Flourless Chocolate Cake
Why This Recipe Works
Recipes for flourless chocolate cake abound, but we found these recipes to be overly complicated. For this recipe, we wanted to ditch the fancy techniques without ditching the flavor or texture. We started by microwaving some chocolate and butter, and after incorporating the remaining ingredients, we took three cautionary steps to ensure a crack-free cake: straining and resting the batter, followed by popping any bubbles that rose to the surface. We didn’t want to go to the trouble of using a water bath, and we found a way around that—baking the cake in a low 275-degree oven for just 45 minutes was the key to silky, crack-free smoothness.
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