This flourless, gluten-free cake will cave in at the centre to create a lovely, fudge-like hollow to load with traditional black forest sour cherries, chocolate and real whipping cream. This delicious and beautiful cake is featured in February, and is one of 15 exceptional recipes found in the 2021 Milk Calendar.

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PREP15 min
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Cooking35 min
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Ready in50 min





  1. Step
    Lightly spray an 8-inch (2 L) springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper; set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Step
    In a bowl over saucepan of hot water, melt chocolate and butter together. Let cool slightly.
  3. Step
    In another bowl, whisk whole eggs with half of the sugar until it starts to thicken. Whisk in chocolate mixture and vanilla.
  4. Step
    In a separate bowl, use a mixer on low or a whisk to beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar. Fold some of the egg whites into chocolate mixture and then fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain.
  5. Step
    Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until top puffs and starts to crack and centre is no longer wobbly (centre will still look wet).Let cool completely in pan on rack (centre will fall and sides will remain higher). Run knife around edge and release sides carefully. Place on cake plate.
  6. Step
    Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring cherries, juices, sugar and cornstarch to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Step
    Whip cream, then spoon jarred cherries into centre of cake and top with the whipped cream. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate and garnish with fresh cherries if desired.


Nutritional info per serving:

(1/8th recipe)

Calories 430
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrates 43 g
Fat 29 g
Fibre 2 g
Sodium 110 mg
Surgars  37 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol  130 mg

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6 oz (180 g) chopped bittersweet chocolate is about 1 1/4 cups (310 mL). For best results, use real chocolate instead of chocolate chips. Cake can be made up to 2 days ahead, covered and stored at room temperature without the topping. Once topping is added, serve within 4 hours.