Mexican Flourless Chocolate Cake

 This is our take on flourless chocolate cake.  We’ve adapted this recipe from one that Alice Medrich created giving it our signature flair by adding Mexican chocolate and ancho chile powder. For a little more kick, try using Lindt’s Excellence Chili Chocolate bar in place of the bittersweet chocolate.  Since we’re debuting this dessert on the web site for Valentine’s Day, you can add 2 tablespoons of raspberry liqueur to the crema topping when you add the sugar to make the crema pink.
Servings: 6


  • 4ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the cups
  • 7ounces bittersweet chocolate (60 to 62% cocoa)
  • 1 1/2ounces (1/2 of 1 tablet)Mexican chocolate, we prefer Ibarra brand, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 2tablespoons Kalhua
  • 4large eggs
  • 3/4cupMexican crema, sour cream or crème frâiche
  • 1 1/2tablespoons superfine sugar


Set your oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease the sides and bottom of 6 coffee cups* (8 ounce capacity) with the extra butter. Set them in the bottom of a deep roasting pan. Bring a kettle of water to boil.

Add the bittersweet, Mexican chocolate, cinnamon and ancho powder into the food processor. Pulse until the chocolate is ground into very small pieces. Transfer the chocolate into a large mixing bowl.

In a small pot set over medium heat, bring the stick of butter to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour the melted butter over the chocolate. Stir until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the Kahula and blend it into the chocolate.

Beat the eggs in an electric mixer using the whisk attachment on high speed for 5 minutes. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture in three stages.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cups. I find that using a ladle make this step easier. Smooth out the tops. Set the roasting pan into the oven and pour enough hot water to come about halfway up the sides of the cups. Bake until the top of the cake has set and the edges are just beginning to pull away from the sides, 22 - 25 minutes. The cake will continue to firm up as it cools. Remove the cups from the water bath and set on a wire rack to cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, place the cup on a saucer. Whisk together the crema and sugar. Add a dollop of the sweetened crema to the top of each cake and top it with a sprinkle of grated Mexican chocolate.

* Cook’s Note: It’s important when choosing a coffee cup for this recipe that the cup isn’t tapered too much. It should be close to the same size on the top as it is on the bottom so that the cake bakes evenly.

Advance Preparation: You can prepare the cake batter, fill the cups, hold them covered with plastic in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours before baking. Follow baking instructions, but increase the baking time to 28 to 30 minutes. Once baked, they’ll last several days in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic.



  1. Hi Rick..I’m having a problem finding your recipe for Chocolate Chipolte Grosting I saw your daughter make could you please email it to me or the link…I have to tell you you are redpinsible for my live of mexican eats..I even use episote in everything gasseous. really works though i couldn’t get the seeds to grow..can you give me some hints I fear I wasted a whole packet of seeds…love the show a watcher for many years ..Thanks Kathy Vaughn

      1. Hi! I recently watched your show (which I absolutely love) and wondered if I could also get your chocolate chili frosting and cake recipe, please?

  2. I’d also love to have the Mexican chocolate frosting recipe as seen on your television show. It looks divine and using both chocolates with chili powders sounds right up my alley!!

  3. Any other recommendations to use other than coffee cups? My daughter is doing this for a project at school so I was considering using muffin tins?

  4. Question regarding the
    impossible Cake (Chocoflan)…any chance gluten free flour could be used with success?

    1. It seems we should test this with gluten free flour for you Sharon! 🙂 We haven’t tried this one either but if we do I will let you know how it turns out.

  5. On a season 11 episode, Rick was at a Yucatán cacao grower. What is the name of that grower so I can find some of his chocolate?

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