3-Ingredient Walnut Flourless Cake

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Author Notes: This cake has been used in my family for parties and gatherings ever since I can remember. It’s so light and irresistible, it's impossible to say no to it. This cake is so simple, and the result so beautiful, you'll pass on the more complicated desserts and take to new walnut roads! It's a promise.Maria Teresa Jorge

Food52 Review: I was a little skeptical that a cake could be made with only three ingredients, but what a delight! The ground walnuts provide depth and texture, resulting in a simple, sweet cake that works as well for dessert as it does for a slightly decadent breakfast treat. Pay attention to the author’s instructions not to overbake the cake, but be careful with the cooking time -- mine took far longer than 25 minutes.Megan

Serves 8

  • 8 ounces ground walnuts
  • 9 ounces fine sugar
  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 8 walnut halves, for decoration
  • Icing sugar for decoration
  • Sweetened whipping cream for serving
  1. Butter and flour a 9-inch pan. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Beat the sugar with the yolks until very fluffy and light in color, about 8 to 10 minutes. With a spatula, mix in the ground walnuts.
  3. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks. In three parts, delicately fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture.
  4. Pour the cake mixture into the pan and bake until it starts to shrink from the sides and a toothpick comes out just slightly humid but with no crumbs or cake mixture - 30 / 40 minutes depending on the oven. Do not overbake - it should be moist inside!
  5. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning it out on a cooling rack.
  6. When cool, transfer to a serving plate, dust with a cloud of icing sugar, and decorate with the walnut halves. Serve with slightly cold whipped cream. Enjoy!
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23 days ago Bonny

Lovely. It fell a little but did not effect taste. I added 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla. Delicious!

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6 months ago Marques

Finally made this last night -- VERY nice flavor and texture! As comments suggest, longer cook time could be useful: my cake was a bit wet in the middle. Everyone loved it -- will definitely make again!!

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6 months ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Marques,
I'm glad you liked the cake.
I'll have to try making the cake in a normal oven to get the time right. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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8 months ago Jackie

Sorry about the sentence structure. I meant to say: When I took it out of the oven it was very high. Once it was out of the oven , it fell

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8 months ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Yes, I imagined! That's what happens to me sometimes. As I said, it's a mistery, because othertimes it remains up.

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8 months ago Jackie

Maria,
You know sometimes good things come out of mistakes. Well, I made the cake again. This time, as the last time, I beat the sugar and eggs for nor more than five min. so the cake did not look like the picture. I baked it for 45 min. Instead of airy and fluffy looking, but once out of the oven, it fell and was very dense, like a flourless chocolate cake. I decorated as you suggested and served with whipped cream. It was wonderful. I think the walnut taste was probably more intense with this version. Friends loved it and asked for the recipe. I really do want to make it right one day, but I really like this version. It's my new go to dessert. Actually, I just took it out of the oven for a dinner tomorrow night.

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8 months ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Jackie,
I'll tell you something... maybe 9.5 times out of 10 I make my own version of the recipes. It's something stronger than myself, I just can't help it. So I totally understand you.
I've had times when my cake has fallen as well and I filled the hole with whipped cream, I never understand why sometimes it fall and others it doesn't, I think it's how much I whip the egg whites!!!
Anyway, If friends are asking you for the recipe, girl you've got a winner there! Just go for it, in any way! And thanks for keeping me posted with the results.

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8 months ago Jackie

I tried this c ake today. I let it cookd for twenty five min, even though it was not set in the middle, I did the toothpick test. No crumbs or batter were on the toothpick, so I took it out. When I turned it over on my serving plate it plopped out because it was not cooked at all in the middle. What could have happened? I use an oven thermometer so I know the temp was good. The edges were cooked and that tested good, so I am going to try to do this again. Do you measure oz or go by 8 oz being equal to a cup?

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8 months ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Jackie,
Thank you for your comment.
I'm sorry the recipe caused you problems.
As far as timing, I have a semi-industrial oven with forced ventilation so my oven cooks in less time than conventional ovens.
Megan, who tested the cake, and if you read her notes above, says her cake took far longer than my 25 minutes.
I would assume another 15 minutes are required but I need to bake it in a friend's home oven to confirm - I'll do it as soon as possible.
Regarding weight, I only use ounces measured in a scale.
All desserts should be measured in a scale for precision.
Hope next time you don't have the same problem.

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9 months ago BellaRasa

I just made this cake and it's delicious! It's moist, light, not too sweet and so easy to prepare. Thank you Maria Teresa!

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9 months ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Rasyte,
I'm so happy you made the cake and you liked it.
This is the whole reason of sharing family recipes - letting other people make good food!
Thank you for giving it a try!

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9 months ago vvvanessa

Wow! Can't wait to try this!

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9 months ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Do try it and tell me what you think!

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9 months ago Flirty Foodie

This looks delicious and simple! Looking forward to try it, to see how it turns out!

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9 months ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Hope you do and like it!

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9 months ago BellaRasa

This cake looks wonderful, but can you please explain "8.8 fine sugar". Thanks.

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9 months ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Sorry, ounces. Already made change in the recipe. Thank you for noticing the mistake.