Where are all the Keto Desserts?
The most difficult part about being on the ketogenic diet for a lot of people is not being able to indulge their sweet tooth. While keto recipes are over the internet, keto desserts are a bit harder to come by. This keto chocolate cake though is all the best parts of dessert with none of the guilt about cheating. It’s rich, dark, intense… almost like a chocolate truffle. And it’s super easy to make, with ingredients you’re bound to have around the house. Welcome to our low carb dessert recipe the Flourless Chocolate Cake
The Need for a Keto Chocolate Cake!
Sahil has an inveterate sweet tooth; you’ll find him reaching for something sweet even before the last bite of food has gone down. So when we got on keto, and he couldn’t have his post-meal piece of chocolate or half a cookie, you’d find him sitting in the corner with a hangdog face and sad puppy eyes. Something had to be done.
I put on my baker’s thinking hairnet and set about tweaking recipes I already had. One of Sahil’s favourite desserts is a flourless chocolate cake, dense, dark and intense, much like a chocolate truffle in cake form. To make it keto friendly, I had to swap regular dark chocolate for Lindt 85%, the darkest I could go without making the cake too bitter. A splash of cream worked to temper the bitterness of the chocolate a bit more, but it also added more fat to the recipe, which made for an unstable chocolate mix where the butter, chocolate and yolks would separate. The solution? Mix, mix, mix with an electric beater until the fat and the chocolate emulsified into this thick dark ganache. Fold the egg whites in with the gentlest, gentlest hand and what you have is a thick chocolate soufflé that rises while baking, then collapses a little bit, giving you a dense but airy keto chocolate cake. Could you ask for a better keto dessert?
Tips to Keep in Mind While Making the Keto Chocolate Cake
- You can use unsweetened baking chocolate, but do taste and adjust the sweetener accordingly, so your cake doesn’t become too bitter
- Don’t fret if the butter separates from the chocolate when you add the egg yolks! Use an electric whisk and mix for a good five to seven minutes until it comes together like a thick batter.
- If you’re really worried about it not emulsifying, just leave out the cream. You can whip it separately and top the cake with it.
- The keto chocolate cake will rise and deflate a bit after you take it out of the oven; this is perfectly normal.
- Use a spatula to fold the egg whites in and don’t beat it in with the whisk, as this will deflate the cake.
- For a chocolate-orange cake, add a bit of unsweetened orange extract or the zest of one orange into the chocolate mix before you fold in the egg whites.
Cheers & Keep Cooking!