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Chocolate Almond Torte

August 29, 2016

Fudgy and chocolatey with a slight almond crunch, there’s no one who could resist this simple and beautiful cake!

Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Torte #cakeToday’s cake is my favorite type—incredibly fudgy and insanely chocolaty. And if it’s your type of cake, too, then you have arrived at just the right place.

This moist Italian-style cake is quite dense, but not too dense thanks to the whipped eggs. It also has a very slight crunch from the almonds, which adds some nice texture.

During baking, the cake will rise and the top will crack slightly. Then, while cooling, it will sink and gain additional cracks. Don’t worry—that’s exactly how it should be. It only means it stays moist and fudgy in the center.

Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Torte #cake

For a more intense chocolate flavor, you can add 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the batter along with the almonds.

Don’t overbake
Pay attention to the cake during baking. You don’t want to bake it fully and dry it out. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out with moist crumbs rather than cleanly. For a super fudgy texture, bake for about 30-35 minutes. If you want it a bit drier, bake for longer.

Making ahead
This cake tastes even better a day after it’s made, so you can (and should) make it a day in advance.

Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Torte #cake

4.93 from 26 votes
Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Torte #cake
Chocolate Almond Torte (GF)
YIELD: 8 -inch/20cm cake (a 9-inch cake is fine, too)
 
Fudgy and chocolatey with a slight almond crunch, there’s no one who could resist this simple and beautiful cake!

Ingredients
  • 7 oz/200 g bittersweet or semisweet chocolate , roughly chopped
  • 7 oz/200 g unsalted butter , chopped
  • 4 large eggs , separated
  • tablespoons brandy , optional
  • 1 cup (200 g/7 oz) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (100 g/3.5 oz) almond flour/ground almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cocoa powder , for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8-inch/20cm (or a 9-inch/23 cm) springform pan. Wrap the outside bottom and sides of the pan with aluminum foil to prevent leaking.
  2. Place chocolate and butter in a medium heat-proof bowl and microwave in 20 to 30-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Alternatively, you can set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl, and stir occasionally until melted. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, place egg yolks and ½ cup (100g) sugar, and whisk by hand for a minute until pale and thick. Stir in chocolate mixture, brandy, almonds, and salt.
  4. In a mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk egg whites and the remaining ½ cup of sugar on high speed until thick, shiny, soft peaks form.

  5. Using a spatula, fold one-third of egg white mixture into chocolate mixture until mixed. Fold in remaining mixture in 2 additions until combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. The cake should be set on the sides but still wobbly in the center. Allow to cool on a wire rack, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours until completely set.
  7. Sift cocoa powder over cake before serving. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
  8. Cake will keep, well wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It also freezes well.

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96 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosie
    August 30, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    This is such a great looking cake, the texture looks perfect!

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      Shiran
      August 31, 2016 at 5:50 am

      Thank you, Rosie 🙂

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        Zeina
        December 2, 2018 at 5:09 am

        Hello
        How can I make this cale larger? I am having 24 people for dinner and want to serve it on a buffet.

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          Laura
          January 8, 2020 at 2:24 pm

          Made this with 70% cocoa chocolate and cocoa powder and it was lush and perfectly sweet for me. Made it with 50% chocolate and no cocoa and it was too sweet, maybe best with 25,30 g less sugar. It’s a great recipe!

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    lilly
    September 16, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Been doing and come up perfect, great recipe. Thank you xx

    • Reply
      Shiran
      September 19, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Thank you so much Lilly! 🙂

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        Tess
        July 23, 2019 at 11:49 am

        Hi, im allergic to almond, would i be able to substitute coconut flour?

        Thanks

        • Reply
          Shiran
          July 30, 2019 at 2:58 am

          You can use ground hazelnuts instead.

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    Lily
    January 3, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Looks delish Shiran! ?.
    Should I keep the cake in fridge or at room temperature if I’m making it in advance? Thanks xx

    • Reply
      Shiran
      January 8, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Hi Lily! This cake should be kept in the fridge.

