Flourless Chocolate Cake

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This easy Flourless Chocolate Cake with a silky chocolate ganache glaze is the BEST chocolate cake recipe. It is rich, decadent, and the perfect dessert for any celebration. The cake is gluten-free and super decadent.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Are you guys ready for this Flourless Chocolate Cake? It is 100% decadent and worth every single bite. If you are a chocolate lover, you are going to fall in love with this rich chocolate cake after one bite. It is so rich you probably only need a bite or two, but it’s SO good you will end up eating the entire piece…and you might even want another piece if you are like me.

And the best part? It is SO easy to make. It is a one layer cake topped with silky chocolate ganache. So there are no fussy layers, you don’t need special cake tools, and the decorating is very minimal.

I am normally not a big cake person, I am a cookie gal, but this cake from King Arthur Flour is my kind of cake! I make it all of the time.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with raspberries

The Best Flourless Chocolate Cake

I love this cake because it is SO easy to make and tastes SO gourmet. You guys are going to die when you make this cake because it tastes like a fancy restaurant or bakery dessert but it’s SO easy! Like almost as easy as a box mix. For reals. It is made in ONE bowl and you don’t need a mixer! So not only will you love the cake, but you will love the easy clean up too!

The ingredients are standard ingredients, nothing crazy. I bet you have them all in your kitchen right now! The flourless chocolate cake is made of:

  • chocolate
  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
  • cocoa powder

Simple! I also add a chocolate ganache glaze to the cake because you can never have too much chocolate, but that is easy too. You only need chocolate and heavy cream.

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

How to Make Flourless Chocolate Cake

  • Bake the cake in an 8-inch round cake pan. Make sure you grease the pan with nonstick cooking AND line it with parchment paper. I also grease the parchment paper after it goes in the pan. You don’t want the cake to stick.
  • Make sure you use the best chocolate for the recipe so you get the best chocolate flavor. You can use chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate.
  • I use semi-sweet chocolate but if you like darker chocolate, bittersweet would work well too.
  • I use Dutch process cocoa because it gives the cake a deep, chocolate flavor.
  • I melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave, but you can melt it on low in a pan using the stove top.
  • Don’t over bake the cake. You want it to be nice and fudgy. It is done when the center reads 200°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Let the cake cool completely before adding the chocolate ganache glaze.
  • After the cake is glazed, let the glaze set up before cutting. I like to put it in the refrigerator for a few hours so the glaze can set up.
  • Serve the cake with a dusting of powdered sugar and fresh raspberries. We also like to serve whipped cream or ice cream on the side balance out the rich chocolate cake.

Is this flourless chocolate cake gluten-free? YES, there is no flour in the recipe. And don’t let the gluten-free part scare you if you normally don’t do gluten-free, this seriously is the BEST chocolate cake. I can’t say it enough.

This easy one bowl chocolate cake is dense, fudgy, chocolaty, and OH SO DIVINE! It is the perfect dessert for any occasion-birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Passover because there is no flour, really any holiday or any day!

Whenever you are craving chocolate like mad, make THIS cake. It will WOW you! And I love serving this cake when we entertain because it is easy to make, pretty to serve, and everyone loves it! You can’t go wrong with this cake. Make it and you will fall in love too!

How to Store

You can store the cake in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you topped the cake with fresh fruit, remove it so the cake doesn’t get soggy.

You can also freeze the cake for up to 3 months.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is the BEST Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe. It is easy to make, gluten-free, and oh so decadent! It is the perfect dessert for any occasion.
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Ingredients
  

  • For the cake:
  • 1 cup  semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup  Dutch process cocoa powder
  • For the chocolate ganache:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8-Inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a piece of parchment to fit the bottom of the pan. Place it in the bottom of the pan and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. 
  • To make the cake, put the chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl, and heat until the butter is melted and the chips are soft, about one minute. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. If you need to reheat, do for 10 seconds at a time and stir. 
  • Add the sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and stir to combine. 
  • Add the eggs and stir until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and stir until just combined. Don’t over mix. 
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake the cake for 25 minutes or until the cake has a thin crust on the top and the center registers 200°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Let the cake cool on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes. Loosen the edges of the pan with a butter knife and carefully turn it upside down onto a cake plate or serving plate. The bottom of the cake will now be the top of the cake. Let the cake cool completely. 
  • While the cake is cooling, make the chocolate ganache. Combine the chocolate and cream in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and heat until the cream is very hot so it will melt the chocolate. I always start with 30 seconds and check it. It might take longer, it just depends on your microwave. Remove from the microwave, and stir until the the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. 
  • Spread the chocolate ganache glaze evenly over the cooled cake. Let the glaze set up for a few hours before cutting and serving the cake. I always put it in the refrigerator to speed up the process. 
  • Cut the cake into slices and serve with powdered sugar and raspberries, if desired. This cake is also great with whipped cream or ice cream.

