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Flourless Chocolate Soufflé Cake

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One of the easiest (and most impressive) flourless chocolate soufflé cake recipes you’ll ever make, with intense chocolate flavor and cloud-like texture. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream or simply dusted with cocoa or powdered sugar.

A gooey-textured chocolate cake and a fork on a plate.

Everyone needs at least one (but preferably more) back-pocket chocolate dessert recipe. In fact, chocolate recipes have their very own category in Familystyle Food’s recipe index.

With this rich-tasting, airy chocolate soufflè cake recipe in your file, I like to call it the “little black dress” of desserts. It’s simple to put together and always gets rave reviews every time I serve it.

I promise you can fearlessly pull this recipe out of your hat. Break it out when it’s party time — or simply when your desire for chocolate is real, but time for fussing around isn’t. Just like a fun party trick!

A small round chocolate cake on a pink plate, with cocoa powder dusted on top.

Ingredients for the cake

The cake batter doesn’t contain wheat flour or butter — it’s basically just eggs, chocolate, cocoa and sugar with a small amount of almond flour.

  • Chocolate: Use good-quality bittersweet dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate. Chocolate that’s shaped into discs or chunks is convenient — you won’t have to do any chopping.
  • Cocoa powder:
  • Almond flour: Fine, blanched almond flour gives the cake structure.
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract

Basic steps for making chocolate souffle cake batter

  • TIP: A heavy-duty mixer (or a sturdy hand mixer) is a great tool for whipping the egg whites, Otherwise, you can go old school and whip the whites by hand in a bowl with a balloon whisk.
  • Divide the batter into baking cups or pans.
  • Bake about 20 minutes for small cakes, or 30 minutes for one 8-inch cake. The middle of the cake will be soft, almost pudding-like in texture, while the top of the cake forms a light crust that cracks as it cools.
  • Dust more cocoa powder or confectioners’ sugar over the cake and serve.

Recommended pan sizes

Serving individual chocolate cakes is perfect for dinner parties, or casual cravings for one or two people. You have a few cake pan options to make this chocolate cake.

For the cakes in the photos, I baked half the batter in the mini springform pans, and the other half in ceramic ramekins.

Two ceramic cups with baked chocolate cake inside, with a spoon showing the soft interior of the cake.
Bake the cakes in ceramic cups for a casual presentation — serve warm and devour straight out of the cups.

More chocolate cake recipes:

Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake

Flourless Chocolate Soufflé Cake

Karen Tedesco
One of the easiest flourless chocolate cake recipes you'll ever make, with a cracked top and soft, intensely-flavored chocolate middle. Serve these light, airy cakes warm, with a scoop of ice cream or simply dusted with cocoa or powdered sugar.
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4.82 from 11 community reviews
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Chocolate
Cuisine French
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) softened butter, or neutral oil
  • 4 ounces (113 g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup (50 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cups (225 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) boiling water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (60 g) fine blanched almond flour
  • 4 egg whites, at room temperature

Instructions 

  • Position rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 375 (190C) degrees.
  • Line the bottoms of 4 (4-inch) mini or 1 (8-inch) springform pans with a round of parchment paper. Brush softened butter all over the inside of the pan. Place the pan(s) on a baking sheet.
  • Combine the chopped chocolate, cocoa, 1 cup of the sugar and the salt in a large mixing bowl. Pour the boiling water over and whisk until mixture is smooth and the chocolate is completely melted. Whisk in the egg yolks, vanilla extract and almond flour. Set aside.
  • Beat egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in the remaining ¼ cup sugar and continue beating until stiff but glossy.
  • Fold about ¼ of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon the batter evenly into the pans.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes for 4-inch cakes or 30-35 minutes for the 8-inch cake, or until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it. Cool on a rack 5 minutes. Remove sides of pan.
  • Slide a small knife or spatula under the cakes to release them.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature, sprinkled with cocoa and/or powdered sugar, if you like.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

Serving idea:
  • Bake the cakes in 8-ounce ramekins (20-25 minutes) and serve warm right out of the dishes, with a scoop of ice cream.
To make ahead:
  • Fill the pans with the batter and refrigerate up to 4 hours in advance of baking.
Adapted from a recipe by Alice Medrich.

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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8 Comments

  1. Sorry how much water?? Half a cup is like125 ml,it says 30 ml?

    1. Oya – It should be 1/2 cup or 120 ml. Thanks for pointing out that typo! It’s been corrected. I hope you enjoy the cake.

  2. Can you clarify the amount of sugar? The ingredient list says 1 1/4. The directions say to add 1 c sugar to the chocolate and then 1/2 cup to the egg whites. Which is correct?

    1. Hi Greg – Thanks for letting me know. There was a typo and now the recipe is correct, 1 1/4 cups sugar (not 1 1/2).

  3. This is such a beautiful cake! I love the dense chocolatey texture ♥

  4. this will help me with my sweet 16 birthday thank you for this awsome recipe it is so sick

  5. Mmmmmmmmm. I can see I’ll have to be making those soon. Maybe after we get back from our in-town vacay…