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Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe – Valentines Dessert (Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake!)


Sonia has done it again.

A few weeks ago she said she’s been wanting to try this flourless chocolate cake recipe (and therefore a gluten-free chocolate cake recipe!) and wondered if I wanted her to take pictures for a valentines dessert on my blog. Can you believe what great friends I have?!

That’s not all.

cake & coffee3 The kids had a snow day today, so she and her boys came over to play with our kids, and she brought the chocolate cake for us to have with our coffee this morning! (We loved our chat over coffee even if my kids did keep interrupting our sentences.)

There’s still more.

Since she’s more creative and artsy than I am, she asked if I had berries or mint leaves so we could add more interest to the picture. I’ve got to remember to get my brain to think like Sonia’s when I’m taking all my blog pictures, don’t I?!

Do you wonder how it tasted?

It tasted as good as it looks, with just the right amount of sweetness. It had the consistency of a fudgy chocolate brownie. I even had some real whipped cream to go on top!

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe (Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake) from Sonia:



  • wide foil (regular width foil doesn’t keep the water out as well)
  • large roasting pan for water bath
  • double boiler
  • 8.5 inch springform pan

Preheat oven to 325*. Put large Dutch oven size pan of water on stove and bring to an almost boil. Coat springform pan with light layer of butter and wrap the wide foil around the outside of the pan to prevent water from seeping in.

Start eggs beating in stand mixer or Bosch on high speed. Beat for about 5 minutes, or until eggs double in volume.

While eggs are beating, start melting chocolate and butter in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir often.

Add melted ingredients to beaten eggs gradually, slowly folding in each addition with a large, flat spatula or spoon. Fold together only until melted chocolate is mixed with eggs. Don’t over mix.

cake in oven Pour into prepared springform pan. Place springform pan inside roasting plan and place in oven BEFORE adding water. (This is only to prevent spills.) Fill roaster with water until it is about halfway up the side of the springform pan. (A water bath is used for more delicate dishes and protects foods from direct heat. It cooks slower but that is better for this recipe.) I used my glass Pyrex measuring cup to scoop water from the pan and fill roaster already on the oven rack.

Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I removed the cake from the water bath and placed it on a towel for a couple of minutes on the counter and left the water bath in the oven to cool, to avoid spilling hot water. (I later spilled the cool water while getting it to the sink to empty it, so I’m glad I did this!) Move cake to a wire rack and let cool in the pan.

cake-Flourless chocolate cake recipe gluten free Carefully remove the outer ring of the springform pan before serving. I left the bottom tray from the springform pan on the cake and cut carefully to avoid scratching it. I didn’t want to risk ruining the cake by transferring it from the springform tray to a plate.

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  1. What if I don’t want to use the semi-sweet chocolate because of the sugar? Can I use 100% cocoa with honey or something else?

  2. Thanks for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix. I have moved it to the Chocolate day since today is Scallops and I couldn’t find any in the recipe. Each week there is a different ingredient and the recipes need to have that ingredient. You can always go back and enter in older weeks too. Thank you.

  3. My spring form pan was too big for my roaster so used a ceramic dish that fit. It doesn’t come out, but I usually serve from a pan anyway–it’s just for me and my husband. This is AWESOME! I had about two bites and was done it is so rich, but oh boy was it yummy.

  4. I made this and it was terrific! Since my husband can’t eat chocolate, the next day I made it using white chocolate chips. It was wonderful, also. The white chips don’t melt as nicely as chocolate, but they work. I put some mixed berry jelly on top. Yummy!!

  5. This cake is so good.
    I made it in the food processor (so no need for melting)- chocolate first, then 6 eggs, vanilla essence, butter, 1/2 cup of warm coffee (or healthy substitute:). Blend till smooth, then pour into prepared pans.

    Great with honeyed cream, & berries on top;)

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