Notes

Recipe from King Arthur Flour

Nutrition

Serving: 16g, Calories: 292kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 55mg, Potassium: 277mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 345IU, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2.8mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Finally found the perfect gluten free recipe to feed my gluten free friends! I was told it was the best ganache they’ve ever had. Highly recommend serving it with raspberries as suggested 🙂

    1. See the recipe card above. All of the ingredients and instructions are listed:)

  2. 5 stars
    The BEST! The EASIEST! The MOST DELICIOUS cake! Every time I make this for guests they want the recipe. I have never made this cake and had a left over piece.

  3. Thanks for this! Did you cook it longer? (I know it might be hard to remember how long you cooked a cake over 2 years ago!! 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Lily,

      I had to cook mine longer too, I’m at 5,000 ft elevation, so I’m thinking maybe that’s why? But it’s delicious…and like everyone else commenting, everybody asks for the recipe and we never have any left at a dinner party!! I’m making it now for a July 4th get together and thought I’d add my findings as well!

  4. Hi I used an 6″ pan and it came out beautifully, I just baked it for 35mins instead of the 25mins as the pan is small and the cake higher.

  5. Hi, I have a question, if I double the recipe, do u think a 12 inch springform pan would be the correct size to bake it? Or if u have a suggestion for another size? And how long in the oven? Your recipe sounds awesome, can’t wait to make it.

    1. The area of an 8 inch pan is pi times the radius squared, or 3.14 x 4 x 4 = 50 square inches. If you double the recipe, you’d need a pan with 100 square inches. So to get the radius of this larger pan, we solve for R: 3.14 x R x R = 100. R x R = 100/3.14, so R is the square root of 100/3.14, which is 5.6 inches. The diameter is twice the radius, so the round pan size you need is 11.2 inches.

      12 inches is just a bit bigger than that, so it should work. However, if I were in your shoes, I’d use a 10 inch pan because the cake might be too thin. Someone mentioned above that they used a 6 inch pan instead of 8 inch and it worked fine, so I think a 10 inch pan would work for you.

  6. 5 stars
    This was easily the most impressive looking dessert I’ve ever made, and tasted incredible too! Thanks for this recipe that is now a staple for me! Definitely don’t skip the chocolate ganache, raspberries and powdered sugar on top! Ice cream on the side was great for balance too as you wisely suggested.

  7. 5 stars
    Very Easy Recipe and I tripled the recipe very decadent and delicious, just didn’t add as much sugar.
    This recipe was a big hit !!!
    Thank you

  8. 5 stars
    Very Easy Recipe and I tripled the recipe for a 12 inch circle. Very decadent and delicious, just didn’t add as much sugar.
    This recipe was a big hit !!!
    Thank you

  9. Excellent flavor, will use a smaller pan to make it slightly thicker. Did 9” will try 8 or 6”
    Very easy!

  10. 4 stars
    I’m glad I tried this cake; I do wonder if the baking temperature should be lower, as the cake was quite dry and crumbly (I baked it for less than 20 minutes). Has anyone else mentioned this? I’d like to try it again at 325 and see what happens!

  11. 5 stars
    Wonderful! Made for my little sister’s (66th) birthday- she was impressed/ which isn’t easy as we compete in the kitchen! Added a little orange zest and some Grand Mariner to the cake and a bit of Grand Mariner to the ganache. Raspberries are her favorite so that was a plus- also added a raspberry coulis which was quite tasty! Thank you for a lovely easy recipe!

  12. I’m going to make this today but you didn’t put what temperature to set the oven. I looked at someone else recipe. 375• I hope that’s the same fir your.

  13. Oh my gosh!! So moist so chocolatey a hit with kids too. Everyone needed seconds! Quick and easy recipe forsure I missed the step to flip it onto your serving plate so it was a bit difficult to transfer but we got it done :)thank you

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