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Mexican Chocolate Streusel Cake (Pastel de Chocolaté Mexicano)

Mexican Chocolate Streusel Cake aka Pastel de Chocolaté Mexicano at
Here I am again...a pie-girl baking another cake.  Pretty soon I'll have to answer "cake" to that question.  NEVER! I'll just answer..."that all depends..."  I have had my eye on this cake for ages (another recipe from the Master).  Only mine didn't turn out like the picture in the book. Huh.  Not that it looks bad; matter of fact, I think it looks pretty good, but I was expecting a chocolaty-brown color to the cake itself as opposed to just the delicious streusel topping.  Not that it matters...just sayin'.

Homemade Mexican Chocolate at www.girlichef.comI think I've mentioned before that I'm super fortunate to have friends & family who travel to and/or from Mexico fairly often...and a couple of those regularly bring me homemade Mexican Chocolate.  For those of you who love that good, cinnamon-y, rustic texture of the stuff you get in the market...the homemade would blow your socks off! One day I hope to take some cacao beans, canela, almonds and sugar and grind it up and make my own version of Mexican Chocolate...but until then, I look forward to my hand-delivered, hand-made goodies!  Can I just mention how soft it is, too? Whew, I'm gettin' the shakes over here just thinking about it.  When you get that package of chocolate discs from your grocer, they're pretty hard. Not hard bad, just hard regular...or expected...I mean, it's a disc of chocolate.  But when they're handed to you still warm and pliable, with that inviting aroma seeping through the soft paper they've used to wrap it's a sensation like no other!

Mexican Chocolate Streusel Cake aka Pastel de Chocolaté Mexicano at

Mexican Chocolate Streusel Cake (Pastel de Chocolaté Mexicano)
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by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert vegetarian soy-free mexican chocolate cake Mexican

Ingredients (serves 12 (or more))
  • 18 -19 ounces Mexican Chocolate, roughly chopped
for the streusel topping:
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3-1/2 ounces (7 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
for the cake:
  • 1-3/4c. (8 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
to finish:
  • powdered sugar, optional
Streusel topping:
In a food processor, pulse half of the chocolate until it is the consistency of coarse crumbs. Remove and set aside for the batter. Add the remaining chocolate to the processor and process it to the consistency of coarse crumbs. Add egg yolk and salt in small bowl, stirring to dissolve the salt.

Add to processor along with butter and flour. Pulse just until everything is thoroughly combined-it should look crumbly, not be processed to a paste; set aside.

The Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Butter and flour a 13" x 9" baking pan. Sift together the flour and baking powder.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beating on medium, combine the cream cheese, butter and granulated sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. One at a time, add the eggs, beating until each one is thoroughly incorporated before adding the next. Add the sifted flour mixture, scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for 1 minute, just until flour is incorporated. Last, use a spoon to stir the reserved chocolate into the batter.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Crumble the streusel topping evenly over the batter, making sure there are no large lumps- lumps may sink during baking. Bake in center of oven until springy and passes toothpick test, 35-40 minutes.

Cool on wire rack, cut into squares and serve dusted with powdered sugar, if you wish. This will keep, tightly wrapped for several days.

Serve warm. If you like, have some vanilla, caramel, or cinnamon ice cream on the side.

-ever-so-slightly adapted from Mexico One Plate at a Time by Rick Bayless
Mexican Chocolate Streusel Cake aka Pastel de Chocolaté Mexicano at

What crazy forces are at work in the universe that want to turn me into a cake-lover?  That I do not know...but they're pretty powerful.