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Flourless Smoked Chocolate Cake

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Flourless Smoked Chocolate Cake
Serves 8
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Grill time: 40

*Myself and the Baron of Baking (my husband) had an issue that the whites would not stiffen at all. No matter what we did.  There are some reasons that this can happen.

  • Bowl was wet or had debris in it before you put in the egg whites. Make sure that your bowl is clean and completely bone dry before adding the egg whites.
  • Stiff peaks won't form if you got yolk in the whites, even the tiniest amount will throw everything off. Try adding ¼ tsp. of lemon juice or cream of tartar in for every 2 egg whites.
  • Stiff peaks still won't form. Are you using the wrong attachment in the mixer? You need to be using the whisk attachment if you are using a big stand mixer, or a hand mixer. Don't use dough hooks, the "k" attachment or anything but the whisk attachment when making anything like meringue or whipped cream.

So I was not going to crack into another 6 eggs for their whites and try again. The Baron agreed with me. So we folded the egg-white mixture into the chocolate mixture and poured it into the springform pan. There was a little bit of leakage, which was caught by the baking tray that we used under the springform. I was surprised that the cake came out at all, but it was tasty. It did not rise at all, it was dense, but delicious. If the egg whites had come out, it would have been lighter, but just as good.

Next time I want to dress this up with perhaps a ganache, a caramel top, or maybe some sort of peppermint - thing for christmas. What would you top this cake with? Leave a comment and tell us how you would dress up this interesting cake.

Delicious and decadent smoked chocolate cake
Delicious and decadent smoked chocolate cake

Flourless Smoked Chocolate Cake

Serves: 8       Total Time: 60


  • 3 tbsp. butter, plus more for greasing the pan
  • ¾ cup smoked chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature, separate the yolks and whites
  • 1 cup sugar, divided in half
  • 3 tablespoons espresso powder or instant cappuccino powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract


Step 1
Bring the eggs out and let them come to room temperature. To make this go a little faster, separate the eggs’ yolks from the whites. Be very careful doing this, if you break the yolk at all into the egg white, the whites will not form stiff peaks when you need them.
Step 2
Preheat your grill to 350°F, prepare for indirect grilling.
Step 3
Grease the sides and bottom of a springform pan thoroughly with butter and set aside.
Step 4
In a medium saucepan, bring ⅔ cup of water to a simmer. Place a heat proof bowl or another sauce pan over top of this, or use a double boiler. Melt the 3 tbsp. of butter with the chocolate.
Step 5
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks and ½ a cup of sugar together with a mixer on medium speed for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the espresso powder, salt, vanilla and the melted chocolate. Beat for another minute.
Step 6
Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl on medium speed until they become foamy. Then add the last of the sugar as you gradually increase the speed on the mixer to high. When stiff peaks have formed, they’re ready. It takes about 5 minutes*.
Step 7
Gently fold the chocolate mixture into egg whites. Do this in little batches for best results.
Step 8
Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan and bake on your grill for 40 minutes or so over indirect heat, until the center is set when you jiggle the pan. You may want to put the springform pan on a baking sheet to catch any batter that leaks before the cake sets.
Step 9
Remove the cake from the grill and allow to cool.
Step 10
Serve hot or cold with something delicious like whipped cream or ice cream. I recommend a vanilla, banana or strawberry flavour to go with it.
No dinner is complete without a little something sweet at the end. Nothing is better than chocolate for that after meal treat. You don't even need much of it to satisfy that craving either. Served warm or cold, you can be sure that this chocolate cake is going to disappear fast.