed copy would be the next best thing!! You are very generous to offer your copy!!!
Thank you!
Katie T

April 20, 2009 12:10 PM
Veronica said...

How could I put it in a few words….I love Paula and need this cookbook. She has been in my life ever since I turned on Food Network and love her and her sons. You are so right on the yummy part.

April 20, 2009 12:10 PM
CaraBella said...

Holy cow this is so generous — thanks! This’ll be more a “Hey, Y’all!” comment b/c I can’t elaborate more than PAULA MAKES THE BEST DESSERTS without apology for all the yummy butter goodness that goes in (okay, she does apologize, sometimes, but it’s sooo worth it, no apology is necessary :D) Thanks for sharing this!!

April 20, 2009 12:10 PM
Stefanie said...

Wow! Looks like you had an awesome time, how cool that your mom could be there with you :)
And how incredibly sweet of you to be giving away your prized signed copy of Paula’s cookbook! Once again, you ROCK, Bakerella :)

April 20, 2009 12:11 PM
Sarah said...

Ack, ack, ack… I can’t believe you met Paula Deen. I LOVE watching her whenever I can (we don’t have a tv, so I try and watch when I visit my parents). I like that she has fun cooking and doesn’t take herself seriously. I love her southern comfort foods.

I would LOVE this book. I will be totally honest, and if I win, this will not be a Mother’s Day present (well, unless you count giving it to myself).

April 20, 2009 12:11 PM
Leslie said...

I just love Paula. Butter is good too. Bakerella, you are awesome. Great blog! Have a great Monday, Y’all.

April 20, 2009 12:11 PM
Lindsay Willman said...

I would LOVE to have her recipes. I think Paula Dan is a beautiful lady. Her eyes are amazing – piercing blue. Thanks for the chance to win!!

April 20, 2009 12:11 PM
Carol D. said...

Paula is not afraid to make things the way they are supposed to be made-GOOD! I want to give this book to my daughter, who is trying to get hold of YOU to write a book! We love you too!

April 20, 2009 12:11 PM
heathernc said...

Pick me! Pick me! My blood runneth butter and Paula is my inspiration! :)

April 20, 2009 12:12 PM
Natalie said...

I would LOVE her cookbook… BUT, my MOM would love it even more!!!

April 20, 2009 12:12 PM
butterflies0218 said...

I would love to give this to my grandma as a Mother’s Day gift. We would sit and watch Paula on TV when I was little.

April 20, 2009 12:13 PM
Julie B said...

I’m a fan of Paula not only for her talent but also because she really seems like a genuine person. Growing up in the country, I’m also a fan of “Hey Y’all” :)

steveandjulie03 at yahoo dot com

April 20, 2009 12:13 PM
Tracy said...

I agree her sons are yummy :) Her recipes are too!!

April 20, 2009 12:13 PM
Anonymous said...

“hey, y’all”
Love Paula Deen and also Bakerella!!!
Would really love to own that cookbook too.


April 20, 2009 12:13 PM
Lizzybee said...

Please enter me-I love Paula’s cooking! I never miss her show when it is on in the evening. I pop dinner in the oven and watch it with my three-year-old! My family loves her recipes.

April 20, 2009 12:14 PM
Jackie said...

Love Paula Deen and LOVE your blog. You’re both soo inspiring! That’s so cool that you got to meet her (and her yummy sons!)

April 20, 2009 12:14 PM
Dara Beam said...

Paula is the greatest! Even my 5 year old loves her. She will watch in the family room and yell ingredients to me as she watches. Something like, “Mom – she just put butter in it!”

Thanks! My sister just turned me on to you after making the cupcake lollipops for her one year old’s birthday party of the century!


April 20, 2009 12:14 PM
Lauren said...

Hey yall! I love butter because it taste better! Nice on toast and good in icing!!

April 20, 2009 12:15 PM
Yo! said...

My mother in law is every bit as Southern as Paula. She would love it.

And butter is my second favorite ingredient, after salt.

April 20, 2009 12:15 PM
Celeste Ortiz said...

Hey Ya'll!! The chocolate cake looks deliciuos!! I love Bakerella & I love Paula!!

April 20, 2009 12:15 PM
Teresa said...

butter, butter, butter! For the Win!

