Flourless Chocolate Cake

March 14, 2011

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Oh, Johnny Depp, be still my beating heart. There are two things in life guaranteed to get my ticker racing: hot chocolate and an even hotter Johnny Depp. When the opportunity arose to, erm, “appreciate” his film Chocolat on the big screen while being fed handcrafted chocolate truffles I could not resist. It’s a gorgeous film, which I strongly recommend seeing whilst in posession of a great deal of quality chocolates because your mouth will water throughout. For at least two reasons, ladies, amiright?

Some wonderful person has spliced all the best Johnny Depp moments into the one 2 minute video. If you need a quick pick-me-up, hunt down a piece of chocolate and let it melt slowly in your mouth while watching the above and going to a happy place. I’m not ashamed to say that it verges on a religious experience. Now off you go, I’ll let you have a quick moment …

I am, however, ashamed to say that I went through my chocolate gift bag in less than 24 hours. Left with a chocolate hangover and craving more chocolate and almond buttons, I got my fix through this recipe for a rich, fudgey chocolate and almond cake. Bearing close similarity to a giant fudge brownie, this flourless chocolate cake is just melted chocolate, butter and almonds, with a little egg to help glue it together. I believe Charlie Sheen would call this “winning”.

It’s rich, dark and handsome, just like my man-crush.
Goes great with a serve of whipped cream, just like . . . oh nevermind.

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

Ingredients
•    200g Dark Chocolate, chopped
•    125g Unsalted Butter, chopped
•    225g Brown Sugar
•    100g Almond meal (can use hazelnut meal if you prefer)
•    100g Almonds, coarsely chopped (optional)
•    5 large Eggs, separated
•    1 pinch of Cream of Tartar
•    1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
Directions
1.    Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line the base and sides of a 20cm round cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
2.    Make a “double-boiler” to melt the chocolate and butter: Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Place the chopped chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl and place the bowl over the hot saucepan to allow the ingredients to melt. Stir occasionally.
3.    Once all is melted, stir in the brown sugar, almond meal and almonds until the mixture is smooth. Allow to cool slightly, then add the egg yolks gradually, stirring each time.
4.    Meanwhile, place the five egg whites into a clean dry bowl with a pinch of cream of tartar. The egg whites will form the structure of the cake, so it’s important they’re well beaten. Using a hand whisk, electric beater or stand mixer, beat the eggs slowly at first until they are foamy and then gradually increase the speed every few minutes. (If you go straight to high speed, you increase the chance of your cake collapsing). Continue beating until firm peaks form. Don’t worry if you overbeat the eggs because you’ll beat some of the air out next.
5.    Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. The chocolate mix is quite heavy, so don’t worry if you need to stir quite a bit at this stage. Stop when the eggs are just incorporated with the chocolate.
6.    Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until a firm crust forms on the top. A skewer test is not necessary. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin before attempting to remove. Once cool, sift cocoa powder over the top.

  • http://almostalwaysravenous.wordpress.com/ Allan

    this looks + sounds a lot less dense than the neil perry version i made a while ago. LOL. should try this mmmm chocolate

  • Appleandspice

    I love the film Chocolat. Johnny Depp is fab it in and all the chocolate looks amazing. You can almost taste it. I’ll have to watch it again with a bit slice of this choc cake – so good

  • Anonymous

    Love the film Chocolat but I think Im in love with this more!

  • http://twitter.com/IronChefShellie Iron Chef Shellie

    yum!! Looks fantastic :)

  • http://butterheartssugar.blogspot.com [email protected]

    Aha winning indeed! I’ve always been intrigued by flourless cakes, but have never made one. This sounds like a swoon worthy dessert and paired with anything johnny depp would be perfect!

  • http://emmainthekitchen.blogspot.com/ Emma

    You have good taste ;)

    Love almond meal in baking – I’ve never tried it in a chocolate cake but I bet it would taste awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/ConorHoldthBeef Conor

    I love flourless cakes, which is just as well as I’m on a gluten-free diet. I also love chocolate, and I think it’s somewhat impossible not to have Johnny Depp love, so there is a whole lot of greatness in this post :)

  • http://msihua.com msihua

    Oh my.. Johnny and Chocolat and Chocolate all at once… I need a little lie down… MmMmMmMMmm.. sweet thoughts…

  • http://www.marblepolishing.net Polishing Marble

    Great coverage. Very helpful for those like me who were unable to attend. Keep up the good work.

  • Betty

    i LOVE flourless cakes they are so dense and moist yours looks great :D

  • Scandifoodie

    I love flourless chocolate much better than the ‘normal’ one! This looks gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    When I first got a glimpse of the title, I had to myself if it’s really possible. I must say that it’s very catchy and you actually used eggs as an alternative which I find it a very smart thing to do. I’ll definitely have my girlfriend to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

  • betty

    *sigh no update!

    happy easter xoxo

  • Pat Grimmond

    Im making one this weekend. I don think I can make it to Monday without it.
    Miss T

  • http://www.soursweets.org.uk/ sour sweets

    Thanks for sharing your preparations and ingredients of flour less cake.I’m sure it is more delicious because pure chocolate you will taste.Hope this weekend I can do the stuff to delight my family.

  • Angie

    Wow!! So so yummy!! Made this on the weekend as a gluten free cake for kids party and EVERYONE loved it!! Two cakes went in minutes!!

  • cara

    Omg just made this cake its so dense like choclate fudge i caught my 3 yr eating the crust of the top so iced it then thought ok i will try this cake omg its a fav of mine now next time i might add a it more almond meal as i didnt add the cup of chopped nuts for the kids just to make it a bit less fudgey but it sooo goooooood!

  • cara

    omg its amazing im in love, best save some for my sister who i cooked it for i iced mine its so rich and just like eating fudge next time i may add more almond meal to make it not so fudge like as i didnt use the cup of chopped nuts but they can only get better thanks for the best cake recipe ever!

  • Alison Borgas

    This is great! Made it today, and it’s just as it should be!! Yay for that, hate to waste such valuable ingredients! Thanks.

  • http://www.thegourmetforager.com Forager @ The Gourmet Forager

    That looks almost as amazing as Depp, but at least accessible!

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  • Melinda Bey

    ohh, thank you for the recipe I have whipped one up and it’s baking as I type.  Can’t wait to try it.

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