Dear SOS: We recently ate a delicious dinner at Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena, Calif., and celebrated birthdays with its flourless chocolate cake, which was very light and heavenly, not dense like many flourless chocolate cakes. Any chance of getting its recipe?
A: This is a cake to make any chocoholic happy, birthday or not. Gale Kohl was happy to share the recipe for her restaurant’s cake, which you can find below.
¼ cup (½ stick) butter
1/3 cup (2 ounces) chopped semisweet chocolate
Using a double-boiler (or in a bowl set over simmering water), melt the butter and chocolate, gently stirring, to form the ganache. Hold in a warm place until ready to cover the cake.
Chocolate Flourless Cake
1 2/3 cups (10 ounces) chopped semi-sweet chocolate,preferably Callebaut or Valrhona
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1½ cups plus 1 tablespoon (3 sticks plus 1 tablespoon) butter
7 eggs, separated
7 tablespoons sugar
coffee liqueur, preferably Kahlua
Prepared ganache, warmed
Whipped cream or creme fraîche (garnish)
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
Using a double-boiler (or in a bowl set over simmering water), combine the chocolate, cocoa and butter, gently stirring until melted. Remove from heat.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until the yolks are very light in color and increased in volume, 6 to 10 minutes. Separately, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, 4 to 6 minutes.
Carefully fold the melted chocolate into the beaten egg whites until combined, then fold in the egg yolk mixture. Fold in the coffee liqueur.
Place the mixture in the prepared pan. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 40 minutes. The cake will puff as it bakes and then will settle after it comes out of the oven and cools.
Cool the cake completely, then drizzle with ganache. Serve with whipped cream or creme fraîche. Serves 12 to 16.
Each of 16 servings (without whipped cream): calories: 352; protein: 4 grams; carbohydrates: 19 grams; fiber: 2 grams; fat: 31 grams; saturated fat: 19 grams; cholesterol: 137 mg; sugar: 15 grams; sodium: 58 mg.