April 20, 2009 12:16 PM
Amy said...

I LOVE PAULA DEEN!!! Been watching her for years! She is a hoot, and her sons are hottie’s!! HA!

April 20, 2009 12:17 PM
Mandy said...

Aw, Paula’s awesome! Congrats on getting the chance to meet her. :)

April 20, 2009 12:17 PM
elizabeth in ma said...

woohoo! how can you not love paula?!?

April 20, 2009 12:17 PM
Allison said...

Oh man that chocolate cake looks good! I love Paula Deen. My mother-in-law and I completely bonded over Paula. I don’t have any of her cookbooks though, and would love to make something for next time my mother-in-law comes to visit. Pick me!

April 20, 2009 12:17 PM
Deb said...

Hmmm I love cookbooks and that chocolate cake recipe sounds yummy so I’d love to see more from her! :)

April 20, 2009 12:17 PM
464 said...

hey y’all! :)

April 20, 2009 12:17 PM
Jill said...

Holy cow! 460 comments!! I’m going to give it a try anyway.

I’ve loved Paula Deen ever since I saw her make a bread pudding out of Krispy Kremes.

What a treat to meet the Lady and Sons!

April 20, 2009 12:18 PM
Amy said...

Even though I’m on a diet, I love Paula’s show! Her great attitude is contagious, as is her love for food and family! :)

April 20, 2009 12:19 PM
stejam said...

It would make a great Mother’s Day present…for me! Is that a bad thing to say?

Love your bakin’

April 20, 2009 12:19 PM
dalunettes said...

My kids absolutely LOVE Paula and butter is my husbands best friend~I would love to give this to him for Father’s Day!

April 20, 2009 12:19 PM
Claudia said...

Hey Y'all!!!
Butter & Paula's recipes… you CAN'T go wrong!!!!!!
Bakerella, you are too generous!!!
God bless you!

April 20, 2009 12:19 PM
Lauren O said...

What happens when a Yankee girls marries a Texas cowboy and they end up living in South Carolina??? The punch-line of the joke used to be my cooking, until I bought a few of Paula’s books! Now even my MIL is sure her son would starve! My kids LOVE her desserts too! Everything about Paula’s family is delicious!

April 20, 2009 12:19 PM
fran said...

First great reason, it’s my birthday today, and it would be my bestest present, and second cause I WANT IT!!! I love Paula!-fran

April 20, 2009 12:20 PM
baesedays said...

I really love all Paula’s recipes. When I want something good but not always good her me, I pull out her cookbook and know that I will not be disappoointed.


April 20, 2009 12:20 PM
JenR said...

Oh … I would love that book!
jen dot rosenau at gmail

April 20, 2009 12:21 PM
carriegel said...

You had me at chocolate. Seriously, I love to bake and would love to bake my way through this cookbook. My fingers are crossed!

April 20, 2009 12:22 PM
cv said...

Gotta love you some Paula!! The recipes of hers I have tried have all been amazing…and I’d love to try some more!

April 20, 2009 12:22 PM
alexis said...

ah love buttah!
and paula. she’s fantastic.

April 20, 2009 12:23 PM
Firelizards said...

I do love butter! No margarine in my baking! :)

April 20, 2009 12:23 PM
Danielle said...

I love that she isn’t scared to use actual ingredients. She cooks the way our grandmothers did, or would, if they had this much butter at their disposal!

April 20, 2009 12:24 PM
Rachel said...

Congrats! What an awesome experience! I ONLY cook with butter. It’s better that way. We are okay with it ;)

April 20, 2009 12:24 PM
Jackie said...

Lucky you, getting to actually meet her!! I love watching her shows and although I haven’t actually made one of her recipes I would sure like to. Maybe one day we will get back down to Savannah and go to her restaurant.

April 20, 2009 12:24 PM
DEB said...

I love watching Paula.

April 20, 2009 12:24 PM
Lara said...

I’d love to have this…in a total recipe rut. Plus, I love butter. :) nafspac at gmail dot com

April 20, 2009 12:24 PM
yukprin said...

I want to be a famous baker so what better way to start off

April 20, 2009 12:24 PM
mrs. origami said...

