Flourless Chocolate Cake and a Swim Workout

You guys are in for a treat today. I made this Chocolate Idiot Cake by David Lebovitz with Shelby over spring break earlier this year, and out of the four things we baked that night, this was by far the best. If you love chocolate, this is the dessert for you. It is an intensely rich, dense, dessert that is pure chocolate heaven. He calls it Chocolate Idiot Cake because it’s so easy. I’m not sure about impossible to mess up, but this is a relatively simple recipe and calls for just a few ingredients. Unlike other flourless chocolate cakes, which require the separation of the eggs and often whipping of egg whites, this recipe just uses the eggs whole, which is part of the reason we chose it. The only problem we had with this recipe was the springform pan. Since it calls for baking the cake in a pan of water, we decided to check if our springform pan was waterproof. It wasn’t really, so we wrapped aluminum foil around the bottom and hoped for the best. It turned out fantastic, but just be careful of that when you make this cake.

This cake was nothing short of incredible. It was delicious the night we baked it, and delicious the day after we baked it, and delicious the day after that… and then it was gone. However, I’m sure this cake will stay delicious for as long as you can keep from eating the entire thing in one sitting. This would also be a lovely dessert for entertaining, since it is so pretty and can easily be garnished with any fresh fruit you have. We used strawberries, and it added a nice little extra touch. Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

from David Lebovitz


10 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

7 oz unsalted butter, diced

5 eggs

1 cup white sugar

Cocoa powder, for dusting pan

Powdered sugar, for dusting

Strawberries, or other fresh fruit, for garnishing.


Preheat the oven to 350˚F and grease a 9 inch springform pan, dusting it with cocoa powder. If your pan isn’t watertight, wrap the bottom with aluminum foil.

Melt the chocolate and the butter over the stove on low heat, or in the microwave in 30 second increments at half power. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool for a bit.

While the chocolate mixture is cooling, whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk in the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Pour the batter into the springform pan and cover the top with aluminum foil. Place the springform pan in a larger pan and fill with hot water until the water reaches halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, until the cake is just set. If you touch the center, your finger should come away clean.

Let cool and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. Dust with powdered sugar and top with sliced strawberries or other fruit of your choice. Enjoy!



Give it a nice dusting of powdered sugar


The strawberries add a nice aesthetic touch


Look at that dense, chocolate interior


Chocolate Perfection

Now, after having a treat like that, I definitely needed a good swim. I didn’t make this cake and eat it today, but I did swim today, and what I did today would be the perfect workout to burn off this cake. Bringing back Energy System Monday from high school, today’s swim workout just kind of covers all the swimming bases.

Energy System Monday

200 SKIP

4×50 @1:00 rotating IM (fly/back, back/breast, breast/free, free/fly)

4×100 @1:30 odds first 15m of odd laps sprint, evens first 15m of even laps sprint

Main set 1: IM

100 IM @1:40, 4×50 fast free @:50

200 IM @3:20,  4×50 fast free @:50

300 IM @5:00,  4×50 fast free @:50

200 IM @3:20,  4×50 fast free @:50

100 IM @1:40,  4×50 fast free @:50

100 easy

Main set 2: Pulling

100 pull @1:30, 4×25 sprint stroke IM order @:30

200 pull @2:50, 4×25 sprint stroke IM order @:30

400 pull @4:10, 4×25 sprint stroke IM order @:30

200 pull @2:50, 4×25 sprint stroke IM order @:30

100 pull @1:30, 4×25 sprint stroke IM order @:30

200 easy choice

Total: 5000 yards

Time: 1 hr 30 min

4 thoughts on “Flourless Chocolate Cake and a Swim Workout

  1. I love a good flourless Chocoalte Cake! Thanks for sharing at Thursday’s Treasures, I’m featuring you on my Facebook page today!

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