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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 random.org’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!

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2,343 comments on “Hey Y’all!”

  1. I just love her. That sums it up!

  2. I love to bake and your blog has inspired me- although I did forget to take a picture of my cake pops at Easter, darn it….
    I would love to get my hands on that book and try some of Paula´s recipes- you can never have too much sugar or butter!!!

  3. This would be such an awesome present for my mom for mother’s day! I love Paula – she cracks me up all the time. I’m going to have to try that cake recipe. If it wasn’t after midnight, I’d make it right now!


  4. Hey Y’all!
    What a great story-lucky you!
    I love butter too!

  5. I just love that Paula Deen! Everything is just sooooo goood! I don’t have any of her cookbooks (gasp!), so this would be a great way to start off my collection!

  6. I adore Paula. She reminds me of my childhood best friend’s grandma! And I have never tried one of her recipes that wasn’t absolutely AMAZING!

    I’m dying to try that recipe now. It looks wonderful.
    – Amanda

  7. I would like the Paula book to give to my mom for Mother’s Day. We are from Texas, but have lived in Asia for almost a year, and my mom thinks we’ve lost our Southern roots. What’s more Southern than Paula Deen?

  8. I would LOVE to win this cookbook! I really love Paula and I really love you! And I really love to bake!

  9. Oh my goodness! That cake looks DIVINE! I want some right now! She has such great ideas! I would love the book!

  10. What’s not to love about a woman that embraces the good food (and things) of life?

  11. Looks like you may have had a good time, indeed!
    The more I bake, the more I am becoming fond of butter and the magic it causes.
    On my thighs. :o

  12. I love Paula. She is just so down to earth and her cooking is home style goodness.

  13. Love Mrs. Paula!! You are such a lucky ducky to meet her!!

    Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  14. you have inspired me in ways that my waistline has not forgiven me…even though my kids are more then happy to be the taste testers.

    i dont know who paula is but the cake you made and the front cover photo of the mag looked way tooooooo good to est.

    hello from far north queensland australia

  15. Paula Deen reminds me of my grandma (if she was born Southern). My mom and I always joke about how much she’s like my mom’s mom! I would love to be able to give this to my mom for mother’s day!!! :)

  16. I’d love it because, well, that would ROCK!!! Though, my MIL might like it more, I’d have to consider it as a Mother’s Day present….

  17. Hey y’all!


    I love chocolate and anyone who loves chocolate too: Paula I think is included in that category dont ya think?

  18. YEEHAW! I love Paula! Sign Me up! Put me down! Count me IN!

  19. I love Paula! Butter makes everything better ;) haha…

    Gorgeous flourless chocolate cake! We made two different flourless chocolate cakes in culinary class…the texture IS divine!! Very rich though…a small slice is definitely enough. :)

  20. I am SO jealous you got to meet Paula. My Grandma lives in the South and I’m in AZ! Paula totally reminds me of my grandma and I love it.
    My e-mail is ashley.whipple[at]gmail.com

    Thanks for giving away your awesome treasure!

  21. We cant get any of her book here in South Africa and amazon wont ship to here…..so thats why I need it!!!!
    have an awesome day.
    PS Cake looks yummy.

  22. I love Paula because she keeps it real and uses the “real” stuff (butter, cheese, etc.). The cake looks delicious, thank you for sharing your wonderful tips!

  23. Paula totally cracks me up… and besides we share the same first name :)

  24. Paula ROCKS!

  25. Paula Deen seems to be unchanged by her celebrity – just a good ol’ Southern girl – and I love that about her. The other thing I love is that she cooks a lot of simple, homey, comforting food – the kind of food I like, being a Southern girl myself :) Since I now live so far from Savannah, my chances of getting to visit her restaurant or have a chance of meeting her in person are pretty slim, so I would LOVE to have that cookbook :) you know how they say “The next best thing to being there…”


  26. OMGOSH!! Isn’t she just the funniest!! I saw her in Dallas and I laugheds so hard I almost peed my pants!!!!LOL!!
    When I grow up I want to be just like her she is the “real deal”!!
    Brains,Beauty and BUTTER!!!

