Chocolate Easter Cake with Sweet Vanilla Whipped Cream

adapted slightly from Feast by Nigella Lawson


8 oz. semisweet chocolate
stick unsalted butter
1 t. pure vanilla extract
6 eggs: 2 whole, 4 separated
1/3 c. sugar for the egg yolk mixture
½ c. sugar for the egg whites mixture
2 c. heavy cream
4 t. confectioners sugar
1 t. vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease bottom of an 8-inch springform pan. Do NOT grease the sides.
2. In a large bowl, break the chocolate up into squares and melt it with the butter in a double-boiler or the microwave.
3. In an electric mixer with the whisk attachment whip the four egg whites until firm, then add the sugar as you whisk, until the white hold their shape and are shiny white. Do not let them get too stiff.
4. In a separate bowl add the two whole eggs and four egg yolks. To this add the 1/3 c. sugar and vanilla extract. Stir the ingredients together until completely combined.
5. Add this egg yolk mixture into the melted butter and chocolate. Stir until completely combined.
6. Finally, fold the egg whites gently into the chocolate mixture, careful not the beat it too much, you don’t want to deflate the egg whites.
7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. You will know it is done with the center has risen and cracked a little bit.

8. Cool the pan on a wire rack. As it cools the top will collapse into a shallow crater. When it is completely cool remove the sides of the springform pan carefully.

9. Fill the crater with whipped cream and serve.

10. Whip all three ingredients together for the whipped cream in an electric mixer. Do not make whipped cream ahead of time, or, if you do, put it in the fridge, covered for no more than 4 hours before you use it.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This cake is unfailingly simple and delicious. It works well at almost any table and for almost every holiday. At Christmas I’ve scattered the top with red and green candies, and last summer I filled it with cinnamon whipped cream for a friend’s baby shower. Have fun with the look of it, the taste is so delicious you could top it with just about anything.

Naptime Stopwatch

The preparation for this cake is quite easy, just be careful when folding in the egg whites not to overbeat the batter and deflate it. The batter takes about 15 minutes to prepare and then baking is about 40 minutes. It is easy to make it during naptime, then let it cool during the afternoon and serve it at dinner.

Naptime Reviews

I have never met one person who does not love this cake. The chocolate flavor is rich, but not overpowering. Also, we think the flavor improves after a day or two, so feel free to make the cake ahead of time and add the whipped cream right before serving it.

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