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Naturally gluten-free flourless chocolate cake is rich, dense, and has intense chocolate flavor. Top with whipped cream, ice cream or fruit sauce.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake
Flourless chocolate cake is a rich, decadent, intensely chocolate dessert. There is no flour in it at all, so as long as the rest of your ingredients are gluten-free (such as Rodelle Dutch processed cocoa powder), it's safe for those with Celiac disease, no specialty flours needed!
The cake's texture and structure comes from whipped egg whites, which are folded into a mixture of melted chocolate, cocoa powder, beaten egg yolks, and butter.
I highly recommend separating your eggs as soon as you take them out of the refrigerator. They separate better when cold, and this helps ensure you don't get any yolk in your egg whites. If there is any fat in your egg whites (or in the mixing bowl or on your beaters), then the egg whites won't whip to their fullest potential.
Since chocolate is the star of this recipe, use the highest quality chocolate you can find and afford. I recommend one that is between 60 and 64% cacao.
In addition to chocolate, this recipe also calls for Dutch processed cocoa powder. What is Dutch processed? It is cocoa powder that is washed with a potassium carbonate solution that neutralizes cocoa's acidity. What does that mean? The resulting product has a smoother, more mellow flavor. In particular, Rodelle contains antioxidants, dietary fiber and calcium, and is kosher, too.
Dutch processed cocoa can be substituted for natural cocoa powder, but if your recipe calls for baking soda, you'll need to substitute baking powder instead, which can be a bit tricky, as you need two to three times the amount of baking powder as baking soda, which can affect the taste of your baked product.
For preparing the cake pan
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup Rodelle Dutch processed cocoa powder, for dusting
For the cake batter:
- 10 ½ ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, 50 to 64 percent cacao, finely chopped
- 10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 5 large eggs, separated
- 1 egg yolk
- ⅔ cup Rodelle Dutch processed cocoa powder
- ½ tsp espresso powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup Imperial white sugar
For topping (if desired)
- Whipped cream
- Ice cream
- Fruit sauce
- Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F and position a rack in the center of the oven.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of the softened butter over the bottom and side of an 8-inch springform pan and sift with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder all over the bottom and sides of the pan. Set aside.
- Melt the chocolate: bring about an inch of water in a saucepot to a simmer. Place the chopped chocolate and butter in a clean, dry bowl. Set the bowl over the simmering water, ensuring the bowl of chocolate doesn't touch the simmering water. Melt the butter and chocolate, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Set aside to cool until just warm to the touch.
- Whisk the egg yolks into the cooled chocolate mixture. Sift in the remaining cocoa powder, the espresso powder, and salt. Add the vanilla extract and whisk until completely combined. Set aside.
- In the perfectly clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a perfectly clean whisk attachment, beat the egg whites at low to medium speed for about 15 to 20 seconds until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat at medium-high speed until soft peaks form (peaks that fall over when the beater is lifted).
- Reduce the speed to medium and gradually add the sugar and beat until you've created glossy, stiff peaks that stand by themselves when you lift the beaters slightly. Keep a close eye on the egg whites as you beat them. If you beat them too much and they break down (they start to appear grainy and watery), you'll need to start over with new egg whites.
- Whisk about a quarter of the whipped egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Then, with a silicone spatula, gently scoop the remaining egg whites into the batter. With the same spatula, fold the whites into the mixture by scooping them from underneath, along with some of the batter, and very gently turn the whole thing over; give the bowl a quarter-turn and repeat until just incorporated.
- Gently scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a silicone spatula. Bake for 37 to 42 minutes, until the cake has risen ever-so-slightly in the center and is set enough in the center that it will not jiggle when the pan moves; the toothpick test will not work with this cake. Cool completely on a wire rack for at least 1 ½ hours (the cake will fall in the center as it cools). Remove the side of the pan and serve. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour