Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake
March 30, 2018 | By Jeremy Scheck | 14 Comments
Reposted from last April for Passover.
This cake is unlike most flourless chocolate cake recipes. Instead of being dense and overly rich, this cake is light, fudgy, and delicious. I’m not one to look for gluten free or other special diet recipes, but when a delicious recipe happens to be diet inclusive, I’m all for it. Serve this for Passover, to friends with wheat aversions, or on any day you crave chocolate.
adapted from: http://www.marthastewart.com/344293/flourless-chocolate-cake
Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake
- 8oz bittersweet chocolate (Use chocolate bars, chips contain stabilizers----I use Ghirardelli baking chocolate)
- 6 tbsp (85g) unsalted butter
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp instant espresso powder (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- Whipped cream or ice cream for serving
- Extra chocolate or cocoa powder
- Preheat the oven to 275° F (not a typo!), grease a round spring-form pan.
- In a medium sized (at least a quart) microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring with a fork after each until it is melted. (To make sure not to burn the chocolate, I like to stop when the chocolate still isn't 100% melted because the residual heat will melt it). Stir in the espresso powder. It's okay if it doesn't dissolve totally.
- Separate the eggs. (I separate the eggs in a small bowl first and then transfer then the whites to big bowl one at a time, and the yolks to another to ensure that all of my whites are yolk-free. The smallest amount of yolk mixed into the whites will keep the whites from whipping up.)
- Mix the yolks in with the chocolate mixture. Add the vanilla extract.
- Whip the egg whites and the pinch of salt to soft peaks with a stand mixer, hand mixer, or large whisk.
- After they reach soft peaks, gradually add the sugar while beating until a thick, glossy meringue is reached.
- Stir about a cup of the meringue with the chocolate before pouring the chocolate mixture into the meringue and folding it through. Stirring the initial bit lightens up the chocolate mixture and makes it easier to fold and maintain the lightness of the rest of the meringue.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 45-50 minutes until it pulls away from the sides of the pan and it is set in the middle.
- Cool to room temperature, release the sides of the pan, top with freshly whipped cream, and use a sieve to decorate with cocoa powder or a microplane grater to shave regular chocolate over the top.
Jeremy is a student at Cornell University double majoring in Spanish and Italian with significant coursework in classes such as nutrition, food science and culinary science. He has years of experience as a home cook, working at a local bakery, and teaching cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma. After starting a TikTok account in March 2020 while quarantined in his childhood home, Jeremy’s presence grew to over 1.5 million followers in the first 6 months. During that time, he was featured in People Magazine, Fox News, BBC Radio, BuzzFeed, Tasty, Spoon University, and USA Today, among other media outlets.
My birthday cake!!! Absolutely love itttt
This cake is divine! I’ve made it three times this year and it never disappointed. Light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey goodness!
Does any pan work? I don’t have a round one
I’ve never tried using something else, but I think it’ll still work
What’s the size of the pan?
8 or 9″
Can I use 10″? It’s all that I have.
Can I use semi sweet chocolate? It’s all I could find. Should I reduce the extra sugar?
Should work, but yes, reduce the sugar a tad
I was craving chocolate cake but didn’t want someone too heavy, this recipe was perfect. I had most of the ingredients in my pantry and refrigerator and the process to make the cake was so easy. Be sure to follow the tips on tempering the chocolate and make sure to get the meringue nice and airy. 10/10 will make again 🙂
I was craving chocolate cake but didn’t want something too heavy, this recipe was perfect. I had most of the ingredients in my pantry and refrigerator and the process to make the cake was so easy. Be sure to follow the tips on tempering the chocolate and make sure to get the meringue nice and airy. 10/10 will make again 🙂
I made this cake a few days ago and all my family love it!! It’s quite delicious and easy to make (probs you already have most of the ingredients on your kitchen). That being so, I will use this receipt more often in the future & everyone who is reading this I recommend you to try it, because you won’t be disappointed.
Made it for Passover, really interesting and yummy texture + great taste!
Hi! So I made this last night and I messed up and started crying but I am not weak so I started over and it came out well! Maybe not like yours but it was still very good and took me maybe an hour to make.