This cake may look plain, but inside, it's moist, dense, and intensely flavored. In other words, it's a chocolate lover's dream come true. The fact that it takes just 20 minutes of effort is all the icing you need.



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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan. Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat, and whisk in 3/4 cup sugar. Whisk in egg yolk, then cocoa powder and salt.

  • Beat egg whites with a mixer on medium speed until foamy. Raise speed to medium-high, gradually beat in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and beat until soft, glossy peaks form, about 4 minutes.

  • Fold flour into chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula, then fold in egg whites. Pour batter into pan, and bake until set, about 33 minutes. Let cake cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove side of pan, and dust top of cake with cocoa powder.

Cook's Notes

Cake can be stored in pan at room temperature, wrapped in plastic wrap (do not let plastic touch cake), up to 1 day.

Reviews (7)

167 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 59
  • 3 star values: 41
  • 2 star values: 23
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: Unrated
Rating: 2 stars
In the previous reviews it was written that this cake is very moist so I let it stay in the oven for 10 minutes more but anyway it is EXTREMELY runny. I do not recommend this recipe. Waste of products.
Rating: Unrated
This cake was airy and crunchy and very moist at the center, so I would recommend to bake it for another 5 minutes so that it is fudgy, but not too runny. Simply delicious on its own but also with fresh strawberries!
Rating: 5 stars
i used an extra egg white, made the cake have a more lofty texture. wonderful cake it will make a great addition to my recipe list. i loved it --- and i hate most chocolate.
Rating: Unrated
One of the best brownie type desserts I've made or had. Perfect!
Rating: Unrated
Personally, I thought this was delicious. However, you have to like dark chocolate. My kids were not huge fans because it has that bitter dark chocolate taste. If that's your thing (and it's mine), it was delish with Hagen Daas Vanilla Bean.
Rating: 5 stars
Made this, and it was fantastic! Very fudgy. Good warmed up with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I dusted top with powdered sugar instead of additional cocoa powder.