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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake (glutenfree)

 I don't eat much sugar.  I run a pretty unhealthy fasting blood sugar count, so I basically cut it out of my diet.  However, no sweets ever doesn't seem like moderation.  So periodically, I will buy some agave or xylitol or stevia and I will make a dessert that all of us can share.  My kids' eyes usually pop out of their heads for a minute when they see me sit down with a dessert before they realize that the yummy thing in front of them is not made from cane or beet sugar (although I am positive that the terms "cane" or "beet" sugar don't cross their minds - it's more like "real" and "fake").  I actually wait until everyone has eaten at least half of their dessert before I cut my own.  That way they cannot say it tastes funny because it isn't "real."


So when I got the email announcing this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge was chocolate cake, I decided to make it fit in with my new gluten free-ness as well as with my old sugar-less-ness.  Why not?  The fact that Food Lion is closing the local store and everything was 50% off this week helped with buying the agave and chocolate.

The recipe I found was on Tasty and Gluten Free, one of the many, many gluten free blogs I have found myself reading.  Although you can find many flourless chocolate cake recipes, there are not many that use alternative sweeteners.  Hers fit all of my criteria.  I switched out the semisweet chocolate for unsweetened, lowered the amount by 1/3 and cut out one egg.  I also added some vanilla to the cake and skipped the glaze.   It was really, really chocolatey.  Probably using the semi sweet or even half milk chocolate chips would help if you aren't a dark chocolate fanatic.  I had a tiny sliver and it boosted my flavonoid level off the charts (says Dr. Kristen)

Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake (adapted from this recipe)
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup agave nectar
3 eggs
3/4 cup cocoa
1 Tbsp pure vanilla
Melt the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl in the microwave (mine took 1 1/2 minutes with a lot of stirring afterward).  Pour into a mixing bowl and add the agave.  Mix with a whisk attachment if your mixer has one or hand beaters or a manual whisk.  Beat the eggs in that glass bowl you just emptied and pour them into the chocolate while the mixer is running.  Add the cocoa slowly and beat until very smooth.  Add the vanilla and mix.  Pour into a greased, parchment lined 9 inch round cake pan.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until a firm pudding texture.  Cool 12 minutes are remove from pan to serving plate.  Refrigerate for a few hours to achieve a dense, fudge-like texture.  Serve with whipped cream or berries or glaze or plain.





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59 comments:

Aarthi said...

This sounds YUMMY..Bookmarked..

Aarthi
http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

This cake looks ahh-mazing, Kristen! I tried to make this type of cake once, but it was a total flop ( more pudding than cake lol ). I will have to try your recipe! Thank you for sharing!

Marina said...

Sorry for a store closing, Kristen. It always blows my mind with "it's unfair..." thoughts. This cake looks very tasty, and knowing that you are not a sweet eater, it's probably not to sweet for me either. Does agave nectar keeps sugar level low? My dad is diabetic, and I always on a look for a healthy sweet choice for him.

dena said...

I love flourless cakes and your looks especially delicious. Haven't yet gotten around to using agave nectar, even though it taunts and teases me from the grocer's shelf. I will have to finally pick some up and try your version.

LinsFood said...

Oooh, I love these flour less French-y chocolate cakes, they're so decadent! Lin xx

Heidi @ homeingreece said...

this looks amazing... I love flourless chocolate cake! (who doesn't?) Can I pretend that it's good for me? :)

Tina said...

I am really wondering about that agave nectar. It does sound a little bit more natural and probably better than Stevia.
Your cake looks delicious-definitely one to squelch the chocolate craving!

Sue said...

This looks like a chocolate lover's dream~that would be me!

Lesa @Edesia's Notebook said...

Looks great! Nice to have a dessert that you don't have to feel totally guilty about eating.

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

This looks seriously, seriously chocolatey - and seriously, seriously good!

Katherine Martineli said...

Wow, that looks amazing!! I'm not gluten or sugar free but I'd still like to make it just like this. And what a blog hop!

Gloria said...

look delicious!

Kelli Cooks said...

That actually looks really good, but the southern cook in me cringes at all the healthy stuff ;-) Minnie, my alter-ego, is printing out the recipe to try, though!

Balvinder Ubi said...

i would love to have this.

Terry said...

I've never tried a flour-less cake. Looks really good, I will have to try it!

Jill | Dulce Dough said...

This looks so good! I recently tried flourless cake at a restaurant, but have never made it myself. Definitely on my "to make" list!

yummychunklet said...

Looks tasty and divine!

The Harried Cook said...

I love flourless chocolate cakes, and your looks really good, Kristen! Love how beautifully it holds it's shape... Thanks for sharing :)

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

Looks delicious! I would love to make this. I think I will go with your suggestion, and mix milk chocolate and semisweet, as I am not a lover of dark chocolate.

Anne@FromMySweetHeart said...

