Monday, 29 October 2012

Recipe: Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake

Hello lovelies, so in follow up to my gluten-free bread making post last week, here is a recipe for a decadent flourless chocolate cake which will send you straght to heaven in one bite! It is incredibly rich and incredibly delicious. Can be served cold by itself (or with a cup of tea) or hot with ice cream. If you're not much of a fan of overly rich things, I would suggest serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to break up the chocolatey-ness a little bit. I have tried it both wasy and absolutely love this cake!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 6 1-ounce squares coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For Glaze:
  • 2 1-ounce squares coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate squares
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon milk OR light coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Agave syrup OR honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350°F

Spray a 7-inch tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. If you don't have a tart pan, use a 6 to 7-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and spray the paper.

  1. Melt 6 ounces of chopped chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until chocolate and butter are melted and smooth.
  2. Add sugar and salt and reduce heat to low. Cook while stirring for about one minute, until sugar starts to dissolve.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. The mixture will look smooth and glossy.
  4. Use a mesh hand sieve to sift cocoa into mixture. This prevents lumps. Whisk until the cake batter is smooth.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes. The center of the cake should be just firm to the touch, but be careful to not overbake the cake or it will be dry.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert the cake on a plate.
  7. To prepare the glaze, melt 2 ounces of chopped chocolate and 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in the same saucepan you used to make the cake. When melted and smooth, remove the pan from heat. Add milk and Agave syrup OR honey and vanilla and stir until smooth and glossy. Let the glaze cool for about 3 minutes before pouring it on the cake.
  8. Pour all of the glaze in the middle of the cake. Use a silicone or rubber spatula to spread the glaze evenly over the cake, allowing the glaze to evenly run down the sides of the cake.

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The original recipe says that it serves 6, but let me tell you, if you've used dark chocolate for this one as I did, there is no way one person could eat 1/6 of this cake in one sitting! It is just too rich! I have been cutting myself slices about 1 inch wide and that is certainly enough for me! (The image of someone trying to eat a whole 1/6 of this cake brings to mind one of one of my favourite childhood movies, Matila where Bruce Bogtrotter is made by Miss Trunchbull to eat that whole cake! Haha)

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