Flourless Spiced Hot Chocolate Cake
The format is a classic—whipped whites hold dense batter aloft just long enough before collapsing into a craveworthy flourless cake. Cinnamon and cayenne add an adult twist to the mix and ensure that each bite is balanced, not cloying. This naturally gluten-free cake is a stunner on any table. You'll need a springform pan for the best results, but a deep 9-inch cake pan will work if that's what you have on hand, you'll just have to serve it directly from the pan. Pro tip: Since the voluminous whites are the only leavening in this recipe, it’s worth getting them right. Check for “soft peaks” when you’re whipping the egg whites by holding the whisk straight up. The egg white should form a peak and then bend over slightly, like an elf’s hat.
How to Melt Chocolate on the Stove
Place chopped chocolate or chips in a heatproof bowl (with butter, if recipe requires) set over a pot of simmering water. Stir constantly until melted.