Flourless Mocha Cake with Creme Anglaise will leave your guests thinking it came from a bakery or restaurant.
Flourless Mocha Cake with Creme Anglaise sounds like a dessert you’d order at the end of a special meal out, but with just a few high quality ingredients, you’ll be serving a gorgeous plated dessert worthy of a five star restaurant in just 30 minutes of active prep time and just over an hour in the oven.
This Flourless Mocha Cake recipe is based off my go-to Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe with the addition of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract. Just a teaspoon of each really bring out the flavor in a rich, natural way.
Flourless Mocha Cake is made even better with the addition of the Creme Anglaise. Just a few ingredients and 20 minutes on the stovetop while your cake is baking, the dish will be ready to serve in just a couple of hours.
A traditional Creme Anglaise uses a vanilla bean, but in this case I used Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste. Since using it in this recipe I’ve taken to using it on everything!
So much of the flavor from the vanilla bean is in the seeds. A small amount of the vanilla bean paste can go a long way and because of the thickness of the paste it won’t thin out your recipes:
- Anywhere you’d use vanilla extract, you can use the vanilla bean paste in the exact same amount
- In mixers for drinks
- In place of extract for frosting, you’ll end up with a beautiful speckled frosting without thinning it out.
- With roasted duck or sweet potatoes for a more savory recipe.
- Full confession, I’ve drizzled it over Belgian waffles and ice cream. It is addicting.
Flourless Mocha Cake with Creme Anglaise
- Yield: 12 servings
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
- Course: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- Author: Dinner, then Dessert
- Flourless Mocha Cake:
- 12 ounces dark chocolate , semisweet, milk or bittersweet can be used too (whichever you prefer)
- 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract
- 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 sticks butter , cut into pieces
- 5 large eggs , room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- Creme Anglaise:
- 2 cups light cream
- 1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
- 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 5 large egg yolks
Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
- To make the cake:
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Add 1 inch of hot water to a pan with at least two inch sides that is larger than your springform pan. (I use a 10-inch springform pan.)
- Add the chocolate and butter to a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave for 30 seconds, in three intervals (wait a minute or so before each one) but don't mix.
Let sit for one minute, then stir the butter and chocolate until smooth.
- In a larger second bowl, mix the eggs and sugar with a whisk.
- Make sure the chocolate is not too hot or wait another minute or two.
- Whisk in the chocolate into the egg mixture slowly until fully combined.
- Sit your springform pan on top of a sheet of foil and press it up against the sides so there is a barrier between the pan and the water.
- Add the batter, cover the top with foil and put it in your pan with water.
Bake in a water bath for 75 minutes.
- Remove from oven and from water bath.
- Uncover and let cool completely.
- To Make the Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise:
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until combined.
- In a medium saucepan heat the light cream and and the Neilsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste until it is at a light simmer, just before boiling.
- Turn the heat off the saucepan and ladle a 1/4 cup of the cream mixture into the egg and sugar mixture, whisking quickly.
- Working 1/4 cup at a time keep whisking it in until you do that about 4 times, then slowly add in the rest while whisking.
- You want to whisk quickly to avoid the eggs curdling.
- Put the mixture back into the saucepan and heat slowly on medium-low until just below boiling (170-175 degrees).
- Using a spoon, check for thickness by running your finger along the back.
- If the coating on the back of the spoon leaves a distinct line where your finger was, you're good to go.
- To ensure the smoothest creme anglaise, pass it through a strainer.
- Serve the cake with fresh berries and creme anglaise poured over.
Yield: 12 servings, Amount per serving: 445 calories, Calories: 445g, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 194mg, Sodium: 50mg, Potassium: 274mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 12.4g, Vitamin C: 0.3g, Calcium: 6.8g, Iron: 21.7g
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I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post. All opinions are my own.