951- Flourless Chocolate Cake / كعكة الشوكولاتة بدون دقيق
For the Cake
160g (5.5 ounces) dark chocolate (65% cocoa content), chopped
160g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
5 medium eggs
40g (1/4 cup) white granulated sugar, to be added to the egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
100g (1/2 cup) white granulated sugar, to be added to the egg whites
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Step 1: Preparing the ingredients
1- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F.
2- Place the chocolate and the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second shots while mixing in between until the chocolate is fully melted. Set the bowl aside on the counter to cool.
3- Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and place them in 2 different large bowls. Make sure that the egg whites contain no traces of the yolks, otherwise they will not fluff.
4- To the egg yolks, add the 40g (1/4 cup) of sugar and the vanilla extract. Beat with an electric beater for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes thick and pale yellow in color. Set the bowl aside and thoroughly clean your electric beater.
5- To the egg whites, add the salt, then beat with the electric beater at high speed. When a thick white foam forms, start slowly adding the 100g (1/2 cup) of sugar while continuing to beat. The egg whites are ready when stiff peaks form.
Step 2: Making the cake
6- Slowly start adding the melted chocolate to the egg yolk mixture, then mix with a spatula to create a thick and smooth chocolate cream.
7- Add a third of the whipped egg whites to the chocolate mixture, then gently mix with a spatula in circular movements, from top to bottom, then cutting across.
8- Add the remaining egg whites in two bacthes, then continue gently mixing to keep the mixture fluffy.
9- Butter a 23cm (9-in) circular pan and line it with parchment paper.
10- Pour the cake mixture in the pan and bake for 25 minutes. To check if the cake is ready, gently touch the center with your fingers, the cake should feel firm but springy. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan.
11- Dust the cake with cocoa powder and serve at room temperature.