An easy flourless chocolate cake that you can whip up in an hour to satisfy a chocolate craving. It's fudgey and delicious with a scoop of ice cream that you won't miss the flour at all.
This is my favourite quick and easy chocolate cakes for times when I just need something decadent and chocolatey without baking a whole layer cake.
Made with dark chocolate and espresso powder, this flourless chocolate cake is slightly bittersweet, making it the perfect companion for a scoop of vanilla ice cream for extra sweetness.
Without flour, this cake is naturally gluten-free and you don't even miss it at all. You get a beautiful crackled surface on top of the cake thanks to the creamed egg and sugar. The texture inside is soft and crumbly straight out of the oven and becomes dense and fudgey after chilling in the fridge, almost like a brownie. It's so delicious and I actually prefer it after it's been in the fridge.
How to make flourless chocolate cake
In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter on low-medium heat until the chocolate has completely melted. Stir well until the chocolate and the butter is combined. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl, whip the sugar and eggs together with a hand whisk or an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and thick, at least 3-4 minutes to get a cake with a crackly surface.
While whisking, slowly pour the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and mix until combined.
Add in cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, and vanilla. Use a spatula to fold to combine until no powdery bits remain.
This batter will continue to thicken as the melted butter and chocolate cools so pour it into the tart pan before it gets too thick to spread.
Use a spatula to evenly spread the batter in the pan and smooth the top surface.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. The middle of the cake will puff up in the oven and will deflate as it cools.
Let cool for at least 20 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for best results. I promise the ice cream is necessary 😉
Other chocolate recipes to try
- Earl Grey Hot Chocolate
- Chocolate Meringues
- Chocolate Cherry Tart with Cardamom Cream
- Toasted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Cookies