Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Flourless Chocolate Cake

When I think of Valentine's Day chocolates, strawberries, and champagne immediately comes to my mind. We love dark chocolate and strawberries and this is one of the best cake we have ever eaten.  Belleau Kitchen is hosting a Random Recipe challenge for the month of February. I'm going to submit this recipe and participate for the first time. This is from Miss Sophie Dahl's book. I was so glad that this is the random page that I got. It's perfect just in time for Valentine's Day. I'm going to submit this to What Kate Baked  and  Lavender and Lovage. They are hosting a challenge as well for the month of February and the theme is Romance.

Butter for greasing
2 cups of broken semisweet chocolate (or 1 cup each of dark and milk chocolate, plus extra to decorate (optional) (I use my favourite Ghirardelli chocolate)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup boiling water
2 sticks of salted butter, cut into cubes
6 eggs seperated
1 teaspoon of instant coffee (I left this out since my kiddies can't have them)
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

To top the cake

1 package of fresh strawberries
7oz tub creme fraiche (I've used heavy whipping cream)

Preparation method

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

For the cake, grease and line the base of a 23cm/9in springform tin with baking parchment.

Blend the chocolate and sugar in a food processor until a fine powder forms. Add the boiling water, butter, egg yolks, coffee powder and vanilla extract and blend until well combined.

In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed, then, using a metal spoon, gently fold into the chocolate mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin, then transfer to the fridge for 2-3 hours.

To serve, remove the cake from the tin and place on a serving plate or cake stand, spread the crème fraîche or heavy whipping cream on top, then decorate over with the strawberries. To decorate, grate some chocolate over the top, or dust with icing sugar (optional)

{Sophie Dahl} I love this cookery book.


  1. Wow this looks amazing. Very professional. strawberry and chocolate are great together for valentine. I like the presentation.

    1. Thank you Alida. I tried my best and the your Chicken Herb is a favourite at my house. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  2. well, it looks incredible... what an amazing random recipe you've chosen... I too love Sophie's book, it is brilliant!... thank you so much for participating, its always great to have new people on board. Your blog is very pretty!

    1. Thank you, and I love your blog and your recipes. Every time I read them it puts a smile on my face and brings me back in time.

  3. Cake is beautiful, and a very elegant for the occasion.

  4. Nice recipe - just right for Valentine's day.(Unless you're on a diet, I suppose).

  5. this cake looks fantastic.
    I am a choco-adict and I love Dark Chocolate.

  6. I love Sophie Dahl's book too!!!And you have done such a great job! The cake looks beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing! You have a very cute blog!

  7. Thank you so much for entering this absolutely delicious cake into Tea Time Treats!

  8. Fabulous sounding cake and it looks so pretty too. Looks like I've found yet another chocolate cake to make!

  9. I love Shophie Dahl's book too it's one of my all time favourites...I just love the same kind of food she cooks tasty but not too unhealthy. This looks amazing and great because it's flourless...always good to have a few gluten free recipes in my repertoire...I've made a lot of her recipes but not this one yet...I'll definitely have a go the next time I bake a chocolate cake. Thanks for sharing...


  10. came over from dom's! I watched the sophie dahl cooking shows on bbc iplayer and then couldn't resist flipping through the cookbook in a bookstore, she has a really nice way of making everything sound delicious but not too sinfully so! I did flourless chocolate orange cake using a nigella recipe aroudn christmastime last year, which seemed much lighter than your dense, rich version. Want to give this a try now!

    1. I've watched her shows as well. Her book is wonderful isn't it? I'm going to have to your orange cake a go. Yes, you must try this it is soooooo delicious. We love dark chocolate and this was just the perfect flavour.

  11. What a beautiful-looking cake, and absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day! I love the dense sweetness of flourless chocolate cakes, and can't wait to give this a go. I will be very, very popular in this house the day I make this!

  12. This looks fantastic - and perfect romantic decoration for a romantic month! Delicious. Must go and find some chocolate now...


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