Saturday, August 04, 2007

Flourless Chocolate Cake

How many chocolate cake recipes do you think there are in the world? I reckon it must be in thousands, if not tens of thousands. Now how many of those recipes provide a cake that actually taste like chocolate? I mean the really deep chocolately taste you get from a block of old gold or Lindt dark wafer.

Not very many I would suggest. Sure, this is not the intent of every recipe. Some are meant to be light, some are meant to combine/contrast with other ingredients, some just don't cut the mustard. The cake is brown that's about it.

Not this recipe. Not by a long shot. I think this cake is about as chocolate as a cake can get.

This is a flourless chocolate cake. I found the recipe here on Epicurious. It is so simple to make. The only issue I had was that I found the baking time a bit off. I had to add on another 7-8 minutes for it to be cooked in the middle.

I made it for a friend's birthday party. It went down a treat. It is dense and fudgy and, as I've already mentioned, deeply chocolatey.

It has the added advantage of being gluten free. One of my close friends was recently diagnosed as coeliac, so I am slowly building up a repertoire of gluten free recipes. Summer desserts are easy. I just make ice cream. The depths of winter poses a few more challenges.

I served the cake with some whipped cream and sour cherries. I love the combination of chocolate and sour cherry. A match made in heaven. This cake is not particularly sweet. If this is not to your taste, I would serve it with sweetened whipped cream.


At 12:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, there must be hundreds of chocolate cake recipes! I've had a few really chocolately cakes in my life, but for the most part there is just an overtone of chocolate. This cake of yours looks delightful!

Ari (Baking and Books)

At 4:04 am, Blogger David T. Macknet said...

If you're not afraid of doing the "no flour" thing, you might not be afraid of doing the "no egg" thing, too. It's very easy to substitute eggs for ground flax seeds & water, and the bonus there is that it won't overbake, so you can "fudge" a little on the bake time.

Looks yummy!

At 7:19 am, Blogger Peabody said...

I would hate to even think how many recipes for cake there are in the world.
Flourless cake is always a winner though!

At 3:49 am, Blogger Kelly-Jane said...

That cake looks so moist and delicious :)

I have tried a lot of chocolate cake recipes, but only a handful are keepers!

At 2:25 am, Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

KJ, one can never have too many flourless chocolate cake recipes! ;)

This look so creamy and delicious!

At 4:09 am, Blogger Deborah said...

I've never made a flourless cake before, but I can imagine that this one would be a winner!

At 9:05 pm, Blogger KJ said...

Hi Ari, thanks. I agree. I love rich, intense flavours.

Thanks Davimack, I've not heard of using flax seed and water for eggs. It's certainly an interesting idea.

Hi Peabody, flourless cakes are almost always good. I find they usually have a more intense flavour.

Hi Kelly-Jane, I have also tried tons of recipes. I always worry what I might be missing out on. This one might be THE killer recipe.

Thanks Patricia.

Hi Deborah, you should give it a try.

At 12:50 am, Blogger Janet said...

I've always wanted to try a flourless cake, but I haven't yet. This looks really good.

At 4:45 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love flourless chocolate cake. When you need that strong dose of chocolate flavor...this is definitely it!

At 2:31 am, Blogger leslie @ definitely not martha said...

I've made that cake before too! It is lovely!

At 8:22 am, Blogger Nora B. said...

KJ, I love flourless choc cakes. Like you said, it is more chocolate-y than the usual cakes. This looks wonderfully luscious. Pairing it with cherries is a terrific idea.

At 5:04 pm, Blogger KJ said...

Hi Janet. You should give it a go. It's delicious.

Hi Veron. I agree. It's a chocoholics dream.

Hi Leslie. It's always nice to hear what other people think of a recipe.

Hi Nora. I think that sour cherry and chocolate is a match made in heaven.

At 3:59 am, Blogger Elle said...

Lucky friend! That's a beautiful flourless chocolate cake.
the blog Gluten Free Girl had lots of suggestions for baking gluten free and links to other similar sites. There are flours like rice and spelt that seem to be OK.


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