Chocolate Broiler Cake

"This cake is much requested in my house! It is sponge cake, layered chocolate/regular, and cooked in the broiler one layer at a time. Not as labor intensive as the directions sound. :)"
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9 pieces




  • grease and line bottom of 8x8 inch pan with wax paper.
  • melt half the chocolate and set aside.
  • beat 1/2 cup sugar for 30 sec, add vanilla and beat till fluffy.
  • add egg yolks one at a time, beating well.
  • mix flour and cornstarch together, then stir into beaten mixture.
  • divide batter in half.
  • add melted chocolate to ONE half, stirring well.
  • wash beaters VERY WELL.
  • beat egg white in separate bowl until soft peaks form.
  • gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating till stiff peaks form.
  • divide egg whites in half and fold the halves, one at a time (chocolate second), into divided batters with a spatula. Batter may appear curdled at
  • this point but that is normal.
  • spread scant 1/2 cup of chocolate batter evenly in prepared pan.
  • Place pan approx 5 inches from flame in broiler and cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Spread scant 1/2 cup plain batter on top of cooked chocolate cake, bake under broiler flame 1-2 minutes.
  • repeat steps with remaining batter, trying to keep all additions 5 inches from flame. If this cannot be done simply reduce cook time by a few seconds for each additional layer.
  • When done you should have around 10 layers.
  • cool in pan 10 minutes, loosen side with butter knife, invert onto wire rack, remove wax paper and cool.
  • melt together remaining chocolate and 3 tbsp butter.
  • Stir in powdered sugar until crumbly.
  • pour in enough boiling water to make drizzling consistency (about 1/4 cup).
  • cut cake and drizzle each piece with chocolate.

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  1. I have not tried making this myself, but my sister makes it all the time. It is absolutely fantastic! The original recipe comes from "Better Homes and Gardens Chocolate" cookbook.
  2. This is the same recipe I used for years from the Better Homes & Gardens Chocolate Cookbook. I saw this same recipe on another site verbatim, including missing the 1/2 cup of softened butter that should be beat in with the sugar.
  3. Hello! I was wondering where you got this recipe. When I was about 12 maybe I made a cake VERY similar it might be the same I'm 33 now so I dont' remember. We lost the cookbook that it was in and have been searching for it for YEARS AND YEARS, it was everyone's favorite cake! I'm glad I found this recipe but I would still like to know if you have the same cookbook!?


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