I was surfing the net for flourless chocolate cake recipes when I came across this by Alice Medrich. This recipe for Fallen Chocolate Souffle Torte is in her book Chocolate & the Art of Low Fat Desserts, but I found the recipe here. I have actually tried her Marble Cake and Chocolate Pound Cake, both from this same book, and they turned out really delicious. Unfortunately this book seems to be out of print. How I wish I have this book on my bookshelf.
Anyway, the baking of this torte is really dramatic, in the good way I mean. The torte rose quite high in the oven and developed a crack on the surface. Then when it's removed from the oven, it falls drastically, just like a souffle. This is the first time when I actually wish for a cake to crack and fall, simply because it's supposed to.
I chose to serve it in two ways. One is simply dusted with icing sugar and with a little cream on the side.
For pure indulgence, adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream should do the trick.
Do not be fooled by the dark and dense texture of this torte and think that this would sit heavily in stomach. On the contrary, it is surprisingly light enough to be eaten after a main meal without feeling too guilty.