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Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes

In place of flour and leaveners, whipped eggs whites to produce cupcakes with a light-as-air texture.

  • yield: Makes 22

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (or 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips)
  • 6 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Ice cream, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Melt butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water. Stir to combine, then remove bowl from heat and let cool slightly. Whisk in egg yolks.

  2. Step 2

    With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until peaks are stiff and glossy but not dry (do not overbeat). Whisk one quarter of the beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture to lighten; gently fold mixture into remaining whites.

  3. Step 3

    Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until cupcakes are just set in centers, about 25 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes (their centers will sink). Cupcakes are best eaten the same day they are baked; keep at room temperature until ready to serve, topped with scoops of ice cream, if desired.

Source
Martha Stewart Cupcakes, June 2009

Reviews (24)

  • 2 Mar, 2014

    I loved this recipe! Turned out like the pictures. Almost feels like a chocolate mousse in the center. Was delish! Just way too much for two people. Thank you Martha!

  • 3 Oct, 2012

    Hey! I think I may have done something wrong. i followed the instructions to a T and I ended up with gooey cupcakes. Not at all crispy like in the picture? Can anyone tell me what I did wrong?

  • 23 Jun, 2012

    not sure where the "vague directions" comment is coming from..... super, SUPER easy receipe with simple, SIMPLE directions! Great cupcakes!! used a german chocolate gooeiness filing :)

  • 1 Jan, 2012

    These were great and really easy to make! But read the recipe first before you start!

  • 25 Dec, 2010

    You must read the recipe all the way through before you start baking because it is slightly unclear about the egg whites and the sugar, what you add to what. I bake a lot and this recipe is very vague in the directions. Not thrilled Martha

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    YAY! I just barely made these with a couple friends and they were a total hit. They are fun to eat and fun to make. Turned out exactly like the picture too. We also made a chocolate ganache from my Martha Stewart book that made a perfect topper! I'd say perfect portions for any fun little party food.

  • 23 Jul, 2010

    I recently made these, and they turned out just like the picture! They were an instant fav- the ice cream on top is a great idea, too.
    I was careful to just barely fold in the chocolate, so as not to deflate the egg mixture. Also, we filled our tins pretty full... that may have helped.

  • 19 May, 2010

    These cupcakes would be great at Passover! There are many recipes for flourless cakes, but haven't found many for cupcakes, which both kids and adults love. Offering a selection of toppings might be fun to try -even if the plain cupcakes aren't too pretty. Most people would be happy not to have the cupcake dry and sunken. Either way is fine!.

  • 4 May, 2010

    I have tried these cupcakes twice.. They taste good but they do not sink and crack like the photo. What is the trick to getting that crust?

  • 12 Feb, 2010

    I loved making these and it was super delish! But, the top didn't crack or look as dry or puffed up. I wonder why.

  • 16 Jan, 2010

    really easy to make! but mine didn't sink in the middle.. and it baked less than 10 mins!

  • 9 Jun, 2009

    To Wenger6 flourless cake always sinks in the middle but they are very delicious!

  • 3 Jun, 2009

    Thanks for the gluten-free recipe!!

  • 2 Jun, 2009

    I have a son with diabetes and am constantly needing nutritional information. I would live that here as well.

  • 2 Jun, 2009

    YES

  • 1 Jun, 2009

    Sounds good but does anyone else wish the Martha Stewart team would include nutritional info?

  • 1 Jun, 2009

    What a fun way to eat a cupcake especially during summer! yuhuuu!

  • 1 Jun, 2009

    I like them. Thank you very much Martha!

  • 1 Jun, 2009

    I'm always looking for gluten free recipes. Will have to try this one. Thanks Martha!

  • 1 Jun, 2009

    HEY THAT ONE CAME UP. SO I'LL TRY MY OTHER ONE AGAIN. THE CUPCAKES LOOK GREAT. I CAN THINK OF A DOZEN THINGS I CAN FILL THEM WITH. WHIPPED CREAM, ICE CREAM, LEMON CURD, AND ON..... THANKS MARTHA FOR THIS GREAT IDEA AND KEEPING US ON OUR TOES

  • 1 Jun, 2009

    DONT UNDERSTAND WHY MY COMMENTS WON'T COME UP, THEY USED TO

  • 1 Jun, 2009

    These cupcakes look so bad, I'm not even going to try them. I'm sure that MS can come up with better than this.

  • 1 Jun, 2009

    Somebody needs to realize that June 1 is Monday...LOL!

  • 1 Jun, 2009

    Now your'e talking!!!