Indulge in the Mouthwatering Chocolate Cracked Earth Dessert

Prepare your senses for a chocolatey, decadent journey with Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth (Flourless Cake) Recipe. This cake is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or just a treat for yourself. The indulgent texture and bold flavor of the flourless chocolate cake will leave you feeling satisfied and in awe.

But what makes this recipe truly stand out is the “cracked earth” design, which resembles a desert cracked open to reveal layers of rich chocolate fudge. It’s a marvel to behold and almost too beautiful to eat. However, once you take a bite, you’ll realize that this is not just about looks – the taste of the cake will blow your mind.

This recipe is adapted from Tyler Florence’s ultimate chocolate cake recipe, courtesy of Food Network. We’ve made some adjustments to create a gluten-free version that’s naturally free from flour. The use of bittersweet chocolate chopped into small pieces gives it a velvety texture that melts in your mouth.

Even if you haven’t tried making a flourless cake before, do not worry – we have got you covered with the step-by-step instructions and tips to ensure perfect results every time. Get ready to take your baking skills to the next level with Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth (Flourless Cake) Recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Tyler Florence's Chocolate Cracked Earth (Flourless Cake)
Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth (Flourless Cake)

Indulge in a guilt-free treat that’ll take your taste buds to blissful heights with Tyler Florence’s Flourless Chocolate Cracked Earth Cake! This confectionary creation is a perfect match for those looking for gluten-free and naturally dairy-free treats without losing out on any of the intense chocolate flavors.

This top-tier cake falls somewhere between chocolate fudge, heavenly truffles, and classic cake. The texture is perfectly balanced, thanks to the addition of heavy cream and eggs, making it rich but not too dense. The small pieces of chopped bittersweet chocolate lend a delightful crunch to every bite while the unsalted butter gives it an irresistible creaminess, just like the earth’s crust!

The Tyler Florence chocolate masterpiece is a real show-stopper that will ignite your senses from the very first sight. Its cracked and rustic finish resembles earth’s surface and will make you feel like you’re eating a piece of art. Moreover, it’s no wonder this cake won Tyler Florence the Food Network Ultimate Recipe Showdown!

This recipe is versatile enough for any occasion – whether it’s for parties, weddings, or just because you want to indulge in something heavenly. Trust us when we say that everyone at your next gathering will be asking for a slice of this delectable flourless cake.

So, why flourless chocolate cake? Not only does this type of dessert provide all the decadent flavors one could ask for in a cake but also avoids dryness and collapse found in traditional flour-based cakes. Therefore, go ahead and take full advantage of this scrumptious delight that gluten-free eaters can also savor without any compromises!

Ingredient List

 Chocolate bliss in every bite with Tyler Florence's Flourless Chocolate Cracked Earth Cake.
Chocolate bliss in every bite with Tyler Florence’s Flourless Chocolate Cracked Earth Cake.

Bittersweet chocolate is the star of the show for Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth(Flourless Cake) Recipe. You’ll need 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces. Make sure to choose a high-quality chocolate for best results. You’ll also need 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon, and 9 large eggs, separated. Another crucial ingredient is 1 tablespoon vanilla extract for added flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfy your chocolate cravings with this masterpiece of a cake.
Satisfy your chocolate cravings with this masterpiece of a cake.

Now that we have talked about why this Flourless Chocolate Cracked Earth Cake by Tyler Florence will be your new go-to chocolate cake, let’s dive into the recipe how-to. As with any recipe, it’s always essential to gather all your ingredients before turning on the oven.


  • 2 cups of unsalted butter, 9 sticks
  • 1 pound of bittersweet chocolate chopped into small pieces (1″ or smaller)
  • 3 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 9 large eggs separated into yolks and whites


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream 2 cups of unsalted butter together with 3 3/4 cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the chopped 1 pound bittersweet chocolate in small pieces (recommended size: 1″ or smaller) to the butter/sugar mixture and stir gradually until melted.
  4. Next, add in the 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract to the mixture and incorporate it evenly.
  5. Separate 9 large eggs yolks from egg whites in two different mixing bowls. Mix only yolks well, but reserve egg whites.
  6. Fold the egg yolks slowly into the chocolate/butter mixture until everything is mixed well.
  7. In another mixing bowl, whip reserved egg whites until they form stiff peaks like whipped cream.
  8. Gently fold them into the chocolate mixture to make it airier and fluffier.
  9. Grease one 10″ springform pan, then cut a piece of parchment paper to line its bottom and its sides. Then pour the batter mix there evenly.
  10. Bake for about until a skewer inserted at the center comes out clean, for approximately 60-90 minutes (baking time varies according to oven type and altitude).

