The BEST flourless chocolate cake

The BEST flourless chocolate cake

The holidays mean lots of cooking, baking, preparing, and cleaning. Every year I am in charge of making Christmas dinner for my extended family, and I absolutely cannot serve the meal without including my favorite desert–flourless chocolate cake (gluten-free!).

I found this recipe 4 years ago while searching for a quick and easy (but delicious) holiday desert. This easy-to-make flourless chocolate cake is an instant crowd-pleaser.

Every time I make this recipe, the consistency and texture come out a little bit different- so the final product is always a surprise. From past experience (though I did not use it in this round), regular butter makes the fluffiest and lightest cake. Using butter-alternatives like Smart Balance, Earth Balance and others yields a product that is a little bit heavier and denser. Both are delicious, but before you make it I want to point out this important difference.

I’ve never tried using an alternative to sugar, but from my studies (thank you Food Science Class) I have learned that the volume (thickness and height), and taste may be affected.


4, 1 oz squares of semisweet chocolate chopped- you can use any chocolate you like

1/2 cup butter (I used Smart Balance, but regular unsalted butter works great)

3/4 cup sugar

3 eggs beaten

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

dash of salt


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Using a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate together- stirring constantly and remove when ingredients are melted in a consistent liquid

3. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl

4. Combine the melted chocolate and butter with the sugar, eggs, cocoa, vanilla and salt and mix until (relatively) smooth

5. Pour mixture into a greased and cocoa powder-dusted 8 inch pan, and put into preheated oven.

6. Cook for 30 minutes and remove from oven, let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Here is this years final product- I took a little nibble from around the crust (since it hasn’t been served yet), and as I noted above, it is a bit heavier, and denser- but it is delicious.

Enjoy this recipe and have a happy and healthy holiday season!

-Healthy Gal

About Healthy Gal

Hi and welcome to my blog! My name is Isabel Smith, and I''m currently a student at Tufts University''s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, attaining a Masters of Science in Nutrition Communications, a Registered Dietitian License, and a Certificate in Sports Nutrition. I''m also the owner of a puppy named Sasha and an avid health-nut who is allergic to absolutely everything- wheat, soy, corn, dairy, and eggs, and who loves to work out! I am currently in school learning how to better communicate about health and nutrition for sports and for life!