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Rich flourless chocolate cake

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 1 cake
Dietary Vegetarian
From Return to Tuscany
This dish is delicious served with vanilla or pistachio ice cream.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease a large baking mould.

  2. In a small bowl resting over a saucepan of hot water, melt the chocolate and butter together (the bowl should not be touching the water).

  3. In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks with the icing sugar until pale and creamy.

  4. Fold the melted chocolate into the egg mixture.

  5. Using a clean whisk, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, then fold gradually into the chocolate mixture.

  6. Using a spatula pour the mixture into the greased mould, then bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, until slightly cracked on the top, but still gooey in the middle. Serve.


  • 225g/8oz good-quality dark chocolate, chopped into pieces
  • 100g/3½oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 4 large free-range eggs, separated
  • 175g/6½oz icing sugar, sifted

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