Flourless Chocolate Cake

5 from 22 votes

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Rich, moist, and delicious! Flourless Chocolate Cake is one for the books, especially when topped with almond whipped cream! This cake is perfect for when you need a gluten-free version of Chocolate Cake!

Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with with Almond Whipped Cream and almonds all on a white cake platter

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Anyways, I made this recipe early last week and have been dreaming of variations ever since. It’s the perfect {naturally gluten-free} treat that is a million times easier to make than regular cake…that happens to taste 100 times richer and more decadent. Umm, HEAVEN on a fork to the max, ya’ll!

And, because I can’t live life without cream, I added some to the top of this for fun. My husband thought it was a little much, but I thought it was the perfect addition. My husband is also a cream hater. “It’s tasteless, wasteful calories!”  The first time he told me that I laughed and called him a girl. We have a GREAT relationship. LOL!

chocolate cake batter being poured into a cake pan

Main Ingredients Needed

7 ingredients and a trip to the oven are all that’s needed to make this amazing flourless chocolate cake. Oh, and let’s not forget the whipped cream!

  • Bittersweet Chocolate + Butter – these two are melted together for a moist base.
  • Sugar – to sweeten (and to help balance out the bitterness from the cocoa powder).
  • Eggs – these are super important for structure.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – for more chocolatey goodness! For something even more indulgent, use dark cocoa powder.
  • Vanilla – for flavor.
  • Salt – the salt is optional. If you’re using salted butter, omit the salt.

For the Almond Whipped Cream

If you aren’t feeling the whipped cream (like my husband) feel free to omit and simply top with fresh berries, citrus or a dusting of powdered sugar.

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – this is the main ingredient to whipped cream, not to be confused with half & half
  • Vanilla + Almond Extract – I added vanilla and almond extract to this cream to make it even tastier!
  • Powdered Sugar – to sweeten the whipped cream.
  • Slivered Almonds – this is used as a crunchy garnish.
flourless chocolate cake on a white cake platter

How to Make Flourless Chocolate Cake

Here’s how to make this dessert of the Gods. You’re welcome in advance.

Step 1: Make the Batter

Start out with some bittersweet chocolate and butter in a glass bowl. Zap the two together in the microwave stirring every 20 seconds or so until it’s completely melted.

To that chocolate melty goodness, stir in some sugar, some vanilla, and 3 eggs one by one.

Then you can measure in some cocoa and salt.

Step 2: Bake + Cool

Once the batter is all smooth and delicious, pour it into an 8-inch cake pan. I greased mine and added a layer of parchment at the bottom just to be sure this cake would come out in 1 piece.

After baking in the oven, your cake should be all done! It will be dense and moist and amazing! Now you could stop here, or top with whipped cream but you’ll have to let your cake completely cool.

Step 3: Almond Whipped Cream

To make Almond Whipped Cream I added all the ingredients together and whipped away! For all of my whipped cream secrets check out my Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe.

Top your cooled cake with almond whipped cream and slivered almonds, then serve!

Flourless Chocolate Cake with a missing slice, topped with with Almond Whipped Cream and almonds all on a white cake platter

More Chocolate Cake Recipes!

Lots of cream + flourless chocolate cake = one happy lady. I topped mine with a few almonds to add some texture, but that just like the cream is optional.

Enjoy, friends! Hope you like this one as much as we did 🙂

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5 from 22 votes

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Almond Whipped Cream

Gluten-free, decadent, rich, moist, and delicious! Flourless Chocolate Cake is one for the books, especially when topped with almond whipped cream!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


for the cream-

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • slivered almonds for garnish, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 8-inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Feel free to line the bottom with parchment paper as extra insurance to get the cake out.
  • Melt butter and chocolate together slowly in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds until completely melted and smooth.
    melted chocolate
  • Stir in sugar, eggs {one at a time} and vanilla.
    melted chocolate and sugar
  • Sift cocoa into the batter and gently stir in salt.
    cocoa powder
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes or until set.
    pouring batter into cake pan
  • Cool completely before topping with cream. OR serve warm without cream.
    flourless chocolate cake
  • To make cream–whip heavy whipping cream with vanilla, almond extract and powdered sugar until stiff. Spread over cake and sprinkle with slivered almonds. Serve.
    flourless chocolate cake


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 888IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Flourless Chocolate Cake

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  1. Andrea

    I have a great gluten free black bean chocolate cake but not everyone is into black beans like I am. I will have to give this one a try!

  2. Meredith C

    5 stars
    Lauren–I just made this cake on my blog and it’s definitely a favorite in our house. I topped it with chocolate ganache and fresh strawberry sauce!


