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Flourless Chocolate Cake is rich, dense, fudgy, and incredibly easy to make. It is a classic chocolate cake recipe that just so happens to be gluten-free.

Bird's eye view of a flourless chocolate cake with a slice being taken out of it.

Flourless chocolate cake is a decadent and rich dessert that everyone can enjoy. No need to adapt a recipe to gluten-free diets, this is a widely popular dessert among anyone who is a fan of fine dining. Don’t be deceived by its simple appearance. It is only about an inch thick, and commonly dusted with powdered sugar and berries; but this dense cake packs a huge punch of flavor. 

Flourless chocolate cake is also known by its Italian name, Torta Caprese. There are many stories of its origination, but we love the meaning in behind such a ‘fortunate mistake.’ It is said that a baker forgot to add flour to a cake order for a few tourists, and the tourists loved it so much that it became a delicacy! We know that you will love this cake just as much as the tourists did, and hope it becomes a favored delicacy in your home as well! 

  • Is flourless chocolate cake gluten free?

    Yes it is! A flourless chocolate cake contains no gluten products so it is suitable for a gluten-free diet. While this cake was not originally created with the intent of catering to a Celiac or gluten-free diet, it has become quite a popular choice for both.

  • What kind of cream should I use for a ganache?

    The higher the fat content of your cream, the more stable your ganache will be. In your grocery store, you will most likely see both heavy cream and whipping cream. Heavy cream has a slightly higher fat content than whipping cream, but both will work to make a ganache. Technically, you can also use creme fraiche or sour cream, but they create a less stable ganache.

  • What kind of cocoa powder should I use?

    This recipe is best suited for a dutch process cocoa powder. However, plain unsweetened cocoa powder will also work. Use dutch processed for best results. The quality of cocoa powder varies so we recommend staying away from inexpensive, generic brands as they tend to have the lowest quality when it comes to chocolate.

Flourless chocolate cake with a bite taken out of it on a white plate with a fork.

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Flourless chocolate cake with berries on top and a slice cut out
Flourless Chocolate Cake is rich, dense, and fudgy and incredibly easy to make. It's a classic chocolate cake recipe that also just so happens to be gluten-free.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly greased 8 or 9-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Place chocolate chips and butter into a microwave safe mixing bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until everything is melted and smooth.
  • Pour in sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, and vanilla extract. Use a hand mixer to beat together until just combined. Do not over mix. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is mixed in.
  • Pour into the prepared cake pan. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edges to loosen, and flip the cake onto a serving platter or cake stand. Let cool completely.
  • Make the ganache by placing chocolate chips into a mixing bowl. Heat heavy cream in the microwave until simmering, about 45 seconds.
  • Pour hot cream over chocolate chips. Let stand 2 minutes, then stir until smooth.
  • Spread ganache over the top of the cake. Let cool before slicing and serving.


Serving: 1large slice | Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 684IU | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Flourless Chocolate Cake
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