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Flourless Chocolate Cake

February 10, 2016 (Last Updated: July 14, 2019)

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Flourless Chocolate Cake is a delicious gluten free chocolate dessert.

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A slice of flourless chocolate cake dusted with powdered sugar.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  Do you have something special planned?  I think you should make a special dinner at home and then make a super special, delicious, flourless chocolate cake!

Sometimes we just need to go all out and make a truly decadent dessert.  This delicious chocolate cake is just what you need to impress your Valentine!

I have also made a Strawberry Swiss Roll Cake, and Chocolate Mousse. All these desserts are very impressive and sometimes it hard to choose which dessert to make.

A wedge of chocolate cake served on a white plate.

Ingredients for flourless chocolate cake

You only need four ingredients to make this cake!

  • Bittersweet chocolate
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Sugar

Tips for making a flourless cake

  • Line an 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper
  • Melt chocolate and butter in microwave
  • When adding beat egg whites, fold in carefully so you don’t deflate the egg whites
  • Be certain all egg whites are fully incorporated into chocolate mixture
  • Bake in a roasting pan filled with water to help ensure a nice even bake without cracking

How do I decorate a flourless chocolate cake?

This cake is beautiful in its simplicity. Serve on a cake plate with a dusting  of powdered sugar is all you need for decoration.  You could also whip up a some fresh whipped cream and add fresh berries if you like.

Flourless Chocolate Cake


Other great chocolate recipes include Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes Chocolate Walnut Tart and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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A slice of chocolate cake on a plate with a piece of the cake on a fork.

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5 from 3 votes
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Rich, decadent chocolate cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate cake recipe, flourless chocolate cake, gluten free chocolate cake
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 221 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate broken into small pieces
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 5 whole eggs separated
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  1. Line an 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper on the bottom. Spray sides and paper with nonstick spray.
  2. Place chocolate and butter in a large microwave safe bowl.
  3. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Stir and reheat in microwave until completely melted. Be careful not to burn chocolate.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Beat egg whites to a stiff peaks. 

  6. Mix sugar into chocolate mixture.

  7. Using a whisk, whisk in egg yolk to chocolate mixture.
  8. Gently fold in egg whites.
  9. Pour cake mixture into prepared cake pan.

  10. Place cake pan into a large roasting pan. Place in oven.
  11. Fill roasting pan with hot tap water. Water level should rise half way up cake pan level. Be careful not to let water drip into batter.
  12. Bake at 325 degrees for exactly 30 minutes. Cake will be very moist.

  13. Cool in pan on rack for 30 minutes.
  14. Run a knife around sides of cake and invert onto a cake plate. Remove parchment.
  15. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.
Recipe Notes

Serve with whipped cream or fresh berries.

Nutrition Facts
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 82mg4%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking

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  • Reply
    February 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    This looks so decadent! Definitely needing some chocolate right now. Chocolate makes up for the lack of February sunlight, right?

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      February 13, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Chocolate is the cure for just about everything…including the lack of sunlight! šŸ™‚

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    February 13, 2017 at 4:28 am

    I could go for a piece of this cake with a glass of wine right now!

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    February 11, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Mmm…I always love a simple yet decadent dessert! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply
      February 12, 2017 at 4:52 am

      It is very decadent! Enjoy!!!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    February 7, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Love flourless chocolate cakes, so rich and decadent! And I’m with you on celebrating Valentine’s Day at home with a beautiful dinner and a gorgeous dessert like this one!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    February 13, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Love how beautiful this cake has turned out, and also love the fact it is made with only 4 ingredients. WOW!

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      February 13, 2016 at 5:50 am

      Just delicious chocolate!

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    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    February 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    5 stars
    Flourless chocolate cake is one of my favorite desserts! I love how this recipe only has 4 ingredients – simple is best! Your cake looks amazing – so rich and chocolaty!

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      February 13, 2016 at 5:51 am

      It is very rich and chocolaty!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    February 12, 2016 at 9:30 am

    As a chocolate lover, I can’t deny myself a piece of rich flourless chocolate cake.

    • Reply
      February 13, 2016 at 5:52 am

      I am with no…no will power at all when it comes to chocolate.

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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    February 12, 2016 at 6:04 am

    5 stars
    Chocolate, butter, sugar, and eggs…do we need anything more in life than these 4 ingredients? No, I don’t think so. lol! Dark chocolate and me are BFFs and I luv flourless cakes. This recipe is so easy that I could make it (and eat it) every day. Plus it healthy because no flour, right? šŸ˜‰

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      February 13, 2016 at 5:52 am

      Ummmm…..Yes! Totally healthy šŸ™‚

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    Kalee @ The Crowded Table
    February 11, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    I love that this recipe only has a few ingredients, no run to the store necessary! I’ve had a week full of sick kiddos, so I have planning NOTHING for Valentine’s Day. This recipe will be perfect! šŸ™‚

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      February 13, 2016 at 5:53 am

      I hope the kiddos feel better. You defiantly need this cake as a bit of a pick-me-up!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    February 11, 2016 at 10:41 am

    We don’t have anything planned yet, but I agree it should include this cake! Flourless chocolate cake is such a classic and yours looks perfect, Kathy! I know my husband would probably be fine with eating just this for dinner! Cheers, friend – to a beautiful Valentine’s Day!

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      February 13, 2016 at 5:54 am

      Your Valentine’s Day could be fairly easy if all you served him was this cake!

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    February 11, 2016 at 9:03 am

    This looks so good, and definitely rich! ?. When it comes to chocolate desserts, I always think the richer the better. I think this would cure any chocolate cravings!

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      February 13, 2016 at 5:55 am

      Cures any chocolate cravings, but then I crave just one more slice of flourless chocolate cake!

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    David @ Spiced
    February 11, 2016 at 5:43 am

    This sounds like it’s right up my alley! Who needs the flour? It just gets in the way of more chocolate! šŸ™‚ Seriously, though, I would love a slice of this cake for dessert tonight!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 11, 2016 at 5:08 am

    So easy and so few ingredients is a win-win in my book Kathy! Love this!

    • Reply
      February 13, 2016 at 5:55 am

      It is a winner for me….so yummy!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    February 11, 2016 at 4:25 am

    This looks incredibly easy! I need to make several cakes this week for my daughters birthday parties. Looks like this is making the list!!! She my Valentine’s Day Love, (almost a named her Valentine until husband vetoed that!) But I can still make her this cake. She’s my big chocolate girl.

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      February 11, 2016 at 4:47 am

      What a great Valentine’s gift…it’s no wonder she loves chocolate! Wish her a Happy Birthday!

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    February 10, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Wow! Just four ingredients, so simple and so good looking!

    • Reply
      February 11, 2016 at 4:47 am

      And sooooo chocolaty!

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:58 am

    This would be perfect for supper tonight ā™„

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    Kennedy Cole
    February 10, 2016 at 6:35 am

    5 stars
    I could definitely go for a slice of this right now! Thanks for sharing this chocolate delight! šŸ˜€

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      February 13, 2016 at 5:56 am

      I could use another slice too! šŸ™‚

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