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!

Kay said...

I love Paula! I think she’s the funniest and the sweetest. We all know how some fans go gaga over actors and actresses, that would probably happen to me if I got to meet her in person. I envy you.

April 20, 2009 12:54 PM
naiad_kitty said...

Oh! How lucky you were to meet Paula & family! And how generous to give away the book! My mother in law is gluten-intolerant, so I may have to try to make that cake for her!

April 20, 2009 12:54 PM
Mindy said...

What’s not to love…whether it’s butter, Paula Deen…or your inspirational projects and blog?? Thank you!!

April 20, 2009 12:54 PM
Cara said...

I love butter ya’ll!

April 20, 2009 12:55 PM
Anonymous said...

I love watching Paula when she talks of her love of cooking and reminisces about her mother and grandmother Paul’s recipes. The fact that she uses a old family spatula (“spatuler”) and vintage glass measuring cup when she cooks says a lot about how she treasures those family memories.


April 20, 2009 12:55 PM
SingleMomKnits said...

I love Paula. Everything she cooks looks so yummy and of course, so do Bobby and Jamie. I love her accent too. And the fact that she proudly uses butter. You are so lucky to have met her and her sons.

April 20, 2009 12:55 PM
Esmerelda Johnson said...

chocolate chocolate chocolate!

April 20, 2009 12:55 PM
Steelmagnolia said...

Paula is my idol… I want to be her when I “grow up”!

April 20, 2009 12:56 PM
Tiffany said...

Hey Y”all! I just love Paula and have been wanting one of her cook books for so long now. I am a yankee girl married to a southern man, and I need all the help that I can get with southern cooking. I love butter, it is great for so many things, and the flavor is uncomparable.

April 20, 2009 12:56 PM
Anonymous said...

I love butter, therefore I love Paula!

April 20, 2009 12:56 PM
Ellen (feustek5(at) said...

I love that she turned her shirt backwards on some show during commercial break when the front got dirty from food. And her love of butter!

April 20, 2009 12:56 PM
Darrahmomof3 said...

I love Paul, cake,,,and butter!! She is just such an ispiration to me. Just to know that you can rise from hard times is hope to me! She is truely a great person to look up to!!

Thanks for the opportunity!

April 20, 2009 12:57 PM
Rachel said...

I love Paula because she personifies what the South is all about. Her aim is to bring together people over food, and I can’t think of a better way to spend time with the ones I love.

April 20, 2009 12:57 PM
Alexandra said...

Hey y’all!!!!!!!!! Her sons are so dang gorgeous!!!

April 20, 2009 12:57 PM
RunRebRun said...

I love butta and Paula! You’re so lucky to have met her. Thanks for being so generous and giving away the autographed copy of her book :)

April 20, 2009 12:57 PM
ern said...

I think I just want it so I can make this cake. Is it in there??? Even if it’s not there have to be other treasures. And, honestly, who doesn’t love free stuff?

April 20, 2009 12:58 PM
amy said...

I have lived in Georgia all my life, how could I not love her? And there is no way you can ever go wrong with one of her recipes. And butter? The more the merrier! Right, ya’ll?

April 20, 2009 12:58 PM
Palatable Picks said...

I love her because she made me laugh out loud amidst horrible labor pains. Seriously. When I was in the hospital and trying to keep my mind off the pain my body was in I flipped on the TV and ended up watching her on the food channel talking about how not to pick your nose after cutting a hot pepper. Seriously, how could you not love a woman who can make you laugh so hard when you are hurting so bad?

April 20, 2009 12:58 PM
Amber said...

Oh! My mother in law is SO HARD to buy for, and she is the biggest Paula Deen fan!! I would love to give this to her!! Thanks for doing this give away!! You’re the best!

April 20, 2009 12:59 PM
Debbie said...

I love her as does my son and he is a FANTASTIC cook, baker…you name it! I would love nothing more than to be able to gift him with the book!

Thank you for your generosity in giving this book away.


April 20, 2009 12:59 PM
Meredith said...

Who doesn’t love Paula…and a pound of butter?!

April 20, 2009 12:59 PM
Rocio said...


I love Paula Deen!!

April 20, 2009 12:59 PM
Melinda B said...

Well since I made her Fried Chicken with Texas Pete hot sauce I have been a fan. Truely love her southern attitude and hospitality!

April 20, 2009 12:59 PM
Sara said...

I was lucky enough to meet Paula a few years back at a Miami book signing. I waited in line for about 2 hours and finally got to see her near the end of the event. She had been signing and smiling for HOURS, but she was still so sweet to me. She accidentally brushed her sharpie marker on my hand and offered me such a sincere apology. She’s genuinely nice.

