This is my favorite favorite chocolate dessert! Since you are only using very few ingredients, make sure they are of the best possible quality - it makes a difference, especially the chocolate you use. Serve with whipped cream for extra decadence.



Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
1 hr
2 hrs
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Cut a square piece of parchment paper that is larger than the springform pan. Set it on the bottom of the springform pan and secure the ring on top; the paper will extend outside of the springform pan, which makes it easier to remove the torte after baking. Grease the sides of the springform pan.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Allow to cool lightly.

  • Beat egg yolks and 1/2 the sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and foamy, about 5 minutes. It is important to beat a lot of air into the egg yolks, so they almost triple in volume.

  • Fold lightly cooled chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture using a spatula.

  • Beat egg whites in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl until foamy using the electric mixer on medium speed. Gradually add remaining sugar and salt, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form.

  • Stir 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate batter to thin it out. Then carefully fold in the remaining egg whites using a spatula. Immediately transfer batter into the prepared springform pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until torte is no longer glossy, 30 to 40 minutes. Be careful not to bake too long, otherwise it will get dry.

  • Cool on a wire rack until completely cool. Unmold carefully, since the torte breaks easily.

Cook's Note:

I prefer the large parchment paper method, but you can also cut out a circle for the bottom and a thin strip for the sides and neatly line the springform pan that way.

Nutrition Facts

567 calories; protein 8.4g; carbohydrates 52.6g; fat 37.7g; cholesterol 211mg; sodium 86mg. Full Nutrition


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