Bensons Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

"This classic dessert was made from scratch and served proudly in the restaurant in New York known as Benson's Steak House. I got it out of a Bon Apetite magazine many years ago."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Chop your chocolate in small pieces ( be careful of your fingers ).
  • For Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F Generously brush a 12 cup bundt pan with melted butter. Dust the pan with flour. Melt chocolate on top of a double boiler over simmering water, and cool down.
  • cream butter in large bowl until smooth. Add half the sugar and beat until fluffy.
  • Add egg yolks 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Sift cake flour and cocoa into small bowl, blend into butter mixture.
  • Add melted chocolate and nuts and mix well.
  • Egg whites.
  • ---------------.
  • beat egg whites with cream of tartar in medium bowl until soft peak, and then beat some more adding sugar to a stiff peak.
  • Fold 1/4 of whites into the batter to lighten.
  • Gently cut,fold, turn to make a light airy batter.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake until top of cake forms crust but centre remains moist, about 50 minutes
  • ( cake will not rise to top of pan ).
  • Transfer pan to rack. Immediately run a small sharp knife around cake pan sides and centre hold to loosen.
  • Cool 15 minutes ( cake will fall).
  • Turn cake out onto plate; cool. ( Can be prepared 1 day ahead.).
  • Cover and let stand at room temperature.
  • Glaze.
  • melt chocolate add in port wine if you have then add cream and honey.
  • Pour glaze over top of cake allowing the glaze to run down sides.
  • Let stand 2 hours @ room temp -- and serve.

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