Audrey Hepburn Chocolate Cakelettes
Who doesn’t love Audrey Hepburn?
And who doesn’t love chocolate?
If you’re a die-hard Audrey fan, this won’t be new information, but did you know Audrey absolutely adored chocolate?
YES! According to Audrey’s son Luca,
“Mum was crazy about chocolate, which she always kept within reach in a chest of drawers in the living room. When it came to this sweet temptation, her dancers discipline always (well, almost always) raised the white flag of surrender.”
Audrey and Chocolate: A Lifelong Love
From the time she was a little girl, Audrey loved chocolate. It was her comfort food as a kid, and took on an even greater significance in Audrey’s life as a young teen.
Audrey survived the Nazi occupation of Holland, though she came close to starving, surviving on the occasional turnip and flour Audrey and her mother made from tulip bulbs. When the Allies liberated Holland, Audrey’s first meal was sweetened condensed milk and seven chocolate bars, given to her by an Allied soldier.
From that time on, chocolate took on a special significance for Audrey: it was the taste of freedom. And she never forgot the association between this sweet treat and liberty.
In 2015, Audrey’s youngest son Luca published a fabulous book about his mother, Audrey at Home [aff. link]. The book shares beautiful, rare photos, as well as Luca’s memories of Audrey as loving wife, mother, friend, and home chef. And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, Luca’s book also includes recipes from Audrey’s personal collection.
My favorite recipe in the book is for Audrey’s Chocolate Cake. Does it get any more quintessentially Hepburn?!! According to Luca,
“Chocolate had a special place in her [Audrey’s] kitchen. If this book could offer only a couple of recipes, they would be for pasta with tomato sauce and chocolate cake. This was her pièce de résistance and she liked to make it herself…It was a cake for celebrations, for birthdays, and later, for my homecomings.”
Ok, how cool is that?!!!
Now here’s the thing about Audrey’s Chocolate Cake: it’s flourless. And if you’ve ever baked a flourless cake before, you know that:
1. Flourless chocolate cakes are crazy good.
2. They can be a little tricky to cook just right.
I wanted to take Audrey’s fabulous chocolate cake recipe and make it a little more user-friendly, so to speak. My goal was to create a chocolate cake that would be reminiscent of the Hepburn cake taste and texture, but to make my spin on Audrey’s cake something that anyone, no matter how experienced in the kitchen, could easily master.
With this objective in mind, I developed my Audrey Hepburn Chocolate Cakelettes.
And I’ll tell you right now, they are addicting!
Cakelettes Over Cake
I decided to make this recipe even more Hepburn-esque by developing it to be baked and served in little ramekins. As you can probably guess merely by looking at her, Audrey Hepburn was a master of portion control. Audrey once said that
“I seem to have a sort of built-in leveler. I’ve a tremendously good appetite—I eat everything, everything—but as soon as I’m satisfied, a little hatch closes and I stop.”
For the rest of us that don’t have that little built-in leveler, these ramekins are the perfect way to try to emulate that famous Hepburn self-control ourselves!
You can find these cute little pink ramekins on Amazon here [aff. link]. (They also come in a Tiffany blue! Another perfectly Audrey color!) Feel free to use whatever 7-8 ounce ramekins you have on hand, but I’m sure these adorable pink ones would be Audrey approved!
A One Bowl Dessert
My Audrey Hepburn Chocolate Cakelettes have quickly become the go-to chocolate dessert in our home. And as the whole recipe comes together in a single saucepan—yes, it’s that easy and no fuss!—I’m always happy when this is the dessert requested by my family or friends.
Make my Audrey Hepburn Chocolate Cakelettes next time you have a chocolate craving. I’m sure it will become the repeat chocolate recipe in your home that it is in mine!
And For More About Audrey, I Recommend...
If you’re interested in learning more about Audrey through books and her films, here are links to some of my favorites. Click each picture to view on Amazon!
Audrey Hepburn Chocolate Cakelettes
For the wet ingredients:
- 1 cup butter
- 12 oz baking chocolate
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
For the dry ingredients:
- 6 slightly heaping Tbsps flour
- ¼ tsp salt
Prepare the butter and chocolate
- In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter and the chocolate over medium heat. Stir with a spatula to incorporate the butter and chocolate into one, creamy mixture.
- Once the butter and chocolate have melted and incorporated, take the saucepan off the heat. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.
Add the sugar and eggs
- After the chocolate/butter mixture has cooled for 5 minutes, add the white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract to the saucepan. With a wire whisk, whisk until the vanilla and sugars have fully incorporated.
- Now add in the eggs, and again whisk until the eggs have fully incorporated into the rest of the mixture.
Add the flour and salt
- Now add the flour and salt to the saucepan. (Make sure those Tbsps of flour are slightly heaping, and be sure to use a Tbsp measuring spoon to measure out each Tbsp individually. See note below.)
- Whisk until the flour and salt have just combined into the chocolate mixture.
Pour the batter into the ramekins
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Oil eight, seven to eight ounce ramekins very well. To make the ramekins easy to put in and take out of the oven, place them on a standard sized baking sheet. (That way you just have to slide the baking sheet in and out of the oven!)
- Now evenly distribute the cake batter among the ramekins.
Bake the cakelettes
- Bake the cakelettes at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the top is firm, and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean. Take care not to over bake! (The cakelettes are always done right at 45 minutes when I make this recipe.)
Serve and think of Audrey!
- Serve these chocolate cakelettes alone, or with a dollop of ice cream or fresh whipped cream. And of course, think of our sweet Audrey as you enjoy each bite!
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