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    Lily
    January 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks Shiran… made this yesterday and it was so fudgy and rich and yummy! 🙂

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    Hussein
    January 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Hi there, do I use both almond flour and ground almsonds or just one of them? Thanks

    • Reply
      Shiran
      January 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Almond flour and ground almonds are the same thing, just different names for the same product.

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    Hussein
    January 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you so much!

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      Janet
      September 21, 2019 at 3:30 am

      Looks delicious will def try.. have you ever tried baking this in individual moulds or cupcake mould? What’s the baking time you think?

      • Reply
        Shiran
        September 24, 2019 at 4:31 am

        Hi Janet, it’s so fudgy on the inside that I recommend serving it as a large cake (unless serving the individual cakes in the pan).

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    Judy J
    January 25, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Can this be made as cupcakes. I would like to make it for a party but like the convenience of mini cakes.

    • Reply
      Shiran
      January 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Judy, this cake is super soft and fudgy, so I don’t recommend using this recipe for cupcakes.

      • Reply
        Judy J
        January 25, 2017 at 5:36 pm

        Thank you for your prompt reply. I promised a friend that the next dessert I brought to our monthly get together would be gf. So I will try this recipe as it sounds so good. I may hold out enough to fill a muffin tin to see the outcome. I will let you know.

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        Judy J
        January 27, 2017 at 6:10 am

        I made this cake in cupcake pans. It made 24 cupcake size cakes. I made one pan using cupcake liners and one pan without the liners. I sprayed both lightly with Pam Baking spray. The cakes came out tasting wonderful. I baked the lined cakes for 20 minutes which was too long and the unlined for 18 minutes. The cakes without liners were more difficult to get out of the pans and did collapse when handled too much. The cakes in the liners I gently pulled away from the cakes and I didn’t need to be as careful, but they are definitely more delicate than I’m use to. Mine didn’t look as fudgy as your beautiful cake, but still had a wonderful taste. I plan on making this recipe again but in the springform pan and just as soon as I buy some better chocolate. I only had Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips and semi-sweet chips. I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing this recipe and I’m so sorry for such a long reply.

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    Carroll
    May 21, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Waned to let you know I made this for a party this weekend and it was wildly praised by all! I will be keeping this recipe to make again!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      May 22, 2017 at 8:23 am

      So glad to hear that! Thanks Carroll!

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    Sarah
    August 25, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    How many servings is this cake? Looks delicious, I want to make it for my birthday and serve with vanilla ice cream and some berries!

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      Shiran
      August 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Happy birthday Sarah! It’s made in a 8-inch or 9-inch pan, so it depends on the size of the slices. It’s usually enough when I make it for my family, for 10-12 people.

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    Laura
    September 25, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Really good chocolate cake! Added 2 tbsp. rum as I didn’t have any brandy, 130 g. raw cane sugar (panela) and also added 2 tbsp. cacao nibs (finely ground) and 2 tbsp. pure cacao powder to the chocolate. For my taste, it came out perfectly sweet with a light hint of almonds (I also ground them) and yes, very chocolatey!I would serve it with a raw raspberry sauce. (however, for 10 people I would increase quantities as I hate it when in restaurants they serve a 2 finger-wide chocolate cake!) Will make again, for sure!;)

    • Reply
      Shiran
      September 26, 2017 at 2:45 am

      I’m really glad you like it Laura! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Helen
    October 12, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Delectable, easy recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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    Mei
    November 3, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Looks great! Is it possible to substitute all or some of the eggs in this recipe to cater for guest with an intolerance to eggs?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      November 4, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Thanks! But unfortunately the eggs are necessary for the success of this recipe.

