Flourless Chocolate Cake with Strawberries

I stepped foot inside a gym this week for the first time in nearly four years.

It was a little strange to be back. A lot has changed in the gym world. There are things like “zumba”, “barre method” and “Lululemon” that I’d only really known about casually via updates in my Facebook news feed. And, of course, the child care area that I used to breeze past on my way in is now my very first destination.

I’m not starting a diet or anything. The only real goal I have is for general health. “Everything in moderation” has long been my mantra. Lately I’ve been thinking that “everything” probably ought to include exercise as well.

Let’s be honest, I want to be able to continue to enjoy treats like Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Steaming, right out of the oven

This cake emerged from the oven puffed up high like a soufflé, even a little beyond my cake pan for a few moments. Then as it cooled it settled down into a rich, fudgy, dense chocolate round. I would strongly recommend using a springform pan if you have one. It took an agonizing 5 minutes of heating, shaking, pounding and eventually prying with a butter knife for me to remove the cake from my standard cake pan, despite a generous coating of baking spray. The good news is it came out intact…and amazing.

Since it doesn’t contain any leavening ingredients many people who celebrate Passover like to serve a flourless chocolate cake. But, by all means, enjoy this decadent dessert whenever the mood strikes. Just be sure to hit the gym every now and again. 🙂

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Strawberries

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  1. Shaina wrote:

    Love this. SO pretty, and I’m dreaming of how heavenly it would taste.

    Posted 4.12.11 Reply
  2. This looks great! You know, for as much as I bake, I have yet to make a flourless chocolate cake :).

    Posted 4.13.11 Reply
  3. That is what I call a slice of chocolate heaven!

    Posted 4.14.11 Reply
  4. Kathy, this cake looks beautiful and I can’t believe it’s flourless! Great job. I love the way you halved the strawberries to circle the cake, too – lovely touch! Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

    Posted 4.15.11 Reply
  5. joanne wrote:

    mmmmmm! this looks awesome!!
    love your blog! thanks for sharing…joanne

    Posted 4.16.11 Reply
  6. Leanne wrote:

    What a beautiful cake! Congratulations on getting back to the gym. I’m absolutely terrified of going! (I’m afraid I”ll be judged as I try to figure out how to work a treadmill)

    Posted 4.22.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Thanks, Leanne! So far I’ve been sticking with the easiest machines (I know exactly what you mean about a fear of judgment!) but I’m looking forward to my appt next week where a trainer will familiarize me with the other equipment. A lot of gyms, including mine, also have women’s-only workout areas, sometimes that’s a little less intimidating. 🙂

      Posted 4.23.11 Reply
  7. This cake is amazing,looks delicious and so chocolatey … yum

    Posted 4.23.11 Reply
  8. I added to my blogroll because you have lovely recipes, original style … I never thought how many recipes we have on products packages … great ideea

    Posted 4.23.11 Reply
  9. Megan wrote:

    I’m fighting with myself right now about going to the gym. My fat self is winning the fight but you have encouraged the slim girl that is deep down inside me to keep on fighting. There is hope for me! But all I really want right now is a piece of that cake!

    Posted 4.25.11 Reply
  10. H wrote:

    Hey, what does the texture look like when this cake first comes out of the oven (the inside-not the top)? I’m questioning if mine was cooked long enough.

    Posted 2.17.13 Reply
    • I would imagine things are a bit jiggly when it first comes out of the oven, but I didn’t cut into it until it was fully cooled and chilled. The cake needs time to set.

      Posted 2.17.13 Reply