Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Several years ago, a sweet friend of mine requested a Flourless Chocolate Cake for her birthday. I’d never heard of it before, but she told me that she had fallen in love with it at a restaurant once and wondered if I could make her one.

I found a number of different recipes and I tried a couple of them. Then I made this one and it took my breath away.

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I’ve made this cake several times over the past few years and every time this is served, the room goes silent.

Unassuming in appearance and almost ridiculously easy to make, this cake is a fantastic decadent treat. I use dark bittersweet chocolate, instead of cocoa powder and that difference creates an entirely different cake.

This is creamy and smooth, not at all dry. The serving size truly is the tiniest sliver. The slice pictured here served two people.

Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Servings: 16 -30 servings, depending on size

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 18 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate I used Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Bittersweet baking chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Generously grease a 10” round springform pan and set aside *. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the sugar, salt and water. Simmer, stirring frequently, until completely clear and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water (or in a microwave at 50% power for 20 second intervals), melt the chocolate. Pour the melted chocolate into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Cut the butter into 1 inch pieces and slowly beat the butter into the melted chocolate one piece at a time.  Pour the hot sugar and water mixture into the chocolate. Beat to combine.
  • Slowly add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each egg is added to the mixture. Pour the batter into the well-greased springform pan. Prepare a pan larger than the springform pan and set the springform inside it. (I use the broiler pan from my oven. I have also used those huge foil catering pans with a baking sheet underneath.) Pour about 4 cups of boiling water into the bigger pan, or enough water to fill the pan about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  • Carefully set the pans in the oven and bake the cake in the water bath. Bake at 300 degrees for 45-48 minutes. The center of the cake will still look wet when it is finished baking. Chill the cake overnight in the pan.
  • Remove the springform ring prior to serving. Slice into very thin pieces and serve topped with fresh whipped cream or fresh berries. Enjoy!

Notes

Some springform pans will allow water to pass through to the bottom of the cake. If you are concerned about that happening or aren't certain how tight your pan will seal, you can wrap the outside bottom and sides of the pan very tightly with foil to make sure water can not enter the pan. I've done that in the past with different water-bath recipes and it works well.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. ilovecooking says

    This chocolate cake looks amazing. I must admit, I've never tried making a flourless cake before because I was afraid I wouldn't find anything that tastes good enough. But the things you say about this cake are convincing, and so are your pictures. I can't wait to try this. The best thing about it is I can even serve it to some of my friends who are allergic to gluten. Thanks so much for sharing

    • Mary says

      Hey Tricia,

      We've actually been gluten free and probably 75% grain free for a couple months now. I love the difference in how we all feel!

      Enjoy that adorable new grandbaby and we'll talk soon!

      Mary

  2. the starving student says

    Looks good. We make a very similar version at the restaurant I work at with the addition of ground pistachios or hazelnuts and lime zest. People always think orange with chocolate but lime adds a different citrus note that is also quite yummy.

  3. Amrita says

    There it is! My absolute favourite! And I can't believe it uses a whopping half a kilo of chocolate…that's enough to make me die and go to heaven. I have always used Trish Deseine's recipe for a decadent French chocolate cake…but I think you've managed to convert me!

  4. I am WOMEN, Hear me ROAR! says

    Looks deliscious, but that is a lot of chocolate. I make a spicy flour less. 7oz choc, 7oz butter melted together whisk in 10oz sugar 1/2tsp cayenne let sit 3 minutes then whisk in 5-6 eggs just till combined. Bake 350 9" round ( I put a parchment round on the bottom for easy removing) 50 minutes. Can also be baked in a pan that you eat it straight from, which I would recommend if you don't parchment the bottom.

  5. Anonymous says

    How long do you let your cake sit in the water bath after you take it out of the oven? I made this cake tonight and let it sit in the bath until the water was cool enough for me to take the springform pan out without burning myself. As I did this I noticed the cake edges were free and there was water in the bottom of my pan. I dumped out as much as I could without disturbing the cake. Is that supposed to happen with springform pans (I've never used one before), or did I just ruin my cake?? Thanks.

    • Mary says

      I don't think you ruined the cake. I've heard that some pans leak, though I haven't had that happen myself. If your cake is cool, I'd probably go ahead and unmold it long enough to make sure the water is out and then reattach the ring, just to keep it from being bumped in the fridge.

      Thanks for letting me know that happened. I'm going to add a note to the recipe!

    • Anonymous says

      Thanks for your reply. Well I just cut into it, and it was fine (I didn't get a chance to read your reply until the cake had already been in the fridge almost 24 hrs). There was a spot that was a little softer than the rest of the cake, so I think that pouring off the water when I did saved it. And I must say this recipe is spectacular!!!! Thank you for posting so many delicious gluten-free recipes. My husband went gf last year due to allergy – his grandmother and sister have full-blown celiac disease – and baking for him has been my biggest challenge. I greatly appreciate your gf recipes!

    • Anonymous says

      Some spring form pans do leak. You can avoid leaks by wrapping foil around the bottom of the pan before placing it in the water bath. I always have the foil come all the way up the sides just to make sure no water gets in.

    • Mary says

      I’ve never made this more than a day or two in advance. I have no idea how it would freeze. I typically store it in the refrigerator.

  6. Jill says

    I wanted to make this as mini cakes for Valentine’s Day. I was wondering if you think it would still work out if I used mini silicone molds.

  7. Kat says

    Mmmmmm…..!!!
    Made this cake yesterday and paired it with a raspberry sauce.

    A-ma-zing. Perfect in every way. This was the best flourless chocolate cake! Thank you!5 stars

  8. Elise says

    This cake is simply amazing. It is by far the best dessert I have ever made. I made a couple of small changes, using 80% dark chocolate and reducing the sugar to 1/2 cup – I think any sweeter would have been too much for our family. I also cooked it in a 9″ pan, so it took a little longer, but was a nice height. It was soooo rich and creamy – more like a very dense mousse than cake. I served it with raspberry sauce and plain whipped cream – next time I would use fresh fruit because the cake is so over the top it needs something fresh and slightly acidic to balance the palate. Everyone took a thin slice, and then some of us went back for seconds, but couldn’t finish the second piece – it’s that rich. Amazing recipe, and so simple! This will be our special occasion dessert forever…5 stars