Flourless Chocolate Cake

Simple, smooth, and fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake is sure to get rave reviews. It’s a great cake to add to your favorite go-to desserts.

If you’re a fan of cake and chocolate, you’ll love this gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake! If gluten isn’t an issue, we have a German Chocolate Cake, and Chocolate Sheet Cake that are also both to DIE for!

Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with raspberries on a plate.

Best Flourless Chocolate Cake

Chocoholics rejoice, this Flourless Chocolate Cake is going to make all your chocolate dreams come true! Every bite is smooth, fudgy, and simply decadent.

I have tried a few recipes for Flourless Chocolate Cake before, but this one is by far the easiest. It tastes just as amazing as the ones that took twice as long to prepare. That’s a win in my book for sure!

I love a good cake, especially chocolate cake! And this one seriously melts in your mouth. This is a perfect dessert to wow your guests. It’s easy to make but looks impressive. And every bite is pure bliss.

Not every “flourless” recipe is safe for gluten-free diets, but this cake is. It’s also perfect for those who observe passover!

Making Flourless Chocolate Cake

This recipe really is so easy!

PREP. Line an 8″ round cake pan with parchment paper, spray with non-stick spray, and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

BATTER. Melt the butter in a large heatproof bowl in the microwave. Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Stir together till chips melt, adding additional cooking time if needed. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Whisk the sugar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Add the three eggs and whisk till well blended. Stir in the cocoa powder.

BAKE. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean.

COOL. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then invert it onto a cooling rack. Immediately flip right-side up onto another cooling rack. Cool completely.

GLAZE. Top with the chocolate glaze once the cake has cooled completely. Top with fresh berries, a dollop of Whipped Cream, or a side of Vanilla Ice Cream.

Use a sharp knife dipped in hot water and then wiped dry to make even clean slices.

Recipe tips

High quality ingredients. For the best tasting Flourless Chocolate Cake, use high quality chocolate products. It’s a little more money, but definitely worth the taste.

Type of cocoa. Be sure to use regular unsweetened baking cocoa powder and not a chocolate drink powder. You can also use an equal amount of dutch processed cocoa powder.

Gluten-Free. As long as the chocolate chips do not contain gluten, you can be confident in consuming this as a gluten-free dessert.

How to tell when the cake is done.

  • No matter what size you bake this cake, the center should reach an internal temperature of 200°F.
  • Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs, it’s done.
  • Allow ample time for the cake to cool and set. When cut, the cake should keep its shape and the texture should be like a truffle or gooey brownie.

Keep the cake from falling. If you beat the batter too much the cake will puff up and then fall. Be sure to gently mix in the ingredients and do not over-mix. It can also be helpful to mix the eggs into the batter one at a time. 

Easy flourless chocolate cake recipe on white cake stand.

Variations

  • Dairy Free. Try subbing coconut oil for the butter and coconut milk for the heavy cream.
  • Ganache. Replace the glaze with a thick chocolate ganache. 
  • Sugar substitute. Replace the white sugar with ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • Toppings. Add toasted sliced almonds. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or a berry mixture of fresh raspberries, blueberries, and sliced strawberries.

Different pans. This recipe can be adjusted to be made in different sized round pans. 

  • Two 8-inch round pans. Double the recipe. Due to the density of the cake, I don’t suggest layering it. Just serve them side by side. 
  • 9-inch pan. Decrease the bake time to 16-18 minutes.
  • 10-inch round pan. Increase the ingredients by 50% and baking as directed.
  • 6-inch pan. Increase the bake time to 35-40 minutes.
  • Make em mini. Decrease the temperature to 350°F. Cupcakes bake for 15-20 minutes. Mini cupcakes bake for 12-15 minutes.  
  • Springform pan. It will make it really easy to invert the cake onto a cooling rack. 
  •  I don’t suggest using square or rectangular pans as the cake won’t bake as evenly as it does in round pans.  
Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe with raspberries on top.

Storing Info

Make ahead of time. Chocolate Flourless Cake can be stored in the freezer to be enjoyed later. Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap.

Store in an airtight container or wrap again with aluminum foil. The cake can safely last for 3 months in the freezer.

STORE. Flourless Chocolate Cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days. If refrigerated, it can last a day or two longer. In either case store in an airtight container. Store berries in a separate container.

Serve this best chocolate cake as is, or top it with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream.

I topped mine with raspberries, and I loved the fresh tang of the berries. Plus they look so pretty, don’t they? Sprinkle on a little powdered sugar to make it even fancier.

Best Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with raspberries and powdered sugar

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Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe

5 from 21 votes
Simple, smooth, and fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake is sure to get rave reviews. It's a great cake to add to your favorite go-to desserts.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 379 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 cup high quality semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

Glaze

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup high quality semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Line a round 8" cake pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Melt butter in a large glass bowl in the microwave. Add the chocolate chips and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Stir together till chips melt, adding additional cooking time if needed. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk the sugar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Add the three eggs and whisk till well blended. Stir in the cocoa powder.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean. 
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack. Immediately flip the cake right side up onto another cooling rack. Cool completely.

Glaze

  • Combine butter and chocolate chips in a glass bowl. Microwave for 1-3 minutes or till melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
  • Spread glaze over the cake. Let sit for several hours till chocolate sets. 
  • Serve the cake as is, or with fresh berries, whipped cream, or ice cream.

Notes

Recipe inspired by King Arthur Flour.

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Comments:

    1. Hello all! I have just baked this subbing in erithrytol for sugar 1:1 and it came out GLORIOUSSSS!

      Not to be dramatic.

      *whispers*
      but it was glorious.

  1. 5 stars
    I will be making this for my daughter in law’s birthday. I have tried other chocolate flourless cakes but this one seems so easy. Could I use a 9 inch springform pan?

  2. Hi! this recipe looks delicious -can I substitute margarine for butter to make it dairy free or won’t come out the same ?

  3. 5 stars
    I made this cake and my family loved it so much. I am making it again for my son’s birthday. It was the easiest cake I have ever made.

  4. This flourless cake, featuring both chocolate and cocoa, is rich. A chocolate ganache glaze takes it over the toP.

  5. 5 stars
    OmG absolutely delicious!! We let ours set in the refrigerator over night and it was amazing. Thanks sO much for sharing

        1. You sure can! I would cut the baking time to 10 minutes (for starters) and insert a toothpick in one of the cupcakes to see if it is done. If it’s not done yet check every couple of minutes after that. Hope this helps!

  6. 5 stars
    This cakes looks absolutely delicious. I would like to make a lower fat version – would it be okay to substitute half the butter with apple sauce?

  7. 5 stars
    This cake is always a party pleaser! I always have the ingredients on hand, and it has become my go-to recipe. The tips were helpful. Now I just wish I had the discipline not to go for the extra slice!

  8. 5 stars
    Chocolately goodness! So easy to make with ingredients on hand. I was worried it would have a gritty texture due to no flour for the sugar to bind with, but it had a surprisingly perfect consistency. Delicious with vanilla ice cream.