Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake
A rich and dense flourless chocolate almond cake. To boost the almond flavor, add a little almond extract.
- 1 cup almonds (140 grams) or use almond flour
- ¾ cup unsalted butter , cut into cubes (170 grams)
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream (120 ml)
- 1 lb quality bittersweet chocolate , chopped (455 grams)
- 6 large eggs , separated
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
- Optional toppings: Whipped cream, powdered sugar, jam, fresh berries
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease with nonstick spray or with butter and flour.
In a food processor, process the almonds until finely ground. Set aside. (If using almond flour, skip this step)
In a medium saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, whipping cream and bittersweet chocolate. Stir frequently and remove from heat when melted and smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes, then add the egg yolks one at a time, stirring after each. Stir in the almond extract, if using.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand-held mixer, beat the egg whites on high speed until foamy. With the mixer still running, slowly add the granulated sugar. Continue to beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.
Carefully fold one third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture just until combined, followed by another third of the egg whites. Fold in the ground almonds, then fold in the remaining egg whites. Do not over mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan and bake until cake surface is puffed and cracked, and center is set (it should barely move when you jiggle the pan), about 40-45 minutes.
Let cool in the pan 30 minutes, then remove the springform pan sides and cool completely to room temperature. For a more fudgy texture, chill in the fridge 1-2 hours before serving. Serve with whipped cream, powdered sugar, berries or other desired toppings.
Makes one 9-inch cake
Recipe adapted from Epicurious.
Calories: 585kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Cholesterol: 154mg, Sodium: 49mg, Potassium: 407mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 766IU, Calcium: 92mg, Iron: 4mg