Chef John's Chocolate Decadence

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This 'flourless' chocolate cake was all the rage in the 1980s. As I vaguely remember, the decade celebrated decadent overindulgence and this dessert is that and more. By modern standards, this cake is ridiculously rich. In fact, some of you may find it too intense, but most true chocolate fiends will be in heaven. Serve with ice-cold fresh raspberry sauce.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch cake

Ingredients

  • 18 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 4 teaspoons white sugar

  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan.

  2. Melt semisweet chocolate and unsalted butter together in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula, until chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined. Remove from heat.

  3. Beat eggs and sugar together in a bowl with a whisk or an electric mixer until pale and very thick, 5 to 10 minutes. Sift in flour, cayenne, and salt; whisk to combine.

  4. Pour 1/4 of the egg mixture into chocolate mixture; stir to combine. Pour chocolate mixture into remaining egg mixture and stir until cake batter is combined. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until just barely set, with a jiggle below the surface, 14 to 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature, wrap in aluminum foil, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

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Cook's Note:

If you want to remove your cake from the pan for presentation, just set it in a pan of hot water for a minute and it will pop right out.

Editor's Note:

Please note the addition of a raspberry coulis when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

333 Calories
25g Fat
26g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 333
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 6g
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 32mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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