What is an easy, preferably chocolate, non-cake dessert to make?
December 28, 2014 8:16 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for an easy, preferably chocolate, dessert to make at home that is simple and doesn't involve baking soda or baking powder.

The few times I bake, I usually make a simple chocolate cake or a cake utilizing sour cream, but I don't have baking soda/powder or sour cream on hand. Here's the ingredients I do have: eggs, sugar, flour, butter, salt, choco powder, vanilla extract, coffee if needed. No milk but I usually substitute some butter and water for it in recipes anyways. So what can I make with these most basic of ingredients? Is there a non-bake dessert I can make? And I already know about the microwave cake in a cup but I don't have a microwave, but I'm open to any stove and oven suggestions!
posted by atinna to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: And I already know about madeleines, but I don't have my madeleine baking tins at the moment, forgot to mention!
posted by atinna at 8:18 PM on December 28, 2014

Is the "non-cake" a restriction because you don't think you can make one, or because you don't want to make one? If it's the former, if you have chocolate on hand (in a pinch, you can sub cocoa and oil) you can make a Flourless Chocolate Cake.
posted by damayanti at 8:20 PM on December 28, 2014 [2 favorites]

Chocolate meringues.
posted by brujita at 8:23 PM on December 28, 2014

You have everything you need for brownies. I can give you my preferred recipe if you care, but pretty much any brownie recipe should suffice.
posted by ernielundquist at 8:36 PM on December 28, 2014 [2 favorites]

What's "choco powder"? Do you mean cocoa powder? There are a million version of cocoa brownies, for instance this one.
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:41 PM on December 28, 2014

Another chocolate cake recipe with no leavener, although it does need chocolate which you don't list. This is the best effort vs reward dessert I know - very simple, and blows people's minds.
posted by une_heure_pleine at 9:05 PM on December 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

I recommend giving supercook a shot; your options appear to be brownies, sugar cookies, pound cake, and a few other things.

If you're willing to procure oatmeal and peanut butter, no-bake cookies are a favorite of mine.
posted by pwnguin at 9:59 PM on December 28, 2014

I have a chocolate mousse recipe that is just unsweetened chocolate (an 85% cacao Lindt bar would do) and eggs and a lot of beating.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 10:26 PM on December 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

My best brownie recipe

Mix in this order:

10 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 C. sugar
2 eggs
1/4 t. salt
1 t. vanilla extract
3/4 cup plus 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder

Add flour, stir just enough to incorporate
1/2 C all-purpose flour

8" square pan, 325 degree oven for 20-25 minutes
posted by she's not there at 10:35 PM on December 28, 2014 [3 favorites]

The next thing I have bookmarked to make is this chocolate mousse from the Buvette cookbook...
posted by mochapickle at 10:37 PM on December 28, 2014

This chocolate pudding recipe is very easy and very very good. Good warm, but better chilled.
posted by jrobin276 at 11:35 PM on December 28, 2014

How about pralines? Slowly and carefully melt the chocolate you have, pour into little forms and add ingredients you like, e.g. nuts, fruit slices, cream...
posted by LoonyLovegood at 4:15 AM on December 29, 2014

Truffles. 2:1 by weight of chocolate:35% cream. Bring cream to boil, pour over chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl, stir until melted. Chill until set, scoop out with a spoon and roll into vaguely ball-shaped dealies. Roll in cocoa powder to coat.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:32 AM on December 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

What about crepes? You might be able to add some chocolate powder with them and they can be made on the stovetop.
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 5:05 AM on December 30, 2014

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