Paula Deen is wonderful! I just love everything she does :)

April 20, 2009 12:24 PM
Anonymous said...

Hey Y’all, I adore the Butter Queen!

Kelly D.

April 20, 2009 12:25 PM
Jenn said...

Paula is awesome! She has an amazing story of how she got started in the business, not to mention her recipes are delicious and she’s one hilarious southern gal. I watch her on tv all the time! I’d LOVE to have that cookbook!!

Btw, if you like Banana pudding, try her recipe – Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding…soooo good!

April 20, 2009 12:25 PM
ButterYum said...

Whoo-hoo Y’all. I love butter… that’s why I named my blog ButterYum.

April 20, 2009 12:25 PM
Nicole said...

I have always wanted to meet Paula! however, an even bigger fan is my mom. one year, she was given a few of paula’s cookbooks for christmas and cried after opening each one of them. no joke! so if i won this cookbook, i would definitely give it to her (and probably go for the family record of bringing on mom’s waterworks!)

April 20, 2009 12:25 PM
Nicole said...

Paula reminds me so much of my mother and grandmother– and all the great Southern cooks who taught me everything I know! What is not to love about any woman who considered butter and mayonnaise to be their own food group? (I have to admit I eat mayonnaise sandwiches just mayo on white bread! Fantastic!).

April 20, 2009 12:26 PM
flmom said...

Oh my gosh I would be so happy to win this book! I love Paula and watch her show religiously! I wanted to go see her at one of the Metropolitan cooking shows but couldn’t afford the tickets but winning this would make up for that. Plus, tomorrow, April 21st is my birthday so that would be a wonderful birthday present! thanks for such an amazing giveaway.
St Augustine, Florida

April 20, 2009 12:26 PM
Chad said...

Hey Y’all! Paula Deen and Bakerella in the same room? If the wife and I had known, we would have made the 2 hour drive just to have our picture taken with you!

Being in the baking biz, my wife loves Paula Deen and we are a “butter only” shop thanks in part to her teachings. Her autographed cookbook would be the centerpiece of our 100+ cookbooks.


April 20, 2009 12:26 PM
Dawn said...

Hey, first of all wow, what an awesome moment you must have had. Wow, how cooool! I love Paula Dean, hello the women like real butter! What’s not to love. My Mom, is a HUGE fan, and I would love to give her this for Mom’s day, she would be tickled pink!

Thanks for sharing this cake too, my friends daughter has celiac, and I believe she can eat this!

I’ll be passing it on!

April 20, 2009 12:27 PM
Anonymous said...

I love the Dean family – her recipes are fantastic, I make what she does on TV at least once a week, trying something new is so much fun. The love between Paula and her boys makes you smile!!! Winning a signed copy of Paula’s book would make this RAINY day a beautiful sunshiny day for anyone, especially me! Thanks for the chance. Barb (

April 20, 2009 12:27 PM
judy said...

I watch Paula nearly every day and would love to have her cookbook.

April 20, 2009 12:27 PM
Crafty P said...

Oh my goodness! First cake pops, then Sprinkle shakers and now Paula. YOu continue to make me swoon, girl!

I love Paula b/c she taught me how to make Not Yo Mama’s Banana Puddin’ and my life will never be the same again. And I add my own spin on it with Nutella schmeared on the bottom layer of cookies. Oh yeah!

That book looks fabulous!

Let’s hear it for BUTTER!!!

April 20, 2009 12:27 PM
ambrosia said...

Oh yum! Butter is one of my top two favorite foods (bacon is the other) and Paula NEVER disappoints!

April 20, 2009 12:27 PM
Evan said...

OMG! I love Paula! I want to meet her too!

April 20, 2009 12:27 PM
Missy Lund said...

I LOVE Paula her recipes are always great!! My husband had the chance to get me a signed book and didn’t, boy was I sad, so I would love this book!!! Love your blog!!!


April 20, 2009 12:28 PM
Steffi said...

Oh my gawd AYE LUV PAULA DEEN!!!!!

I want to move into her cupboard!

You are sooooo generous!

April 20, 2009 12:28 PM
Anonymous said...

That cake looks yummy!
I love this giveaway!

April 20, 2009 12:28 PM
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