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    PC
    March 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Hello Shiran ! What a lovely recipe !!! I made it yesterday and whipped some cream to go on the side and we simply lovvvvvved eating it….. even though my cake didn’t crack it was still fudgy. I’m not sure why it didn’t crack though – did I underbeat the yolks or overbeat the whites? Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I look forward to baking your poppy seed cake next !

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      Shiran
      March 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks, I’m so glad you like it! You probably underbeat the egg white mixture. It should have lots of air incorporated in it, and as a result the cake cracks on top.

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    PC
    March 11, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks a lot for the prompt response! Will take your advice on the egg whites when I make the torte again !

  • Reply
    Kristina
    March 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Shiran! Could I replace the almonds with ground hazelnuts OR keep the ground almonds and add roughly chopped rosted hazelnuts? Thank you in advance!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      March 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Yes Kristina, if you have ground hazelnuts, that should work, or you can use half hazelnuts, and half almonds. Enjoy!

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    Alice
    March 26, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Hi! Looks like a fab recipe! I’d like to make it a few days in advance. Do you recommend holding it in the fridge or freezing and thawing?

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      Shiran
      March 27, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Hi Alice, if it’s more than a couple of days, I suggest freezing it so it stays fresh, and then thaw it in the fridge a night before. Wrap it tight with plastic wrap before freezing.

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    Annie MacFarlane
    May 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Hi. Have you ever made the recipe x1.5? If so, do you know baking time and temperature? Thanks

    • Reply
      Shiran
      May 11, 2018 at 7:36 am

      It depends whether you make a bigger cake or want a taller cake using the same pan size (which I don’t recommend). The baking time will be slightly different depending on the size of the cake, but I don’t have exact baking times since haven’t tried it.

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    Pauling
    May 12, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Hi. I’d like to substitute the butter with olive oil as I personally don’t like the taste butter. Would like to know if such substitution is ok. If so, what’s the suggested ratio/amount to be used. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      May 13, 2018 at 4:29 am

      Hi Pauling, I don’t recommend replacing the butter with olive oil, because the butter gives a wonderful flavor and texture to the cake. Too much olive oil will affect the flavor.

  • Reply
    Zeina
    September 25, 2018 at 9:27 am

    This cake looks amazing, how do I increase the measurements if I am using a 10” pan, or enough for 15 portions.

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    Neetika
    September 30, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Shiran, The cake looks beautiful and recipe simple. I just wanted to ask for any suggestions for a topping or accompaniment, keeping the flavours in mind.

    • Reply
      Shiran
      October 1, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Hi Neetika, you can sprinkle powdered sugar on top, or drizzle the top with salted caramel sauce, but not too much because the cake is already rich.

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      Marianne
      March 29, 2019 at 11:10 am

      Hi, raspberries and softly whipped cream are my family favourites

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    Neetika
    October 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Shiran.. The cake is in the oven right now.. But, I happened to add all of the sugar to the yolks… The end batter came out pretty thick.. Is Dat the way its supposed to be? It’s definitely not rising.. So no cracks.. Looks very dense.. What do u think is going to b the result.. Fingers crossed, am hoping it will still taste nice…

    • Reply
      Shiran
      October 9, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Hi Neetika, it should still turn out fine. I hope you liked it!

  • Reply
    Paula
    November 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    This looks great! I love flourless cakes with a bit of ground almond. Trying ASAP!

  • Reply
    Linda George
    January 11, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Made this today. I was a bit concerned that the chocolate mix seemed a bit gloopy and lumpy but at the third addition of the egg whites it looked just right and the end result was fabulous!!

  • Reply
    Alice
    February 3, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I’ve just made it, it didn’t really look like yours but it was very good. So tasty 🙂

  • Reply
    Geri
    February 11, 2019 at 4:45 am

    I have made this cake so many times.. and i am absolutely in love with it! Thanks so much for sharing. If I could give it 50 stars i would.
    its so easy to make and yet so delicious and beautiful!

