Monday, February 22, 2010

Recipe: Heavenly Flourless Chocolate Cake - It works!

This recipe is adapted from Stephanie Alexander's 'chocolate and almond cake' recipe from her cook's companion.

125g bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon brandy (I used kirsch left over from Christmas)
1 tablespoon black coffee
100g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
100g ground almonds
3 eggs, separated
icing sugar

Preheat oven to 160 C. Butter an 18cm round tin and line it with baking paper ( I used a lined spring form flan tin). Combine chocolate, coffee and brandy in a bowl over a double boiler. Stir when melted and add butter and sugar. Mix well. Add ground almonds and stir very well. Lightly beat egg yolks and stir into bowl off the heat. Beat egg whites until firm. Lighten chocolate mixture with a spoonful of egg white, then fold in the rest of the egg whites and spoon into prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes. The cake will test a little gooey in the centre. It will have developed a crust and be very fragile. Cool completely in the tin, then carefully invert onto a serving plate and dust with icing sugar.

This cake was delicious. Moist and deeply flavoured with the chocolate and coffee. I served it with some King Island vanilla bean yoghurt and some fresh raspberries.


  1. Mmmm looks pretty good to me. I think this would taste brilliant with cherry compote and a scoop of really creamy vanilla ice cream.

  2. Sweet Geezus that looks beyond good! I wont b able to try that one til later in the year! I might use it as a reward for running the city to bay in Septembet if I'm ready to run it then!

  3. That looks very rich and chocolatey - I can see that it has a slightly crisp topping, kind of like a brownie. Sounds like vanilla bean yogurt and raspberries would go perfectly with it - yum!

  4. Looks like a nice recipe. Did you mean 100g of almond meal?

  5. Posts like this one really need something analogous to a spoiler alert, perhaps along the lines of:


    Dinner is a distant memory; breakfast still hours away. What's a drooling Robskee to do?