Helen had a face that launched a thousand ships. She assembled the armies of various ancient greek kingdoms. She definitely led to the death of at least all of our problematic faves in the canon of Greek plays (Agamemnon. I just mean Agamemnon.) 

Helene, a childhood friend’s mother, had the cake that could launch a thousand…grade-schoolers. It was impressive. We were all powerless to stop her and her chocolate cake-bewitching ways. How did she do it? Was it something in the chocolate? The sugar? The fudge-like consistency? 

I had to find out, so I took the recipe because no one woman should have that sort of power. 

This is Helen’s (almost flourless) Chocolate Cake. It takes about 45 minutes.


  • 170 g Dark Chocolate
  • 113 g (about 1 stick) butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • About 1 Tablespoon of flour (depending on how fluffy you want it.)


  1. Melt butter and chocolate together in a microwave or double broiler. 
  2. Add the sugar, stir and let cool. 
  3. In a bowl, mix 4 eggs with the chocolate mixture.
  4. Stir in that little bit of flour
  5. Bake at 190ºC for approximately 20-25 minutes. Be careful not to overbake! It will crack a little on the top but not too much. 
  6. Enjoy with whipped cream or strawberries or whatever else you put on a super dense cake. Maybe caramel. Ice cream. Would not recommend buttercream.

Depending on how many grade-schoolers you’re feeding, this cake has been divided into quarters, eighths, twelfths and sixteenths by my friends and me, so I can’t really tell you how many it serves. It has approximately 2750 cal. of really rich, dense chocolate, so for the sake of your stomach, I’d split it into at least half. Put it in brownie moulds I bet that would be great too.

Let me know how this recipe turned out for you! Were you able to lure a lot of small children with it? What should I make for May?