Chocolate flavor shines in this flourless cake

Los Angeles TimesSeptember 25, 2013 

Gale's Restaurant in Pasadena, California, serves a flourless chocolate cake that is light, not dense like many versions.


This is a cake to make any chocoholic happy. Gale Kohl of Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena, Calif., was happy to share the recipe.


1 hour, 10 minutes, plus cooling time, to prepare; serves 12 to 16

For the chocolate ganache:

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1/3 cup (2 ounces) chopped semisweet chocolate

Using a double-boiler (or in a bowl set over simmering water), melt the butter and chocolate, gently stirring, to form the ganache. Hold in a warm place until ready to cover the cake.

For the cake:

1 2/3 cups (10 ounces) chopped semisweet chocolate, preferably high-quality

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon (3 sticks plus 1 tablespoon) butter

7 eggs, separated

7 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, preferably Kahlua

Prepared ganache, warmed

Whipped cream or creme fraiche, for garnish

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Using a double-boiler (or in a bowl set over simmering water), combine the chocolate, cocoa and butter, gently stirring until melted. Remove from heat.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until the yolks are very light in color and increased in volume, 6 to 10 minutes. Separately, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, 4 to 6 minutes.

Carefully fold the melted chocolate into the beaten egg whites until combined, then fold in the egg yolk mixture. Fold in the liqueur.

Place the mixture in the prepared pan. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 40 minutes. The cake will puff as it bakes and then will settle after it comes out of the oven and cools.

Cool the cake completely on a metal rack, then drizzle with ganache. Serve garnished with whipped cream or creme fraiche.

Each of 16 servings: (without whipped cream) 352 calories, 4 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber, 31 g fat, 19 g saturated fat, 137 mg cholesterol, 15 g sugar, 58 mg sodium.

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