Makes 8 to 10 servings

Notes: If making ahead, cool cake, cover airtight, and chill up to 1 day. For best texture, let cake stand at room temperature about 1 hour before serving.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in a microwave oven at 50 percent power, stirring twice, until chocolate is soft, 3 to 4 minutes total. Remove from oven; stir until mixture is smoothly blended.

Step 2

Add egg yolks and flour to chocolate mixture; whisk until smooth.

Step 3

In a bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat with a mixer on high speed until whites are foamy. Beat, gradually adding sugar, until whites hold stiff, glossy peaks.

Step 4

Add about a fourth of the beaten whites to chocolate mixture; stir to mix. Add remaining whites and gently fold into chocolate mixture until evenly incorporated. Scrape mixture into an 8-inch cake pan with removable rim. Spread batter smooth.

Step 5

Bake in a 350° oven until torte puffs slightly and center barely jiggles when pan is gently shaken, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool at least 1 hour in pan on a rack (torte sinks slightly).

Step 6

Slide a sharp knife between torte and pan. Remove pan rim.

Step 7

Cut torte into wedges and transfer to plates. Spoon whipped cream onto each serving and garnish with berries.

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