Andrew MacIssac’s Flourless Chocolate Torte

Here’s the recipe I talked about last Saturday in my Daring Baker’s post. It was a signature dessert at Pronto Ristorante in Toronto in the late 80’s and early nineties. Although it’s presented here with a mocha whipped cream, Andrew used to frost the top with whipped white chocolate ganache on occasion and that was heavenly, too. Hope you love it as much as I do!

(Sorry I don’t have a picture for you today. I was away for several days this week and didn’t have time to make a cake and take a snap.)

Flourless Chocolate Torte
With Mocha Whipped Cream

Ingredients: for 1 eight inch torte

1 pound of bitter-sweet chocolate
8 whole eggs
1/4 pound sweet butter
1/3 cup sugar


1. Butter a deep 8 inch cake pan and then line the bottom with silicon paper.
2. Over a bain-marie, in a large stainless steel bowl, melt the chocolate with the butter stirring with a spatula every minute. When all the chocolate is nearly melted, remove from heat and set aside.
3. Whip the eggs and sugar together until it triples in volume.
4. When the chocolate is still warm, add half the whipped eggs and incorporate smoothly. Add the remaining whipped eggs into the chocolate mixture and mix gently along the sides until homogenous. Pour the mixture into the cake pan starting from front to back. Be careful not to shock the mixture or you will loose the volume that is so desirable.
5. With a spatula, gently smooth out the top. Bake in a 125°C convection oven starting from a cold oven for 60 minutes. Be careful when closing the door to the oven!
6. Test the torte by examining the surface for resiliency when tapped and felt. The torte should appear firm when done. Remove from oven and run a knife around the edge of the pan. When cool to the touch, heat the bottom of the pan briefly and turn-out onto flat round surface dusted with cocoa. Repeat and flip the torte over a second time.
7. With a knife heated under hot running water, divide the torte into 10 even pieces.

Mocha whipped cream


1 double expresso
1/2 liter 35% cream
1/3 cup sugar

Combine all the ingredients and whip until set.


21 Responses to Andrew MacIssac’s Flourless Chocolate Torte

  1. Rosa says:

    Thanks for the link! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

    The other day, I made avery similar flourless chocolate torte which I served with coffee whipped cream ;-P… Fantastic!



  2. danamccauley says:

    You are welcome Rosa! Have a wonderful weekend.I hope it’s spring where you are.

  3. Hélène says:

    We made a similar one by Josée di Stasio. Do you know her? She has a cookbook.

    This is a gread recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  4. danamccauley says:

    I don’t know Josee is she French Canadian?

  5. Hélène says:

    Yes, she has a TV show. She is as popular as Ricardo in Québec. She has a cookbook in english:

  6. danamccauley says:

    Thanks! It’s such a shame that we don’t share more of our culinary expertise between English and French Canada.

  7. Hélène says:

    Yes, I have the privilege to be able to read in both languages, so I collect cookbooks from English and French Chefs. Josée is really good and I love Ricardo.

  8. Adela Campbell says:

    Sounds heavenly and just what I needed for the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. lisamichele says:

    Thank you so much for posting the recipe, Dana! I can already tell it’s going to be great by the amount of eggs and addition of sugar 🙂 Looking forward to trying it!

  11. From reading the ingredients, I can allready say it’s awesome! Thanks!

  12. Y says:

    Thanks Dana! I’m looking forward to trying this one 🙂

  13. Fran Z says:

    Thanks Dana! Can’t wait to try it!

  14. Meeta says:

    the recipe sounds really good. will have to give this a go!

  15. Shari says:

    This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy chocolate! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  16. deeba says:

    Sounds like Ultimate Chocolate heaven…love the mocha cream that it’s been served with! WOW!!

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  18. Jude says:

    Was waiting for this recipe when you mentioned it before in your DB post. Thanks!

  19. danamccauley says:

    My pleasure! Check here to see what Lemonpi did with it:

    She’s a hero!

  20. This is quite a hot information. I think I’ll share it on Facebook.

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