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Piping whipped cream on chocolate snowball cake
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5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Snowball

This rich gluten free dessert is baked in a bowl, chilled, and inverted onto a platter. Whipped cream snowflake stars get piped all over the outside. It's a suprisingly easy dessert to master. Makes one 8-inch snowball, serves 10 to 12.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Chilling time:8 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chocolate snowball, chocolate, dessert, gluten free
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 574kcal



  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup strong coffee hot
  • 1 cup less 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 pound 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 eggs lightly beaten


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a medium (5- to 6-cup, about 8-inch diameter) stainless steel bowl with aluminum foil so the foil overlaps the bowl 3 or 4 inches.
  • Put the chocolate in a saucepan. Pour the coffee over, which will melt some of the chocolate. Place over medium-low heat, add the sugar and stir with a wire whisk to dissolve the sugar and any unmelted chocolate. Add the butter gradually, a dollop at a time, whisking until the butter is incorporated before adding the next dollop. This should take about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Slowly whisk the beaten eggs into the chocolate mixture. Pour through a strainer into the foil-lined bowl. Discard any firm bits of egg that remain in the strainer. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, until the batter rises and a cracked top crust forms. The mixture will still jiggle, like molded gelatin; resist the urge to bake it a little more; the butter and chocolate set up when chilled.
  • Let the cake cool. Fold the overlapping foil over the top and refrigerate at least 8 hours, keeping the cake in the bowl.

To frost and serve:

  • Remove the plastic wrap from the bowl. Pull the overlapping foil away from the cake. The cake will have fallen in the center--to make the top flat and even, press the raised outer edges down. Or trim the extra height with a knife, reserving the scraps for indulgent snacks. Place a flat serving plate or cardboard circle over the bowl and invert. Gently remove the foil.
  • Whip the cream with the sugar and the vanilla until the cream comes to soft peaks that hold their shape. Put the cream into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe stars, covering the dome completely.


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1279IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg