Chocolate Cognac Cake

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Nana Lee

A rich, no bake cake that serves 12. From Debra Fioritto Weber, Your Guide to French Cuisine at

Top Review by Erin K. Brown

This recipe is a magically journey for the taste buds! The gingersnap crust is a wonderful surprise, a fantastic compliment to the chocolate, and a long-needed relief from the usual boring graham cracker crusts! Wonderful idea! I don't have a springform pan, but it worked just fine in a 9in pie tin. I had about a cup of extra filling since the pie tin is smaller, but all of that disappeared soon too! I think it would cut better as a cake, it was a bit messy getting it out of the pie tin since I had to cut it into 16ths because it is so rich. Very good recipe! Thank you!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the cookies in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  2. Transfer them to a mixing bowl.
  3. Place the 2-3/4 oz. of chocolate and 1/2 cup of butter in a microwave bowl.
  4. Place in microwave and melt them in 15 second increments.
  5. Stirring a few times.
  6. Give the chocolate and butter a final stirring to mix well, then pour over the cookie crumbs and mix together.
  7. Put this mixture into a 9-inch springform pan and press down to form a base.
  8. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the filling.
  9. Place the chocolate in a large microwave safe mixing bowl and melt in 15 second increments.
  10. Beat in the mascarpone, egg yolks and brandy.
  11. Whip the cream until it just holds its shape and fold it into the chocolate mixture.
  12. Using a grease-free bowl and clean beaters, whip the egg whites to soft peaks.
  13. Add the sugar, a little at a time, and beat until the whites are thick and glossy.
  14. Fold the whites into the chocolate mixture in two batches, until just mixed.
  15. Spoon the mixture onto the chilled base and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  16. To serve:.
  17. Carefully remove the cake from the pan and transfer to a serving plate.
  18. Pipe 12 rosettes of the whipped cream and top each with a chocolate coffee bean.
  19. Cut into 12 wedges and serve.

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