Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping

At our house, a chocolate cake is always devoured in record time. This Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping certainly hit the mark: rich, irresistible and uber chocolaty!Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping | Uber rich and chocolaty and gluten free!

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping

Hubby called one morning…the cath lab was having a pitch in, and they wanted a dessert from me instead of his traditional offering of soda or napkins.  He later reported that one of the employees gasped when they saw his name on the sign up sheet. I imagine that his coworker was picturing a package of Oreos or box of Ding Dongs as Bill’s contribution. Nope, he was lucky this time, and I sent him in with this Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping.
 Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping | Uber rich and chocolaty and gluten free!

Earthquake Cake

Looking through my chocolate binder (I know you’re not surprised I have a chocolate binder!), I found a flourless chocolate cake I hadn’t made in years.  It was from a 1999 issue of Bon Appetit and had a rich ganache topping.  It is truly flourless. My mom referred to this as an earthquake cake back in the ’70’s. Because of the addition of whipped eggs whites, the cake rises to the top of the springform pan with a crackled top, then the middle collapses as it cools.  When the cake cools to room temperature, it is flipped over, smashed gently to even it out, and then glazed. Note that sometimes the smushing process causes pieces to fall off the sides, so be careful and just tuck them back where they belong. The ganache will cover up most imperfections so don’t fret!

Serve Plain or Garnish with Berries and Cream

Since I was sending this cake to work on a plastic plate, I surrounded it with a bevy of fresh raspberries. It took all my restraint not to remove a slice to photograph, but I resisted. The next time I made it, I piled a melange of berries right in the middle.  That particular cake was sent with my oldest to a cookout. He was met with comments like, “Next time, tell your mom to up her game.” He assured me it was a hit. When making it for home, I just top each slice with berries or serve with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. I assure you, this flourless chocolate cake with ganache topping is worth the effort, and Bill  actually preferred this over yesterday’s Mississippi Mud Pie.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping

Serves 12-16 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping adapted from Bon Appetit



    • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
    • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks)butter, cut into pieces
    • 6 large eggs, separated
    • 12 tablespoons sugar, divided
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


    • 1/2 cup whipping cream
    • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
    • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped


    1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 9 inch springform pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; grease top of parchment. Wrap outside of pan with foil (I did this but not sure why it is necessary!).
    2. Microwave butter and chocolate together until melted and smooth, stopping at 30 second intervals to stir. Cool to lukewarm, stirring often.
    3. Using electric mixer, beat egg yolks and 6 tablespoons sugar in large bowl until mixture is very thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Fold chocolate into yolk mixture, then stir in vanilla. Using clean dry beaters, beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 6 tablespoons sugar, beating until firm peaks form. Carefully fold whites into chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    4. Bake cake until top is puffed and cracked and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist crumbs attached, about 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack...beware,cake will fall.
    5. Gently press down crusty top to make evenly thick cake. Using small knife, cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Remove pan sides. Invert cake onto cooling rack. Peel off parchment paper.
    6. Make glaze by melting chocolate with cream gently in microwave, stirring at frequent intervals till smooth. Add corn syrup and stir to combine.
    7. Place cake on rack set over baking sheet. Spread ½ cup glaze smoothly over top and sides of cake. Freeze for about 3 minutes to set glaze. Pour remaining glaze over cake; smooth sides and top. Place cake on platter. Chill until glaze is firm, about 1 hour. Serve at room temperature.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 495kcal Calories from fat 287
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 32g49%
    Saturated Fat 19g95%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 135mg45%
    Sodium 67mg3%
    Carbohydrate 55g18%
    Dietary Fiber 3g12%
    Sugars 51g
    Protein 6g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    1. A beautiful presentation with my two favorite flavors raspberry and chocolate so decadent!

    2. Lizzy-with desserts like this, you now have developed a reputation with your husbands co workers! This looks nothing but delicious-thanks for sharing.

