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!

MichelleB said...

What a great give away! I think I would have kept the book. LOL

April 20, 2009 01:41 PM
lmerryman260 said...

I don’t have any Paula in my cookbook collection, and that’s just wrong!

April 20, 2009 01:42 PM
Kat Currier said...

I love everything about Paula – especially her unabashed love for butter!

April 20, 2009 01:42 PM
derricknlisa said...

Hey Y’all!
I love Paula’s down to earth style

April 20, 2009 01:42 PM
Ryan and Heather said...

The cake looked fabulous! Love Paula and the cookbook would be so fun to have.

April 20, 2009 01:42 PM
Miya said...

Having this cookbook to give to my mother would rock my socks. I swear my mother is JUST like Paula Deen! She was born in Georgia, loves to cook, and butter is like oxygen to her! Only my mom can relate to the southern twang and need to take massive “tasting” bites of EVERYTHING she cooks!!!
Thanks Bakerella!

April 20, 2009 01:42 PM
Betty Crocker wannabe said...

Her 1-2-3-4 cake is delicious as well as her carrot cake!

April 20, 2009 01:43 PM
Jenny said...

That cake looks amazing!


April 20, 2009 01:43 PM
cookingkatie said...

hey y’all, I live in Texas now so I am getting used to saying that!! I all I have to say is yum!! I just love Paula and her sons!

April 20, 2009 01:43 PM
Michele said...

Ooh! I squealed while reading your blog today! What an awesome Mother’s Day present — one that keeps on giving in yumminess.


April 20, 2009 01:43 PM
Allison said...

Looks delicious! allison at hotmail dot com

April 20, 2009 01:43 PM
Allie said...

I ADORE PAULA!!! She worked so hard for what she has, yet is incredibly down to earth and remembers the things that are important (family, love, dogs!).

Pick me, pick me!

And can I say – you’re incredibly generous!

April 20, 2009 01:43 PM
DevilWoman said...

Gotta love a cook that doesn’t attempt to lighten up EVERY recipe! :)
This cookbook would be awesome to own!

April 20, 2009 01:43 PM
poptart said...

I would love to win, I am always cooking and baking and I just LOVE Paula Dean, she is great.

April 20, 2009 01:44 PM
Anonymous said...

Love Paul, her cookbooks and butter too!

April 20, 2009 01:44 PM
Carol said...

Hey y’all – right back at you! I found your blog from a friend’s blog and your post on Paula Deen was a perfect mix for me. I have been watching Paula on TV for years. I am jealous you got to meet her. Since I spent the entire weekend baking for a funeral (my Mom was in charge of the food) and then for my Mom and sister (who then served the food at the funeral), I would love another cookbook to bring something fun to my repertoire! Thanks for the fun blog!


April 20, 2009 01:44 PM
Susie said...

I “LOVE” butter and Paula. Just getting to know her actually. I must have been under a rock. :) I don’t have any of her books ‘yet’.

April 20, 2009 01:45 PM
Jenn(ifer) said...

WoW!! It looks like you had a fantastic time!

Paula did an amazing job in the movie Elizabethtown! She tugged on my heart strings back then and continues to!

I love how she’s so fresh, raw and true on Paula’s Party; can’t get any better than that! :-)

April 20, 2009 01:45 PM
Jackie Bergmann said...

What a fabulous opportunity for both you and your mom as well as your loyal followers :-)

I LOVE Paula! I haven't made any of her baked goods yet, but her slow-cooker mac & cheese is to die for! I would love to own one of her cookbooks as I get most recipes off of the Food Network site.

April 20, 2009 01:45 PM
Andi said...

OMG! What a great giveaway! You’re so generous. I would definitely give this to my Dad. He’s the cook in my family and he loves him some Paula. I love Paula because she has the best sweet and savory recipes. I hope I win.

You can contact me at

April 20, 2009 01:45 PM
Artsy Aut said...

I love paula! Her food is so good too! If I win I will give this to my Mom, she is a big fan and loves to collect cook books, although I would be very tempted to keep it!!

April 20, 2009 01:45 PM
Teri @ Make A Whisk said...

Paula Deen is such fun, and her recipes are almost always fantastic. I can’t believe you aren’t keeping that book for yourself! Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to have it though. ;-)

April 20, 2009 01:45 PM
Rebekah Sanders said...

Hey y’all! I love Paula because she reminds me so much of my Gram (who’s from the South). Just don’t tell my Gram, because she’s slap me silly if she heard me say that!

April 20, 2009 01:46 PM
willis71 said...

Because she is Paula!!!

April 20, 2009 01:46 PM
Kim said...

I love Paula’s southern home-cookin’! Thanks for the giveaway!

April 20, 2009 01:47 PM
Karen said...

