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Marbled Flourless Chocolate Cake

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When you can’t decide between vanilla and chocolate, whip up this exquisite Marbled Flourless Chocolate Cake for a decadent dessert!!!

Overhead view of marbled flourless chocolate cake on a white plate

Marbled Flourless Chocolate Cake

Some dear friends were invited to dine at Chez Skinny Chick on Saturday night…and the menu was set, except for dessert. Fall off the bone baby back ribs, freshly picked Indiana sweet corn, crispy smashed potatoes, sherried Vidalia onions…something light and fruity would have been ideal for the finale. But I always like to bake up something chocolate for, intense and always decadent. I have oodles of flourless chocolate cakes and lava cakes on my blog, but I spotted a unique Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake on the Fine Cooking website. Every single Abby Dodge recipe I’ve tried has been phenomenal.

Marbled Flourless Chocolate Cake in front of dessert plates, napkins and forks

How to Marble a Cake

Yeah, yeah, the marbling needs a bit of work. The more I swirled, the worse it looked. And in my efforts to do an aesthetic intervention, the San Andreas fault and its counterparts appeared across the surface. Taste = AMAZING. Looks = Mediocre.

Here is the process. First, scrape about half the chocolate batter into the pan. Then alternate large scoops of the vanilla and chocolate batters until the surface is covered. Using the tip of a knife, swirl the batters together to make a pretty marbled pattern. Don’t overdo it as distinct swirls look best. I know this from experience!

And I know I’m the only one in my clan that gives two hoots about a dessert’s appearance, so I have to call this a bonafide success. And it’s my featured post for this month’s Improv Challenge hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Our theme was to combine Chocolate and Vanilla in a dish. DONE! Make sure to scroll down and see all the divine chocolate and vanilla creations shared by my Improv friends. And please feel free to make this marvelous Marbled Flourless Chocolate Cake for your next dinner party. It will not disappoint!

Marbled Flourless Chocolate Cake

Marbled Flourless Chocolate Cake

This exquisite Chocolate and Vanilla Cake was adapted from Fine Cooking

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Yield 10 servings


For the vanilla batter:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate batter:

  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 10 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 pieces
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch table salt


  1. Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 300°. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment.
  2. To make the vanilla batter, beat the softened cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and continue beating until well blended and smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat just until blended. Set aside.
  3. To make the chocolate batter, melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Whisk until smooth and set aside to cool slightly. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, rum, vanilla, and salt on medium high until the mixture is pale and thick, 3 to 4 min. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the chocolate mixture and continue beating until well blended.
  4. Spread about half of the chocolate batter in the bottom of the pan. Alternately add large scoopfuls of each of the remaining batters to the cake pan. Using a knife, carefully swirl the two batters together so they're mixed but not completely blended. Tap the pan against on your counter several times level the batters.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted about 2 inches from edges comes out with a few moist crumbs, but no gooey batter, about 40-42 minutes. Cool on rack about 1-1/2 hours.Remove sides of springform pan and use spatulas to remove cake to serving plate.Cover and refrigerate until cold.

To serve, slice with a knife dipped in hot water, then dried.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 431Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 5g


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42 comments on “Marbled Flourless Chocolate Cake”

  1. Marble cake is the best of both worlds. Great pick!

  2. oooooooh! Rum in the chocolate!
    Your cake still looks quite tasty to me. (Same problem with last month’s peaches & herb creation for me — only my pictures were sooooo ghastly, I couldn’t post at all! 🙁 )

  3. Oh wow! Why wasn’t I invited?! Your whole menu sounds divine! Who cares what the cake looks like if it tastes phenomenal? Not this girl!

  4. I love flourless cakes! This one looks decadent!

  5. WOW! What a gorgeous cake! I’m definitely passing this one on to a friend that is looking for flourless cake recipes. I hope she’ll make this one for me. 🙂

  6. Fantastic Liz and to be honest I LOVE how rustic this looks; you are too hard on yourself. Why wouldn’t this be called a cheesecake? I’m curious about the texture, is it creamy and fudgy? I have am urge to bake this but we’re up north again and my resources are scarce, so it will have to wait. Great recipe, thank you for sharing it.

