No Rules Chocolate Torte

From the Recipe Book: The Power of Flour

Following the rules works, but why go to the trouble of melting chocolate, softening butter at room temperature, separating eggs and folding in this and that, when you can throw it all into a bowl, mix it up and have a decadent dessert in 30 minutes? Either way you prepare it, this is chocolate bliss!

2 1/2 cups cocoa powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs
1 cup almond or hazelnut meal/flour
1 tablespoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 300º. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat all ingredients 3-5 minutes. Spoon into greased 8” cake or tart pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until slightly firrm. Do not overbake. Cool and top with ganache if desired.

Favorite Chocolate Ganache:
4 ounces dark, semisweet, milk, or white chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup half and half

In a small sauce pan on low to medium heat, melt chocolate in half and half. Whisk until smooth. Pour on cake and refrigerate immediately to set.