Monday, March 21, 2011

Flourless Chocolate Nut cake

Gluten free, dairy free chocolate cake?  Gotta try it then! It was a fantastic recipe to bake.  All those egg whites make the cake rise, even though it doesn't have any flour or leavening!  I got this recipe from King Arthur Flour 

10 large eggs, separated
3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar (to mix with the egg yolks)
2 cups finely chopped pecans, or pecan meal (I used some finely ground walnuts too)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup granulated sugar (to mix with the egg whites)


1) Lightly grease a 10" tube pan or angel food pan. For best results, cut a piece of parchment or waxed paper to fit the bottom of the pan, and grease the paper. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2) Separate the room-temperature eggs, putting the whites and yolks in separate large bowls.
3) Melt the two chocolates together, stirring till smooth, and set aside.
4) Beat the egg yolks till smooth and lemon-yellow. Add the salt and 2/3 cup sugar, and beat again till thickened and lightened in color.
5) Stir in the melted chocolate.
6) Stir in the nuts. They should be processed as fine as possible; they'll probably be a bit pasty.
7) Beat the egg whites and vanilla till foamy.
8) With the beater going, sprinkle in the 1/4 cup sugar, beating till soft peaks form.
9) With the mixer at low speed, gradually fold the whites into the yolk mixture, mixing gently till no streaks show.
10) Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan.
11) Bake the cake for 35 to 40 minutes, till a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove it from the oven, and set it on a rack. Loosen the edges, and let it cool in the pan for 1 hour. Loosen the edges again.
12) Invert the cake onto the rack.
13) Make your favorite ganache recipe*, and pour over cake.  Serve chilled.
*I tried to make ganache by using equal parts hot milk and chocolate.  It didn't work so well.  I guess for every part milk you'd need at least two parts chocolate?  I just heated my (very soupy) ganache back up and kept adding chocolate till it was thicker.  The original recipe Flourless Chocolate Nut cake gives instructions for a glaze, which I think would work out well! So maybe give that a try!


  1. mmmm, my goodness.
    looks good!

  2. I love how it is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!! Yummy :)

  3. How did it taste in comparison to cake with flour? Looks yummy!

  4. Wahoo!!! A Gluten-Free recipe! I'll have to tell my sister about this and have her bake it. Hehehe...I'm sneaky.

  5. That is so cool that you have gf recipes. I'm gluten free!

    Would you like to check out my blog?