This flourless chocolate cake is every chocolate lover’s dream come true. It’s fudgy and chocolatey and basically tastes like a mix between a truffle and chocolate mousse. That is, it’s pretty much chocolate perfection – and super easy to make as well!
10 1/2oz(300 g) dark chocolate, chopped (I love Guittard's 64% and 72% chocolate – you can use either, depending on how bitter-sweet you want the cake to be, but I definitely recommend using a chocolate with at least 60% cocoa solids)
In a heat-proof bowl above a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter together until smooth. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
Add the 8 egg yolks to the melted chocolate add whisk well. Then, add the cocoa powder and salt, and mix until combined. At this stage, the batter will appear quite stiff and grainy because of the cocoa powder – that's okay.
Fold 1/3 of the meringue into the chocolate batter to loosen it up. Then, gently fold in the remaining 2/3 of the meringue, being careful not to lose too much of the air trapped in the whipped egg whites. The final chocolate cake batter will have the appearance of a chocolate mousse (see photos in post).
Transfer the cake batter into the prepared baking tin and smooth out the top.
Bake at 355 ºF (180 ºC) for about 30 minutes or until risen and a crackly crust has formed on top. If you insert a skewer or toothpick into the centre of the cake, it shouldn’t come out clean – instead, it should have some half-baked batter and moist crumbs attached.
Allow to cool in the springform pan for 5 - 10 minutes, then release it from the pan and allow to cool completely.As the cake cools, it will sink and collapse slightly in the middle. Because it doesn’t contain any flour, it will naturally have less structure, so the sinking is fully to be expected. (In fact, it gives it even more character!)
Dust with some cocoa powder or powdered sugar, and serve. Enjoy!
The flourless chocolate cake keeps well in a closed container in a cool dry place for up to 5 - 6 days.
Recipe by The Loopy Whisk (www.theloopywhisk.com).