Nothing says “love” like a flourless chocolate cake. Especially when it’s homemade.
You don’t have to be gluten-free or wheat-free to appreciate the sheer decadence of a flourless chocolate cake. It’s a delectable way to enjoy a combination of healthy fats: pasture-raised eggs, grass-fed butter, dark chocolate and cocoa powder (ideally, unsweetened and 100% cocoa)—all gently sweetened with maple syrup. You can use 1/2 cup raw honey if you wish, but I prefer using a robust-flavored dark maple syrup (from a late-season syrup run), which is more nutrient dense than the standard Grade A amber maple syrup.
Berries make a pretty garnish. Since fresh berries are out-of-season in February, you’re better off using frozen berries, which were picked at the peak of harvest. Simply warm frozen berries in a saucepan, and once they’ve thawed, spoon over each slice of flourless chocolate cake.
Contrary to the bad rap that saturated fat has gotten over the last 60 years, Incorporating high-quality real food sources of saturated fat has myriad health benefits. It’s also good for your heart! It can lower lipoprotein (a), a substance correlated with increased risk of heart diseases) and raise your HDL, or “good” cholesterol.
Am I saying it’s OK to eat a Big Mac, fried chicken or store-bought ice cream? Nope. Those are processed foods high in unhealthy fats. Quality counts when it comes to saturated fat.
So, indulge wisely. If you make this homemade flourless chocolate cake—savor and enjoy!
Flourless Chocolate Cake
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped or baking chips
(I recommend Ghiradelli 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate bar OR Pascha organic unsweetened dark baking chips, 100% cacao)
3 eggs, ideally pasture-raised
1/2 cup unsalted grass-fed butter (like Kerrygold) OR coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder, I recommend Valrhona
1/3 cup dark, robust maple syrup
Optional garnish: berries (frozen)
Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
Using butter, coconut oil or olive oil, grease an 8-inch (or 9-inch) round cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper; then, grease the parchment paper.
Slice the butter into a medium stainless steel bowl, and add the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips. Place this bowl over a pot of simmering water (you can also use a double boiler) and stir butter and chocolate together until melted; carefully remove bowl from the pot.
Using an electric mixer or standing mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk maple syrup into the melted butter-chocolate mixture. Add the eggs and combine well. Finally add in the cocoa powder, whisking well, until smooth and creamy.
Pour batter into the parchment-lined pan, making sure batter is evenly distributed. Smooth top with a spatula.
Bake cake for 15 to 20 minutes until firm, or a knife inserted the center comes out clean. (Note: If using a larger 9-inch round pan, the cake will take less time to bake, apx. 15 minutes.) Let cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and invert onto a plate.
Cut into slices and garnish each slice with a spoonful of warmed frozen berries, if desired.