Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Our Flourless Chocolate Cake is an elegant, simple dessert! Rich and decadent, yet light and smooth. A chocolate lover’s dream!

A slice of Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with powdered sugar and raspberries.

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

This Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe is by far the easiest recipe for a flourless cake I have ever made, but it tastes just as delectable and divine as more difficult recipes. It is the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers. If you have a gluten allergy, you are really going to love having this flourless chocolate cake recipe on hand!

What does a flourless chocolate cake taste like?

Flourless chocolate cakes are very rich and dense. With the absence of flour, it is obviously not light and fluffy like most cakes, yet it packs a powerful chocolate punch. Even a small slice is very satisfying. The cake has a more of a fudge like texture. It is topped with a silky smooth chocolate ganache that is sinfully sweet, yet light enough to not weigh you down. It is a delicious way to end a meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is flourless cake less calories?

This flourless cake is definitely not a low calorie dessert. The absence of flour doesn’t mean there is an absence of calories, although it does cut back on carbohydrates. It all depends on the other ingredients used. There are lower calorie versions of flourless chocolate cake, but the taste and texture are compromised.

Is flourless cake less calories

This flourless cake is definitely not a low calorie dessert. The absence of flour doesn’t mean there is an absence of calories, although it does cut back on carbohydrates. It all depends on the other ingredients used. There are lower calorie versions of flourless chocolate cake, but the taste and texture are compromised.

What is an a flourless chocolate cake?

The cake batter for this recipe calls for four ingredients – large eggs, semi-sweet chocolate chips, butter, and almond or vanilla extract. The ganache has only two ingredients – semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy cream.

Does this cake need to be refrigerated?

Yes, for the best taste and texture keep it chilled in the fridge.

What are the kitchen tools are needed?

To make this dessert you will need the following: A stand mixer (or a large bowl and an electric hand mixer), an 8 or 9-inch round pan, a microwave or double broiler, and parchment paper for lining the pan.

Recipe Tips

  • Most flourless chocolate cake recipes can be frustrating with complicated instructions or ingredients. But with this recipe you can follow the recipe card below for simple, easy to follow steps and end up with a gorgeous dessert that makes it look like you spent hours in the kitchen.
  • Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time when making this cake. It’s easy to make but still requires plenty of cooling time. Plan on at least thirty minutes to bring your cake to room temperature after baking in the oven. Add the ganache topping after it has cooled. Then it needs at least three hours in the fridge to chill, but longer is better! I like to make this the night before and let it refrigerate overnight, so it’s perfectly ready to serve.
  • Some people enjoy a light coffee flavor to their flourless chocolate cake but I prefer mine with a hint of almond flavor. It adds another delicious dimension to the dessert. Give it a try! If you aren’t an almond extract fan, vanilla extract can also be used.
  • We love to serve this cake with fresh raspberries, but you could top it with blackberries, kiwi, strawberries, or any kind of fresh berries you like. I also like mine with a little chocolate or raspberry syrup. Don’t forget a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.
  • This Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake is naturally gluten free, it isn’t overloaded with sugar, and is also high in protein! If you divide the cake into 8 servings, there are 6 grams of protein per serving. It is definitely one of the healthier options if you are deciding on a dessert.
Overhead view of four slices of flourless cake.

More Chocolate Cake Recipes for Chocolate Lovers

We have chocolate cakes in all shapes and sizes, and every single one is decadent. It all depends on what you are looking for. Try our easy 4 ingredient Chocolate Pudding Cake if you are in a hurry, or for something a little fancier, give our copycat Nothing Bundt Cake Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake recipe a try. You can’t go wrong with any of the delicious chocolate cake recipes below. Please note these recipes are not gluten-free.

How to Make Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

Side View of Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with powdered sugar

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

4.91 from 11 votes
Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake is an elegant, simple dessert! Rich and decadent, yet light and smooth. A chocolate lover’s dream!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 12

Ingredients

For the Ganache:

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Beat the eggs with a stand or electric mixer until they are thick and fluffy and a light yellow color, about 2 to 3 minutes on high.
    Whipping Eggs
  • Melt butter in the microwave in a separate, covered, microwave safe bowl. Quickly add the chocolate chips to the hot butter (be sure to reserve 1 cup of the chocolate chips). Stir until the chocolate chips completely melt (microwaving again in small increments if necessary) leaving a smooth chocolate.
    Melting Chocolate chips with butter
  • While still mixing, slowly add the chocolate to the whipped eggs until completely combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and finish mixing in. Then slowly stir in the almond extract.
    Adding Chocolate to whipped eggs
  • Prepare an 8 inch round cake pan by thoroughly buttering the bottom and sides. I also like to add buttered parchment paper to the bottom and sides. Then pour the batter into the pan.
    Flourless Chocolate Cake in the Oven
  • Bake at 325 for 30 to 35 minutes or until a light touch to the center doesn't feel like liquid underneath. Remove cake from oven, it will look puffed up but it will sink back down as it cools. Let it stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before adding the ganache topping.
    Fully cooked Flourless Chocolate Cake

For the Ganache:

  • In a microwave safe bowl add the ¼ c. heavy cream and microwave on high for about 1 minute, or until the cream just begins to boil on the edges of the bowl. Remove and immediately add the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips completely melt (microwaving again in small increments if necessary) leaving a creamy chocolate.
  • Spread evenly over the top of the cake, leaving a small rim around the outer crust.
    Overhead view of Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake in the pan.
  • Chill the cake, with the ganache on top, in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving. When ready to serve sprinkle on some powdered sugar, fresh raspberries, or drizzle on some chocolate or raspberry syrup.
    Side view of Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with powdered sugar and raspberries.

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Notes

Please note that this cake needs time to chill in the fridge for 3 hours.  Plan accordingly.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 611kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 8gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 28gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 186mgPotassium: 456mgFiber: 6gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 740IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 5mg

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Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    This will now be my go to dessert. It is elegant, delicious and gets rave reviews. It’s also gluten free! Thank you so much for this recipe, it will be in our family for ever.

  2. So, the cake cools IN THE PAN for 30 minutes? Can it be turned out onto a serving dish and then covered with ganache?

    1. Yes, the cake cools in the pan. We haven’t tried turning it out, but because of the texture of the cake I don’t think it would hold its shape very well.

    1. Hi, can this be baked in a 9× 13 How do you recommend baking the recipe times 3?
      I would like to use this as a larger graduation cake. Would it work in a large cookie sheet size pan?
      We’ve made this with vanilla, a cheese cake pan in a water bath. The best flourless cake we’ve tried.

      1. We are so glad you love this recipe. We haven’t tried it in a larger dish, but if I were going to try it I would definitely try the 9×13 pan first, I think the cookie sheet pan would be too shallow and the cake would puff out over the edges. Let us know how it goes if you try it!

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