  7. I think it looks great! And it sounds divine!

  8. Now, now Lizzy, what are you talking about? This cake looks superb!! 😀

    I love flourless chocolate cake. I remember the first time I ever had it…a very memorable moment in my foodie explorations. I love the combo of the vanilla and chocolate.


  9. Chocolate and cream cheese plus rum? This can’t be bad. No not at all! =)

  10. I love that overhead shot Liz. You certainly don’t have to apologize for the looks, I think it looks just like you said, rich, intense and decadent, and VERY enticing!!

  11. I have the hardest time keeping cracks out of my cheesecakes and flourless cakes. I am so glad to see I am not alone. The nice thing is once it’s sliced and the first forkful is taken, no one cares about cracks. It’s just a race to get more cake into the belly!

  12. I love the way it looks! Can’t wait to try it. I think the cracks make it look yummier!

  13. Flourless? Wow this sounds good 🙂

  14. I’ll have one of everything pictured please! Your cake looks great to me:@)

  15. How cool! I’ve never seen a flourless cake that wasn’t all chocolate-this is gorgeous! I suck at swirling so mine would just look a disaster! lol

  16. Pssht. The San-Andreas fault line looks tasty! You could always cover it up with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream. 🙂

  17. Hey, it looks really good. I am especially loving the flourless part, that means more choclatey and more yummy.

  18. The diners at Chez Skinny Chick are lucky!!! And your marbled cake is a divine ending to a perfect meal =)

  19. I have never seen a flourless marble cake! This is awesome! I love flourless chocolate cake, but my mom usually can’t take the intense chocolate, so this is a good compromise.

  20. It looks amazing and super delicious!!! So great to have flourless cake recipes like this one – as I hit the print button :).

  21. I do love the look of a marbled cake. Your guests were so fortunate to be able to dine on such a wonderful menu. I love the sound of the ribs xx

  22. Wow!! That must have been good! Have a great weekend, Liz! 🙂

  23. I think this sounds delicious. And I always have that problem with marbling. The more I swirl, the worse it looks (although I think your cake actually looks quite lovely!) Thank you for sharing Liz!

  24. Flourless cakes are always so wonderfully rich, though I’ve never seen a marbled one. Great idea!

  25. That looks insanely good! And I think it looks gorgeous. Can I have a piece? 😉

  26. It’s funny Liz….because all I see is a beautifully marbled cake and I didn’t even notice the crack I was so caught up in wondering if there was cream cheese in this cake and there is! It does look pretty amazing and I bet there were no leftovers after your dinner party! Wonderful cake for this challenge! : )

  27. A glorious marbled chocolate cake, Liz. I love it!

  28. gosh i love that marbled chocolate cake.

  29. I think Chez Skinny Chick is the place to eat… great menu… fantastic dessert. How can I get a reservation. 🙂

  30. Wow! You know, my old college roommate’s mom used to make a chocolate marbled cheesecake, she gave me the recipe and I made it but have lost the recipe! Now you share an Abby Dodge recipe and it looks stunning! And you are right, her recipes are always fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing. Yours is beautiful!

  31. This cake looks amazing! And your dinner party menu sounds perfect- lucky guests!

  32. I have a favorite chocolate marble cheesecake recipe that’s unfortunately not gluten free but I’m sure gluten free flour could be used. It’s all made in one bowl and you take some of the plain batter and add melted chocolate to it. This is like making two cakes. I’m sure it tasted great in spite of the earthquake.

    I always add chocolate whipped cream to the top when that happens to me. 🙂

  33. A flour-less chocolate cake interesting to read and a combination of proper Guidance make this post perfect.

  34. Can I please make reservations at Chez Skinny Chick? Because that menu just made my stomach rumble!

  35. Lizzy,
    I’m not a good swirler either. Who cares – taste is all I care about. Yum.

  36. Marble, smarble, this looks delicious. The pastry chef at Chez Skinny Chick has a winner on her hands!!

  37. -It may be flourless, but it looks flawlessly delish-eous! ! Xx

  38. We are used to earthquakes in So Cal so if it happens to be in cheesecake so much the better. Looks so tasty.

  39. Oh, this baby is getting made! I always have to make the in-laws a flourless chocolate cake for Passover but those things can be so heavy. I love the vanilla/cheesecake addition and that’s it’s still flourless. Thank you!!

  40. I almost missed this one and i am so glad I didn’t. Looks perfect to me!

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