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    Christine
    February 22, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Hi I’m planing on making this over the weekend, can I use caster sugar also is 75% cocoa solid chocolate ok to use.

    Thanks

    • Reply
      Shiran
      March 5, 2019 at 4:35 am

      Yes you can use them. I usually use 60% chocolate, so the cake is a bit sweeter.

  • Reply
    Virginia
    March 9, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    So simple to make and delicious! I recently gave up gluten and was craving chocolate cake, this exceeded my expectations. Thanks for posting!

  • Reply
    Ana
    May 18, 2019 at 7:03 am

    This is just what I needed. The cake turned out great, I ate 1/4 of it instantly! This recipe definitively goes to my notebook , thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    Mhairi
    June 2, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Hi there – could you use coconut oil instead of butter?? If so, same quantity? Thanks a lot

  • Reply
    Erlyani
    June 27, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Can I substitute the brandy for something non-alcoholic or do without altogether?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      July 1, 2019 at 4:13 am

      You don’t have to use it, that’s optional.

  • Reply
    Janet Kruse
    July 23, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Want to order the almond flour but can’t get it in my cart. Help!

  • Reply
    Michelle Thomas
    August 31, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I made it, and wow I have to say I love it. In fact I loved it so much that I have spoken about it to everyone at my university here in Gilbert. The only question I have is, do you happen to have a nutritional fact chart for it?

  • Reply
    Ohad Harel
    September 20, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Hey Shiran,

    Although we miss you @ Cisco, don’t you dare come back, your blog is awesome!
    I’m going to give this recipe a try today, stay tuned 😉

    • Reply
      Shiran
      September 24, 2019 at 4:27 am

      Thank you! And don’t worry, I wasn’t planning to 🙂

  • Reply
    cheryl
    September 24, 2019 at 10:42 am

    question-
    the recipe states…
    1 cup (200 g/7 oz) granulated sugar
    1 cup (100 g/3.5 oz) almond flour/ground almonds
    ??
    should it read 1/2 cup (100g/3.5 oz) almond flour?
    ??
    or are they both 1 cup?

    thank you, enjoy your day!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      September 27, 2019 at 2:20 am

      They are both 1 cup. The gram measurements are different for each ingredient.

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    September 27, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Hi Shiran,
    my folks don’t like bitter cacao, can I use your ganache recipe, not to frost entirely but to spatter a bit and maybe sprinkle it with some almond crunches and few berries for the looks?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      October 4, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Yes, you can definitely top it with chocolate ganache and chopped almonds. It will be rich and delicious!

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    Rouba
    September 27, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    i baked this cake yesterday for my family and they just LOVED it. Served it with fresh unsweetened whipped cream and fresh raspberries. It’s an easy recipe yet it’s so delicious and rich in flavor. Thank you Shiran for sharing it.

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      Shiran
      October 4, 2019 at 9:21 am

      hank you so much, Rouba!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      October 4, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Thank you so much, Rouba!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    October 1, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Hi there
    1 cup (100g/3.5 oz) almond flour/ ground almonds – does this mean 100g of almond flour and 100g of ground almonds?

    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      October 16, 2019 at 6:52 am

      Hi Melissa, almond flour and ground almonds are the same. you need to use only 100g of it.

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    Maja Nezic
    October 5, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Made this last night and it was definitely worth it! So delicious and rich! SO DELICIOUS! I really need a chocolate recipe that is dairy free… any suggestions?

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    Emma
    October 30, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    I made this cake one month ago and have made it another two times since!! It always come out perfect. Such a great recipe, especially when baking for gluten frees. Every time I make it everyone who tastes wants the recipe instantly.

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    Elizabeth Harris
    November 20, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I made this cake for the first time today and took it to a friend’s for her birthday. It got raving reviews, and will definitely look forward to making it again. I would only add that I used a 60% chocolate and for my taste, it could have been slightly more intense. Next time I will use an even darker chocolate. I didn’t have any brandy onhand, so used almond extract and vanilla extract, which gave nice undertones. Simple and divine! Thank you!

