Boca Negra Cake Recipe

A boca negra or black mouth, is what you will have after one bite of this intensely chocolate Boca Negra Cake – you will also have a smile on your face.  A chocolate craver’s ideal, this cake calls for 12 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, and you will taste every ounce, so choose chocolate you love.

The cake is meant to be served warm or at room temperature, when it is as moist, dense and dark as the chocolate you use to make it.  Chilled, it has all the appeal of fudge.  The white chocolate cream, which is made a day ahead, is one you can use with other desserts, and neither the cake nor the cream is a challenge for beginner bakers.  In fact, if you make it in the food processor; it takes only 5 minutes.

I slightly adapted this recipe from the cookbook Baking with Julia – Savor the Joys of Baking with America’s Best Bakers, by Dorie Greenspan.  This recipe and comments are from Baking With Julia is by Lora Brody.


Boca Negra Cake


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Julia Child's Boca Negra Cake - Chocolate Cake Recipe:
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Boca Negra Cake Recipe, Julia Child's Chocolate Cake Recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Boca Negra Cake:
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
White Chocolate Cream:
Optional Topping:
Boca Negra Instructions:
  1. Prepare the white chocolate cream at least 1 day in advance.  Put the white chocolate into the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade or a blender container.

  2. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly butter a 9-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment or waxed paper; butter the paper.  Put the cake pan in a shallow roasting pan and set aside until needed.

  3. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium-size bowl; set aside.

  4. In a 2-quart saucepan, mix 1 cup of the sugar and the bourbon; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a full boil.  Immediately pour the hot syrup over the chopped chocolate and stir with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.  Piece by piece, stir the butter into the chocolate mixture, making certain that each piece of butter is melted before you add another.

  5. Put the eggs and the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl; whisk until the eggs thicken slightly.  Beating with the whisk, add the eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until well-blended.  Gently whisk in the flour.

  6. NOTE:  If you want to make the cake batter in a food processor, put the chocolate in the work bowl of the processor.  Bring all of the sugar and the bourbon to a full boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved; pour the syrup into the processor work bowl; process until the mixture is completely blended, about 12 seconds.  With the machine running, add the butter in pieces, followed by the eggs, one at a time, and then the flour.  Process an additional 15 seconds before turning the batter into the prepared cake pan.)

  7. Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan, running your spatula over the top to smooth it.  Carefully pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to come about 1 inch up the side of the cake pan.

  8. Bake the cake for exactly 30 minutes, at which point the top will have a thin, dry crust.  Remove from oven and remove the cake pan from its water bath; wipe the pan dry and cover the top of the cake with a sheet of plastic wrap.  Invert the cake onto a flat plate, peel off the parchment and quickly but gently invert again onto a serving platter, remove the plastic wrap.

  9. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature with the chilled White Chocolate Cream. 

  10. Storing the Cake:  Once cooled, the cake can be covered with plastic and kept at room temperature for 1 day or refrigerated for up to 3 days; bring to room temperature before serving.  For longer storage, wrap the cake airtight and freeze it; it will keep up to a month.  Thaw overnight, still wrapped, in the refrigerator.

  11. Makes 12 servings.

White Chocolate Cream Instructions:
  1. Prepare the white chocolate cream at least 1 day in advance.  Put the white chocolate into the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade or a blender container.

  2. Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan.  Pour the cream over the chocolate and process until completely smooth.  Add the bourbon, taste, and add up to a tablespoon more if you want.  Turn into a container with a tight-fitting lid and chill overnight.

  3. NOTE: The cream can be kept covered in the refrigerator for a week or frozen for up to a month. If you've frozen the cream, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.

Optional Topping Instructions:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and Pinot Noir.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the strawberries and let sit for 2 to 3 hours.

  2. To serve, cut the cake into wedges and top with the Pinot Noir-Laced Strawberries and whipped cream.


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