Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
- 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
- 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.
- 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 the chocolate mixture.
- 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.
- Pour into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs, 30-35 minutes. 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.
1 slice: 188 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.Originally published as Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake in Light & Tasty February/March 2008
May 17, 2018
I made this for a birthday event. It turned out beautifully. I had to use pureed pumpkin instead of prunes (it is what I had available). No one knew the secret ingredient. I would make it again for sure. I also added one teaspoon of king arther espresso powder heighten the rich chocolate flavor.
Apr 10, 2018
I made this delicious cake today and followed the recipe to the letter. It was not difficult but had several steps that went quickly. I used a bread knife to chop the chocolate and it makes quick work of it. I used the bars of unsweetened chocolate. I would recommend serving this cake with either whipped cream of ice cream. It is very chocolately.
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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
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!
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.
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
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.
Apr 4, 2013
Have made several times, love it. I don't change this at all. Great as is!!!
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!
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!
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