If you’ve ever enjoyed a flourless chocolate cake in a high-end restaurant, it will be forever imprinted in your mind.
Deep, delicious, decadent chocolate… oh my.
You might think that making a flourless chocolate cake is a complex baking task reserved for pastry chefs.
But it’s not. In fact, it’s one of the easiest cakes you can bake.
Just a few simple ingredients and the right tools will manifest a marvelous dessert that’s sure to impress!
Flourless Chocolate Cake Ingredients
We would qualify this recipe as a “pantry recipe.” Meaning, 80% or more of the ingredients come from the pantry.
With the exception of eggs and butter.
High-quality dark chocolate is an absolute must for a perfect cake. We like bittersweet, 60-70% cacao chocolate.
Can you opt for a higher cacao content?
We recommend staying in the 60-70% range. This cake is all chocolate… and very rich.
Getting the right balance in cacao is important to ensure the result is not overwhelming or heavy.
Stick to chocolate bars for this recipe instead of chips.
Chocolate chips are treated with a stabilizer that slows the melting process.
It only takes a minute or two to chop the chocolate bar. The outcome is worth it!
We used Ghirardelli Bittersweet 60% Chocolate for this recipe.
We also add a touch of espresso powder to this recipe to add a hint of a smokey coffee flavor profile. It’s optional. But, oh-so-good!
DO: Choose bittersweet chocolate bars in the 60-70% cacao range.
DON’T: Substitute chocolate chips.
The Right Tools
You’ll need a springform pan for this cake.
And, lining the bottom of the pan with parchment paper is a must.
You can cut standard parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan. Or, to make life even easier, purchase pre-cut parchment paper rounds.
Pro Tip: Butter both the bottom of the pan and the parchment per the instructions below so the parchment will stick to the pan.
Enjoy this cake with fresh in-season berries. Or a dollop of freshly whipped cream. A spoonful of high-quality vanilla ice cream would also be divine.
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