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Flour-less Chocolate Cake with Filipino Tablea

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If you don’t have much time, but need to bake a rich, heavenly cake, then this Flour-less Chocolate Cake with Filipino Tablea is the recipe for you. There’s nothing easier than this dessert. And to make it even bolder and more robust I added a piece of tablea – the Filipino ‘chocolate’, shaped like a giant tablet, which is used to make the hot beverage ‘tsokolate’.



This is a cake I’ve baked for friends, parties, potlucks, bake sales or the family when I need a quickie. There was no need to haul out the cake mixer. All that was needed was a few quick steps: Melt. Whisk. Bake. Slice. Enjoy. The last two steps were the best.

This was a chocolate cake that had no flour, yet there was nothing lacking in its flavors. In fact, the chocolate aromas were intoxicating while it baked.  Once done, it was moist, tender, bold and hard to put down. Slice and enjoy it as a simple chocolate cake. Or if you want it more indulgent, pile on some homemade chocolate frosting. With or without frosting, it is just superb.






Flour-less Chocolate Cake with Filipino Tablea

This Flour-less Chocolate Cake with Filipino Tablea was one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever baked. You can do this for the family and friends. It’s simple and quick. Yet it is so marvelous, everyone who enjoys a slice will think you slaved for hours baking. The steps are quick and easy. Just melt the chocolate and Filipino tablea over the double boiler. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients. Bake, cool off and frost. This recipe was adapted from the site Epicurious.com and makes an 8 inch round one-layer cake, which serves 4 to 6.  
Cook Time45 minutes
Resting time35 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Flourless Filipino Chocolate Tablea Cake
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 711kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Round cake pan : 8 inches in diameter


  • 4 ounces (113 g.) . semi-sweet baking chocolate bar
  • 1 tablet Filipino chocolate tablea from Asian groceries
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 whole large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter for frosting melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder for frosting
  • 1/8 cup milk for frosting milk
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar for frosting
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees. Prepare a round 8-inch baking pan. Grease with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment or wax paper.
  • Place the chocolate and tablea in a plastic bag, seal and pound with a mallet to chop into small pieces.
  • Over a double boiler that's on simmering water, melt the chocolate with butter. Stir continuously till smooth. This melts in about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove the chocolate-butter mixture from the heat. Whisk in the sugar to this mixture.
  • Continue to whisk so the temperature of the chocolate cools down a bit. Then add the eggs and whisk well. (Note: you want the chocolate temperature cooled down so that the eggs do not cook accidentally if you put them in too early).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 375 F degrees for 25 minutes. Test for doneness. When done, cool cake in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  • Invert cake on a baking rack to cool off while you prepare the frosting.
  • To make the frosting: combine the melted butter and chocolate powder by whisking well. Using a mixer, blend in alternately a few teaspoons of milk, then the confectioners' sugar. Start and end with the confectioners' sugar. Lastly, add the vanilla extract. Cool chocolate frosting in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes for easier handling.
  • To frost the cake: make sure cake is thoroughly cooled. This should take at least 1 to 2 hours to cool.
  • When ready, use a spatula knife to spread the chocolate frosting evenly on top. Chill cake a few hours till ready to serve.
  • Ingredient availability and substitution : The Filipino Tablea is available in Asian markets where there are Philippine products or online groceries for ethnic cooking ingredients. One round tube package (200 gm.) contains 10 tablets, each measuring 1-inch in diameter. If it is not convenient to find, you can omit and continue baking the above recipe with the indicated semi sweet baking chocolate bar, but whisk in 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the batter, after chocolate has melted. The cake will be just as delicious, but slightly less dark.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 711kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 97g | Vitamin A: 1094IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition Notes: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking or baking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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  1. Awww, so sweet! This is a lovely cake, and looks so fabulous:-) Nelly is so lucky, she had not one cake, but two….that rocks!!! Hugs, Terra

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