Flourless chocolate cake recipe
“Rich moist chocolate cake that also works well for dessert”
- Preparation time: 25 mins
- Cook time: 45 mins
- Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
- Yield: serves 12
Chocolate seems to feature quite regularly in my recipes, probably because I consider chocolate to be a food staple. I can't remember a time since I was 16 when I didn't have chocolate every day. In fact at college, although the budget was very tight, there was always a chocolate bar or two each day—sometimes instead of other more nutritious items. Not eating chocolate was not negotiable—and it still isn't!
This chocolate cake doesn't contain too many ingredients so it's fairly quick and easy to produce a very tasty treat at short notice. It's also absolutely yummy when eaten still slightly warm, especially with vanilla ice cream melting over it.
Preheat oven: 190°C, 375°F, Gas 5
- Line a 23cm (9") circular springform cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
- Put the chocolate pieces and butter into a saucepan and melt over a gentle heat until completely melted and well combined.
- Beat the egg whites until they are stiff, when you can tip the bowl on its side and the beaten egg whites don't move you know that you have beaten it enough. Then add half of the sugar (75g or 1/3 cup) and beat together.
- Add the other half of the sugar (75g or 1/3 cup) to the egg yolks and beat together until the mix is creamy and thicker.
- Add the egg yolk mix and the coffee to the melted chocolate, gently stir the ingredients together until well combined.
- Mix the ground almonds, cocoa powder and baking powder together thoroughly, then slowly add this mix to the chocolate mix. Make sure that both mixes are well combined, but do not beat the ingredients together.
- Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the mixture, ensuring that the air beaten into the egg whites is not lost.
- Pour the mixture into the baking tin and bake for 40-45 minutes. To check that the cake is cooked properly insert a toothpick into the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean, or barely moist, then the cake is cooked.
- Leave the cake in the baking tin for at least 30 minutes to cool, then turn out to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
- Before serving, dust with sieved powdered sugar.
Typical nutrition per slice (1/12): 303 calories, 23g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 24g carbohydrate, 1g fibre, 17g sugars, 6g protein, 147mg sodium
This cake is slightly moist in the centre with a firmer crust on the outside which gives a wonderful combination of textures. It's very rich and chocolatey and I like to serve it either on its own for an afternoon tea treat, or with a generous helping of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an after dinner dessert. You could also add a fruit pureé, I've tried it with apricot pureé and it's very good indeed.
This cake also freezes really well, either cut into slices, or freeze whole in an airtight box lined with waxed paper.