Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Check out this Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe.  Made with organic dark chocolate and hazelnut meal, each heavenly bite will melt in your mouth.  I originally found this recipe by Katrina Woodman of Taste, although I have adapted the original recipe to make this cake with the particular flavors that I prefer.  The overall balance of chocolate and hazelnut flavor is perfection.  Photo by Mark O’Meara.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder (OR 2 to 3 shots of espresso)
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 180g dark chocolate, chopped (I use an Organic Dark Chocolate)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 cups almond meal (ground almonds) OR I prefer to use Hazelnut Meal (I find Hazelnut & Chocolate make a perfect pair for flavor)
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Double cream and strawberries, to serve (or see Chocolate Sauce Recipe)
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 22cm round (base) spring-form cake pan. Line base and side with baking paper.
  2. Place coffee powder and boiling water in a heatproof jug. Stir to dissolve. Place butter, chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee mixture in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until melted and combined. Remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl to cool slightly.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar for 5 minutes or until thick. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form (see Cooking class, below).
  4. Add chocolate mixture and almond meal to egg yolk mixture. Stir to combine. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold half the egg whites into chocolate mixture. Repeat with remaining egg whites. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool cake completely in pan. Dust with cocoa.   The original recipe suggests to serve with cream and strawberries but I like to serve with a chocolate sauce (Yeah, I’m a sweet tooth!).  I use this Chocolate Sauce Recipe.
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