How To Make the Best Flourless Chocolate Cake — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes until the chocolate is warm, but not hot.\u003c/p\u003e”,”image”:{“id”:”b4d809dce0035850bc13383aa4f7e389fe9451cb”,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-04-18T15:24:31.132-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-04-18T15:24:31.132-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2016_3_22_Kitchn_0525.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:null,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”c811da16a41bc3a7f5efc2ada24429354a6a87ba”,”caption”:”\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCombine the chocolate and other ingredients:\u003c/strong\u003e Whisk the egg yolks into the cooled chocolate mixture. Sift in the remaining cocoa powder, the espresso powder, and salt. 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Notes).\u003c/p\u003e”,”image”:{“id”:”8ae6b2e80d353efe58e36d4535f7e389ba587953″,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-04-18T15:22:08.236-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-04-18T15:22:08.236-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2016_3_22_Kitchn_0582.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:null,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”68b16ec0dd0decd869784f93238902759933b9f9″,”caption”:”\u003cb\u003eContinue beating on medium speed:\u003c/b\u003e Beat at medium speed, for 45 to 90 seconds (or if you are using a handheld mixer, at medium-high for a little longer) until the whites form fluffy, droopy peaks when the beater is 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\u003c/p\u003e”,”image”:{“id”:”9b3206343a06e976083931380dad7391b0aeed99″,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-04-18T15:21:41.507-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-04-18T15:21:41.507-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2016_3_22_Kitchn_0596.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:null,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”274454220a73cba33b5fc820f63d00f99999313b”,”caption”:”\u003cp\u003eThe exact timing will depend on the size and shape of the bowl, the power of your mixer, and other factors, so you will need to rely on your eye to be sure they have reached the right texture. This is not a time to walk away from the mixer.\u003c/p\u003e”,”image”:{“id”:”274454220a73cba33b5fc820f63d00f99999313b”,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-04-18T15:21:33.200-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-04-18T15:21:33.200-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”2016_3_22_Kitchn_0600.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:null,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”f5457eaa5cdad0a7be26f9d8a244aa39d1aa818e”,”caption”:”\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFold the whites into the batter: \u003c/strong\u003eWhisk about a quarter of the whipped egg whites into the chocolate mixture. 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