I’m glad you got a chance to meet her! I would love to see Bakerella on one of her shows!

April 20, 2009 12:59 PM
wgleaves said...

Oh my… I would love to give this to my mother-in-law. She is originally from the south and has lived there all her life until this past year. She is living in Chicago and everyone compares her accent and voice to Paula Dean’s. With Mother’s Day, this would be the perfect gift to send her. Hey Yall…

April 20, 2009 12:59 PM
Ciao Chow Linda said...

The thing I love most about Paula is that she seems so genuine – like a person you’d love to have as a friend or neighbor.

April 20, 2009 01:00 PM
Hill said...

I would love this book. I watch her on TV all the time.

April 20, 2009 01:00 PM
michelled said...

Hey y’all! I’m a mom of four and find myself desperate for new recipes. This book could help me out!!

April 20, 2009 01:00 PM
Lynn said...

Who doesn’t love Paula Deen??? You don’t even have to love baking / cooking to love Paula… I honestly believe that she could make a Non-baker WANT to bake!!!

BTW… made your cake balls for a baby shower… EVERYONE loved them… kept handing out your blog address to all who asked for the recipe!!!! THANKS for this blog… I LOVE to browse here!!!!

April 20, 2009 01:00 PM
Kelly Chandler said...

She’s SO funny and down to earth! I love her but my mom loves her even more and I would LOVE to surprise her!

April 20, 2009 01:00 PM
Chrisy said...

Paula is the best! I want it, I want it, I want it!!!

April 20, 2009 01:00 PM
Anonymous said...

I would just LOVE that cookbook – she is my favorite!!!! I have never entered to win one of your contests before, but this is like my dream come true!
Email me –

April 20, 2009 01:01 PM
LeAnn said...

I think Paula is wonderful–probably the reason I need to continue my exercise regime. :)

April 20, 2009 01:01 PM
Lara said...

I love butter cause it’s so yummy. I need a cookbook that’ll help me consume more!

April 20, 2009 01:01 PM
Krista said...

What a great giveaway! It’s my birthday today – I hope I win!

April 20, 2009 01:01 PM
chiapetsrcool said...

Paula Deen rocks!


April 20, 2009 01:01 PM
Lynn said...

OH MY and my email…

or blog…


April 20, 2009 01:02 PM
Taya said...

Watching Paula Deen is a family thing. My 5 year old daughter loves her, and will notice anyone that talks like her while we are out, “mom, she says y’all too!!” She just received Paula Deens kids cookbook for Christmas, and loves to look through it, and we would absolutely love to bond more over this one :)

April 20, 2009 01:02 PM
Amy Lynn said...

I love Paula! I actually have lived in her hometown all my life. Its fun to see her to town a few times a year! :)

April 20, 2009 01:02 PM
Kimberley said...

You are right about Paula’s sons, they are yummy, I do miss the south!

April 20, 2009 01:02 PM
Anonymous said...

I LOVE Paula Deen! She is actually coming close to where I live tomorrow I believe, however, I am not going to be able to attend :(
My 2 yearold when asked what Paula says will say “hey Ya’ll”! My mother would love to have this cookbook as would I! *fingers crossed*

April 20, 2009 01:03 PM
Sara said...

And I agree, butter makes everything better!

April 20, 2009 01:03 PM
Christine said...

I love Paula Dean because she loves butter, sugar and the south. We are soul mates!

April 20, 2009 01:04 PM
644 said...

Hi Bakerella! I am buying my first house and moving this weekend. (Thanks for the tax break, President Obama!) Therefore, I am going to be broke! I would love to have this book to give to my wonderful mother for the upcoming holiday. Thanks so much…love your site!

April 20, 2009 01:05 PM
Flying C Farm said...

Hey y’all. I love butter!
kmcaruthers at gmail dot com

April 20, 2009 01:05 PM
Leah said...

My Mom and I both love Paula!

April 20, 2009 01:05 PM
Cassandra Louise said...

I love that she seems so personal. I think I could sit in her kitchen for days and become plump on her food! I enjoy her recipes and even her kitchen line. Two thumbs up!!

April 20, 2009 01:05 PM
rissykay99 said...

I love watching Paula, and her story (going from being an agoraphobe, to having her own cooking shows).

Not to mention? Her Red Velvet recipe is hands down the best I’ve ever had.

April 20, 2009 01:06 PM
WishTrish said...

Hey, y’all!!! Love Paula. Love Bakerella!


April 20, 2009 01:06 PM
Natty Jean! said...

