Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce

I’d like to give credit to the person who developed this recipe, but it’s been in my computer recipe files for several years now.  I’m honestly not sure where it originated.  What I can tell you that my whole family loves this recipe.  My daughter, Vesper, specifically requested it for her birthday tomorrow:

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce and Homemade Whipped Cream

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce and Homemade Whipped Cream

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into pieces
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
6 large eggs

Caramel sauce
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter

Powdered Sugar


For cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan. Line bottom with waxed paper. Stir butter and chocolate in heavy large saucepan over low heat until melted. Mix sugar and cocoa in large bowl. Add eggs; whisk until well blended. Whisk in chocolate-butter mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool cake completely in pan on rack. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Release pan sides. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)

Using a sifter or handheld strainer, sprinkle powdered sugar over cake for a decorative appearance.  (Cover and refrigerate.)

For caramel sauce:
Stir sugar, water, and lemon juice in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat; boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber color, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Add in cream (mixture will bubble vigorously). Return to low heat; stir until any bits of caramel dissolve. Add butter; whisk until smooth. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

Cut cake into wedges. If desired, arrange wedges on baking sheet and rewarm in 350°F oven 10 minutes. Rewarm caramel sauce over medium-low heat, stirring often. Place 1 cake wedge on each plate. Drizzle with warm caramel sauce.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream.

Cut-out letters on cake

I cut out letters to put on the cake before adding the powdered sugar.

Powdered sugar ouline of name on cake

This is how Vesper's name turned out, outlined in powdered sugar on her cake.

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