Flourless Chocolate Cake

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A sugar-free, nut-free chocolate cake that doesn't use any flour!

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It's hard to believe you can make a decadent chocolate cake without any flour but with this flourless chocolate cake recipe it can be done! No wheat flours, nut flours, coconut flour or oat flour in this recipe.

The search for gluten-free and nut free recipes are in high demand as food sensitivities increase. Luckily with recipes like this flourless chocolate cake, brownies and flourless cookies, you can enjoy a tasty treat without flours or nuts!

It’s possible to make a rich chocolate cake without any flours. We don’t even have to use nut flours – like almond flour or hazelnut flour – or even coconut flour to make a delicious moist cake recipe. This flourless chocolate cake recipe uses minimal ingredients – sugar free chocolate, butter, eggs, cocoa powder and a few other ingredients. The rich chocolate flavor is unbeatable and the texture is similar to a torte. Dust with powdered sweetener and whipped cream for the ultimate chocolate indulgence.

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How to make flourless chocolate cake

  1. Melt chocolate chips and butter. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Beat together eggs, sugar free sweetener, and brown sugar substitute until fluffy.
  3. Add cocoa powder and vanilla. Mix on low speed to combine.
  4. Slowly drizzle in chocolate mixture.
  5. Pour into a springform pan and bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes.
  6. Let cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

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What is in flourless chocolate cake

  • Chocolate – Sugar free chocolate is added to increase the depth of the chocolate flavor. If you can’t find sugar free chocolate, try using 90% dark chocolate or bakers chocolate. You may have to increase the sweetener in this cake recipe. Taste the batter before baking and adjust for sweetness.
  • Butter – The fat in butter provides flavor and moisture to the flourless cake. Without the butter, your cake may be dry and have a chalky texture.
  • Eggs – The eggs are what provides structure and density to this cake. They are a critical ingredient and you can’t omit them.
  • Sweeteners – In this flourless cake recipe, sugar-free sweeteners are used. A sugar-free granulated sweetener like erythritol or monk fruit blend. And a brown sugar substitute for a slight caramel flavor.
  • Cocoa powder – The cocoa powder serves as a flour in this recipe to soak up the moisture from the eggs and melted butter. Look for 100% unsweetened cocoa powder in order to have to lowest carb amount.

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Toppings and Frostings

This chocolate cake is delicious by itself but for presentation and for added decadence, you can add any of the following.

  • Powdered sugar – I use sugar-free powdered sugar (erythritol monkfruit blend). Dust on with a sieve or sifter.
  • Whipped cream – Make up a fresh batch of whipped cream with 3/4 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar sweetener substitute.
  • Chocolate ganache – Make your own chocolate ganache frosting by mixing 1 cup melted chocolate with 1/2 cup heavy cream. Pour on top of the flourless cake and let sit in the refrigerator or room temperature until set.
  • Chocolate frosting – Make up your own sugar free chocolate buttercream frosting and frost on the top. Top with fresh raspberries or strawberries.
  • Ice cream – Of course you have to chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. This is extra yummy if you warm your cake before serving.
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Tips for making the perfect cake

  1. Don’t overbake! You need to pull your chocolate cake out of the oven when the cake is just set on top. It will continue to set as it cools. Overbaking your cake can lead to a dry crumb.
  2. Use a springform pan for easy release. You can bake your cake in an 8 or 9 inch cake pan as well; however, using a springform pan allows you to easily release your chocolate cake from the pan.
  3. Don’t over cook your chocolate as it is melting. If you let your chocolate chips go too long in the microwave, you risk burning them and you are left with lumpy chocolate. To prevent this only microwave at 30-45 second intervals and stir until smooth. Microwave again for an additional 15-20 seconds if your chips haven’t completely melted.

Storage information

Store the flourless cake in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The longer the cake sets or is exposed to air, the drier it can become. Wrap your cake tightly with plastic wrap to seal in the moisture.

You can freeze this cake for up to 1 month.

Flourless Chocolate Cake: FAQS

Why is my chocolate torte crumbly?

If your chocolate cake turns out dry and crumbly, you probably baked it too long. Another way to prevent a dry cake is to place a water bath in the oven. This will create steam and keep your cake moist.

Is flourless chocolate cake gluten free?

Yes! Since we don't use wheat flours in this recipe, this is a gluten free cake. It is also a nut free and sugar free cake.

What does a flourless cake taste like?

The taste of this cake is very similar to a classic chocolate cake but the texture is different. It is denser than a spongy cake. It doesn't have a richer chocolaty flavor as well.

Can I make this cake dairy free?

You could substitute the butter for coconut oil and make sure your chocolate chips are dairy free.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 353
Fat 33.8g
Protein 5.8g
Total Carbs 15.8g
Net Carbs 2.9g

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