  3. Lauren

    5 stars
    I made this today using semi-sweet chocolate chips since they were all I had on hand. Dense, fudgy and rich. Delicious!Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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  7. Emily

    5 stars
    I just started a gluten free blog and will be featuring this recipe on my blog. It turned out GREAT for our Christmas dinner dessert. Thanks!


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  11. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren!
    I made this cake yesterday and used a heart shaped cookie cutter! I just posted it and linked back to this recipe! Thank you! 🙂

  12. karin

    I want to make this cake today, but can’t tell if the bittersweet chocolate should be sweetened or unsweetened. Can you advise? Looks so wonderful!

  13. Rachel

    How do you think this cake would turn out if you substituted Splenda for the sugar? I bake frequently for my grandfather, and my grandmother is diabetic, so I try to make recipes work for both of them. Just wondering if the texure would be the same…

  14. Steph

    5 stars
    I was a little skeptical about how good this cake would turn out because the ingredients and instructions were so simple, but I followed the recipe verbatim and it turned out to be excellent! The only change I made was leaving out the almond extract in the cream, and that’s only because I thought I had some in my cabinet and didn’t realize I had none until it was time to add it to the cream. But anyway, I used this as the dessert for company I had over last night and it got rave reviews! It’s fudgey, dense, rich and it looks pretty on a cake plate. I’ll be making this cake often in the future! Thanks Lauren.

  15. Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    Congratulations Lauren! What a exciting year for you! And this cake looks absolutely beautiful too {I can’t believe there isn’t a speck of flour in it!!}

  16. Hayley

    5 stars
    Wow! Made this cake the other night for a family dinner – it was so dense and fudgy with a deep chocolate taste – delicious! The key is not to over bake the cake. Thanks Lauren!

  17. wendy

    5 stars
    i make a version of this cake – there is a sneaky way to avoid the microwave in the butter/chocolate melting (microwaves freak me out a bit) AND not have to bother with a double boiler. just melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the chocolate – all the melted butter already coating the pan will ensure your chocolate doesn’t stick to the sides and burn! win win!

  18. Vyvacious

    I made the cookie version of this for a friend who was GF and they were a big hit! I can only imagine how decadent this cake is! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  19. Julie @White Lights on Wednesday

    Your cake looks amazing! I’m featuring it on my side bar this week for Food Porn Friday (on Tuesday, I know). I’m linking back to you and so pinning for later. Thanks for making me hungry!

  20. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    Moving and being pregnant is no fun, but owning your own home certainly is! Congratulations and I so love this cake!

  21. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    I’m torn between drooling over the recipe (of which I’m still baffled by flourless cake recipes and must try asap) and the pink/purple house business lol. Seriously dying over that.

  22. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    Ooo as a fellow chocoholic I am loving the sound of this cake! That’s too funny that your hubby is the one talking about empty calories, haha…the roles are totally reversed in my relationship!!

  23. Lark

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I just made one for a Friends B-Day since she cant have Flour.
    I added in some Cinnamon and Chocolate exfract. She LOVED it!

  24. Shirley K.

    Congrats on the new house! Can’t wait to try making this. As one who is still learning to cook, I have to ask … why is it important that the eggs be added one at a time?

  25. Michelle

    OMG! That looks so good I could cry. Why cry? Because I’m doing no sugar for 30 days , well now 25. ugh. But come Feb. I’ll will be making this!

    congrats on the house! We are just starting to look for our own house.

  26. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    Woohoo!! congrats on your new nest. Were you manage to take pics of Brooke when you refused to have the walls painted in pink/ purple? She’s such a cutie pie. And oh, I love flourless cake. It’s so simples, less messy, and moist. I’ll definitely try this recipe, esp. since I love bittersweet choco.

  27. Schweet Life

    Congrats on the new house! The cake looks really good but I agree with your husband and would skip the whipped cream (or maybe serve the cake with ice cream instead).

  28. Ashley

    This cake looks awesome : ) I’ll have to try it for my sister’s birthday – we haven’t found a lot of decant gluten-free recipes for her yet… but this one seems like it might do the trick! Congrats on the new house!

  29. Kathryn

    Hooray for a new house! I’m so impressed that you guys have managed to move while being pregnant and having a small child running around, I hope you get some time to relax now!

    I love a flourless chocolate cake, so dense and fudgy. This looks so delicious!

  30. Jess

    Congrats on the new house, and the move, and good luck holding out on the pink/purple requests. I mean, who wouldn’t want their entire house painted in those colors, really? The cake looks amazing, Lauren!