Chocolate torte, flourless chocolate cake
or chocolate decadence – whatever you call it, it is a dense,
fudgy chocolate cake. There are few desserts more pleasurable to
consume than something richly chocolate. But, what is the
difference between these desserts and how do you make them?
A chocolate torte is traditionally a cake
with little or no flour. Tortes originated in Europe where the
name is synonymous with a dense, rich cake. Tortes commonly
contain ground nuts, most often hazelnuts or almonds. Since
tortes usually are flourless, they may rise when they bake, but
they usually fall as they cool. Most often, tortes used whipped
egg whites to provide some body to the cake and to allow them to
rise a little bit. This makes for a fudge-like or pudding-like
texture to the middle of the cake. The outside of the torte may
crack or look lumpy, again attributed to the fact that the cake
falls when it cools.
Flourless chocolate cake
So, is a flourless chocolate cake a torte?
Yes and no. The two terms can be used interchangeably and they
are both dense, chocolaty and delicious. However, some people
use the two terms to differentiate between types of cakes.
Flourless chocolate cakes are less likely to call for ground
nuts, traditionally containing only chocolate, sugar, eggs and
other flavorings. In addition, many torte recipes use some
flour. Of course, some flourless chocolate cake recipes call for
very small amounts of flour, too. However, they are still
considered "flourless" compared to their more traditional cake
Most of the recipes for chocolate decadence
or death by chocolate are very similar to those for chocolate
tortes or flourless chocolate cakes. While there is a lot of
overlap, the key difference with most chocolate decadence
recipes seems to be that the eggs are beaten whole and that
whipped egg whites are not used to add a fluffier texture to the
the real question is which is the yummiest. Well, it all depends
on what you like. For a fluffier, almost soufflé-like texture,
find a flourless chocolate cake recipe that uses a lot of
whipped egg whites – try the Classic Flourless Chocolate Cake
recipe I have included on the site. For something that is thick,
rich and almost like fudge, try the Chocolate Decadence
recipe. Both cakes are delicious and easy to make.