Recipe: Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

Gluten free and delicious (flourless).

By Jess O’Toole

This cake is for chocolate lovers. Seek out the best quality chocolate you can find (go for 70-85% cacao solids in the dark chocolate). The recipe is absolutely foolproof, super simple and can be made entirely by hand (no fancy baking equipment). It’s perfect for inexperienced bakers and it’s just the kind of recipe for someone who’s busy but still wants to throw together something special. The reward: a rich, decadent, super-chocolatey cake that’s perfect just as it is.

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with a circular piece of greased parchment paper to prevent the batter from leaking out of the pan.
  2. Place the chocolate, butter and salt in a heatproof bowl. Pour about an inch of water into a medium pot. Bring the water to a simmer, turn the heat to low and place the bowl on top of the pot, over the simmering water. The base of the bowl should not be touching the water. Stir the mixture frequently until melted and evenly incorporated. Set the bowl of melted chocolate aside to cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar (with a whisk by hand or using an electric mixer) until light and thickened, about 8 minutes. Gently fold in the cooled melted chocolate.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake on the center oven rack for 1 hour. The cake is done when its set in the middle — a toothpick will come out wet but not gloppy. The surface of the cake may develop a few cracks, but not to worry, they just give the cake character. When the cake is done, place it on a wire rack to cool. To serve, release the cake from the ring mold. It’s delicious served warm or completely cooled, and the moist crumb ensures it will keep for several days.


  • 6 oz. dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 2 oz. milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 6 large eggs (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Makes 1 cake, about 8 slices

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

  • Calories       398
  • Total Fat      26g
  • Total Fat      26g
  • Cholesterol    190mg
  • Sodium  136mg
  • Total Carbohydrates    35g
  • Dietary Fiber  2.5g
  • Sugars  29g
  • Sugars  29g