Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

February 12, 2013 by Ali

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Whenever anyone asks me for a Valentine’s dessert recipe recommendation, my first response has always been this flourless chocolate cake. I posted it on the blog years ago, but it is still one of my all-time favs — partly because it’s easy to make and only calls for three ingredients, and party because it is chocolatey chocolicious chocotastic chocolightful heaven.

But alas, any of my friends will tell you that while I like chocolate, I only like a little of it. Call me crazy, but it has always been so rich to me that I’m happily satisfied after a bite or two. (Here is where my mom reads this and sighs.) But alas, when I was recently reorganizing my kitchen and was putting away my favorite mini cheesecake pan, the idea occurred to me – mini flourless chocolate cakes!

Brilliant? Brilliant.

It’s basically the exact same recipe, but bite-sized and topped with some whipped cream and sprinkles. Just because. :)

If you want another fun twist, my friend Sara mentioned that she recently made her flourless chocolate cake with orange dark chocolate bars – yum! Or you could add in a little cinnamon and chili for a mayan chocolate twist. Or mix in some extra sea salt. Or, you could just go with the classic recipe. Either way, I think this bite-sized version of flourless chocolate cake is definitely my new favorite way to enjoy this recipe. Enjoy!

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes | gimmesomeoven.com

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 12 mini cakes

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, cold
  • 8 oz. chocolate (semisweet or bittersweet), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • 3 cups whipped cream
  • sprinkles for topping (optional)

Method

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a mini cheesecake pan liberally with cooking spray.

In a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, beat the eggs at high speed until the volume doubles (about 5 minutes).

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and butter together. You can either do this on the stove (by placing the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of almost-simmering water until smooth and very warm – about 115 degrees on an instant-read thermometer – stirring occasionally). Or you can do this in the microwave (by heating the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at 50% power for 2 minutes, then stirring, the adding the butter, and continuing to heat at 50% power and stir in 1-minute intervals until the mixture is well-melted and smooth). Then fold about a third of the beaten eggs into the chocolate mixture using a large rubber spatula until only a few streaks of egg are visible. Fold in half of the remaining egg foam, and then the last half of the foam, until the mixture is streak-free and smooth.

Scrape the batter into the mini cheesecake pans, filling each cup about 2/3 full. (I used about 5 tablespoons of batter per cake.) Bake until the cakes have risen slightly, the edges are just beginning to set, a thin-glazed crust (like a brownie) has formed on the surface, and an instant-read thermometer inserted halfway into the center reads 140° F, 14-18 minutes. Remove the pan and set on a wire rack; cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight to mellow and firm. (The cakse can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.)

To serve, carefully remove the mini cheesecakes from their cups, and top with whipped cream. Garnish with sprinkles if desired.

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes | gimmesomeoven.com

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes | gimmesomeoven.com

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes | gimmesomeoven.com

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes | gimmesomeoven.com

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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43 thoughts on “Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

  1. I made these over the weekend for my cousin’s graduation party– his sister has a wheat allergy, so I always look for desserts that everyone can eat– and they were a huge hit. I made them in a regular cupcake pan with paper liners and topped them with a whipped vanilla buttercream, and they were gone almost as soon as the desserts were set out.

    They did sink a bit, which I had expected with flourless cakes, but the texture was perfect. Firm enough to handle, but melted in your mouth and intensely chocolatey. This is definitely a recipe I’ll make again.

    - Kim@Treats & Trinkets

  2. can i make these as mini cupcakes in little mini papers??

    - raquel

    • I have not tried that, but believe you could. The baking time will just need to be a little less since mini cupcake tins are smaller than the pan shown here.

      - Ali

  3. We made these delights for Valentine’s Day, served with Cool Whip (had no heavy cream, to make fresh whipped cream) and sliced, macerated strawberries. We used semi sweet chocolate and melted the chocolate using the microwave method. The key was to whisk the eggs as per the recipe. The batter measured perfectly for our 12 mini cheesecake pan. If you eat them same day at room temperature, they taste light and moist and if you leave them in the fridge overnight, they taste rich and dense, either way they tasted amazing. Ali, thank you for posting a simply great recipe. We will definitely be using this recipe a lot.

    - Tigerlilly

  4. Hello, I am looking and salivating over your flourless mini chocolate cakes. I gave up grains and sugar some time back, and thes are perfect, and low carb as well. My question is, are these meant to have no sweetener in them? Not even in the whipped cream? Just wondering if it was mistakenly not listed, or intentionally not meant to be there, because it is not needed. Thank you.

