One of the easiest (and most impressive) flourless chocolate cake recipes you’ll ever make. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream or simply dusted with cocoa or powdered sugar.
Everyone needs at least one back-pocket chocolate dessert recipe.
It’s a lot like stashing a little black dress (or crisp oxford shirt) in your pantry and pulling it out when it’s party time.
This chocolate soufflè cake is like that perfect dress — deceptively basic but oh-so-delicious in action.
Because this warm chocolate cake is so simple to put together and always gets rave reviews, you can fearlessly pull this recipe out of your hat for last-minute desserts.
Just like a fun party trick!
The cake batter doesn’t contain wheat flour — it’s basically just eggs, chocolate, cocoa and sugar with a small amount of almond flour.
The one thing you’ll need is a heavy-duty mixer (or this sturdy hand mixer) to whip the egg whites, which then get folded into the melted chocolate batter.
It bakes in about half an hour, and it has an intense chocolate flavor and moist cloud-like texture.
The middle of the cake stays soft, almost pudding-like in texture, while the top of the cake forms a light crust that cracks as it cools.
If it’s a special occasion and you’re feeling it, make individual chocolate cakes that are perfect for sharing situations.
What size pan to use for chocolate soufflé cake:
You have a few cake pan options to make this chocolate cake.
- Four 4-inch nonstick springform pans
- One 8-inch springform pan
- Four 8-ounce ramekins or soufflé dishes
For the cakes in the photos, I baked half the batter in springform pans and the other half in ramekins.
Baking the cake in the cups makes for a more casual presentation — simply serve warm and devour straight out of the cups.
More chocolate cake recipes:
- Chocolate Almond Caprese Cake
- Flourless Chocolate Baby Cakes with Rosewater Mascarpone
- Venetian Chocolate Walnut Cake
- Chocolate Birthday Cake
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup (52 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cups (245 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (52 grams) fine blanched almond flour
- 4 egg whites, at room temperature
- Position rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 375 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 1/2 cup sugar and continue beating until stiff but glossy.
- Fold about 1/4 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.
Alternatively, 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 54mg Sodium: 187mg Carbohydrates: 53g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 46g Protein: 7g
Hi there! I’m Karen, a mother of two and a professionally trained cook certified in holistic nutrition.
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