Daring Bakers: Flourless Chocolate Cake

A sinful flourless chocolate cake.  This is the ultimate flourless chocolate cake;  dense, but moist;  rich with deep dark chocolate, but slightly sweet.   This is an easy chocolate cake recipe to fall back on for last minute dessert ideas and it is gluten free.


The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE’s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef and they picked a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.  The DB challenge rules were that we were suppose to make the cake, serve it with an ice cream or we could use another sauce of choice.

When I read about this challenge I knew that I would be able to come with at least three reasons to make this sinful cake, 1) my friend Evelyn’s birthday, 2) Valentine’s Day, or 3) my birthday.  Guess what?  I did not use any of those reasons to make it.  I waited until the perfect rainy day last weekend and made it for no reason at all except pure indulgence!

Since we were going all out with sin for this dessert we used a pound of bittersweet Scharffen Berger Chocolate, if one is going to be bad, then one may as well be bad.  The recipe is so simple.  You melt butter with chocolate and then fold in yolks and whites that have been beaten stiff.  I thought it was going to turn out souffle like, but it did not.  It was dense but moist and so incredibly rich.

When I first read the recipe I had all sorts of plans for what kind of ice cream to serve with this cake, Vanilla Bean, Burnt Caramel or Cardamon.   Then I switched to thoughts of sweet raspberries, which in turn went to sugary fruit sauces.  The end result was a slightly sweet sauce I made out of some Marion Blackberries that I found in the frozen section of the market.  They were so sweet that they really did not need any sugar and they went nicely with the ultra dark chocolate.

I loved this recipe and can definitely see it being a fall back on recipe.  Especially for those last minute desserts as the ingredient list includes everything that is a staple in our house.  Be sure to check out all of the other decadent Daring Bakers challenges today.


Chocolate Valentino
Preparation Time:  20 minutes

16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter
5 large eggs separated

Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.
While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.
Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.
Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).
With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.
Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter. {link of folding demonstration}
Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C.
Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.
Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.


  1. I like the blackberry sauce. You were really decadent with chcolate choice. Sometimes we just have to bake for ourselves!

  2. That looks SO gooey and good! I tried to do the same and tried to make it for something but like you ended up doing it when I had a chance (and pure indulgence is a great reason :) ). Great idea to serve it with blackberry sauce!

  3. Beautiful job – I love berry sauces with chocolate!

  4. Looks divine, especially with the blackberry sauce

  5. This looks delicious – I love the blackberry sauce, which would have been wonderful with the chocolate.

  6. This looks so decadent! You’re so lucky to be able to find frozen blackberries—I was hankering after some recently and was quite sad that I’d have to wait for autumn again!

  7. Mmm, blackberries. Good idea! My first instinct was to go with something fruity or flowery to cut the richness, too.

  8. Great job! It all looks delicious! Especially that blackberry sauce!

  9. Mmm, your cake looks beautiful!! I love the blackberry sauce too =D!

  10. A great combo! Your cake looks fantastic! Very well done!



  11. This can be an everyday cake or it can be dressed up and turned into so many other things, right? i loved it. great job!

  12. What a scrumptious looking cake! I love what you did with it. I’m drooling over that blackberry sauce. Beautiful job!

  13. The berries sound wonderful with the cake. I’m a big fan of the Scharffen Berger semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate too.

  14. Used Scharfenbergers chocolate, too. Goes well with berries. Love the idea of the blackberry sauce. Mmmm.

  15. Your cake and sauce look gorgeous!

  16. This cake looks delicious and it must be just wonderful with the blackberry sauce!

  17. Lovely combination with the blackberry sauce!

  18. This is exactly my favorite kind of chocolate cake! What a wonderful challenge this month!

  19. Your cake looks scrumptious!

  20. I didn’t realize that you were DB baker too!
    Looks great!!

  21. Well, happy belated b-day (even though this wasn’t the cake to celebrate!), and, of course, what a beautiful cake. I love blackberries, they smack of rebellion. After all, what other kind of beautiful fruit attacks those interested in eating it with the such thorny vengeance?

  22. Chocolate cake and blackberry sauce sounds (and looks) pretty good. Actually, when I first saw the picture, reminded me of lava cakes.

  23. Denise, the cake looks delicious. I’m curious about the blackberry sauce, but now that I’m here I will get to try some! :D

  24. This would be perfect for my hubby who is on a gluten free diet but he hates chocolate. What is wrong with him>

    The recipe will not go to waste. I love chocolate. Thanks.

  25. I wish this wouldn’t have shown up on your feed – been wanting to make this all week but have managed to hold off. Looks so good!


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