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La Bete Noire Chocolate Flourless Cake

1 cup water
34 cup sugar
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
18 ounces bittersweet chocolate or 18 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
6 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate or 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
lightly sweetened whipped cream


For Cake:. Preheat oven to 350F Butter 10 inch springform pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment round; butter parchment. Wrap 3 layers of heavy duty foil around outside of pan, bringing foil to top of rim. Combine water and sugar in saucepan. Bring to boil over medium hear, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk sugar syrup into chocolate; cool slightly. Add eggs to chocolate mixture and whisk until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Place cake pan in large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to roasting pan to come halfway up sides of cake pan. Bake cake until center no longer moves when pan is gently shaken, about 50 minutes. Remove from water bath; transfer to rack. Cool completely in pan. For Ganache:. Bring whipping cream to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour over top of cake still in pan. Gently shake pan to distribute ganache evenly over top of cake. Refrigerate cake in pan until ganache is set, about two hours. Do Ahead: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake; release sides. Cut cake into wedges and serve with whipped cream.

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