Flourless Chocolate Cake


Feb 03

Flourless Chocolate Cake a rich, decadent chocolate cake, made with just 7 ingredients!

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This may be a flourless dessert, but you don’t need to be gluten-free to enjoy this cake! Nope. This Flourless Chocolate Cake is for any kind of chocolate lover! Made with only 7 ingredients, this decadent cake is not only easy to make, it’s also incredibly delicious.

New Year, New Plan

As I was planning my cakes for 2020, I set out to include a few untraditional cakes. And by “untraditional,” I mean, untraditional for me. I love making layered cakes, but there are so many other types of cakes out there and I feel like I was doing you a disservice not featuring them. Of course, layered cakes are still what you’ll mostly see around here, but I love sprinkling in other desserts on occasion. And now, you’ll see a few other types of cakes every once in a while too!

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

First up on my “untraditional” Cake by Courtney cake list was a Flourless Chocolate Cake. I’ve always loved a simple flourless chocolate cake and February felt like the perfect time to create my own. I mean, can you think of a more perfect Valentine’s dessert!

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Research

As I researched flourless chocolate cakes, I noticed nearly every recipe used the same 7 ingredients: water, sugar, chocolate, butter, eggs, vanilla and salt. The difference between recipes was just the amount of each ingredient the author used.

I also noticed that the majority of recipes use a cake “bath.” You may have seen this technique in my Creme Brûlée Cake with the custard layer. By placing your cake pan in a bath of water while it bakes, you add moisture to your oven. The added moisture ensures your cake doesn’t crack too much (which tends to happen to a flourless cake since there’s no flour or leavening agents). The water bath also helps ensure that you get an even, steady bake. Since we don’t use any flour or leavening agents in this cake, the slow, steady bake will help the cake to rise evenly. You’ll also notice that without flour and leavening agents like baking powder and baking soda, the cake may settle and sink a little bit after you remove it from the oven. Don’t stress. That’s normal.

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Another quick note about this cake – it’s a great one to make ahead of time. In fact, I think it’s best to make it the day before you want to serve it. You’ll just cover the cake pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate it overnight.

Raspberry Sauce

With a dark, decadent chocolate cake, I wanted to compliment it with a couple additional elements to help balance all the richness. The first is a simple raspberry sauce made with frozen raspberries, sugar and corn starch. You can make this sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.

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Whipped Crème Fraîche

So with the bittersweet chocolate and sweet raspberry sauce, I felt like the missing flavor element was something tangy. Crème fraîche is a favorite of mine. Have you used it before? It’s something I learned about from Ryan’s parents. Ryan’s dad has used in it whipped cream for years. I love the tangy element it adds to a rich dessert like a chocolate pie, chocolate lava cakes and this Flourless Chocolate Cake.

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Crème fraîche is a soured cream that reminds me of mascarpone and cream cheese actually. If you can’t find crème fraîche, mascarpone would be my second choice in this whipped cream. Cream cheese doesn’t quite work as a substitute because it’s much denser than mascarpone and crème fraîche.

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Can’t wait for you to dig in!

 

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Rich, dark chocolate flourless cake, sprinkled with cocoa powder and topped with creme fraiche whipped cream and raspberry sauce.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Keyword Chocolate Cake, flourless chocolate cake, gluten free
Servings 20

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

  • 1/2 cup (115 g) water
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 12 tbsp (170 g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp (3 g) salt
  • 18 ounces (510 g) dark chocolate
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. (4 g) vanilla

FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM

  • 2 cups (462 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz. (227 g) creme fraiche
  • 1 cup (125 g) powdered sugar measured and then sifted
  • 1 tsp. (4 g) vanilla extract

FOR THE RASPBERRY SAUCE

  • 10 oz. (283 g) frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsps. (4 g) corn starch

Instructions

FOR THE CAKE

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

  2. Spray one 8-inch round cake pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Spray again and set aside.

  3. In a medium saucepan, add the water, sugar and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally to make sure the sugar dissolves completely.

  4. While the water mixture boils, combine the chocolate chips and butter in a medium sized mixing bowl.

  5. Pour the hot water mixture over the chocolate chips and butter. Stir until the chocolate and butter are melted and create a silky, smooth texture. Let cool for about 10 minutes before you add the eggs. We don't want to cook the eggs!

  6. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the chocolate mixture and mix well. No beating required, just mix with a wooden spoon or spatula.

  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  8. Place the 8-inch cake pan in a larger baking dish. Place the baking dish on the middle rack of the oven and then pour hot water into the larger baking disk to create a "bath" for the cake. You need enough water to go half way up the side of the 8-inch cake pan.

  9. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes.

  10. Don't be alarmed if the cake rises and then sinks slightly. Remember, there's no flour or leavening agents in this cake. A little sink is normal.

  11. Remove the cake pan from the baking dish, and allow the cake to cool for one hour at room temperature, then cover it with plastic wrap at refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold in the crème fraîche. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to use.

FOR THE RASPBERRY SAUCE

  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the raspberries, sugar and corn starch. Cook over medium heat until the raspberries soften and release juices.

  2. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes.

  3. Puree the mixture until smooth and then strain. Return the mixture to a low heat and cook for another 5 minutes to thicken a bit more.

  4. Refrigerate until ready to use.

ASSEMBLY

  1. There's actually not much to assemble, but I did want to mention that I dusted some cocoa powder over the top of the cake before serving.

  2. Also, as I mentioned earlier, this is a great cake to make ahead of time and is best served a little cold.

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