Boca Negra (Bourbon Chocolate Cake)

"Lora Brody gave the cake this name (black mouth) because it describes what happens when you eat it. A chocolate lover's dream, this very rich, dense, nearly flourless cake is finished with a really luscious white chocolate cream."
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Ready In:
8hrs 30mins




  • Heat the cream in a saucepan until small bubbles form around the edge. Meanwhile, put the white chocolate in a food processor or in a blender container. Pour the cream over the chocolate; process until completely smooth. Add the Bourbon; taste and add up to a tablespoon more if you like.
  • Pour into a container with a tight-fitting lid; refrigerate 8 hours. (The cream can be kept in the refrigerator for a week or frozen for up to a month; thaw overnight in refrigerator.).
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly butter a 9-inch round cake pan; line the bottom with buttered parchment or wax paper. Put the cake pan in a shallow roasting pan; set aside.
  • For the cake, heat the sugar and Bourbon to a full boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook to a syrup, about 2 minutes.
  • Place the chocolate in a food processor; pour the syrup into the work bowl. Process until the mixture is completely blended, about 12 seconds.
  • Add the butter, in pieces, with the machine running.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time.
  • Add the flour. Process until smooth, about 15 seconds.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to come about 1 inch up the sides of the cake pan.
  • Bake until the top is dry, about 30 minutes. Remove the cake pan from its water bath; wipe the cake pan dry.
  • Cover the top of the cake with a sheet of plastic wrap. Invert the cake onto a flat plate, peel off the parchment.
  • Quickly but gently invert again onto a serving platter; remove the plastic. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature with the chilled white chocolate cream.

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  1. rosslare
    One word:WOW!
  2. jamiej
    Ok,,, loved! I used rum cause thats what I had for the cake.... and I used heavy cream for the white sauce.... I baked it longer then 30 min.. about 35-40 to set right.... but everyones oven is different. we loved both just not together. I think a whipped cream would be better because the sauce overpowered the chocolate..and the sauce would be good as a glaze for a cake... gonna play with this one. thank you for sharing : )
  3. your food choices
    Absolutely love this cake. Simple recipe, extraordinary taste! Thank you for reminding us.
  4. mesherryt
    I have made this cake several times and it is always devoured and highly praised. I used Sharffen Berger bittersweet dark chocolate (it can be ordered from Amazon) and Maker's Mark bourbon. I do not bother making the cream, but rather dust the top with a bit of confectioner's sugar. I've often thought a raspberry or strawberry sauce would work well with this cake.
  5. Cheri 911
    I've been making this for special occasions for years - got the recipe from one of Julia Child's books. It is amazingly delicious and shockingly easy! Thanks for putting this online, Chef Kate!


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