  27. Hey! I love that she’s not afraid to put ridiculous amounts of butter and other deliciousness into her food, even if it does occasionally get insane (deep-fried bacon-wrapped mac’n’cheese,anyone?). And I collect signed books! So this would be super awesome. =)


  28. who does NOT love paula?
    i wish she were my aunt.

    please let me win. pleeeeeeeeease!

  29. Because she's Paula! :) My husband and I just spent his spring break in Savannah and we ate at Lady & Sons …. SO good. I was keeping an eye out for Paula or her boys, but no luck. This is an awesome give away! Thanks so much for doing it.

  30. I love Paula! So funny and everything she makes is so yummers. I love her recipe for Gooey Cake! I would be over the moon to win the cookbook – what a treat! egburns@hotmail.com

  31. How do I love Paula Deen? Let me count the ways
    she is REAL
    she is a big girl and unapologetic about it
    she loves to cook and she loves to eat


  32. My favorite episode was when Paula did a “light” cooking show. HA HA! It was…interesting…

    And I love butter, too. That cake looks fantastic!

  33. Ooooh, I would love this cookbook. Paula is a hoot to watch, her accent is delicious and her recipes aren’t bad either. ;) Thanks for your generosity!

    shawneeh at yahoo.com

  34. aww!! what a cute post!! I will have to try that cake! I try to eat Gluten free as much as possible. That is so cool that you got to meet Paula Deen!! How fun :-) If I “won” your giveaway I would let you keep the book wit her autograph. I am sure you could make much better things with the book then I would anyway. I hope you have a fantastic week sweets!! huge hugs!!! Britt :-) xoxo!!!!

  35. If I won I would have to send this to my MOM! She collects cookbooks and LOVES Paula! I mean LOVES Paula! If I sent this copy to her then she would LOVE me. Not that she doesn’t love me, she does. I would just be her favorite then! LOL!

  36. Oh, I want it! (Although I REALLY hope you get one for yourself!)

  37. She was hilarious on NPR this weekend, talking about what was in her fridge. She is always so warm and homey. The amount of butter she uses sometimes temporarily stops my heart – but I’m sure it tastes good!

  38. I heart butter. I heart Paula Deen. I heart Bakerella.

  39. I MUST make that cake! Yummy!

    How fun that you got to meet Paula Deen! I’d love to win the book. :)

  40. I love, love, love Paula! Like her I do love my butter as well. In fact, the only reason I eat bread is as a vehicle to get to the butter. What can I say? I’m a southern girl at heart.

  41. I would love, love, love to add an autographed copy of Paula’s book to my cookbook collection. I would give it to my mom for Mother’s Day but anything with butter and sugar in it would be wasted on her. She won’t eat either. I, on the otherhand, will eat them both! Thanks for the chance!

  42. While I am very happily married now, for a longggg time I was a single mom. Paula gave me such inspiration. She made me realize that I was capable of a great many things, and that being a “foodie” was something to be proud of. She has shown single moms everywhere that a passion for what you do is what makes you succeed, not just the degree on the wall ;o)

  43. I’m not the best cook…but I’m a great baker…if that even makes sense! I happened to stumble upon your blog and I’m so happy I did! I LOVE cookbooks and recipes…especially of desserts! So, I would LOVE to add this cookbook to my collection! Also, thank you for starting this blog, it’s so awesome and I can’t wait to make some of the things you have made!

  44. I love butter because it makes everything better. And I love that the price of dairy has dropped so much so I can stock up on butter. Hooray for butter. :)

  45. Hey Y’all! I’m originally from Texas so I’m gonna go ahead and Say
    Hey all y’all!!!

  46. hey y’all I love Bakerella and Paula!

  47. I absolutely love Paula. I met her at a book signing once for a brief moment and I was literally starstruck. She said “Hey hon” to me and all I could say back was “Hey” it was so funny. My husband talked to her more than I did!! It was so exciting though! I am collecting her books now but I only have a couple so this would be a great addition to my collection!!

