Flourless Fudge Cake

Once cooked, the cake cools to room temperature and is chilled several hours; hands-on time is only about a half hour. This recipe comes from Janet LeGrand Rice of Home Glen, Illinois.

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  • Servings: 10

Source: Everyday Food, April 2007


  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan and parchment paper
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder for pan
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 6 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Line bottom with a round of parchment paper; butter parchment. Dust paper and sides of pan with cocoa powder, tapping out excess.

  2. In a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in liqueur. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg yolks with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar until pale and doubled in volume, about 6 minutes. Stir in chocolate mixture.

  3. In another bowl, with mixer on high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining granulated sugar until medium-stiff peaks form. Whisk half the whites into chocolate mixture, then gently fold in remaining half.

  4. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake until cake pulls away from sides of pan and center is just set, 45 to 50 minutes. On a wire rack, cool completely in pan. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight. To serve, run a metal spatula around edge of pan, and unmold cake; dust with confectioners' sugar.


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