I’m pretty sure Paula Dean is the best when it comes to giving me the amount of butter I feel is okay in my diet. Heck, I’m sure she could fry up a stick, eat it on camera and I’d still say “Oh man, I have to try that NOW!!” :)

April 20, 2009 01:06 PM
Bturp said...

Hey Y’all – I would love a copy of Ms. Paula’s cookbook!! And I have to say I agree with you… her boys are super YUMMY!!! I could eat them up with a stick of butter :)

April 20, 2009 01:07 PM
Hilary said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! I just love how Paula is just unashamedly herself…no worries about the healthy low-fat craze at all…just an honest-to-goodness butter lover. I also love how much she loves her family!

April 20, 2009 01:07 PM
Anonymous said...

You just gave me a recipe for an upcoming dinner party-flourless chocolate torte!


April 20, 2009 01:08 PM
blahblahblah said...

I love Paula! She’s got some really great recipes.

April 20, 2009 01:08 PM
Tiffani said...

OOOOOoooo, I LOVE Paula. I even got my 5 year old her kid’s cookbook for Christmas. She’s a family favorite.

Tiffani Atkinson

April 20, 2009 01:08 PM
Annalisa said...

I think Paula is hilarious…. especially after I saw the show when her pants fell down! :) Also, I Love to bake, so how can I go wrong with Paula?!

April 20, 2009 01:08 PM
Julie said...

I would love to own this cookbook! Actually, if I won, I would give it to my mother for Mother’s Day. Pick me!

April 20, 2009 01:09 PM
Pam said...

I love Paula and like to collect her cook books. I don’t have this one yet.

She makes me laugh until I cry.

Y’all looked beautiful. So thrilled that you got to meet her. : )

April 20, 2009 01:09 PM
Katherine said...

he he he I bought that same magazine for the same reason – Chocolate & Paula! So glad you liked the flourless chocolate cake! Now I will have to make that for dessert for next Sunday. I would love to win her cookbook – the magazine is the only thing I own with her recipes and I would love to have more to try!

Got my fingers crossed.

PS- You and your Mom looked Smashing in your photos with
Paula & son!

April 20, 2009 01:09 PM
The Jones said...

Hey y’all, and I can really say that now that I live in the South.

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

Because butter is a good thing!

April 20, 2009 01:11 PM
Amy in Edmond said...

I think Paula Deen is so cute. I’m glad that she is a big fan of butter.

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

I’d love to give this to my mom as a present! She’d love it – and then of course I’d have to borrow it to try out some recipes.

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

Hey y'all!
I <3 Paula Deen! I would be in butter heaven if I won this cookbook!!


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

Is it just me…but I think Miss Paula is GORGEOUS! If I look as good as she does…I’ll be happy!

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

Because she still uses and raves about her Gramama Paul’s spat’ler!

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

My 5 year old daughter LOVES Paula Deen. We watch her show everyday at 5! I would LOVE to have this book for my daughter and I!!!!

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

Hey Ya’ll,

This is so exciting. I LOVE Paula Deen, I watch the Food Network for her. And you got to meet her, how cool is that! Butter makes everything better! I would love love love to win this cookbook. I can’t believe you are sharing it. Pick ME!

And I totally agree, both her sons are very yummy, I mean nice :)

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

Oh my goodness! This would make my grandma over the moon excited if she opened this on Mother’s Day!! :)

And I’m totally baking that cake this weekend!! :)

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

Hey Y’all! i would love to win this cookbook.Email is

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

I would love a copy of her book because I love her house and kitchen!

April 20, 2009 01:13 PM
Anonymous said...

Hey y’all I’d love to win! I love making Paula’s recipes, they always turn out awesome! Her restaurant in Savannah is soooo good too!


April 20, 2009 01:13 PM
Carey said...

How awesome! What a great experience for you and your mom!
Im new to watching Paule, and I just think she is awesome!
I would love to be included in your giveaway.

April 20, 2009 01:13 PM
angelabarton said...

Gotta Love Paula, and all her “healthy” recipes! You can’t go wrong with butter and I LOVE how she says the word “oil,” she turns a one syllable word into two!

April 20, 2009 01:13 PM
The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

There is something so comforting about slathering on a big pat of butter onto bread or a roll. Thanks!

April 20, 2009 01:13 PM
Mim said...

Oh, pick me, pick me! LOL My MIL would love this. She loves Paula and has several of her cookbooks, not that one though and definitely not one with an autograph in it!

April 20, 2009 01:13 PM
Danielle said...

I love Paula, butter, AND saying hey y’all. Glad you got to meet her!