Oh Kristen! I love deep, dark chocolate and this looks wonderful! There's something about the texture of a flourless chocolate cake that I love as well! And how lucky that you got half off your ingredients! Looks like this one is a keeper! : )

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks so delicious and fudgy.
Do send it across to my ongoing event
My culinary Trial room
Ongoing event - Love n Chocolate Fest

gobakeyourself said...

Instead of 'gluten free' I read 'guilt free"- oops :D
But either way, this recipe is made for mee (looks amazing!)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Joanne said...

I am pretty much a dark chocolate FIEND so even though I don't need to cut back on sugar, I would totally make this as is!

The Mom Chef said...

Wow, you can just about feel the chocolate vibes rising from that cake. The minute I saw it I thought of my father. He's a bittersweet chocolate fiend. Congrats on coming up with a beautiful and delicious chocolate dessert for the challenge!

Tiffany said...

Love that you used agave!

Katerina said...

This cake would be perfect for my father who is diabetic! He is always jealous when we eat sweets! It looks delicious!

Corina said...

Luckily I don't have any dietary requirements but I love fudgy cakes so this one would do for me!

Suzi said...

This cake looks delicious, moist and chocolatey. I have never eaten a flourless cake yet, but this one looks yummy. Gotta try it.

Julia {The Roasted Root} said...

Ohhhhhh yeah! :)

Barbara said...

This looks amazing! Time to get my chocolate fix!

www.you-made-that.com said...

I like that you used agave in this recipe, I do like it as a sweetener. I am like you about sugar in my body being high but I haven't stopped eating it, not disciplined yet. I feel like cutting out sugar would be like cutting off my right arm or something. Nice post and recipe :)

RavieNomNoms said...

Yay for yummy flourless cakes!!! :-)

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danasfoodforthought said...

I'm so glad you can enjoy delicious looking treats like this, even with the gluten and sugar restrictions! I bet it was a great treat!

mywanderingspoon said...

Pure chocolate perfection:)

Lisa~~ said...

Love flourless cakes, so rich and delicious.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Lizzy said...

Oh, how yummy! My family loves flourless chocolate cake...mmmmmmm.

marsbarsm said...

Sounds yummy! Despite what a lot of people will tell you, be careful with agave because it actually has a higher sugar load than plain table sugar and will spike that blood sugar way up. Stevia would be my #1 choice because it comes directly from a plant and has very little effect, if any, on blood sugar levels. The best conversion I've found is 1C sugar to 1tsp pure stevia. thanks for sharing!

Kim Bee said...

Oh my Kristen this looks really good. Way to make your new diet work for you. Don't you just love agave. It can be hard to find here but I can nab it occasionally at the gourmet store. So good.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Terrific look to this cake. So rich and dark!

Thanks for sharing, eRecipeCards.com
Dave

Elpiniki said...

This cake looks so delicious! I love chocolate of any kind!

Miz Helen said...

This cake looks so moist and delicious! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
Miz Helen
#7

Lois B said...

Almost like chocolate in IV form! I haven't tried agave nectar; how do you like it?

Michael Toa said...

How wonderful. I love flourless cake, chocolate or not, because of its light texture. This cake looks great. Yum.

Rosemary said...

My husband craves a chocolate treat often, but I don't want either of us to have too much sugar or chocolate. I'll be trying this!

Chels said...

I know a lot of people who are on the gluten free diet and would love a cake like this!!!

Desi said...

Oh wow, I wasn't expecting agave nectar. I've got some at home right now... must make this cake!

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Ooooooh, YES PLEASE!!!!

Words Of Deliciousness said...

Your cake look delicious, so chocolaty. Great job!

~♥Sie♥~ said...

Hello Ms.Kristen *hugs hugs*..sorry I was delayed on visiting your post..this post of your didn't appear on my dashboard..I was here to tell you I tried your beans recipe on your previous post and I would just like to say thank you..and I was surprised you have a new post and it made me oh grrrrrrrr..I love Chocolate Cake..my hon and I will love this..I will try this again..I am always into healthy food but I can't resist chocos hihih..*hugs* passing by Ms.Kristen 。◕‿◕。 oh a double smiley for the choco cake hihihi 。◕‿◕。

Little Mommy said...

Great work! I love that you are finding good GF recipes!

Alyssa said...

This looks great and I'm glad that you were able to make it healthier. Stopping by from CCC#45.

The Shady Porch said...

Your picture sells this cake! It looks so moist, and chocolaty! I've never used agave nectar...I need to try it since we have sugar restrictions in our home too!

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

I have been sucrose intolerant for over 20 years and find that flourless and sugarless don't always work together. Your recipe looks worth trying for sure :)

Jennifer said...

I like that it has so few ingredients! It looks nice!

Jen #79

Cucina49 said...

Lovely cake--and it's great that you used dark chocolate, which is my favorite. So now it is heart-healthy on top of being without gluten. Perfect!

A Nest in the Rocks said...

Looks really moist!

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

It looks very light and moist. I am with you on not wanting things too sweet. Love it Kristen!

kita said...

I am itching to try a version of this cake. I am not a huge sweets fan myself but something about this one keeps calling my name.

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