I LOOOOVE Paula Deen!!! Even more, I love butter. I’m afraid I passed that along to my kids, as my oldest son used to sneak spoonfuls of butter (gross!) and eat it straight off of the spoon. I had to eventually put it up high where he couldn’t reach it.

April 20, 2009 01:47 PM
Maria said...

Hey y'all!! LOL!! OMG, I absolutely LOVE Paula Deen!! Who doesn't? ;) My hubby surprised me on Mother's Day with 2 tickets to see her a couple of years ago. He volunterred to watched the kiddos, so I took a girlfriend. We rushed to get there cause we heard about the books, but they were sold out. What a bummer! She was just awesome…funny & down to earth. LOVE her! :)

April 20, 2009 01:47 PM
jenny said...

Oh shoot, sorry. I forgot to leave contact info the first time I posted my comment, so here it is again with an email address:

I love Paula Dean because she is hilarious and unapologetic about her love of good and rich food. Also she talks to her food while she cooks, and that cracks me up.

rabbitrabbit at gmail.

April 20, 2009 01:47 PM
Jill said...

Hey Y’all!

Thanks for the fun post Bakerella!

April 20, 2009 01:47 PM
There's always room for Dessert! said...

that’s my favorite cake to make!! I serve it with a raspberry sauce and it’s just tooo die for! next time try warming it up just a few seconds before serving!!! YUM YUM YUM! Paula Dean is awesome!! and her boys are soo cute too! :O)

April 20, 2009 01:48 PM
Tracy said...

I love Paula…she makes THE best home-style, delightfully delicious comfort food ever!! :-)

April 20, 2009 01:48 PM
Kris's Kupcakes said...

If I were to randomly win, I would give this book to my Grandma! She is the one who introduced me to baking and I love that we spend time together and bake. She also loves Paula and would enjoy this book.

P.S. All of Paula’s sons are yummy!! Ha!

April 20, 2009 01:48 PM
dolphin1384 said...

Hey Y’all! Is there a better way to say it?

April 20, 2009 01:48 PM
Debbie said...

I L.O.V.E. Paula Deans “Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake”!!!!

Plus my mom loves Paula and butter filled dishes – the cookbook would be a great gift for her!!!!!

My email is:

April 20, 2009 01:49 PM
Jenn in Tenn said...

I totally love her and all her shows, and her yummy sons, too! I’m so jealous you got to meet her….Lucky. ;-)

April 20, 2009 01:49 PM
RebekahP said...

My husband and I were able to eat at Lady & Son's in Savannah, GA last summer. It was one of the best meals every. Her butter cake with chocolate chips was so yummy!!

April 20, 2009 01:49 PM
Amy said...

I love Paula because she reminds me of my grandma- she’s funny, sassy, and she puts butter in everything. I lived for Sunday dinner at my grandma’s house because it was pretty much guaranteed that there would be sun tea, biscuits (with real butter), and something fried or something with gravy (sometimes both)- Paula’s cooking definitely reminds me of home.

April 20, 2009 01:49 PM
Mary Anne in NJ said...

How can you not love a person who starts every receipe with, “First, add a pound of butter….!” I don’t have a Paula Deen Cookbook, but sure would love one…I’m going to try that flourless chocolate cake this week..a friend and I made your Chick pops…they came out awesome..!

April 20, 2009 01:50 PM
Starwoodgal said...

Lawsey Mercy Woman! I love Paula’s Southern Charm, her laugh, and she reminds me so much of my Aunt Nez with her joyful nature. I’m a Southern Cook/Gal and cook many tried and true family recipes just like Paula. As for Butter…… Honey, it’s Bud-da. Bud-da, bud-da, bud-da. It makes the world go round. I use it in all my baking. Nothing can replace it. Just like Paula.

April 20, 2009 01:50 PM
Renée said...

I LOVE Paula! She is seriously an inspiration to me. I’ve heard her talk a few times on her shows about how she started her business and why… really, it brought tears to my eyes. And it always seems like if you knocked on her door, she would just welcome you in and give you a hug and big slice of cake, even if she didn’t know you!

April 20, 2009 01:50 PM
beachy keen said...

She’s so fun and funny, and makes super tasty food! I love Paula! Hope you had a fun time, sounds like it was great.

April 20, 2009 01:51 PM
Anonymous said...

I would really like to add to my
cookbook collection. It would look nice on my kitchen countertops, along with the others….and the recipes I choose from it would be delish and enjoyed by fam.

April 20, 2009 01:51 PM
downstairs Designs said...

I would love to win this for my mother-in-law! She is a huge fab of Paula’s, and is having a rough time right now as her father passed away Sunday morning. What a sweet surprise this could be, thanks for sharing!

April 20, 2009 01:51 PM
poppy said...

Butter is best! There is absolutely no imitation for it.

April 20, 2009 01:51 PM
miss said...

Paula Dean makes me feel like my mom is in the room with me.

