Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Flourless Chocolate Cake is one for the books! It’s rich, moist, delicious and you guessed it! It’s made with absolutely no flour, which makes it a naturally gluten-free version of Chocolate Cake! Top it with my homemade almond whipped cream and you’ll be in heaven.

flourless chocolate cake

Why You’ll Love This Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

I made this recipe and have been dreaming of variations ever since. It’s the perfect treat that is easier to make than regular cake and just happens to taste 100 times richer and more decadent. And because I can’t live life without whipped cream, I came up with this almond whipped cream topping with slivered almonds and I think it’s special enough for a fancy dinner, but quick and easy enough for just any old Tuesday night.

flourless chocolate cake on a tablescape

What is Bittersweet Chocolate? What Can I Use as a Substitute?

Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened faux dark chocolate that has no milk added to it of any kind. It has the highest percentage of cacao (usually about 70%) without actually being a true dark chocolate. The taste of bittersweet chocolate is a deep, slightly sweet, intense chocolate flavor, with a dry or crumbly texture.

If you don’t have bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate can be used and has a similar taste. Replace the same amount of bittersweet chocolate with semi-sweet.

Pro Tip: Another alternative is to make your own bittersweet chocolate. Take one tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, one tablespoon sugar, and two teaspoons butter in your recipe for every ounce of bittersweet chocolate you’re replacing. The results won’t be exactly the same as the real deal, but it’ll be pretty close if you’re in a pinch.

flourless chocolate cake on a cooling rack

How to Make Flourless Chocolate Cake

Just 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! For full recipe details, including ingredients needed and measurements, see the printable recipe card down below. Here is step by step what you can expect when making this Flourless Chocolate Cake:

flourless chocolate cake ingredients

Preheat Oven + Prep Cake Pan

Preheat oven to 375° F. 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.

cake pan with parchment paper and sprayed with non stick spray

Make the Batter

Melt butter and chocolate together slowly in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds until completely melted and smooth. Stir in sugar, eggs (one at a time) and vanilla.

Sift cocoa into the batter and gently stir in salt.

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. Bake 20-25 minutes or until set. You can use a toothpick and insert it into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.

It will be dense and moist and amazing! Now you could stop here, or top with whipped cream but you’ll want to let your cake completely cool first.

flourless chocolate cake cooling on cooling rack

Almond Whipped Cream (Optional)

Whip heavy whipping cream with vanilla, almond extract and powdered sugar until stiff. Spread over cake and sprinkle with slivered almonds. Serve!

For all of my whipped cream secrets check out my Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe.

Storing + Make Ahead Directions

If you are wanting to make this cake ahead of time, I would suggest baking the cake, letting it cool, and then store it covered and at room temperature. I would wait to frost the cake until just before serving. This cake will stay fresh if stored properly for 2-4 days.

Should Flourless Cake be Refrigerated?

Not necessarily! If you have not frosted it with whipped cream or a cream cheese frosting, (or anything else that is dairy related) it’s fine to be stored, covered at room temperature. Usually storing cake in the fridge dries it out faster.

Can I Freeze a Flourless Cake?

Yes! These types of cakes freeze really well. Be sure to wrap in plastic wrap or place in a freezer safe, airtight container to prevent freezer burn. The cake should stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge when ready to use.

flourless chocolate cake on a tablescape

More Toppings for Flourless Chocolate Cake:

As already mentioned, I topped my flourless chocolate cake with homemade almond whipped cream and slivered almonds…but the possibilities are endless!

More Chocolate Cake Recipes!

I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. If you do give this recipe a try, I would love it if you would give it a star rating and leave me a comment. Have a great day, friends! 🙂

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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-


  • Preheat oven to 375° F. 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.
    cake pan with parchment paper and sprayed with non stick spray
  • Melt butter and chocolate together slowly in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds until completely melted and smooth.
    flourless chocolate cake batter
  • Stir in sugar, eggs (one at a time) and vanilla.
    flourless chocolate cake
  • Sift cocoa into the batter and gently stir in salt.
    sifting cocoa powder
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes or until set.
    cake batter poured into baking pan
  • Cool completely before topping with cream. OR serve warm without cream.
    baked chocolate cake in cake pan
  • 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.
    whipping cream with hand mixer



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!