Salted Dark Chocolate Pretzel Truffle Cake

A crushed pretzel crust topped with a salted dark chocolate truffle-like filling, topped off with even more pretzels.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Total 4 hours
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Calories 616 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Crust:

  • 2 cups finely crushed pretzels
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • cup unsalted butter melted

For the Cake:

  • 16 ounces dark chocolate finely chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 4 eggs separated
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt such as fleur de sel or Maldon
  • 1 cup mini pretzels
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Make the Crust: In a medium bowl, mix together the pretzel crumbs, sugar and butter with a fork until evenly moistened. Press onto bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and set, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  4. Make the Cake: Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; stir occasionally until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and, using a whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy.
  6. Add the egg yolks and salt to the chocolate mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Working in three batches, gently fold the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture until just combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth into an even layer, and arrange the pretzels on top. Bake until a toothpick inserted near the edge comes out clean and the center is just set, 25 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Salted Dark Chocolate Pretzel Truffle Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 616 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 806mg35%
Potassium 384mg11%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 775IU16%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 6.9mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.