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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Craggy Chocolate Cake from "French Food at Home" - Laura Calder

I was watching French Food at Home, Laura Calder onteh food network and decided that I needed to try this recipe.  I wanted to make this since it is flourless and my sister has to eat gluten free.

I pulled this recipe from the Cooking Channel and actually followed it as written


  • 7 ounces/200 g 70 percent chocolate, chopped
  • 7 ounces/200 g butter, softened
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup/200 g sugar
  • Serving suggestion: Sweetened or flavored whipped cream.


Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line with parchment, grease, and flour an 8-inch/22 cm springform pan.

Melt the chocolate gently over a water bath, and then beat in the butter a piece at a time until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat the yolks with 1/2-cup sugar until thick, pale, and ribbony. In yet another bowl, beat the whites to soft peaks. Scatter over the remaining 1/2-cup sugar and beat to a stiff meringue.

Slowly whisk the chocolate mixture into the yolk mixture. Stir in a spoonful of beaten egg whites, then pour the chocolate mixture over the egg whites and gently fold together with a spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 50 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Run a knife around the outside edge, then let sit until cool. It will sink down and the top will crack, appealingly. Serve with a drift of slightly sweetened whipped cream, flavored with vanilla, rum, or orange flower water.


  1. Oh my goodness this sounds amazing. That looks so decadent and wonderful.

  2. I always wanted to try flourless cake.. looks great...

  3. I have been wanting to give flourless cake a whirl. This is just gorgeous!

  4. I didn't know that our Canadian sweetheart Laura Calder was on your food network. I saw this episode and have been wanting to make it.