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SO much to love about this Flourless Double Chocolate Cake: Decadent, intense chocolate flavor, and absolutely irresistible!!

A flourless chocolate cake is always my first choice when I’m asked to bring a dessert to a party. Who doesn’t love chocolate?  Or an easy dessert that doesn’t involve piping frosting or rolling pie crust?

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake slice on a white plate with chocolate covered strawberries

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake

I love the ease of recipes like a One Bowl Chocolate Cake as well as this Flourless Double Chocolate Cake from the King Arthur Flour website.  The latter intrigued me due to the addition of Dutch-process cocoa.

Double chocolate? Double intensity. This was our Easter dessert this year, along with the traditional fudge lamb, of course.

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake slice from above on a white plate with a red handled fork

Tips for Making This Flourless Chocolate Cake

I have to admit, this is a cake for you die-hard chocoholics only. I usually substitute semi-sweet for bitter-sweet chocolate to scale down the chocolate intensity in recipes as I did with this cake. But the addition of the rich, dark Dutch-process cocoa brought back that uber dark chocolate taste.

  • If you love dark chocolate, go ahead and use bittersweet chocolate in this recipe.
  • I used chocolate chips in this recipe, but chocolate bars melt more smoothly if you’re making this cake for a special occasion. It will make your ganache even more luscious!
  • Bill and the boys devoured their slices, but mine needed a big mound of sweetened whipped cream to tone down the richness. Katie, who prefers milk and white chocolate, took one whiff and sliced some fudge off our fudge lamb instead.
  • This is a recipe for the true dark chocolate lovers in your life, a dark chocolate cake topped with a glossy ganache. Go ahead and dip some fresh strawberries in any leftover ganache. You will make someone very happy!

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake on a white ceramic cake stand

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Flourless Double Chocolate Cake | An intensely chocolate cake for you chocoholics!

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake

One layer, flourless and absolutely decadent!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 8 servings



  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder, sifted

For glaze:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease an 8" round cake pan, place a parchment round in the bottom of pan and grease the paper. Set aside.
  2. Put the chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl, and stop and stir at 30 second intervals till the butter and chips are melted.Stir until the chips melt and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Stir in the sugar, salt, espresso powder, and vanilla.
  4. Add the eggs, beating briefly until smooth. Add the cocoa powder, and mix just to combine.
  5. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top with offset spatula.
  6. Bake the cake for 25 minutes. Top will look crusted over.
  7. Remove cake from the oven, and cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Loosen cake from pan around the perimeter with a knife or thin metal spatula. Flip cake onto serving platter and remove parchment.
  9. To make the glaze: Place chocolate and cream in microwave safe bowl. Stop and stir at 30 second intervals till chocolate is almost completely melted. Let sit a minute or so and whisk till smooth.
  10. Carefully pour and spread glaze over top of cake. Allow to set for a couple hours before serving.


For less calories, cut this cake into 12 slices instead of 8.

Recipe adapted from the KAF website.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 4gSugar: 43gProtein: 6g


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Flourless Double Chocolate Cake overhead view with a bowl of strawberries

Skinny Tip

I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #4: Share or give away your dessert leftovers. Divvy up those calories! Get them out of sight (freezing works, too). That’s what I did with this cake…Tom and his roommates got a large wedge!


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60 comments on “Flourless Double Chocolate Cake”

  1. I do love chocolate but reading your description made my teeth tingle. I know what you mean about giving away left overs, I did just that with my FILs 90th birthday cake.

  2. Mmm.. cake looks moist chocolaty and just irresistible!

  3. Liz, I am drooling. Send me a piece please?!

  4. Liz, this is the kind of cake I love… like you, I don’t shy away from chocolate intensity either! Thank you.

  5. Oh my.. I saw the image first on Facebook.. and came quickly to your page.. It looks incredible good. My kind off dessert … Oh how I wish one slice.

  6. What beautiful and georgeous cake Lizzy, chocolate and strawberries look amazing!

  7. Oh my, this does look like a very rich dessert! Had to pop over to see your lamb too-so cute! Happy Memorial Day Liz-enjoy:@)

  8. such a glossy,chocolaty heaven this cake is….got to try this out for this week’s dessert,looks beautiful,thanks 🙂

  9. I’m sure you’ve heard that quote, Liz – “Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate” – I think it was spoken with this cake in mind. Beeeeeaaauuuuuuitiful!

  10. I first read that title as “Chocolate Insanity”—LOL. Might be more apt b/c this is amazingly insane in a good chocolatey way!

  11. flourless chocolate cakes are my favorite chocolate cakes. it looks delicious!

  12. Liz, this looks gorgeous… but I think I’d need to spend an hour at the gym every day if I made it!

  13. OH YESS this diehard chocoholic would LOVE this cake! Flourless chocolate cakes are always fab and then pour some chocolate ganache on top?? SHUT UP!

  14. Based on your last little note this cake is perfect for my mom and I. Dark chocolate through and through. This cake looks amazing!

  15. Now this is my kind of dessert. Looks luscious, Liz!

  16. I would’ve happily taken this cake off your hands, Liz … only to save you from the calories because I’m a thoughtful person that way. Not that I would’ve devoured it all myself 😉 I am a die hard, dark chocolate lover so this cake sounds like it was made with me in mind. That dark glossy ganache just takes it over the top. I love this!

  17. I think I want to visit your house for Easter Liz. What an amazing dessert, definitely a chocolate lover’s dream come true. I love that beautiful ganache, it looks so decadent.

  18. Did you say die-hard chocoholic? Obviously this recipe is meant for me! I love flourless chocolate cake, and double chocolate is always better!

