Mar 3, 2013

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake #SundaySupper

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

This was not my first choice of recipe, and while making it still had my doubts. Then I tried it and knew it was perfect for today. Not at all what I had in mind when I started brainstorming, because there are some Sunday Supper themes that require probably a lot of posts for me to feel like I have it minimally covered, so it´s hard to decide.
Like the bucket list theme (hello a million items and counting!), or the retro recipes, or don´t get me started on drinks and appetizers.

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

Today's event is hosted by Angie, of Big Bear's Wife. The title is Cheese, Cake and Cheesecake. 
Take that in and tell me how do you choose? One, only one. I can easily have a blog devoted to that and post for years. So, I originally decided on a homemade cheese and a recipe to go with it. But the cheese in question, ricotta, was already being made so, having as I did a million and one extravagant ideas involving cheese and cake, a simple flourless chocolate cake never crossed my mind.

But as you might have guessed from the title, this is no ordinary flourless cake, this one has beans in it, white canellini beans added to a mousse-like batter. The result is the tallest flourless chocolate cake I ever made. And it stays that way.

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

Now, I swear by Nigella's flourless chocolate mousse cake, which I already posted served with my favourite caramel ice cream. It's beyond good, not only in flavour but also texture. I've made it dozens of times and will probably never tire of it. 
But the one I'm sharing today has a completely different texture, courtesy of, not only the pureed white beans, but also of a large amount of ground walnuts. So, if you want to stretch it, you can say that eating a slice of this cake is almost good for you. And I think it is. Two birds in one shot. 
No one will ever know what they're eating, but the texture is coarser and the flavour is sharper. I love it and can't wait to make it again.

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake


from Chocolate Cake, by Michelle Urvater


8oz. (225g) semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

2 cups (200g) walnuts, lightly toasted

1 cup (200g) sugar

1 ½ cups (scant two 300g cans, drained) white beans, I used canellini

2 Tbs dark rum

1 Tbs vanilla extract

6 large eggs, separated
Pinch of salt
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake


Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Lightly butter or spray a 10-inch silicone or springform pan.
Melt the chocolate in a steel or glass bowl over a pan of boiling water, being careful the bottom of the bowl is not touching water. Or microwave, in 30 seconds intervals, mixing well between each one and being careful not to overcook the chocolate and scorch it. Let cool to room tº.
Meanwhile, in a food processor, grind walnuts with ¼ cup of the sugar. Transfer to another bowl.
Using the same processor, puree the white beans with the rum and the vanilla extract.
One by one, add the egg yolks and process until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and process until smooth.
With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt until soft peaks start to form. While beating at high speed, gradually add the remaining ¾ cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form and the meringue is glossy.
Add ¼ of the chocolate batter into the meringue, and mix lightly with a spatula. Add the rest of the chocolate in two more additions, mixing lightly between each one. It will not be even colored.

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

Add the ground walnuts and mix with a spatula until it's all one even batter, but careful not to overmix.
Put into the prepared pan, place an aluminum foil in the bottom of the oven if using a springform pan in case the cake drips, and bake for about 50 minutes to 1 hour. The top will be firm and a tester inserted in center of the cake will come out clean.
Transfer to a cooling rack until the cake is at room tº.
Unmould on a serving plate, dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.
Can be kept for a few days. If you refrigerate it, serve it at room temperature.

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

We have put together a mind blowing list of cheese, cake and cheesecake recipes to last you a long time:

