Flourless chocolate cake

The flourless chocolate cake from Gale's Restaurant in Pasadena is delicious with a little whipped cream. Recipe: Flourless chocolate cake from Gale's Restaurant (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Dear SOS: We recently ate a delicious dinner at Gale's Restaurant in Pasadena and celebrated birthdays with its flourless chocolate cake, which was very light and heavenly, not dense like many flourless chocolate cakes. Any chance of getting its recipe?

Charlene Quan

Temple City

Dear Charlene: This is a cake to make any chocoholic happy, birthday or not. Gale Kohl was happy to share the recipe for her restaurant's cake, which you can find below.


1 hour, 10 minutes, plus cooling time. minutes. Serves 12 to 16

Chocolate ganache

1/4 cup (½ stick) butter

1/3 cup (2 ounces) chopped semisweet chocolate

Using a double-boiler (or in a bowl set over simmering water), melt the butter and chocolate, gently stirring, to form the ganache. Hold in a warm place until ready to cover the cake.

Chocolate flourless cake

1 2/3 cups (10 ounces) chopped semisweet chocolate, preferably Callebaut or Valrhona

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon (3 sticks plus 1 tablespoon) butter

7 eggs, separated

7 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, preferably Kahlua

Prepared ganache, warmed

Whipped cream or crème fraîche, for garnish

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.