Nick's Picks: Chocolate Flourless Torte

02.08.12 | Nick Finlayson | Comments[12]


  • 1 pound semisweet chocolate chips, about 2 cups 
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus 1/2 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup double strength coffee
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using about half a tablespoon of butter to coat a 9 inch springform pan. Cut a parchment circle that fits the bottom of the pan and place that in the bottom of the cake pan. Wrap the outside of pan with foil and set aside. 

Melt chocolate, butter along with the coffee over a double boiler until smooth. Reserve.

Combine eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer until frothy and nearly doubled in volume. Fold in egg mixture into chocolate by thirds. This helps to not cook the eggs.

Pour batter into prepared springform pan. Place pan in a larger roasting pan and add enough boiling water in the larger pan to surround the springform pan and half way up the sides. Bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes or until set. 

Remove cake pan from water pan and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool for about an hour and refrigerate until completely cool. Remove the side of the pan and invert the cake onto a serving plate. Carefully remove the bottom of the cake pan and paper liner. Dust with cocoa and powdered sugar if desired. Serves 12-14.




Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 02.08.12 Gail C commented

Valentine's Day, here we come - what a great idea! Thanks again, Nick.

on 02.08.12 commented

I thought I heard on the radio this morning that one of the ingredients in the chocolate torte was buttermilk. Its not listed in this recipe. Am I mistaken? I was intrigued by the buttermilk and thought I would like to try that. Thanks for the reply. Sueanne

on 02.08.12 Ned commented

Great recipe. I believe you forgot to say to grease the springform in the instructions above.

Thanks for a great idea.

on 02.08.12 Nick F. commented

There is no buttermilk in the recipe, maybe one of us slipped on the air this morning!

In the second step, you use the 1/2 tbsp of butter to grease the pan.

Enjoy and God Bless!

on 02.08.12 Debbie commented

Too funny!!! Looks delicious!

on 02.08.12 Debbie commented

Too funny!!! Looks delicious!

on 02.09.12 Gwen commented

Question. I know that butter is the best - unless you have someone who is lactose intolerant in the house. Could I use Fleischmanns unsalted margarine (lactose free) or would the taste be too much affected? THANKS!

on 02.14.12 mary commented

Let me tell you, good is not the word for this dessert. More like WOW, SPECTACULAR!!!! I went to the Meredith Andrews Concet and had this amazing dessert...Well words aren't enough...Nick you have out done yoursef w/ this one...Thanks

on 02.15.12 Charles B. commented

I made this on 02/10/2012 for dinner the next night and it was to die for as I kept hearing from all the announcers. Thanks for a great recipe!

on 02.15.12 Nick F. commented

Thanks for all of the great comments guys!
Gwen, I have substituted margarine in baking before and things have turned out good. So I say, Try it!

on 02.15.12 Betty D. commented

Great video!

on 02.29.12 Sandra Q. commented

So...what do you do if the mixture starts to leak out of the springform a little?