Cheese –
§          Homemade Velveeta Cheese by Juanitas Cocina
§         Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Parmesan Crisps by BigBearsWife
§         Irish Cheese Soufflés by girlichef
§         Paneer Tikka Masala by Kimchi Mom
§         Creamy Meyer Lemon Pasta with Homemade Ricotta and Broccoli by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
§         Ricotta Croquettes by Basic N Delicious
§         Cheeseburger Soup by Dinners Dishes and Desserts
§         Cherry Blossom Crescents by The Ninja Baker
§         Saag Paneer! Golden Roasted Ricotta In Savory Spinach Sauce by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
§         Sourdough Cheese Crackers by Curious Cuisiniere
§         Basil Balsamic Strawberries & Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
§         Lox and Cream Cheese Mini Omelettes by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
§         Buffalo Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken by In The Kitchen With KP
§         Baked Mozzarella Sticks by Mama’s Blissful Bites
§         Paneer Indian Cottage Cheese Pancake by Masala Herb
§         Crepes with Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Filling by Soni’s Food
§         Roasted Pears with Pecorino by Happy Baking Days
§         Pan-Fried Halloumi Cheese Salad by The Catholic Foodie
§         Chevre Torte with Mango and Sweet Pepper Salsa by Noshing with the Nolands

Cakes –
§         Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting by Hezzi D’s Books & Cooks
§         Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake by Gourmet Drizzles
§         Dairyfree Ice Cream Cake by Galactosemia in PDX
§         Old Fashioned Caramel Cake by There and Back Again
§         Peanut Butter Banana Bundt Cake with Chocolate Chips by Gotta Get Baked
§         Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake by Vintage Kitchen
§         Dense Chocolate Cherry Cake by What Smells So Good?
§         Tequila Lime Cupcakes by Mama Mommy Mom
§         Almond Polenta Cake by Shockingly Delicious
§         Salmon Cakes by Family Foodie
§         Banana Split Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze by NeighborFood

& Cheesecakes
§         Kit Kat Cheesecake Brownies by Chocolate Moosey
§         Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake by Daily Dish Recipes
§         Nutella Cheesecake Brownies by The Foodie Army Wife
§         Individual Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecakes by Small Wallet Big Appetite
§         Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
§         Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake by Magnolia Days
§         Mini Toddler Cherry Cheesecakes by In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene
§         Mocha Cheesecake by The Lovely Pantry
§         Lime Cheesecake Bites by Peanut Butter and Peppers
§         No-Bake Banana Sundae Cheesecake by The Messy Baker
§         Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes with White Chocolate Crusts by Cupcakes and Pearls
§         Savory Shrimp Cheesecake with Herbs and Garlic by Food Lust People Love
§         Tiny Turtle Cheesecakes (No Bake) by Cravings of a Lunatic
§         Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Mini Cheesecakes by Cookistry
§         Chocolate Cheesecake Bites by Mom, What’s For Dinner?

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  1. Oh, this is one gorgeous cake, Paula!!! I could never tell the hubby of its secret ingredient, but I have a feeling he'd never know the difference!!!

  2. You are blowing my mind! Protein packed white beans in a chocolate cake?! And all those toasted walnuts! This is just fabulous, Paula!

  3. This is incredible, Paula! How unique, the addition of beans and walnuts... yes, I'm going with good for you! Lovely recipe and beautiful photos- as always ;-)

  4. You had me at 'the tallest flourless cake I ever made'. 'Nuff said, I'm making it :)

  5. I am gasping here! I can't believe this is made of beans!

  6. Oh, how unusual Paula - I really, really want to try a fat slice of this!

  7. I love flour less cakes and yours with Beans and walnuts sound so so good!Love the texture and i'm craving for a bit fat slice of this right now :)

  8. Flourless cake with beans? Interesting. It sure looks delicious!

  9. I have been wanting to make a bean cake and/or a beet cake for the past couple of weeks and this is simply gorgeous Paula. Sounds so wonderful!

  10. I love flourless cake! But I especially love your healthy twist and take on it. It's a snowy, lazy Sunday day I'm making it for dessert!

  11. Paula - this is one fantastic looking cake. I am so excited to see that it is dairy free! Yay!!! ~ Bea

  12. Absolutely this cake is good for you. Chocolate, walnuts, and beans are very good for health. I was wondering which bean you would be using and I'm pleasantly surprised to see white beans. Most chocolate recipes use black beans.
    Oh, and I love the last photo of the outline of the cake and fork with powdered sugar. Brilliant.

