How to Make Flourless Chocolate Cake

Need a simple-to-make chocolate dessert for family and friends eating gluten free this Thanksgiving and the Holidays? Me too! Today I’ll show you how to make Flourless Chocolate Cake which is high in protein and requires only a few ingredients.

Easy recipe for flourless chocolate cake gluten free - Hello Lovely Studio
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Since the key to this recipe is getting the eggs properly blended and uber-fluffy, it was a blessing to partner with Vitamix and discover the power of a smart blender for the task. (I was sent this product in exchange for my honest opinion, and all of these reflections are my own.)

Ever use a blender for your batters? Vitamix Explorian E320 minimizes the effort and mess while it maximizes the joy of creating a professional looking gluten-free, flourless chocolate cake.

Vitamix Explorian E320 in red - Hello Lovely Studio
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How does a homemade flourless cake compare to a chocolate cake made with flour? The texture is more dense and resembles a fudgy cheesecake. However, with no added sugar, it doesn’t taste too sweet. Should you be a sweet tooth who needs their chocolate cake rich-von-rich, you can double the ganache recipe or drown the cake in chocolate sauce. Add some rum to the batter or ganache. So many ways to make this recipe your own! I decorated mine with fresh strawberries, powdered sugar, and g-free sugar cookie truffles (the recipe will be shared soon). The cake can be dressed up to serve for holidays and special occasions (my husband is gluten-intolerant, and I made this for his birthday) or served undecorated any day of the week.

Simple gluten free flourless chocolate cake with ganache by Hello Lovely Studio
How to Make Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free)
Red Vitamix Explorian E320 on counter in white kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio

Gather Ingredients.

2 sticks of butter

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

8 large eggs

Ganache: 1/3 cup whipping cream, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325. Spray an 8″ round cake pan with non-stick spray. Partially melt butter in microwave, add chocolate chips, heat in microwave 30 seconds more, then stir to melt and combine. Set aside.

Butter and chocolate chips on counter

Blend the eggs at Variable 5 of the Vitamix for 3 minutes. Remove the lid plug and add chocolate mixture, blending a few seconds more.

Red Vitamix Explorian E320 with eggs and chocolate on counter
Eggs and Melted Chocolate/Butter for Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free)

Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake in center of oven for 30-35 minutes. It’s done when there’s no jiggle factor in center or bottom. It will rise above pan and then settle as it cools.

Vitamix Explorian for cake batter
Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove and cool completely on wire rack. When cool, make ganache icing.

Flourless chocolate cake in pan cooling
Recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake

In small saucepan, heat whipping cream just til it begins to boil. Remove from heat and stir in chips and vanilla until smooth.

Ingredients for chocolate ganache icing - Hello Lovely Studio
Ingredients for Ganache Icing

Transfer cake from rack to a plate. Pour the ganache on top and spread with spatula.

Round chocolate ganache iced cake on clear glass cake pedestal - Hello Lovely Studio
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Icing

The sides of my cake were not the loveliest, so I opted to decorate the cake with a ring of alternating strawberries and sugar cookie truffles (gluten free!).

Gluten free chocolate cake with ganache, berries, and sugar cookie truffles
Flourless Chocolate Cake

Then I added a few sliced berries and whole berries to the top of the cake.

Beautiful gluten free chocolate cake decorated with berries and truffles - Hello Lovely Studio
How to Make Flourless Chocolate Cake

Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Gluten free chocolate cake topped with strawberries by Hello Lovely Studio
How to Make Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free)
Chocolate cake with strawberries and sugar cookie truffles by Hello Lovely Studio
Because one can never have too many pictures of their children or cake
Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, strawberries, and snowball truffles - Hello Lovely Studio
Recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake
Beautiful chocolate cake, bottle of Cava, and red and white stripe dishtowels - Hello Lovely Studio
Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free)
Slice of chocolate cake with strawberries and sugar cookie truffle
It only looks hard to make!
Beautiful chocolate cake with berries on pedestal with red and white napkins - Hello Lovely Studio
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Berries and Sugar Cookie Truffles

Vitamix for baking? Hello, Lovely! The cake was a hit with my husband, and he also loved the sugar cookie truffles (those delicious morsels above resembling donut holes) for which I relied upon the Vitamix E320.

Ever made a flourless cake?

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-michele

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14 Comments

  1. Karen
    November 13, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    That cake looks amazing, so pretty too! I don’t use my vitamix as much as I should. Can’t wait to read about the sugar cookie truffles.

    • michele
      Author
      November 13, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      I was a Vitamix virgin, Karen! Very exciting for this granny to use it for the first time and witness the power. xox

  2. holly
    November 24, 2017 / 8:25 am

    On the menu for our Thanksgiving feast as the alternative to traditional pumpkin pie – a real hit. Although I don’t have a Vitamix, I used my KitchenAid to mix and it came out beautifully. The perfect sweet treat after all the savory dishes. Thank you for sharing this. It will be on the menu often.

    • michele
      Author
      November 24, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Awesome, Holly! I’m so glad you liked it. I made a version of this for our feast this year and topped it with New York cheesecake (the ganache was used as glue in between the fudgy bottom and cheesecake!). Thank you for reading and the kind words. xox

      • holly
        December 19, 2017 / 7:00 am

        OK – now who doesn’t like cheesecake? All those, sit down. This is a great idea and i will trick my family that this is a “new” recipe. Quick question, was it a “crustless” cake or did you go all in with the graham cracker crust?

        • michele
          Author
          December 19, 2017 / 9:28 pm

          Hi Holly! This isn’t a cheesecake but it does look like one! So no crust just a ganache icing on top. 🙂

  3. October 24, 2018 / 9:19 am

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing and delicious! I have celiac and a sweet tooth, so I will definitely make this! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

    • michele
      Author
      October 24, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      I hope you do! Thanks so much for visiting today, friend! 🙂

      • October 25, 2018 / 10:06 am

        Definitely! I have also featured this post at Thursday Favorite Things today!

        • michele
          Author
          October 25, 2018 / 11:11 am

          Thanks so much! Heading over!

  4. January 31, 2019 / 2:24 pm

    This sound great! I had a really fudgy no flour cake on a cruise years ago and have forever since been trying to find a recipe. Is this one fudgy? I’m pinning it for sure! 🙂

    Blessings,
    Babychaser
    mamasbrush.wordpress.com

    • michele
      Author
      January 31, 2019 / 4:57 pm

      So here’s the deal with this one…it looks dense like cheesecake but is not very sweet and definitely not cheesecake-y. So you may want one of those lava cake recipes which will have some flour (regular or gfree) for that fudgy factor! Thanks for stopping!

  5. February 1, 2019 / 9:25 pm

    Michele,
    You are so welcome for the feature at TFT. I just love flourless cake. I have pinned this and I am making this next week. I think flourless cake is so much better than regular cake.
    Hope you warm up. Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • michele
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 10:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Bev. I’m thawing out! 🙂

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