flourless chocolate espresso torte

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~melissa’s flourless chocolate espresso torte~

What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate. A pound a day often.” – Katharine Hepburn

There’s torte, and then there’s my torte. This is the first time I’ve ever shared this recipe. You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1 and 1/2 cups real butter, cut into chunks

3/4 lb. bittersweet chocolate, chopped or chips (3 cups)

1/2 c. espresso or very strong coffee, brewed

1 cup sugar

6 large eggs

To prepare:

Butter an 8 inch, round cake pan. In a saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate, butter and espresso. Add 1 cup sugar and stir until just melted. Remove from heat. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Whisk in the chocolate mixture until well blended. Pour into prepared cake pan. Very carefully,  place in a larger cake pan that contains boiling water. Adjust water so it comes half way up the side of the torte pan. Very carefully place in the 350 oven. Bake the torte in this water bath for about 45 minutes (or until torte barely jiggles in the middle.) Remove torte from water bath. Chill in refrigerator until completely cool (about 8 hours.)

To unmold:

Dip bottom of torte pan in very hot water for 10 to 15 seconds. Carefully invert onto a pretty serving plate.


Combine 1 cup bittersweet chocolate (chopped or in chip form,) 1/2 cup heavy cream, and  3 Tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Cook on low until just melted. Add 1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier (optional). Mix well. Remove from heat and immediately pour over torte. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Cover torte and chill until ganache is completely cooled and set.

Carefully slice with a very sharp knife. Enjoy with afternoon tea, a little port, a hearty red wine or a French press!


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  28 comments for “flourless chocolate espresso torte

  1. Sandy
    December 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I think it looks very good! Although, I know, I am not a really big chocolate eater….Now this is not being cruel because you are a very good friend, but this looks like the first layered cake I made and my frosting was everywhere….But tasted very good….and my new hubby just loved it and cooking has improved over the last 42 years….LOL

  2. admin
    December 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I am actually laughing out loud! That is so funny! πŸ™‚

    I go a little overboard with the ganache on this torte because a little is good and a half gallon is FABULOUS!!!

    Thanks for your honest comment love.


  3. Kimber Dunn
    December 13, 2010 at 12:20 am

    This looks delicious and the more “frosting” the better!! YUMMMMM!!!

  4. admin
    December 13, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Thanks Kimber! You’re going to love this recipe!

  5. Chantelle
    December 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    OMG! OMG! OMG! I’m hearing air raid sirens and warning alarms everywhere! I can’t believe it! The double secret torte recipe! I hope I can make it one tenth as good as you make it! Thank you. πŸ˜‰

  6. admin
    December 21, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    thanks Lady πŸ™‚ I remember you and Jana’s reaction to the torte at the Paris party πŸ™‚ Have fun making it!

  7. Cami
    November 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Oh, dear!! How can you have so many amazing recipes and NOT weigh 750 pounds? This is getting made at my house…. maybe not today, but SOON!!!

    • Melissa
      November 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

      well, I wish I could say I’m a skinny Minny, but I’m not πŸ™‚ I’ve found that the more I cook, the less I eat though. If that helps. LOL. Enjoy!

  8. February 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Wow, this looks and sounds amazing!

    • Melissa
      November 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      thank you πŸ™‚

  9. February 12, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I love chocolate and espresso together, and this sounds amazing. Thanks for linking up to my v-day blog hop! πŸ™‚

    • Melissa
      February 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

      Thanks for hosting! enjoy, Katherine! πŸ™‚

  10. May 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Melissa, have I told you lately, I love you? And now I’m in love with this recipe, just put it at the top of my must make list! Thanks for sharing, pinned it!

    • Melissa
      May 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Hey Baby Cakes πŸ˜‰ Love you back. Glad you like the recipe. It’s chocolate heaven. xoxo

  11. May 18, 2012 at 6:40 am

    LOVE it and you!! Oh, I’ll take a slice if you insist. ~smile~ Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures Week 34 darlin’! I hope to see you again next week. <3 and hugs sweets! http://www.recipesformyboys.com/2012/05/thursdays-treasures-week-34.html open all week

    • Melissa
      May 18, 2012 at 6:41 am

      Hi there sweet Debi! thanks for hosting πŸ™‚ glad you like the recipe. xoxo

  12. November 7, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Hi.may I please ask what is 1/2 c expresso? I am asking as you have specified cups for other ingredients so this cannot be cup or is it?

    • Melissa
      November 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Hi. Yes. C = cups.

  13. June 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you so much. I have recently gone completely grain free. Now…can you use stevia in place of the sugar?

    • Melissa
      June 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Cathy!

      I’ve never tried stevia in place of sugar. I bet it would work! Please let me know if you try it and what happened πŸ™‚ XO ~M

  14. Sue
    July 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    This looks incredible Melissa. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Melissa
      July 26, 2014 at 10:38 am

      My pleasure, Sue! πŸ™‚

      Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!


      • Sue
        July 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        Hi Melissa,
        I made this and couldn’t wait for the ganache to set so had it without at the first sitting.
        My family couldn’t believe that it could actually taste any better with ganache –
        but wow, it did.
        Absolutely to die for
        Thanks for a new family favourite.
        Question is – can I keep up with the demand ?

        • Melissa
          August 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

          LOL! that’s a very good question, Sue! πŸ™‚ So happy you and your family are enjoying the torte! Thanks for visiting me. XO ~M

  15. Katelynn
    November 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I just saw this on Facebook today ! And am so making it! I loooovvveee coffee and chocolate so I’m excited to try this out! The posts from Chindeep are wonderful and I enjoy every one!


  16. Kathy
    June 4, 2015 at 11:02 am

    The easiest cake I have ever made. Took longer to melt chocolate than mixing it all up. Taste wonderful. Much better than my old recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Deb
    October 31, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Could you suggest something to use instead of espresso/coffee? My hub can’t even stand the smell of coffee. And this looks too good not to make.
    : )
    Deb M.

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