    3. Looks so decadent and I love the raspberry trim!

    4. This sounds amazing and looks beautiful with the berries surrounding the cake. Yummy!

    5. Three-Cookies says:

      This looks really rich and delicious. I suppose your hubby’s name will now be regularly appearing on the list

    6. mecookin says:

      Bet there will be no more sodas or napkins on the list for Bill!

    7. Lizzy, this cake looks fantastic!! I am sure your husband’s coworker were happy to have this as dessert. I also like you mud pie recipe 🙂

      Thanks for sharing the recipes.

    8. I love a good flourless cake. The texture is so rich and fudgy.

    9. The Country Cook says:

      Bill is a treasure. I just love him! He is so much like Gene it is not even funny..okay it is..lol. This does sound really good. Love that your Mom called it Earthquake cake!

    10. Victoria (The District Chocoholic) says:

      Having a chocolate binder just makes sense. This cake must have epic chocolate density, being flourless and topped with ganache. I like.

    11. It looks so..cute 🙂 I like decoration, simple but raspberries with chocolate look great together 🙂

    12. I def need some help on my baking skills, so here is where I will be!

    13. Elisabeth says:

      Lizzy-what a coincidence about your flourless chocolate cake…I do remember from Bon Appetit about this decadent gorgeous cake!
      You should contact them to let them feauture your amazing cake…seriously!
      Love the way the ganache turned out, the cornstarch really gives it a shiny, and hard finish. Also the raspberry deoration…one thing for sure, it would have been so hard for me to give up my “prized posession” LOL…you are so generous and giving, my friend!!!
      btw: I did a little shout out to you on my latest post:D

    14. Divya Yadava says:

      Mmmm…ganache..I’m drooling! This looks awesome.

    15. I’m sure your husband won brownie points for this one. If you ever want to part with that chocolate binder, I’d be more than willing to take it off your hands. This sounds so good right now.

    16. I used to make this years ago and it was always a hit…wonder why I haven’t made it in so long. Oh yeah, because I always ate too much of it.

      Cook Lisa Cook

    17. Emily Malloy says:

      This looks GREAT

    18. Jill Colonna says:

      Lizzy, that is too funny – they were expecting oreos or something? Wow, look at that – and perfection with the rasps! It’s #99, you know 😉
      I LOVE your Mum’s description of earthquake cake!

    19. Angie's Recipes says:

      This looks luscious and tempting!

    20. Concetta says:

      I love every recipe you post and all the pictures are always mouthwatering!!!

    21. Torviewtoronto says:

      beautifully done this looks delicious Lizzy

    22. The Slow Roasted Italian says:

      Oh my heavens!!! This looks delightful!

      I am left wondering why the husband of a fabulous baker usually brings napkins or soda?

    23. Looks decadent! I think this is the recipe I’ve been waiting for since your last post!

    24. Jessica {The Novice Chef} says:

      I love this! Sounds delicious. However I am not sure I can add you too my google reader. “Skinny Chicken Can Bake” just is not fair. 😛

    25. This cake is magnificent. The berries on the side complete the picture of this picture perfect cake.

    26. Lark (SparkyLarky) says:

      Lizzy this looks divine!

    27. Jennifurla says:

      Looks like perfection, love the ganache topping

    28. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

      Yum! I love flour-less cakes, and the ganache sounds heavenly!

    29. Curry and Comfort says:

      This looks so wonderful. I love the raspberries with the chocolate. They look perfect together. I wish I had a piece of this right now. Yum! PS… You’re hubby sounds a lot like mine. I’m always cooking for his “potlucks” at work because before me he also brought the chips, soda and napkins. : )

    30. Lizzy look absolutely amazing, I love the mix raspberries and chocolate! look perfect! gloria

    31. Patticake says:

      This looks so good, liz!! So, because there is no flour in the cake, it means there are also no calories, right??? hehe. Going on my to do list for sure!

