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Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

Here’s a simple cake that’s rich, elegant and over-the-top chocolaty. For finishing touches, add powdered sugar, cocoa or liqueur-flavored whipped cream. —Marie Parker, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 container (2-1/2 ounces) prune baby food
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Baking cocoa and confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9-in. springform pan with cooking spray; place on a baking sheet.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in baby food, vanilla and chocolate mixture.
  • 3. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold a fourth of the whites into chocolate mixture, then fold in remaining whites.
  • 4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool on a wire rack 20 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove rim from pan. Cool cake completely. Dust with cocoa and confectioners’ sugar before serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 188 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.