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    Rachel
    November 29, 2019 at 12:46 am

    I made it exactly like you said and it came out perfect! The hit of Thanksgiving. I’m going to make it again for our second Thanksgiving party. The raspberries and whip cream put it over the top.

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    Margie
    November 30, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Probably the best chocolate torte I’ve ever had. I’ve made it several times now and it has turned out wonderfully every time. All my guests and friends have loved it and asked for the recipe. So simple and delicious! Thank you!

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    Olivia
    December 9, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Hello! This torte looks wonderful! I am wondering when you recommend releasing the springform pan? Is it after the cake cools, or after it’s refrigerated for several hours? Thank you!

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      Shiran
      December 12, 2019 at 4:13 am

      Hi Olivia. Usually I run a knife around the edges once it’s at room temperature, and then release it after it has set in the fridge.

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    Liz
    December 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Dear Shiran,
    I just took my cake from the oven and it smells wonderful! When do I release the springform pan?
    Thank you, Liz

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      Shiran
      December 12, 2019 at 4:07 am

      Hi Liz. I usually let my cake cool completely before releasing it from the pan. I run a knife around the edges once it’s at room temperature, and then release it after it has set in the fridge.

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    May
    December 18, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Hi, can I put honey in replace for sugar and Coconut oil in replace for butter?

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    Cynthia
    December 18, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Hi

    I was wondering if I can remove the almond flour to make it nut free?

    Thanks

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    Agay
    January 11, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Thank you for the recipe Shiran, this one of the best chocolate cake I made!
    I used pistachios instead of almonds and added 1 tbsp of cacao and it turned out amazing!

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    Ester
    February 5, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Being a chocolate lover I’m super excited to make this recipe. Also saved it to make for Passover 🙂

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    Rags
    March 28, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Best cake ever – moist, not very sweet, super easy to make, flourless – win/win all sides!!

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    Patrice M Pimentel
    April 1, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Can I use cocoa powder instead of chunk? All I have is powder, what would need to be added and what would the measurements be?

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      Shiran
      April 6, 2020 at 7:26 am

      It’s not possible to replace the chocolate with cocoa powder, sorry!

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    tari swenson
    April 23, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I followed the recipe exactly but put it in a 10″ spring form cake pan. I baked it for 30 minutes and it came out beautifully! I checked on it in 25 minutes, not wanting to over bake it….but it was still jiggly in the middle. Thank you, it’s a great recipe.

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    Colleen
    April 27, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Absolutely delicious!!!!

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    Genia
    May 10, 2020 at 3:32 am

    Absolutely delicious! Thank you

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    Kim Reid
    June 19, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    I cooked this for 35 min and it looks runny / gooey in the middle, its cooling now but wondering if this is normal or if I should get started on another one as its undercooked? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      June 29, 2020 at 3:09 am

      I hope it turned out ok. It’s ok if it’s undercooked in the middle, it should be soft but not comepletely runny.

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    Annie
    July 26, 2020 at 2:21 am

    This worked really well for me. I just used chocolate I had in the cupboard which was some dairy milk and some old gold. It was very quick to make. As kids were eating it I swapped vanilla for brandy. Next time I’d probably reduce the sugar a bit and maybe put sea salt flakes on the top. Thanks for excellent recipe

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    Sophie
    August 29, 2020 at 7:28 am

    This was to die for. I had to hand whisk as I don’t have an electric one, but was worth it! I added half the juice of an orange and 1/4 approx zest of the orange and it came out fantastically with a side of dollop cream. Highly recommend!

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    Karen Ashworth
    August 29, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Hi there can you confirm are the cup measurements English or American as they are slightly different.

    • Reply
      Shiran
      August 30, 2020 at 4:05 am

      Hi Karen. 1 cup = 240 ml, 1 tablespoon = 15 ml.

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