    32. Ha, I just sent a batch of homemade pretzels to my hubby’s potluck. People really do freak out when someone brings something homemade, so I bet their heads exploded when they saw this!!!

    33. Lizzy this sounds AMAZING!!! Wow!

    34. Roz from 'la bella vita' says:

      Lizzy, this cake is almost too BEAUTIFUL to cut into! WOW! Hey, I’m from the Midwest too……born and raised for 22 years in Iowa. Good solid upbringing that I’m very grateful for! Thanks for having such a great blog!

    35. I’m sure they were delighted to see this cake at the get together!

    36. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

      Very pretty and the ganache is so perfect! It’s “flawless” too… sorry for terrible joke. =P

    37. Apron Appeal says:

      IT really is flourless, no nut flour or anything. LOVE IT, and so will my mom next time she’s in town (Type 1 diabetes) sure sure the sugar, but if can cut some of the carbs it’s always better than a full load.

    38. The Vanilla Bean Baker says:

      I think you’ve earned yourself the title of the Official Office Baker 😉 Beautiful cake!

    39. Wow Lizzy, what a wonderful cake! In Italy we have a famous chocolate cake from Ferrara called Tenerina, almost flourless because the recipe calls two tablespoons of flour on 200 gr of dark chocolate

    40. Beautiful job Lizzy! Now, I have been playing with 100s of pieces of paper I print from the internet and tear out of magazines trying to figure out how to organize them. I chocolate binder now makes perfect sense. Thanks!

    41. The Mom Chef says:

      It’s gorgeous. You know that your husband will never be allowed to bring soda or cups again, don’t you?

    42. Um… drool!! Anything with ganache is to-die-for in my book!

    43. My Home Diary in Turkey says:

      Lizzy.. it’s great looking flourless cake…

    44. Lauren Hairston says:

      Yum! I always knew it was a special occasion when my parents would let me order a slice of flourless chocolate cake from a restaurant. I haven’t had a slice in years. I think it’s time!

    45. Pacheco Patty says:

      Picture perfect Lizzy. I love the look of this chocolate cake, it’s a classic;-)

    46. Lizzy, I am drooling over your fabulously pretty cake! I love how you decorated it with raspberries. And wow, you have showed some serious restraint there – this cake would have never made it out of my kitchen. 🙂

    47. You know it was you Lizzy that got me over the mental hump to make my first chocolate flourless cake with the David Lebowitz recipe. I never dreamed it could be so easy and good (and save me $30 at the store when needing one for an occasion). I’m sure this won’t do me wrong either. Love popping over to your blog whenever I need dessert inspiration. You have an unending supply of delicious inspiration! Thank you!

    48. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

      Oh what a cake, I had a similar recipe but with ground walnuts too. Looks amazing and ganache anything is heavenly. Lucky co workers.

    49. This looks absolutely gorgeous, Lizzy! I am sure Bill’s name will show up on the dessert sign up sheet from now on. 🙂

    50. This looks Perfect!! I first had flourless chocolate cake on my honeymoon almost 10 years ago. I have been wanting it ever since. Definitely going to try this recipe!

    51. Oooo I love a good flourless chocolate cake. The rasberries are a nice touch! So pretty.

    52. Love this chocolate cake Lizzy!
      Please join me to bake & remember lives lost in 9/11. I am hosting a link up called *Remembrance Cakes* Would love to have you. We are baking cakes, muffins, cupcakes. Anything is great! You can also share posts you have all ready published like this one. Just add the badge to show your support.

    53. Too good

    54. Gorgeous! Who DOESNT love cake?

    55. Sunny Juliette says:

      Thanks for the awesome recipe-i prefer to use more natural sugars in baking so instead of white sugar i used maple syrup, 6 tablespoons. The maple flavor wasnt strong and the semi-sweet chocolate added the perfect amount of sweet. Instead of ganache i simmered fresh strawberries and made a glaze. Positively Orgasmic! Thankyou!

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