  13. First, Paula, your photos are always very, very good but that last picture with the powdered sugar outline is spectacular. How do you think of things like that? Whatever, keep it up. I am blown away by this recipe and cannot wait to send it to my daughter who, with her many eating restrictions, could possible make, eat and enjoy this. White canellini - I have some in my cupboard.......always. I actually have everything in this recipe, including the dark rum, in my cupboards. I do not spend much time pouring over dessert recipes or dessert cookbooks - I just do not need the calories when I am basically cooking for one. However, I am immensely grateful that you do because I have already used several of your posted recipes and checked many of the cookbooks you use out of the library. Thank you for saving me the time but still allowing me to make a few sweet things that I know will come out perfectly. You also provide excellent directions.

  14. I absolutely love recipes like this! Beans, walnuts AND chocolate...absolutely lovely. Nice touch with the rum - I didn't expect that but its like an extra secret ingredient :-)

  15. I love this cake! I love baking sweets with beans! I love your cake!!

  16. I have seen recipes using beans before but have never tried one myself. This looks incredible! I love that it is kind of healthy - any excuse to eat more dessert :)

  17. That looks so rich and dreamy! LOVE the powdered sugar shadow :)

  18. That looks so moist, so delicate, so delicious!!!

  19. Yum! Makes mine look horrible in comparison!

  20. paula, how can that cake NOT be good for us? our souls if not our waistlines! i would never think to put tinned beans into a cake - wow!

  21. I love your photos and this dessert looks delicious. I love a good flourless gooey chocolatey cake!

  22. Paula,
    I love reading your posts and recipes . . the recipes because you always have something unique and different. I LOVE that you added canellini beans and ground walnuts?! Wow! And thank you for sharing your version of Nigella's recipe (love her!) .. I will definitely give this recipe a try! I SO want to taste it! And I will say that eating a slice of this cake is good for you! :)

  23. What a gooey and wonderful looking cake :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. This is a seriously delicious cake recipe. I have to say I love the photos of you mixing it, and the one with missing utensils. Completely gorgeous and creative.

  25. I make black bean cake we love it. I'm sure I'd love yours too!

  26. Amazing creation, Paula. Never thought to use white beans in cake...But why not the Japanese red azuki bean is used in so many sweet and savory baked goods. Thank you for the intro to this one of a kind (very delicious looking) chocolate cake =)

  27. Wow wish I could grab a slice through my screen. Looks so good

  28. Ooh, I've never baked with pulses - I keep meaning to try a black bean cookie recipe I pinned but at the last minute I always get scared that they'll taste funny! If you say this is delicious though, I believe you. Will definitely have to try :-)

  29. Such a simple recipe and it looks so rich! Love that last photo!

  30. I love the idea of incorporating beans in baking. It is something that is on my culinary bucket list. This cake seems like a great place to start!

  31. I have made flourless cakes before, which turned out amazing but more like fudge. This looks so moist and more cake like then mine ever did. I can't wait to give it a try.

  32. Unique recipe, and an absolutely gorgeous cake! Pinning this!

  33. Paula, I was so intrigued when I read that you were making this on the forum. It looks glorious - you weren't kidding when you said it was tall. The texture inside looks perfect - I'd never guess there were beans in there! This is definitely a healthy nutritious cake ;) I love that last shot of the powdered sugar outline of the cake and fork - so cute!

  34. Paula, I think you've found the one way to get me to eat beans!

  35. Wow! It looks delicious Pau! I have to make it! And the last pic, gone fork and cake, very cute and dreamy!

  36. I never would have guessed that there were beans hiding in that gorgeous cake! Glad it turned out so well, it looks wonderful. Love that last photo too.

  37. This is totally intriguing. Yum.

  38. I've heard you can use beans in cakes. Yours looks great, maybe I'll have to give it a try!

  39. Ooooo!! This is one I must try! It looks so chocolaty and delicious!! I love the addition of beans…does that make it a healthy indulgence? Beautiful, Paula!

  40. oh nice!!! I love this recipe! Beans in a cake. Never would have though to do that!

  41. Wow I love flourless chocolate cake. Who would have ever though to put beans in it. So interesting. I must try! PS love that last picture!


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