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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze


Serves twelve generously.

Yields one 9-inch cake.

For the cake:
  • 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (2-1/4 cups)
  • 6 oz. (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into six pieces; more for the pan
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 3/4 oz. (1/4 cup) unsweetened natural cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy; more for the pan
For the glaze:
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1-1/2 oz. (3 Tbs.) unsalted butter
Make the cake:

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 300°F. Lightly butter the bottom of a 9x2-inch round cake pan and line it with a round of parchment. Lightly butter the parchment and the sides of the pan and dust with cocoa powder. Tap out any excess.

Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave or in a medium metal bowl set in a skillet of barely simmering water, stirring with a rubber spatula until smooth. Remove the bowl from the water bath and set aside to cool slightly. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and 2 Tbs. water. Beat on mediumhigh speed until the mixture is very foamy, pale in color, and doubled in volume, 2 min. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually pour in the chocolate mixture. Increase the speed to medium high and continue beating until well blended, about 30 seconds. Add the cocoa powder and mix on medium low just until blended, about 30 seconds.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a pick inserted in the center comes out looking wet with small gooey clumps, 40 to 45 min. Don’t overcook. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 30 min. If necessary, gently push the edges down with your fingertips until the layer is even. Run a small knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake. Cover the cake pan with a wire rack and invert. Remove the pan and parchment and let the cake cool completely. The cake may look cinched in around its sides, which is fine. Transfer to a cake plate. Cover and refrigerate the cake until it’s very cold, at least 6 hours or overnight.

Glaze the cake:
To slice this cake (or any dense, sticky cake), heat the knife first, either by dipping it in a tall container of very hot water or by holding it under hot running water for a few seconds. Then wipe it dry before cutting the cake. The knife will cool quickly, and the cake will start sticking, so expect to rinse and repeat several times. A crème brûlée torch, if you have one, is also handy for heating up a knife.

Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave or in a medium metal bowl set in a skillet of barely simmering water, stirring with a rubber spatula until smooth. Pour the warm glaze over the chilled cake and, using an offset spatula, spread the glaze evenly to within 1/4 inch of the edge. Refrigerate the cake until the glaze is set, 20 to 40 min. Before serving, remove the cake from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, 20 to 30 min. To serve, cut the cake into small, if not tiny, slices using a hot knife.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on twelve servings, Calories (kcal): 420, Fat (kcal): 33, Fat Calories (g): 290, Saturated Fat (g): 18, Protein (g): 6, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5, Carbohydrates (mg): 37, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1.5, Sodium (g): 80, Cholesterol (g): 125, Fiber (g): 3,

Photo: Scott Phillips

I've made this cake for years, its delicious and decadent. A tiny piece goes a long way! I make it ahead, then let it thaw for a day before glazing it. Love the glaze! Serve with some fresh berries on the side.

Definitely a keeper. This was easy and very satisfying. I used Callebaut semi-sweet since that is what I had and added 1 teaspoon of dry instant coffee in the beginning. It may not have been enough coffee to make a difference though. I did not use the glaze but did serve it with a creme anglais. Also, I was a bit concerned I mixed too much air into the batter since it expanded and cracked like a souffle but I inverted it and served upside down with a dusting of powdered sugar.

I have made this recipe many times and I it has always turn out wonderful, if you LOVE chocolate this is the recipe for you.

Rich and delicious when made with high quality dark chocolate (rather than bittersweet). I've made it a few times and if wrapped tightly, it freezes beautifully.

Made this cake several times. It's a fantastic cake. Everyone loves it, very decadent. Those that give it a poor review, have done something wrong when preparing it. All measurements are correct. Nothing is wrong with the recipe. If you use anything other than bittersweet chocolate, it would make it too sweet. I do melt the chocolate in a double boiler, not the microwave. It pairs well with red wine.

I've tried numerous flourless chocolate cake recipes because they're gluten free. This recipe is definitely the best in terms of taste and ease. One trick to really make it look fancy is to make a little extra glaze and dip fresh strawberries or star fruit slices half way into the chocolate then line them up around the glazed chocolate. It looks amazing!

Very Nice

This is my go to dessert recipe for Baby Jesus' birthday cake - a family tradition! My family like it so much that most request this for their birthday cake as well! Turns out great every time. So delicious and easy!

This recipe is perfect, my most successful attempt at a flourless cake yet. I didn't use the glaze because the birthday girl I made this for requested mousse on top, which worked beautifully. However I've made this type of glaze before and know it would be wonderful on the cake. I have to say that I always find it irritating (but somewhat amusing) when someone rates and reviews a recipe badly, when clearly the issue is that they made a mistake somehow, or simply have tastes that differ from the majority of people who tried it. This cake was smooth, easy and delicious and perfectly sweetened. This will be my go-to recipe from now on. Thank you!

Wow this was absolutely terrible!!!! I cannot believe all these nonsense good reviews. It did not taste anything like "chocolate cheesecake" let alone like chocolate! Maybe if it was made with milk chocolate or dark chocolate but with bittersweet throughout and glazed with crap butter. It honestly tasted like chalk. So disappointed.

This cake was really good and pretty easy to make. The eggs took longer to whip than stated, but I knew what to look for. If I made it again, I think I would cut back on sugar. I think I would like it darker. My friends and husband really liked it, but also thought it was sweet.

For years my go-to-dessert for special occasions and a huge hit with everyone. Simple to make and turns out beautifully every time, though I do need to bake it an extra 10 minutes or so to get the right "wet with gooey clumps" look when tooth pick tested. I serve it drizzled with raspberry coulis, a few fresh raspberries and a scoop of French vanilla ice-cream on the side. Definitely not low-cal, but a wickedly delicious pleasure every time!

Great cake and easy to make!!! A good gluten free recipe to have on hand!

I think that the oz. for butter on not correct. Could someone check on this?

I made this cake for my Grandpa who is Gluten Free. He LOVES it & we all do too! It has the most fudgy moist texture once it has been in the fridge!! One piece is not enough! Absolutely delectable!! This ones a winner!

Excellent, though I preferred it slightly warm to cold. I skipped the glaze and didn't miss it.

This was fantastic, every time I made it. Everyone is in love with it. Easy and quick to make! I did not make the glaze but sprinkled the top with confectioners sugar = a little less calories? Once I was without vanilla extract, hard to get in Austria, so substituted a package of vanilla sugar which didn't change anything in the taste.

This is a marvelous cake. Plus it's gluten-free! As a confirmed chocoholic and life long baker, this is the best for a craving. I add ground espresso to the cocoa and this adds a bit more depth and keeps it from being too sweet.

I didn't have good luck with this recipe. I followed it exactly but I couldn't get the cake to set. After the recommended cooking time the middle was still completely liquid so I cooked it for another 15 minutes and still never got it to set to more than the consistency of a thick pudding. It still tasted great but it was totally unpresentable. Can anyone tell me what I did wrong?

Excellent chocolate cake! I wouldn't bake it more than 35-40 minutes max, and let it sit at room temperature a bit before serving. I didn't use the chocolate glaze on top, instead I opted for a ganache frosting. Delicious!

Nice cake. Very rich already with out the glaze.

Very good - liked it better without the glaze.

Everyone I've made this cake for LOVES it.

This recipe is fantastic. I made it for my husbands birthday and got rave reviews. I was told it tastes like a cake from a five star resteraunt. It's definitely a cake for your chocolate fix.

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