  48. I love Paula Deen’s recipes and all the butter! I would love a chance at this book.

  49. I am in luv with Paula Deen. I buy her magazine and watch her show. Everything I have made has worked. I have teenage boys and they luv her stuff. Also she is a Southern lady just like my mom. My roots are from the South. Dad is from Texas and mom is from New Orleans. You can reach me at Moozoo7@aol.com

  50. Are you sure you are willing to part with it? I don’t want any regrets later on. If I win…and you want it back later…you realize it will be covered with chocolate smears and egg white wrinkles – just like all my other faves. Good Luck to all!


  51. I love Paula because she just cracks me up…and every recipe that I have tried has been so yummy!

  52. Paula is fabulous..I just love her! You were so lucky to meet her.”Y’all!” I just blogged about her famous Gorilla Bread last week. Have you tried it? It’s totally addicting! Great job on the flourless cake! Looks delicious!!


  53. Ah, yum! Paula’s cooking makes me happy. Cookbooks make me happy. Really, why drool on your computer keyboard when you could drool on paper and have a tangible reminder of a moment when a recipe just looked *that* good!?! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  54. Because she once said “Baby, everybody in the South has a brother named Bubba!”

    She’s just good and Southern!

  55. She is such a funny Woman! And a GREAT cook!

  56. Your cake came out gorgeous and I am totally going to make that for myself for Mother’s Day!!

    And who doesn’t love Paula??? You HAVE to love a woman who won’t apologize for using lots of butter!

  57. Oh how fun.

  58. I would love to try out some of those recipes. It seems like I never refer to books anymore, I always search online. Haha! I love your blog Bakerella!

  59. Love the pics! Who doesn’t love a new cookbook to delve into?

  60. Yum, the chocolate cake is making my mouth water! And I’d love to win the cookbook to try my hand at it!

  61. Paula is the BOMB! I tape all her show and I get her magazine, too. I even want to take a trip to Georgia just to go to her restaurant! So, I’ll take that book, thank you very much! lol.
    You can email me at JeroldsSis@aol.com

  62. Butter is better!

  63. I found your blog through a link from PW’s blog. I haven’t tried your wonderful little creations on a stick YET but it is definitely on my list of things to do with my daughter this summer. How FUN that you met Paula, she is the QUEEN of butta’! Hope I win! ~Michele


  64. Its so hard to find Paula’s books way down here in Australia – though, we are even more Deep South than Savannah! (Dont worry Bakerella, i have an american address to ship to ;) ) Have always loves Paula’s down home recipes and amazing attitude, would love the chance to get more familiar with her recipes.

  65. I love Paula because she keeps it real and she makes awesome food!

    Amanda from TX

  66. Hey Y’all!

    She is so fun. How great you got to meet her!

  67. I love paula deen so much!! My mom claims that her favorite food is butter, and nearly every recipe in her cookbook starts with a stick of butter. love it!

  68. LOVE LOVE LOVE PAULA. I just want to keep her in my pocket, she’s that cute.


  69. I love Paula and I love chocolate and I love butter!

  70. Don’t enter me. I don’t like Paula even though I’m 45 mins. from Savannah. I’m not fond of chocolate, either. *gasp* A woman who doesn’t like chocolate?
    I just wanted to say thanks for spelling “y’all” correctly! Yay!

  71. Her recipes always turn out perfect. That’s what I love! Thanks for being so sacrificial, Bakerella! ;)


  72. Butter is potentially the second best food only to bacon. Or cheese. Or chocolate. Ok, maybe it’s a 4-way tie.

  73. I just watched cmt cribs this past weekend. Her house was gorgeous. And she had my butter and bacon loving boyfriend and friend drooling. I would love to win the cookbook so I could surprise them with an artery clogging treat.

  74. Oh mercy, Paula and I would be kitchen pals if ever I could meet her! I love her recipes!

  75. I love Paula and so does my Dad. I swear he is one of her biggest fans. So, although I would love the book for myself, if I am chosen I will give it to him.


