Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

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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
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 188 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  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 confectioners’ sugar before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake in Light & Tasty February/March 2008, p54

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vonoepen User ID: 4967300 241378
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"I do not know what I did wrong, but my dough was so stiff I couldnt fold in egg whites. I used two boxes Bakers unsweetened chocolate (4 oz each). I had to throw it away it was so bad. I think it had to do with the quantity of chocolate I put in. Any suggestions. Sukie"

iteach5 User ID: 6124838 241293
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"For those who asked about using baking chips, you would use 8 oz. (by weight) of the baking chips. Measuring in an 8 oz. cup would not be the same. Use a food scale. This recipe looks yummy!"

Edawn User ID: 7672977 155897
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"Made this for my valentine. It was really good. I didn't change anything in the recipe. My hubby said he felt like we were on a cruise with the lovely meal and delicious dessert. Next time I will line the pan with parchment paper. I was sure I could get it off the pan without breaking the cake."

gg88 User ID: 576626 102499
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013


Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011
Sounds delicious. For those of you who used baking chips, did you measure out one cup (8 ounces) or weigh 8 ounces?>>>GOOD QUESTION BUT WHO CAN ANSWER IT please"

baker94309 User ID: 7079526 157535
Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"This is DECADENT. Delicious. Amazing. The taste is fabulous. The look... well, its not quite pretty enough for a fancy desert. The photos is about how ours turned out. It does look a lot better once its cut and on your plate. I'm planning to make this again as brownies, instead of a cake, since we don't have such high expectations about how pretty brownies should look."

AgentMary User ID: 6909449 171528
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Have made several times, love it. I don't change this at all. Great as is!!!"

ijlarsen User ID: 5428015 102674
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"This cake is sooo good! The texture is dense, but the top is light and flaky. The chocolate flavor is intense and delicious. I loved the rustic look of it. Served a Cointreau flavored whipped cream alongside - yum!"

antelope17 User ID: 1169517 82617
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"Fantastic! Just like what we had on a cruise ship. I used the Giardelli 60% cacao baking chips. Tasted great! Don't be alarmed, the cake isn't supposed to raise really high. I made a ganache instead of the powdered sugar topping. Yum and prettier.Cool cake completely. Ganache: 1/4 cup half and half (I didn't want to run to store, so used condensed milk and it worked fine), 3 oz. dark baking chips. Put chocolate in bowl. Bring milk just to boil and pour over chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Let cool until thickens a bit and then pour over cake, letting it run down sides. Beautiful!"

janeron User ID: 1726882 171305
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"The taste was lovely but it crumbled a lotso only 4 stars. Next time I will use parchment paper on pan bottom. Thanks"

rcoverk6g2 User ID: 4002886 209595
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"It was great! I made it when some friends came over and it all disappeared. =) It was fluffy yet dense at the same time."

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