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Flourless Chocolate Cake Version 2

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I recently gave in to temptation and bought David Lebovitz’s Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes. He dubbed his gorgeous flourless chocolate cake “Chocolate Idiot Cake” because it’s nearly foolproof. With only 5 ingredients, and no mixer necessary, it’s definitely an easy recipe which produces a stunning cake.  It is a melt in your mouth, creamy chocolate wonder.

The last flourless chocolate cake I made went to my youngest son’s high school…there were sad faces when I came home with an empty plate.  Today is my oldest son’s birthday…of course, he wanted chocolate cake.  He was sold on this one immediately after seeing the photo in the cookbook.  Smart boy.

Flourless Chocolate Cake…adapted from David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Orbit Cake

1 cup butter (2 sticks), cut into pieces
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
6 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350º.  Butter 9-inch springform pan and wrap exterior with foil.  Set aside.

Melt butter and chocolate in microwave…start with 60 seconds, stop, stir, and continue with 30 second increments, stopping and stirring until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.  Set aside and allow to cool slightly.

In a second large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar and vanilla.  Add chocolate and whisk till smooth.  Pour into prepared pan.  Place pan into large roasting pan and pour hot water into roaster till it reaches about halfway up sides of springform pan.

Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Cool completely.  To serve, run knife around perimeter of cake and release the sides of the springform pan.  If you want to remove cake from the bottom of the pan, use 3 spatulas to move cake to serving plate (will take a second person to do this). Top with whipped cream, ice cream, then berries or chocolate curls if desired.

Serves 12.

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20 comments on “Flourless Chocolate Cake Version 2”

  1. Looks delicious! Great photos!

  2. This looks so decadent and delicious! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. This looks great! I too have his cookbook but frankly have not cracked it yet, working my way through his ice cream book! I love how easy it is. Thanks Lizzy for jump starting me to look at that cookbook!

  4. I would love to try out your adapted version of David Lebovitz’s adapted version of the flourless chocolate cake. Yours turned out so yummy, and seems like a failproof recipe.

    I met David at least 15 years ago,he was a popular upcoming chef, (I think he was just starting out then) maybe even longer, he was in charge of a huge political function, and I was in charge of the appetizers. It was quite an event in Palm Beach!

    (I’m sure, he would not even remember me now!)

  5. Gosh, thanks, everyone! I just had a wee sample, but it was incredibly delicious!

    Lizzie, wow…pretty cool! I bet he’d remember you 🙂

  6. Oh Lizzy….could not resist jumping back on (did not see how to email you separately). ‘The Perfect Scoop’ is the ice cream book. There will be a few photos of my latest attempts tomorrow on my blog. You can learn more here too:

    http://boulderlocavore.blogspot.com/2010/10/i-david-lebovitz.html

  7. Rich, decadent and delicious! This cake looks amazing. I often order flourless chocolate cakes at restaurants, but I’ve never made one at home. Yours turned out so well. Thank you so much for sharing with me and for your kind words on my blog. I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

  8. I’m not sure I should even look at those mouthwatering pictures, let alone contemplate baking one so soon after the Christmas stuffing days but how can your resist this temptation?!?
    Wonderful. thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  9. Monet, you’ll have to try it!
    TeeTotallyNot, I know we’re on sugar overload here!! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Lizzy,
    This cake looks so delicious! The pictures are superb!

  11. David Lebovitz know his stuff!! Your flourless chocolate cake looks amazing! I would love to try a slice of it!
    Cheers
    Dennis

  12. Happy Birthday to your son! He’s so lucky – he gets to eat some of that cake!

  13. Thanks, all of you, for such lovely comments!

  14. My Oma makes a cake much like this and if yours is anything like hers its rich and delicious! I’m sure your son had a wonderful birthday celebrating with this cake! 🙂

  15. Evan, I bet your Oma’s cake is wonderful! I think ours will disappear after dinner tonight…then on to the next recipe 🙂

  16. I’ve been meaning to try this cake. I love the cookbook Ready for Dessert. I can’t wait to try. Yours came out perfectly, well done!

  17. Grace, it was my first recipe from this cookbook…but definitely not my last! Thanks for the nice comment 🙂

  18. Ive really wanted to try a flourless cake after seeing them on the web. This looks beautiful, your son made the right choice!

  19. Oh my, that cake does look fantastic. I think removing flour from cake is an excellent idea. It’s just filler anyhow, right? 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this and the gorgeous photos.

  20. Kita, I think Tom agrees with you!
    Carolyn, we did need some extra help with all the sweets! You’re welcome any time!
    Mom Chef, LOL…I never thought of it that way, but you’re right!

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