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Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

This moist cake tastes incredibly rich, but it’s relatively low in fat and calories. You can easily make it a day ahead.



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1 ½ scant cups almonds
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1 cup granulated sugar
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½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted, plus more for dusting pan
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½ cup hot water
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1 tsp. vanilla extract
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6 large eggs, separated
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⅛ tsp. cream of tartar
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Confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 10-inch springform pan, and line with parchment. Spray parchment, and dust with cocoa powder.
  2. Grind almonds with 1/4 cup sugar in  food processor until it forms a smooth meal. Measure out 1 1/2 cups.
  3. Combine cocoa powder and hot water; mix until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Beat egg yolks with remaining sugar at high speed 5 to 8 minutes, or until thick and pale yellow. Add chocolate mixture. Mix in almond meal at low speed, in 2 or 3 additions, beating 20 seconds after each addition.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites using an electric beater, starting on low and slowly increasing speed, until they begin to foam. Add cream of tartar and salt, and continue to beat until whites form stiff but not dry peaks. Stir one-quarter of mixture into batter, and gently fold in remainder with rubber spatula. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, or until firm in center and tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes. Remove sides of pan, and cool completely on rack. To serve immediately, dust with confectioners’ sugar. If making ahead, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutrition Information: 

8 g
Total Fat: 
12 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
22 g
105 mg
45 mg
3 g
18 g
Serves 12

Comments on this Recipe

Any suggestions on how to combine the almonds and sugar without a food processor?

Obviously the eggs are an important ingredient, but any idea if it would turn out all right without eggs (ie. egg replacer)? Tough being vegan during Passover!

is there a way to substitute for the eggs for vegan recipe?

We'll try to come up with a flourless vegan chocolate cake in one of our upcoming issues, but there's not really a way to sub a vegan ingredient for the eggs in this one without coming up with an entirely different recipe. The egg whites are acting as a leavener (there's no baking soda or baking powder) and the egg yolks are acting as a binder (since there's no flour). None of the common egg substitutes-- flax, tofu, egg replacer -- would work in a simple substitution because they wouldn't give enough of a lift to the batter even if they did manage to bind the almond flour and cocoa powder.