Once you take it out of the oven, allow it to cool down before serving.

Congratulations! You have now created a delicious Flourless Chocolate Cracked Earth Cake by Tyler Florence that will impress everyone who gets a taste!

Substitutions and Variations

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can modify this recipe with some simple substitutions and variations. Here are some ideas:

– Sugar substitute: You can replace granulated sugar with a sugar substitute suitable for baking. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor might be different from the original recipe.

– Butter substitute: If you prefer a healthier version of this cake, you can replace unsalted butter with a plant-based substitute suitable for baking. Coconut oil or vegan butter are good options.

– Chocolate type: You can experiment with different types of chocolate to adjust the sweetness or intensity of the chocolate flavor. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate would all work well in this recipe.

– Flavor add-ins: For an extra kick of flavor, you can add some spices or extracts to the cake batter. Cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint extract, or almond extract would complement the chocolate flavor nicely.

– Toppings: The cake is delicious on its own but if you want to decorate it or add some texture, you can use confectioners’ sugar, whipped cream, fresh berries or chopped nuts as a topping.

Note that any modifications may alter the taste and texture of the cake slightly different than the original recipe. However, don’t be scared to make it your own!

Serving and Pairing

Serving and pairing a scrumptious cake like Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth is almost as important as baking it to perfection. The exquisite flourless chocolate cake boasts a unique texture and flavor, making it an ideal dessert to serve during special occasions or any day of the week.

To enrich the dessert’s indulgent chocolaty flavor, we recommend dusting the cake with confectioners’ sugar before serving. The powder’s white color creates a beautiful contrast against the cake’s dark hue, providing an aesthetically pleasing presentation that is sure to impress your guests.

But why stop there when you can elevate your experience by pairing this heavenly chocolate cake with other delicious treats? One great option is to serve it alongside earthy coffee, such as a dark roast or espresso. The bold notes of coffee go exceedingly well with the rich and cocoa-like flavors in the flourless chocolate cake.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also pair it with red wine; try a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or a smooth Merlot. The robust fruitiness of the wine perfectly complements the decadent taste of the chocolate, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

Lastly, if you’d like to add some extra sweetness to your dish, whip up some fresh heavy cream and serve it lightly on top of your slices. Not only does this add an alluring creamy texture to the richness, but it also adds a deliciously sweet contrast.

In conclusion, Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth is a versatile dessert that pairs perfectly with various beverages and sweet condiments. Its delectable flavor makes it perfect for impressing family and friends at parties, making any mealtime delightful.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Once you’ve baked the Flourless Chocolate Cracked Earth Cake, there are a few ways to store it. While you can serve it immediately after baking, it’s also an excellent cake that can stand up to being made ahead of time. To help keep it fresh and preserve its texture and taste, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.

When it’s time to serve again, bring the cake back to room temperature by allowing it to sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before slicing into small pieces. You can always warm individual slices of cake in the microwave for about 15 seconds or in the oven on a low setting.

If you’ve got leftover cake, Freeze them instead so that they will last even longer. Wrap each slice in plastic wrap and then again with aluminum foil, placing the wrapped slices into resealable bags or an airtight container. The Flourless Chocolate Cracked Earth Cake freezes well for up to three months.

Thaw the frozen cake slices on a counter at room temperature for a few hours or overnight in the fridge before reheating or eating. To add some extra decadence and sweetness, whip up some unsweetened whipped cream. It is a classic pairing suggestion with this flourless chocolate cake recipe that is sure to leave everyone’s sweet tooth satisfied!

Tips for Perfect Results

Preparing a flourless chocolate cake can be intimidating, especially if you are used to baking with flour, but fear not because here are some tips to help make your Chocolate Cracked Earth, Flourless Cake a success.

One of the key things to keep in mind when making this recipe is ensuring that all of the ingredients are at room temperature. This is particularly important when it comes to the eggs, as separated yolks and whites at room temperature will integrate more quickly and smoothly than cold ones.

Another vital tip is to use high-quality bittersweet chocolate. The richness and intensity of the chocolate will impact the flavor profile of this cake, so it’s worth splurging on a good brand. Additionally, chopping the chocolate into small pieces before melting it will help ensure even distribution throughout the batter.

