flourless chocolate cake

When it comes to trying different desserts, I feel like I’m years behind my age.

At 30, I should have already had homemade rice pudding or creme brulee, but I haven’t. I’ve never made real homemade ice cream or a souffle or baked alaska.

flourless chocolate cake

I seem to get stuck on desserts, and most of them involve chocolate.

What can I say? I come from a long line of sugar-lovers, especially in chocolate form. But I love other desserts. Really love them! Lemon cake and ice creams and fruit tarts – there is room for everything on my dessert table. It’s equal opportunity in this house when it comes to sweets, but somehow, chocolate always seems to edge everything else out.

flourless chocolate cake

And now, after years of hearing about flourless chocolate cakes and then finally trying one in a restaurant a few years ago, I decided to try to make one at home.

And because I’m me, I also tried to make it using a non-traditional ingredient: coconut oil – one of my current obsessions. Chocolate + coconut oil is like, pure magic. Remember that magic shell? Well, it’s like that flavor….baked into this rich, fudgy, cake.

flourless chocolate cake

I don’t have many words for cakes like this. Honestly, I feel strange even calling it a cake.

A tart? Straight up baked ganache? A round dish of fudge? Whatever you want to call it, it is decadent. Silky. Creamy. Waiting for you to make it and top it with some fruit or whipped cream or, oooh, salted caramel and a scoop of ice cream.

I may need to make this again, just to do that topping.

flourless chocolate cake

One of the best things about this dessert is that it’s also naturally gluten free/nut free/dairy free (depending on the chocolate you use)! Perfect for holiday parties or dinners, and a dessert that’s safe for everyone.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This cake is rich, and I don't say that very often. It's rare that a dessert is too rich for me, and this cake takes it just to the edge. The deep, dark chocolate melds perfectly with the sweetness from the coconut oil and the depth from the espresso. We love it topped with some fresh fruit (to lighten it up a bit), but it's also delicious with just a spoonful of freshly whipped cream or a small scoop of ice cream.


  • 4 oz. 70% chocolate
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp ground espresso
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a medium saucepan or double boiler until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Remove the pan from heat.
  3. Stir in the honey and cocoa powder.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the espresso, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Take 2 Tbsp of the egg mixture and whisk it into the chocolate until blended. Slowly pour in the remaining eggs, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thickened a little and is smooth.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Pour the batter into a greased 8-inch springform pan.
  8. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until the center looks just set.
  9. Let the cake cool at least 1 hour before slicing.

19 Responses to “flourless chocolate cake”

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    Katrina @ WVS — December 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Mmm this looks great!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — December 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I’d like a slice of this with my cappuccino. It’s practically healthy because it’s flourless so perfect for breakfast right ; )

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — December 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Looks good! I love this recipe so much! I’ve been into coconut oil a lot lately and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE chocolate haha

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — December 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Looks delicious!

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    Eileen — December 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Hey, there’s no *should* in cooking delicious things! You can make whatever you want and it’s all good–especially if what you’re making is this amazing-looking cake. Chocolate for the win!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Making it! Making it. I’ve always wanted to make this. I can’t wait.

    • Brandi replied: — December 19th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      you will LOVE it. and you should make it before those babies get here so you don’t have to share ;)

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    Jen — December 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I’m the exact opposite – I’ve mastered all the tough stuff like croissants but rarely make cakes because I know if I make them I will eat them!

    • Brandi replied: — December 19th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      same here! done croissants (and really – i don’t think anything smells as good as croissants baking), but i need to get back to some basics!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 19, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I’m a chocolate lover too and I looooveee flourless chocolate cake!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Holy chocolate decadence. I want a big slice!

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    Natalie @ The Sweets Life — December 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    this is something i have yet to try making (along with baked alaska…i have the homemade ice cream down and you have GOT to go for that soon…your life will be changed :))

    this looks fab, even in my sugar-induced coma of too many sweets today!

    • Brandi replied: — December 19th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      it’s in the plan :) i just have to make the time to actually do it!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Oh, I love flourless chocolate cake! Yours looks perfectly decadent and fudgy!

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    Robin Jabin — December 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    What temperature do you bake the cake at?

    • Brandi replied: — December 26th, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Oops! I totally forgot the temperature! I’ve updated the recipe.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Oh yes, this looks amazingly decadent :) I am dying to get a slice or three

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    Sheila — December 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I want this all! all to myself!!

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    Marly — April 9, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Gluten-free can be SO good! Love this flourless chocolate cake!

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