  19. Pure Exquisiteness.
    LOVE! Want!

  20. Just stop it! How am I supposed to follow your #skinnytips if you post crazy decadent, chocolate desserts like this?! I also am completely unable to freeze desserts and then leave them alone. It’s like they are on the counter. Must share with other.

    Pinned for my next flourless chocolate cake recipe!

  21. Lizzy, that chocolate cake is pure indulgence! Gosh, I’m throwing in the towel on my diet hah..hah…

  22. I love King Arthur recipes. My go-to place for inspiration! And this flourless cake is now next on my list. I love dark chocolate so I know I’ll love this!

  23. Oh my goodness Liz, this cake looks gorgeous! My die-hard chocoholic husband would devour this in no time while trying to shoo my hands away from sneaking in one taste 😉 Love how shiny and pretty the ganache looks!

  24. Men, that looks good, Liz. Love that glaze work…

    ela h.

  25. Your cake is indeed a chocolate lover’s dream come true! I like your serving choice best…Whipped cream is always a welcome on the dessert plate of this Ninja Baker =)

  26. What a gorgeous cake, I love that glossy chocolate glaze!

  27. You made my day with this cake. I love dark, rich chocolate, especially with a dollop of cream. Perfect.

  28. This cake looks so moist and rich that the only thing that I would love to do is to eat the entire cake by myself. Totally your fault, Liz!

  29. I am the only true dark chocolate lover in my life so I guess this one would be mine all mine!

  30. I like dark chocolate now and again it makes a nice change, this cake look so good. I too give away most of my baking keeping it in the house is far to dangerous 😀 like you said put temptation out of the way!

  31. You are a dessert queen, Liz. This chocolate cake looks amazing!

  32. Oh, you can’t make it too chocolate rich for me…but, I still love a good dollop of whipped cream on a lot of desserts, and this one definitely! This cake is perfect for me!!

    I agree with your skinny tip…I too taste it, of course, then give away or freeze leftovers (and still give the frozen leftovers away when I can!)!

  33. I am a die-hard chocoholic and i think the bitter sweet chips would be my first choice. Looks delish and dense. fudge lamb?

  34. OK searched the fudge lamb…phew. But I did see a fudge recipe with meat in it recently!

  35. This cake has stolen my heart, delicious recipe 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  36. oh wow, I am drooling over here, looks wonderful. I am printing your post right now 🙂


  37. What a stunning dessert, Liz! Pinning this on my Recipes to Try board, as well as Delicious Desserts.

  38. The chocoholic in me is begging for this cake right now!!

  39. This sounds wonderful esp. since my chocolate cake these days have a very doughy, floury taste. Btw how much is 1 cup chocochips in grams? I ask because i have a huge bar of dark chocolate in the fridge and I plan on making this tomorrow for my nephew.

  40. Gosh, Lizzy, with some exceptions, I am not a die hard chocolate person, but somehow you manage to lure me in. 🙂

  41. I am dark, deep chocolate’ number one fan! I would pay for this Liz, the more chocolaty the better. Really, your family has the best desserts, always! I’m so behind commenting my friend, but not reading your posts, I always know what you’re up to, which is always decadent! except for the fishy stuff…haha

  42. You know you’re obsessed and need to make a recipe when you dream about it…two nights in a row! It’s 4:00am, I can’t sleep, and THIS is what I want to make! xo

  43. Lizzy,
    My hubby would love this cake. I’m more of a milk chocolate lover but this just looks so good that I’d have to have at least one slice.

  44. This looks amazing. One question, if you wanted to make this dairy free could you substitute oil for the butter? We have someone who is gluten and dairy intolerant.

    Thank You!

    • Oil will definitely change the texture and mouthfeel—but it “could” work. I’m not an expert when it comes to food chemistry, but I know the substitution with this recipe is not as risky as with a layer cake. If you’re willing to experiment, give it a try. Let me run your question by my pastry chef friend and see what she says. Great question.

    • Donna, I checked with my baking expert friend and here’s what she said: I bet she could substitute earth balance for the butter. I’d be afraid that using oil would make it too loose. Maybe to counteract that, she could also up the cocoa powder by a tablespoon or two just to give it a bit more structure. I’m speculating, but it sounds right. Hope that is at least of some help. Wish I could be more sure.

      I mentioned shortening to her and either that or EB would probably be your best bet. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee here! Hope this helps.

  45. all I can say it thank you very much…this is a great recipe for Passover. Making this to take to my mother in laws house on 2nd night xoxo

  46. I have always wanted to try a flourless cake this gave me the best reason its perfection!

  47. So tempting!!
    Can i use brown sugar in it instead of white sugar?

  48. You can never get enough chocolate…I love how rich this recipe is!

  49. This is just my kind of dessert too, but, annoyingly, I would have to take just a small slice at a time these days. I used to be able to devour slice after slice of such decadent treats, but no longer – on the plus side, I guess that means the cake lasts longer 🙂 I love that this is flour free – so I’m thinking gluten free provided your cocoa powder complies. Oh and a little pile of cream & fresh berries would be my perfect partners for my slice.

  50. You had me at “double chocolate”!!!!

  51. My go-to party dessert as well!

  52. It really doesn’t get any better than this!

  53. This is my new favorite dessert! It was SO good!

  54. This cake is a chocolate lovers dream. SOO good.

  55. I might be heading to Brooklyn, New York soon just to enjoy a few hours there and pick up some food. And I might stop by Juniors on Flatbush Avenue in downtown Brooklyn and see if I can get a slice of Cheesecake. Your food pics are just way too good looking and tempting! L 🙂 L!


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