I love it when she tells you to add a pat a butter and you watch slide 4 sticks in. So funny. Why does anyone use butter substitutes? It’s just wrong.

April 20, 2009 01:51 PM
Tricia said...

Paula can cook! I always get compliments when I make one of her recipes, of course I give the credit to her for the recipe.

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Kate said...

Oh mother’s day present, that’s a grand idea!

Paula was the first of the FoodNetwork chefs that I fell in love with. How can you resist laugh and Southern charm? It’s too bad she pronounces “pecans” wrong, hehe!

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Jennifer said...

I love Paula Deen! I’ve seen her in concert (she is a hoot) and have most of her cookbooks. Her cooking reminds me of my grandma, so I make a lot of her recipes! They are awesome! Glad you got to meet her:)

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Jenn in Tenn said...

oops, forgot my email address…

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Ingrid said...

Hey Y’all! What’s not to like about Paula, butter, and everything fried?!

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Tori said...

Paula is just always to friendly. I haven’t tried too many of her recipes, but they sure sound good.

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Natasha said...

I love Paula, and I love all of her yummy recipes!

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Melanie said...

I am addicted to your site! I love Paula….funny funny funny, and such yummy food!!

I have a give away on my son’s blog too if you’re interested in signing up.

I would love to get this book, then maybe I’d be able to cook some great stuff.


April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Traci said...

Wow! You must have been so thrilled to meet her. I am addicted to Food Network and have been watching Paula forever it seems. I love to bake most of all and would love to have this cookbook. And who doesn’t love butter! Traci

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
David and Sandy said...

She is funny and her recipes all seem like delicious comfort food!

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Audrey said...

I must be one of the few left on the planet to just now be finding your blog. But I’m here now to stay – then I find out you like Paula Deen TOO??? Can it get any better? As I end this comment to go bake cake all I can say is Thank You!

April 20, 2009 01:52 PM
Rachel and Jeremy said...

Hey y’all. I would love to have that copy of the book. I Love Paula, I think she is so funny. She seems like the sweetest person around, she seems like the “girl next door” type. And common’ who doesn’t love butter and all things sweet. :)
[crossing my fingers]

April 20, 2009 01:53 PM
Allison said...

I love all cookbooks!

April 20, 2009 01:53 PM
Ms Priss said...

I love everything about her! She is sweet Southern, butter dumpin,’ dirty joke crackinly perfect!

April 20, 2009 01:53 PM
Megan said...

I love Paula because she once deep fried a lasagna.

April 20, 2009 01:53 PM
Jane said...

I’d like this cookbook because I love Paula’s genuineness (if that’s really a word). I also begin my recipes with “take two sticks of butter…”!

April 20, 2009 01:54 PM
McCulloch Family said...

Hey Y’all!!! :) I heart butter, what more is there to say? :)

April 20, 2009 01:54 PM
kandie_mcd said...

Did you say more recipes?? I’m in!

April 20, 2009 01:54 PM
Margaret said...

I fell in love with Paula when she said during her show, “Next we’re going to be putting another stick of butter in the mix, BECAUSE I CAN.” I would clog all my arteries just for her.


April 20, 2009 01:54 PM
stacy wilson said...

My kids love to watch her show and I know my MIL would love that book!


April 20, 2009 01:54 PM
Shannon said...

I LOVE baking and learning how to make new things and I LOVE pretty much everything Paula makes! I’m going to try the cake recipe! THanks!

April 20, 2009 01:54 PM
Dena said...

My Mom absolutely LOVES Paula! She watches her show, has most of her cookbooks (but not this one, I think), sunscribes to her magazine, and has even eaten at her restaurant! I would love to give her the book for Mother’s Day. And I’d like to try that cake! It looks YUMMY!

April 20, 2009 01:54 PM
Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law LOVES her and chocolate. She’d love this recipe.


April 20, 2009 01:55 PM
Kayce said...

Hey Y’all!! I just love Paula. She is so funny and puts fun back into cooking!

April 20, 2009 01:55 PM
mtlhome said...

I love chocolate and butter, and Paula! Cake looks delicious!


April 20, 2009 01:55 PM
Rita A. said...

I love cookbooks and I already have several signed copies. I would love to add this book to my collection. Her recipes are wonderful.

April 20, 2009 01:55 PM
Anonymous said...

Hey Y’all!

April 20, 2009 01:56 PM
Lisa said...

I do love her…but she seems just like the greatest next door neighbor ever in the history of next door neighbors! She has inspired me to be a better neighbor and cook!

April 20, 2009 01:56 PM
RobinJ said...

Paula Deen is the bomb! Got my son calling me “Momma”! I just love her.

April 20, 2009 01:56 PM
Connie Babe said...

I adore Paula…and her sons are hot…and I bought that magazine for the same reason!

April 20, 2009 01:56 PM
Tracy said...

