Flourless chocolate cake
A flourless chocolate cake is a dense "fallen" cake made from an aerated chocolate custard. Whole eggs are whipped to a foam in a manner similar to a Génoise cake, using low heat from the melted chocolate to stabilize the protein matrix. The resulting batter contains only the starch naturally present in the chocolate, and is baked in a bain-marie.
Flourless chocolate cake is a popular dessert in gluten-free diets.
A similar cake with little or no flour in which the egg matrix is allowed to collapse is known as "fallen" or "molten" chocolate cake and was popularized by, among others, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurants.
- Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Baking Illustrated, Brookline, MA: America's Test Kitchen, 2004, ISBN 0-936184-75-2.
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