    - Shaela

    • Correct — these cakes are a little more bitter. So the sweetener just comes from the sweetness in the semisweet or bittersweet chocolate. You can top them with whipped cream if desired, though. :)

      - Ali

  5. I hope you can help me with my goof-up. I made these, and they are delicious: light, fluffy, melt in your mouth bliss of chocolate. I left off the whipped cream and sprinkles but did add 1/2 cup of sugar to the eggs after they were whipped.
    BUT, although they rose with the initial baking, they sank upon cooling. They were not tall with straight sides and top like yours. And the crackly tops just floated off with the slightest breath on them.
    I will make them again even with the less than stellar appearance because they are yummy. But any suggestions as to how I can get them to be prettier would be so helpful.
    Thanks.

    - charm

    • Hi Charm,

      Hmmm, a little sinking can be normal with flourless cakes. If you bake them in a water bath, that will definitely help. But otherwise, I’m not quite sure having not tried baking this recipe with the extra sugar.

      ~Ali

      - Ali

  6. I found you on pinterest and now I’m obsessed with your blog! I love your pictures and you have great recipe ideas!

    I must try this mini flourless chocolate cake!!! Question…do you have to use the mini cheesecake pan for this recipe? Would it work with a mini muffin pan?

    - Tina @ Tina's Chic

    • I made these today with muffin tins and it made 12 perfectly sized little cakes…so yummy. I sprinkled them with powdered sugar and will serve them with marionberries drizzled over. I LOVE THIS RECIPE. Three ingredients I always have on hand. Thank you for sharing!

      - Runner Girl

  7. Oh yum these look delicious and I love the short ingredients list too. Your photos are absolutely stunning too!

    - Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

  8. These are so very cute! And the sprinkles… eee! Love this.

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  9. Very cute!! I can’t believe these are flourless… I would attack the entire batch, but that’s just me. ;-)

    - Kate@Diethood

  10. These are adorable – I love that they’re bite size, such a perfect little treat!

    - Kathryn

  11. Is the overnight set up necessary? I found this recipe yesterday, and I was hoping to make it for tonight!

    - Carrie

  12. These are Ah-dorable!! Love the photos. So fun!

    - Ashley

  13. Love this idea and love how few ingredients the recipe has. I bet the chocolate quotient is nice an intense! Pinned!

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  14. These bite-sized cakes look so addicting! I wouldn’t be able to stop myself at all!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  15. Oh my goodness – brilliant. These look so amazing! And so delicious.

    - Rachel

  16. Would these work in a mini-muffin pan? or would they stick?

    - Jana

  17. Ok pleeeeeeeze tell me where you got those little cake stand thingys?!? They are so cute x)

    xo
    summer

    - summer

  18. these are adorable!!

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  19. These are SO cute! Flourless chocolate cake is so amazing, and the mini-version is even better, I think. Love the sprinkles!

    - Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

  20. what an easy, adorable, and totally delicious sounding recipe! yum

    - a farmer in the dell

  21. Deelicious, I’ve been looking for a pan to give that shape so I could make Thomas Keller’s chocolate bouchons. Thanks!!

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

  22. These are absolutely adorable! What a perfect two-bite dessert for Valentine’s Day!

    - Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

  23. Yum!! These look so fabulous!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  24. These are adorable, you can never go wrong with flourless chocolate desserts!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  25. I keep telling myself I’m going to try flourless cake and never get around to it! I kinda like the mini version. :) I want one (or two!) right now. You know I’m all about those sprinkles too Ali! These are gorgeous and so fun!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  26. These make me smile just looking at them! Now how much better if I was eating one… :)

    - little kitchie

  27. These are so cute. I’ve been wanting to try a flourless chocolate cake for some time, and I think you just motivated me to get on it!

    - Natasha

  28. Mini is brilliant. I have nooooo self control when it comes to flourless chocolate cake!

    - Beverly

  29. What a genius idea! And one I can’t believe we don’t see more often. Delicious :)

    - Sues

  30. Ugh. Yes. I want all of those. I could not stop at one or two bites when it came to these little cakes!

    - Karly

  31. Those are the cutest chocolatey cakes ever! I have to admit…I am with your mom on this one :-) Give me chocolate to eat all day long and I am a happy girl!

    - Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

  32. Sigh….

    - Ali's Mom

  33. Oooh, I’m crushing on these little cakes hardcore (And those adorable mini cake stands!)

    - Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  34. Cute!!!

    - Maria

  35. I love flourless chocolate cake – yes, brilliant to make them mini!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  36. Such a great idea for a dinner party! Beautiful presentation! :D

    - Caroline @ chocolate & carrots