April 20, 2009 01:14 PM
Katie said...

One word: Butter!


April 20, 2009 01:14 PM
June said...

Looks yummy & fun!

God Bless,
June in KS

April 20, 2009 01:14 PM
Ashley W. said...

I love her!!! She got some delicious recipes and some southern charm! I would love to try out more of her yumminess!!

April 20, 2009 01:14 PM
happymomof3 said...

I actually want this for my 13yr old son! He loves her and is a great cook. Makes excellent cake and butter cream frosting from scratch! My daughter in laws are gonna love me – I’m training him right!

April 20, 2009 01:15 PM
Cecilia said...

Hey Y’all! What a great experience. I adore Paula and would love her book. I love chocolate too!

April 20, 2009 01:15 PM
mommieof4munchkins said...

Hey Y’all. My kids and I are addicted to food network and we LOVE us some Paula. My daughter would be jealous you got to meet her!

April 20, 2009 01:15 PM
Christy said...

She’s fantastic and pretty much a self-made woman. That gets my two thumbs up!

April 20, 2009 01:15 PM
Gina said...

I have always loved Paula Deen but fell deeper in love with her a few months ago when I was watching an episode of her show and she was using the deep fryer in her kitchen. She went on the say that putting the deep fryer in her kitchen was the best thing she ever did for herself. I don’t think I could be trusted to have a deep fryer in my kitchen but I sure wish I could!

April 20, 2009 01:15 PM
Molly said...

I love butter AND Paula Dean!

April 20, 2009 01:15 PM
Steph said...

OMG!! You are so lucky!! I love Paula. She’s the reason I watch the food network still..well she and Ina because I love how they add a stick of butter to everything. Funny thing is, I probably wouldn’t do that myself, but I just love watching it.

April 20, 2009 01:15 PM
James, Kitty and Charlotte Murray said...

I love her because she is smart, hilarious and a great businesswoman. I also love her because she is very supportive of military families–she came to Fort Bragg (this is where we are stationed) in November to talk to the troops. She is genuine and I was touched by her generosity.

April 20, 2009 01:16 PM
Kelli said...

My mom looooooooooves Paula– we are southern and she embodies so much of what a southern girl is! This would be great to give my mom for mothers day!!!


April 20, 2009 01:16 PM
Dawn said...

She’s my fav!! In fact, my Grandma always remembers that I love Paula and informs of anything I might have missed. =D

April 20, 2009 01:16 PM
Jewelle said...

I so want that book for my own mother’s day present. Paula’s recipes are awesome. I also am going to give that recipe a try.

April 20, 2009 01:16 PM
jennifer said...

Hey Ya’ll! I would love the cookbook. I love her chocolate peanut buter cupcakes! Paula is the best.

April 20, 2009 01:16 PM
Lauren said...

I’m a southerner living in new york – I’d love to taste a bit of “home” again.

April 20, 2009 01:17 PM
Tracye said...

They might be nice, but I think “Yummy!” is the more appropriate adjective for those boys! Oh, Yummy! And the cake, too!

BTW, I think you and Paula have a definite resemblance.

April 20, 2009 01:17 PM
Christina C. said...

Oh my goodness, how I love Paula! I live in ATL too, and used to live near Savannah. You bet I’m a Paula lover ;)

April 20, 2009 01:17 PM
MonkeySeeMonkeyDo said...

I would love to win this for my mom for mother’s day! She LOVES Paula Dean I think because she uses so much butter and is hilarious! I know it’s random, but it would mean so much to me to give her something I think she’d really really like…. even possibly love.

April 20, 2009 01:17 PM
The Russells said...

How fun! I just love Paula Deen cause her cooking is just good ‘ole comfort food! What a great give away!! Have you seen her breakfast sandwiches made with two glazed donuts?? And I love how she takes “big bites” on all her cookin’ shows…not these dainty little ones! She enjoys cooking, she enjoys laughing, and she enjoys life!

April 20, 2009 01:17 PM
Judy said...

Hey ya’ll

made cupcakes from a box yesterday and they didn’t turn out….now I am gonna make it up to my daughter who turned ten yesterday and make her a delicious chocolate cake……yummmmmm budder!

April 20, 2009 01:18 PM
Amy said...

That cake looks really good! I’ll have to try making it. I would love to win the book!

April 20, 2009 01:18 PM
Anonymous said...

I almost adore Paula as much as I adore reading Bakerella’s blog!!
Ya’ll- I am also a Georgia peach who loves baking AND butter and sugar or should i say bakin’ an budda an shuga!!

April 20, 2009 01:18 PM
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