32. Flourless Chocolate Cake p.739

the recipe

This cake will make you believe flour and leavening were just getting in the way of every cake you’ve ever made before. It’s the chocolate cake equivalent of shortbread, the essence of the dish with all the frills stripped away. Cheap butter spoils shortbread; cheap chocolate would spoil this cake. There’s nothing in here but chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, and enough cocoa powder to hold it together (the linked recipe makes an 8 inch cake’s worth, The Book’s a 10 inch).

The cake is moist, dense, rich, and intensely chocolaty. It’s elegant enough for any dinner party, and decadent enough to drown your sorrows in. It also comes together as easily as a batch of brownies. In fact there are a lot of similarities between this cake and really really good brownies. An article in the NY Times Dining and Wine section this week (link, username and password = metafilter) suggests that brownies may be fine dining after all.

I really appreciated the versatility of this cake. It would be a great finish to a romantic dinner, it travels well, it gets around a lot of dietary restrictions (no flour, no nuts), and it will appeal to the kids as much as the grown ups. This cake is forthright, unapologetically bad for you, requires nothing you don’t have on hand, takes 20 minutes, and most importantly it’s tasty.

17 April 2007 | Cakes, The Book | Comments

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5 Responses to “32. Flourless Chocolate Cake p.739”

  1. 1 LePhil 19 April 2007 @ 3:13 pm

    There’s a maple leaf on that cake, how very patriotic of you.

  2. 2 KC 21 April 2007 @ 8:08 am

    I didn’t have a doily, what was I to do?

  3. 3 vinny 24 April 2007 @ 11:30 am

    Ok. I might have to give this one a shot.

  4. 4 ElizabethMarie 27 May 2009 @ 4:15 pm

    How do you make this cake?
    Like, how long does it cook and should I oil the pan before putting in the batter? Also, the amount of ingredients would be nice :]

  5. 5 Juliana Gitelman 9 October 2010 @ 4:05 pm

    Hi, I tried your chocolate cake recipe yesterday but somehow couldn’t get the same result as you, my cake clearly wasn’t looking that good (atleast it tasted good). What kind of chocolate are you using? Maybe it’s because of the flour I used, i’m gluten intelorant so I used Rice flour instead of normal wheat flour.


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