  76. Her recipes just turn out right everytime. Thanks Bakerella! I know you would have loved to keep the book. So thank you very much!

  77. I Looooove Paula! Her restaurant in Savannah is my all time favorite. When visiting her restaurant for the first time her staff went out of the way to make sure that my son, who had severe food allergies, had a wonderful meal too. Paula Rocks!!

  78. I watched Paula so often when my daughter was a baby that she would start dancing whenever she heard the music! I love that she cooks with real ingredients, I just don’t make them every day. :)

    Love your blog, thanks!


  79. I love her if only for her wonderful accent and eccentric, albeit gorgeous hairstyles!


  80. i LOVE paula! i think she’s the only person on the food network whose recipes contain ingredients that i can actually find in the grocery store! i thank her for that..and for the 16lbs i gained when i LOOKED at that Deep Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake you baked. :)
    Email: acey09@hotmail.com

  81. What a fantastic story an an aweseome giveaway! Your blog has truly been an inspiration to me, and I can’t wait to try the new flourless cake recipe now too :)

  82. Thanks Bakerella for giving away the book. You’re so generous! I have never tried any of Paula Deen’s recipes, but if I get the book, I will definitely try it out!


  83. I’m originally from GA so when I hear Paula speak, it’s like listening to family!

  84. hey ya’ll!! who doesn’t love her?!

  85. Omg I LOVE Paula. Her food is awesome, she’s hilarious, and she reminds me so much of my mother-in-law that I never get to see. I would so dig one of her cookbooks.

    email: anbrinkmeyer@yahoo.com

  86. I love Paula! I love your blog! Pick me! Pick me! :)

  87. I recently moved to the South (Houston to be exact) and what a better way to fully embrace it, then with a cookbook from Paula! :)

  88. I love her show. I would so love to try her cooking!

  89. Hey y’all! I would just love to have this! I adore Paula. I watch her every chance I get. I have dreamed about getting to meet her one day so this would be almost like me doing so!

    Even if I don’t win (but I really hope I do) I am thrilled for you!!! You sound like you were as thrilled as I would be to meet her.

    It’s nice to know she is the same in person as she is on the show. I would hate to have heard anything different.

    I would love to go to her home town, take her tour and eat at her resturant. I love her mac and cheese! I make it all the time. I’m going to try this flourless cake. It sure looks good!


  90. This would be so great! I LOVE to cook and bake, and I definitely have an obsession with butter and chocolate (which, let’s face it, is not helping my post-baby figure). I love Paula Deen’s recipes, and would love this cookbook!


  91. I do so love butter.

  92. Paula’s love of butter makes me smile. :)


  93. Bakerella + Paula Deen = Butter on a Stick ;-)


  94. Hey y’all! Paula is one of my baking and cooking idols. She’s so quirky and fun. I love everything she makes and I do try almost everything she makes on my own. I basically tought myself how to cook by watching her show. I never miss it!

  95. Paula’s recipe for Lemon Blossoms is seriously the greatest. thing. ever.

    That chocolate cake looks delicious! Please count me in!

  96. I made the Williams-Sonoma version of this cake for Christmas and dolloped it with Creme Chantilly, which is divine. Here’s how you make it:

    In a deep bowl, combine 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup creme fraiche. Whisk until thick enough for the whisk to leave a path when pulled across the surface.

    Stir in 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

    After adorning each slice of cake with a spoonful of Creme Chantilly, you can sprinkle it with cocoa.

  97. What fun to meet Paula Deen! The chocolate flourless cake looks oh so tempting! I think I will bake that this week! Thanks! :) We also love her spinach artichoke dip, but obviously the chocolate wins… it always does!

  98. That cake looks sooo yummy–can’t wait to try out the recipe! pick me! pick me! :-)


  99. I love Paula. Her enthusiasm for cooking is so contagious!


  100. I love that she isn’t afraid of butter and sugar! Go Paula!

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