Flourless Chocolate Cake

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The beauty of this Flourless Chocolate Cake recipes is that it’s okay for our gluten intolerant and coeliac friends. Instead of flour, it uses melted chocolate and almond meal, which gives the cake a dense, rich and fudgy texture. It’s wonderful to try, even if you don’t have a gluten allergy. The optional almonds add a slight crunch to an otherwise soft and sweet cake.

The beauty of this Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipes is that it’s okay for our gluten intolerant and coeliac friends. Instead of flour, it uses melted chocolate and almond meal, which gives the cake a dense, rich and fudgy texture. It’s wonderful to try, even if you don’t have a gluten allergy. The optional almonds add a slight crunch to an otherwise soft and sweet cake.

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

Makes one 20cm round cake, serves 8-12 people

Difficulty: Easy

EQUIPMENT:

20cm round cake tin

2 saucepans that fit together as a double-boiler, or a microwave safe bowl

INGREDIENTS:

200g Dark Chocolate, chopped
125g Unsalted Butter, chopped
225g Brown Sugar
100g Almond Meal (or hazelnut meal)
100g Unsalted Almonds, coarsely chopped (optional)
5 large Eggs, whites and yolk separated
1 pinch of Cream of Tartar
1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder

METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees fan-forced; 350F). Line the base and sides of the cake tin with baking paper.

Melt the chocolate and butter together gently. Either use the microwave in 7-second bursts, then stir after each time so you don’t burn the chocolate. Or make a “double-boiler” to melt the chocolate and butter (a larger saucepan should be filled with about 5 cm of water and brought to a boil while you use the water’s steam to melt the chocolate and butter in a second saucepan above the water).

Transfer the melted chocolate and butter to a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar, almond meal, and chopped almonds until the mixture is smooth.

Ensure the mixture is cooler than 60 degrees Celsius (114F) before adding the egg yolks gradually. Stir all together. Put aside.

In a clean dry bowl of an electric mixer add the egg whites with a pinch of Cream of Tartar. On slow speed whisk the eggs until they’re foamy. Gradually increase the speed every few minutes. Whisk until firm white peaks form. If you’re unsure, better to overbeat the eggs than under beat them.

Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. The chocolate is quite heavy to mix in. Keep folding until the egg white is just incorporated with the chocolate mixture.

Check the oven has reached the correct temperature. Set your kitchen timer for 40 minutes. Pour the cake batter into the tin and place it on the middle rack of the oven. The cake is ready when a firm crust has formed on top. If the crust hasn’t formed yet, add another 5 minutes to the timer and check again until the cake is done. A skewer test is difficult as the cake texture is very soft and sticky even when cooked.

Let the cake cool completely in the pan before attempting to remove it. You can dust the top with icing sugar or cocoa powder to decorate.

BAKING TIPS:

  • It’s good practice to start whisking your egg whites at slow speed then build up speed to form the peaks. If you cut-corners and go straight to high speed it won’t take as long, but you’ll have big air pockets in your egg whites that might make the cake collapse in the oven later.
  • The cake is very soft and sticky even when cooked, almost like fudge.
  • Store cake at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake
This Flourless Chocolate Cake is made with real melted chocolate and has a dense, rich and fudgy texture.
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Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
12slices 30mins 40mins 1hr
Servings Prep Time
12slices 30mins
Cook Time Passive Time
40mins 1hr
Ingredients
  • 200 g Dark Chocolate chopped
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter chopped
  • 225 g Brown Sugar
  • 100 g Almond Meal
  • 100 g Unsalted Almonds coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 5 large Eggs separate whites and yolks
  • 1 pinch Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
Servings: slices
Units:
Ingredients
  • 200 g Dark Chocolate chopped
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter chopped
  • 225 g Brown Sugar
  • 100 g Almond Meal
  • 100 g Unsalted Almonds coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 5 large Eggs separate whites and yolks
  • 1 pinch Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
Servings: slices
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees fan-forced; 350F). Line the base and sides of a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together gently. Either use the microwave in 7-second bursts, then stir after each time so you don’t burn the chocolate. Or make a “double-boiler” to melt the chocolate and butter (a larger saucepan should be filled with about 5 cm of water and brought to a boil while you use the water’s steam to melt the chocolate and butter in a second saucepan above the water).
  3. Transfer the melted chocolate and butter to a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar, almond meal, and chopped almonds until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Ensure the mixture has cooled a little before adding the egg yolks in gradually. Stir all together. Put aside.
  5. In a clean dry bowl of an electric mixer add the egg whites with a pinch of Cream of Tartar. On slow speed whisk the eggs until they’re foamy. Gradually increase the speed every few minutes. Whisk until firm white peaks form. If you’re unsure, better to overbeat the eggs than under beat them.
  6. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. The chocolate is quite heavy to mix in. Keep folding until the egg white is just incorporated with the chocolate mixture.
  7. Check the oven has reached the correct temperature. Pour the cake batter into the tin and place it on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes. The cake is ready when a firm crust has formed on top. If the crust hasn’t formed yet, add another 5 minutes to the timer and check again until the cake is done. A skewer test is difficult as the cake texture is very soft and sticky even when cooked.
  8. Let the cake cool completely in the pan before attempting to remove it. You can dust the top with icing sugar or cocoa powder to decorate.
Recipe Notes
  • It’s good practice to start whisking your egg whites at slow speed then build up speed to form the peaks. If you cut corners and go straight to high speed it won’t take as long, but you’ll have big air pockets in your egg whites that might make the cake collapse in the oven later.
  • The cake is very soft and sticky even when cooked, almost like fudge.
  • Store cake at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Potassium 187mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 21g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 8%
Calcium 8%
Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

You might like to explore our other gluten-free baking recipes like Rosewater Pistachio Cake, Lemon and Almond Cake, Nutella Cake and Orange and Almond Cake. Chocoholics, we have a whole list of our baking recipes with chocolate here too.

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