Willie Cake

Willie Cake


"Very rich flourless cake made with lots of chocolate. A velvety ganache icing finishes it off with even more rich chocolate goodness."


2 h 30 m servings 667 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 667 kcal
  • 33%
  • Fat:
  • 46.6 g
  • 72%
  • Carbs:
  • 54g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 8.6 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 170 mg
  • 57%
  • Sodium:
  • 46 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, and then wrap the outside of the pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Combine 14 ounces of bittersweet chocolate with the butter in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Remove from heat, and cool to lukewarm.
  3. In a medium bowl, whip egg yolks with half of the sugar (6 tablespoons) until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Fold cooled chocolate into the yolks along with the vanilla and rum. In a separate glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy. Gradually add remaining sugar while continuing to whip to medium stiff peaks. Fold egg whites into the chocolate mixture in thirds. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top of the cake is puffed and cracked. A wooden pick inserted into the cake will still have some moist crumbs attached. Cool cake in the pan over a wire rack. The top will fall.
  5. Place 1 pound of chocolate in a metal bowl. Heat cream to boiling in a saucepan. Pour hot cream over chocolate, and stir until smooth. Bowl may be set over a pan of simmering water if the chocolate is not able to melt completely from the heat of the cream.
  6. Press down gently on the top of the cake to make it uniformly flat. Remove sides from the cake pan, and invert cake onto a plate. Remove parchment paper from the bottom. Ladle warm ganache over the top, and spread out to cover sides. Wipe drips from the plate, and let stand until set.
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  1. 18 Ratings


I made this cake for a friend who has celiac's disease and it was a huge hit. The chocolate ganache was very good, but if I make again I will put it in the refrigerator to set. (I'm new to thi...

I made this cake for my son's (named William) birthday, and it has become a tradition in our house. I used Ghiradelli Chocolate and the quality of the finished torte was impressive, restautant q...

This was easy to make and really delicious. It is very, very rich which is why I gave it 4 stars...a little too rich for me with the glaze. I'm going to revise the recipe to lower the carbs by...

This is a lovely flourless chocolate cake recipe. It's super-rich and like a baked chocolate mousse. I dusted the top with icing sugar and served with thick cream and berries. My friends loved ...

This was an excellent cake, but I've had better ones. I'm still on the hunt for the best flourless cake available.

I made this simple cake for a co-worker and it has been rated one of my best creations. Highly recommend.

easy to make and VERY chocolatey. I made this for my sister who has a gluten allergy. She loved it!

Woah!! this cake was so rich i could barely eat a sliver without getting a headache. my mom thought it was awesome but it was just too rich for my husband and i. i think the ganache was just ...

Fantastic for a flourless cake! I used milk chocolate for the ganache. You can safely cut the glaze recipe in half. I had a pool of glaze around my cake and plenty left in the bowl. Save yoursel...