I’m one of those rare souls born without a lusty attraction to chocolate. I’m not saying I don’t like chocolate, I’m just saying it better darn well be worth it. So I look for recipes that elevate the ingredient into something especially heavenly. This Flourless Chocolate Cake is darn well worth it and deserves all the fervor and longing my heart can muster.
The secret to success in this Flourless Chocolate Cake with Toasted Almond and Coconut is getting the texture just right. The edges and top develop a crisp crust while the center remains moist and fudgy. It’s this gooey texture that makes this flourless chocolate cake so seductive to those of us born without the chocolate gene.
Here are a few tips that should make your flourless chocolate cake as lusty as possible:
- If you’ve never baked with coconut oil, be prepared for a revelation. It comes in a jar and is the consistency of Crisco. It’s a good vegetable fat and the best replacement for butter in baking that I know.
- Don’t use the microwave to melt the chocolate and coconut oil. It’s hard to control the heat and part of the success depends on not overheating the chocolate mixture; it should be just warm enough to melt. If it’s too hot, the egg will curdle when added.
- Use a high-quality chocolate– whichever brand you prefer.
- Don’t use chocolate chips in this cake. Most are designed to retain their shape when baking, so use them only when appropriate.
- Dark chocolate in percentages well over 70% may be all the rage, but they don’t work well in every recipe. Ganaches, certain frostings and even this flourless chocolate cake will simply not have the texture you are looking for if you use too dark a chocolate. Choose something more traditional in the 50% and 70% range. Remember baking is as much science as it is art.
- You can make this flourless chocolate cake in one 8 or 9‑inch pan or two 6‑inch pans. It’s easier to get the right texture if you use two pans in my opinion. The smaller cakes cook quicker, and I like the ratio of cake to goo. But I’ve had good results either way.