I was going to comment anyway about how gorgeous your cake looks!

THEN I was going to comment about how much fun it must have been to meet Paula.

THEN the giveaway! I like Paula but my stepfather loves her. If I could part with the book, I would give it to him for Fathers Day.

April 20, 2009 01:56 PM
Beth said...

Mmmm. Butter.

April 20, 2009 01:56 PM
Jamie said...

Oh I love Paula! Great giveaway!

April 20, 2009 01:57 PM
Sparkette said...

I love how simple everything is and how she makes me feel like I am right there cooking with her :) Thanks for the opportunity!

April 20, 2009 01:57 PM
Kelly said...

I love Paula Deen!! She cracks me up – and her recipes are awesome!

April 20, 2009 01:57 PM
Kristen said...

I’m gonna be honest ya’ll, I want this cookbook for myself! No one is a bigger fan than me. I love Paula.
Bakerella~ I was at the Metropolitan Cooking Show in Atlanta this weekend too! I didn’t know you lived in the area? I wish I could have met you!

April 20, 2009 01:58 PM
Kelly said...

Hey Y’all! Paula is awesome!! And I love butter. :)

April 20, 2009 01:58 PM
HAH said...

sounds like you had a blast! I LOVE flourless chocolate cake and will have to try this

April 20, 2009 01:58 PM
Hi, I'm Pamela said...

We love Paula! My 15-yr-old daughter loves her recipes!


April 20, 2009 01:59 PM
Patricia said...

I just love her story. When I heard that she used to suffer from agoraphobia and she started “The Bag Lady” by sending her small boys out on bikes to sell the bag lunches that she made (but was too afraid to go out and sell on her own) well, I just fell in love with her realness. To see how far she’s come and how she truly makes people happy (and seems to have such a good time doing it) just makes me love her.

How cool for you that you got to meet her! :)

April 20, 2009 01:59 PM
Jessica said...

Oh my gosh!!! I am SO jealous!!! I love love love Paula Deen! When I went to Savannah I waited 2.5 hours to have dinner at her restaurant and boy was it worth it! My secret plan (well, not secret anymore I guess!) is to marry her son Bobby so Paula can be my mother-in-law!

April 20, 2009 01:59 PM
Heather said...

I love this blog! I love Paula! I would love that book!

April 20, 2009 02:00 PM
JP in IL said...

I love her because I love her story. And, I have never had a recipe of her’s that I didn’t like.

April 20, 2009 02:00 PM
Jen said...

I would love this cookbook! I have her first one that I bought at her restaurant in Savannah and I love it! My favorite recipe in it so far is her snickerdoodle cookies although I’ve gotten a TON of compliments when I make her red velvet cake! Love Paula Deen!

April 20, 2009 02:00 PM
Crystal said...

Hey, ya’ll! I love butter because it makes everything taste so delicious. I’d love to have this cookbook; I’m sure it has some great recipes.

April 20, 2009 02:00 PM
Yum-O! said...

Paula is an amazing women and I want to be just like her! I love to cook and I never use anything except real butter. It tastes so much better and with a little Paula love in your recipe you can never go wrong. She is a funny, sincere and incredible lady. I would be honored to have her book and would cherish dearly. PS Miss Bakerella, you should totally make a cook book! I have a t shirt of yours, and would love a future cookbook of yours too. :) Go for it, you can do it!

April 20, 2009 02:00 PM
Nicole said...

What’s not to love about paula? Other than my expanding waistline, anyway… I once saw an episode and she said she was making a salad and i was shocked, until it turned out to be one of those cold salads like tuna salad and pasta salad- loaded with mayo and no lettuce to be found.

April 20, 2009 02:00 PM
laurel said...

I love Paula! Anyone who makes a burger with a donut as a bun is okay in my book!

Laurelhwalker @ gmail .com

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

I LOVE Paula!! What a great picture! and her sons too???? What a fantastic day! I’d be jealous if you weren’t being so generous with the giveaway!!!

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

ooh, I want in! Paula is my hero.

April 20, 2009 02:01 PM
Topanga Bay said...

Oh I’d love this! So I can give it to my mother in law who loves Paula!!!

April 20, 2009 02:02 PM
Catherine said...

oh my gosh, I am so jealous. I’d die if I met Paula, *and* Bobby and *Jamie*.

April 20, 2009 02:02 PM
Nicole said...

I don’t think anyone could say that paula doesn’t cook what she loves, and it makes for great holiday food. Any excuse to cook something with THAT much butter is a good thing!

April 20, 2009 02:02 PM
Tricia said...

I am definitely making that cake today! I only cook with butter. I currently have 3 pounds in my fridge.

April 20, 2009 02:02 PM
PaulaTravis said...

is it y’all or ya’ll?? here in Mississippi we say y’all!!

April 20, 2009 02:03 PM
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