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Nana Jose’s Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cake
Pastel de Chocolate y Nuez de la Nana Jose

Serves: 10

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1/4 cup unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon for buttering the pan

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate

1 cup pecans

6 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt

Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Lightly sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Berries (optional)

To Prepare

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper.

Bring about 2-inches of water to a simmer in the bottom half of a double boiler or in a medium saucepan. Place the top half of the double boiler, or a metal bowl or heatproof pan if not using a double boiler, over the simmering water and melt together the chocolate and the 1/4 cup butter. Set aside to cool.

Using a blender, chop the pecans finely. Add the eggs, vanilla, sugar, salt and melted chocolate mixture, blending until smooth. Pour the batter into the buttered springform pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out moist but not wet, about 40 minutes.

Once it has cooled a little, run the tip of a knife around the pan and release the cake from the pan. Invert onto a plate, and then again, or serve directly onto plates if left on bottom part of springform pan. If desired, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve with whipped cream and berries.


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nana jose has a gem of a cake here! truly simple to make. used extra bitter chocolate. so delicious! thank you!

Good idea!

Can you please modify recipe if using a 10-1/4″ spring form pan instead? Or your best judgement.
Thank you!

I’d just remove it form the oven 5 to 6 minutes before: give it a try!

Thanks Pati, but I ruined it a bit; went 10 over and did not use bittersweet, but organic without any sugar in it, chocolate;, adding a bit more sugar to compensate. Was too dry; my fault.
Was so simple and yet my thoughts were elsewhere.. Will try another time.

Patti – best and easiest cake I have ever made.

I am hooked on Pati’s show and cannot wait until the next episode. I was the star of our Sunday family dinner thanks to Nana Jose’s Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cake. I’m not telling my family how ridiculously easy this was to make.

So glad to hear Cindy! Let them think you slaved at it…

Can I substitute almonds for the pecans and still expect good results?
My wife hates “oily” nuts like walnuts and pecans. But she will eat almonds.



Love this recipe. Saw you on Create TV last weekend. I have made it 3 times all ready. Family loves it. It is so easy. We have pecan trees and we raise chickens so we have lots of eggs. Perfect recipe.



My husband who happens to be from mexico city loves this cake, but says to him it tastes more like a brownie. Is it suppose to taste like a browniebor did I do something wrong?

My husband who happens to be from mexico city loves this cake, but says to him it tastes more like a brownie. Is it suppose to taste like a brownie did I do something wrong?

It does taste a bit like brownie, Samantha!!

Question – Do you serve this hot, right out of the oven, or does it need to be totally cooled?

You can serve it hot, warm or cold! Doesn’t need to be totally cooled at all.

Loved this show. I made the Coctel de Camarones and it was delicioso. Tonight I am trying the flourless chocolate cake. It sounds wonderful!

Thank you for watching, Judi!! So happy to hear you are trying recipes.

I made this on Friday and all I can say is:”thank you Nana Jose!” This is so delicious that every time you walk through the kitchen you want a little pinch of that cake. I really think it improves over the next day. Also, this is the easiest cake I have ever made.

Esta increible el pastel y muy facil. Me encantan todas tus recetas; tengo tu libro. Las medidas siempre estan correctas y todas las recetas estan deliciosas.

Que bueno que te gustan! Espero que pruebes muchas más!

I love you show, especially all the footage from your travels….

Thank you!!

can this be made for a diabetic?

Hola Sharon, You may try it with the sugar substitute of your choice instead of using sugar. However, I would only use half amount or less of sugar substitute, since sugar substitutes tend to be much sweeter than sugar.

Love watching you cook! Your recipes are so easy and delicious…

Gracias, Mary!

Dear Pati
I truly love watching your shows. I love how you are so proud of being Mexican and you enlighten your view of the beauty of Mexico and wonderful qualities!!! Thanks you again for being you!

Perla Marina

Thank you so much, Perla, for tuning in. You are so kind to leave me this lovely message!

I used Stevia instead of the sugar, as you suggested and my friend really enjoyed it.

I wish Patty would make this cake without butter. Maybe she could revise this recipe, and use apple sauce, or pears, or…..something so the cake would be reduced fat.

Robert: you should play with it and let me know how you like it!

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