When it comes to combining the egg yolks and sugar, taking your time to whisk them together until they are pale yellow and thickened will help incorporate air into the batter. This step is essential for creating a light and moist crumb in your finished cake.

In terms of baking, using a water bath method (also known as a bain-marie) is crucial for preventing a dry or overcooked outer layer on your cake while allowing the center to set properly. Simply place your springform pan inside a larger pan filled with hot water before placing it in the oven.

Finally, once your Chocolate Cracked Earth, Flourless Cake has cooled and been released from its pan, dusting with confectioners’ sugar just prior to serving adds an elegant touch while masking any potential cracks on top.

By following these tips and taking your time through each step of the recipe you can create an impressive dessert that will have everyone at your table asking for seconds.


Now, let’s take a look at some commonly asked questions regarding Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth recipe. This flourless chocolate cake is a robust and indulgent dessert that is perfect for any special occasion. Below, I have addressed some FAQs to help you navigate any concerns or hurdles you may come across while making this decadent treat.

Why does my flourless chocolate cake fall?

If you are wondering why your flourless chocolate cake tends to fall after it cools, the answer lies in the way the batter is whisked. When air is beaten into the batter too quickly, it can cause the cake to collapse once it cools down. Therefore, it is essential to handle the batter gently while whisking. One way to avoid over-beating is to add the eggs into the batter one at a time, ensuring that each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.

What does flourless chocolate cake taste like?

The texture and taste of a flourless chocolate cake are distinct from regular cakes. Instead of being light and fluffy, it has a dense and silky texture that leaves a decadent flavor of a chocolate truffle. This cake is perfect for those looking for a rich and smooth dessert.

How many carbs are in a flourless chocolate cake?

Our indulgent Flourless Chocolate Cake is the perfect dessert for those who are conscious about their carb intake as it only contains 40g of total carbs and 40g of net carbs. This decadent treat is rich in flavor with 22g of healthy fats and 6.7g of protein, packing 390 calories per serving.

What are flourless cakes made of?

Cakes that are made without flour are known as flourless cakes. These types of cakes can be baked or unbaked and they typically have a smooth and creamy texture. Flour is replaced by egg foams, which comprise of whole eggs or egg yolks, and high amounts of fat from ingredients like cream, butter, cream cheese or sour cream.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth (Flourless Cake) Recipe is a game-changer for anyone who loves to bake and indulge in delicious desserts. Not only is this cake gluten-free, but it will also blow your mind with its incredible flavor and texture. The cake’s crust, which resembles cracked earth, gives way to a dense, fudgy center that is bursting with bittersweet chocolate goodness.

If you are worried about the cake falling or being too difficult to make, fear not! Tyler Florence’s recipe is clear and easy-to-follow, and the tips provided in this article will ensure that your cake turns out perfectly every time. Plus, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try to customize the recipe to your liking.

Moreover, this flourless chocolate cake pairs well with coffee or tea, and it makes for a show-stopping dessert when served at dinner parties or special occasions. It is also a great make-ahead dessert that can be stored in the fridge for several days.

Overall, this recipe is a must-try for anyone who wants to impress their friends and family with an unforgettable dessert. So why wait? Grab these simple ingredients and start baking Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth (Flourless Cake) recipe today!

Tyler Florence's Chocolate Cracked Earth (Flourless Cake)

Tyler Florence’s Chocolate Cracked Earth (Flourless Cake) Recipe

Saw this on the Food Network site and tried it for dessert for my family after Sunday dinner! It was so good and perfect for those on a Gluten-Free Diet!!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Dessert, Free Of...
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 927.5kcal


  • 1 lb bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 9 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream, cold
  • confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Put the chocolate and butter into the top of a double boiler (or in a heatproof bowl) and heat over (but not touching) about 1 inch of simmering water until melted.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in a mixing bowl until light yellow in color. Whisk a little of the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture to temper the eggs - this will keep the eggs from scrambling from the heat of the chocolate, then whisk in the rest of the chocolate mixture.
  • Beat the egg whites in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form and fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is set, the top starts to crack and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes, then remove sides of pan.
  • While the cake is cooking, whip the cream until it becomes light and fluffy.
  • Serve at room temperature dusted with confectioners' sugar and topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.

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Serving: 274g | Calories: 927.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.8g | Protein: 16.8g | Fat: 78.2g | Saturated Fat: 45.5g | Cholesterol: 699.9mg | Sodium: 205.9mg | Sugar: 38.6g

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