Flourless Chocolate Cake with Walnuts Recipe

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Maryse Chevriere


  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ½ sticks sweet butter, diced
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 ½ ounces walnuts, chopped
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

I'll be perfectly honest — I'm not much of a baker. The precise measurements, the exact timing of everything, it's not really my game. But, for this cake, I make an exception. For chocolate (especially dark chocolate) you should always make an exception. Rich, dark, fudgy, with a little crunch from the walnuts, let's just say this is not a chocolate cake for the I-just-kind-of-like-chocolate person.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl over a pot of steaming water. Stir to until the mixture is smooth and melted. Set aside.

In another large heatproof bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract and sugar. Place the bowl of the pot of steaming water, making sure that the water and the bottom of the bowl do not touch.

Use an electric beater to beat the egg mixture until it becomes very pale and thick (you should be able to make a ribbon-like trail when lifting the beater).

Remove the bowl from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Next, gradually fold in the chocolate a couple spoonfuls at a time — take your time here, you don't want to deflate the mixture. Once all of the chocolate has been integrated, mix in the walnuts.

Pour the final mixture into the prepared springform pan and bake in the oven for about 35 minutes (you want the top to have formed a light crust but for the interior to still be moist).

When ready to serve, remove from the pan and dust with powdered sugar.  


Calories per serving:

632 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 328g 505%
  • Carbs 541g 180%
  • Saturated 161g 807%
  • Fiber 27g 107%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 496g
  • Monounsaturated 88g
  • Polyunsaturated 60g
  • Protein 62g 124%
  • Cholesterol 1,294mg 431%
  • Sodium 417mg 17%
  • Calcium 390mg 39%
  • Magnesium 582mg 145%
  • Potassium 2,077mg 59%
  • Iron 18mg 101%
  • Zinc 12mg 80%
  • Phosphorus 1,328mg 190%
  • Vitamin A 1,560µg 173%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 42%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 101%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 14%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 54%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 264µg 66%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 42%
  • Vitamin D 8µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 8mg 41%
  • Vitamin K 34µg 43%
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