Martha's version because it doesn't use almond meal. So my cake not only had the advantage of being gluten-free but it's also nut-free! And then my green tea addiction took over and I decided to slather the whole cake in some green tea cream cheese icing, knowing how well the two worked together for my Green Tea Cheesecake Bites.
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Green Tea (Matcha) Cream Cheese Icing
(adapted from Martha's Flourless Chocolate Cake, serves 8-10)
85g (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
225 (8 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used 50% cocoa chocolate)
6 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup granulated or caster sugar
For the icing (feel free to double these amounts to get a nice thick layer of icing):
125g cream cheese (can use light cream cheese)
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp matcha (green tea) powder
Preheat the oven to 135°C (275°F) degrees with the rack in the center. Butter the bottom and sides of a 20-22cm springform pan (I also lined the bottom with baking paper, so I could transfer the cake to a different base after baking).
Place butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until completely melted. Let cool slightly. Whisk in egg yolks. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Gradually add sugar, and continue beating until glossy stiff peaks form. Whisk 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture; then gently fold in remaining egg whites. Make sure there are no visible clumps of eggwhite remaining in the mixture. Pour batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan and is set in the center, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack; remove sides of pan.
P.S. My dear friend Lisa from spicy icecream is taking part in the Malaysia Kitchen Blogger Summit, where she is reviewing Malaysian restaurants in Sydney during the month of August for a chance to win a trip to Malaysia. Please do me a big, big favour and click the 'Like' button at the end of her reviews so far: here and here. I've always considered Lisa an honorary Malaysian because she completely shares my love for Malaysian food and it would be so fantastic if she gets to go there!