Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake for Valentine’s Day

Flourless Chocolate Cake ©2014 LaDomestique

I love chocolate– the darker the better. I might even say I need chocolate. Every day around 4:00pm I start rifling through kitchen drawers looking for my hidden dark chocolate bar. One little bite is all I need. A good quality chocolate bar is a beautiful thing, but every once and a while I like to treat myself to a decadent piece of chocolate cake. For me it’s all about the chocolate– no need for whipped cream or berries or even frosting– just a moist, fudgey cake with rich, dark chocolate flavor. I remember one of the restaurants I worked at had a popular recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake. It was baked from scratch when an order came in, filling the dining room with the most wonderful chocolate aroma. As the name says, this classic cake is made with chocolate, eggs, butter and sugar– no flour and therefore gluten free. It’s a simple cake, but I wanted to make it even simpler.

Flourless Chocolate Cake ©2014 LaDomestique

Baking Flourless Chocolate Cake usually involves separating egg whites from the yolks and whisking till stiff peaks form. After testing a lot of recipes I finally settled on a favorite that doesn’t involve whisking egg whites– no fancy mixer required. My Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake can be made entirely by hand with a rudimentary whisk. The recipe is so simple it’s foolproof, perfect for inexperienced bakers or the busy baker who just wants to throw together something special on Valentine’s Day.

This Valentine’s Day I hope you treat yourself (or someone you love) to this rich, decadent, super-chocolatey cake.

Aine Chocolate ©2014 La Domestique

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

This cake is for chocolate lovers. Seek out the best quality chocolate you can find (go for 70-85% cacao solids in the dark chocolate). For this recipe I’ve use a locally handmade chocolate from my home county of Cavan, Ireland, Aine Chocolate.

Makes 1 cake, about 8 slices

  • 6 ounces/113g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 2 ounces/55g milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 8 tablespoons/170g unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 6 large eggs (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup/160g granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit/160 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Celsius for fan oven). Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with a circular piece of greased parchment paper to prevent the batter from leaking out of the pan.

Place the chocolate, butter and salt in a heatproof bowl. Pour about an inch of water into a medium pot. Bring the water to a simmer, turn the heat to low and place the bowl on top of the pot, over the simmering water. The base of the bowl should not be touching the water. Stir the mixture frequently until melted and evenly incorporated. Set the bowl of melted chocolate aside to cool while you prepare the other ingredients.

Beat the eggs and sugar (with a whisk by hand or using an electric mixer) until light and thickened, about 8 minutes. Gently fold in the cooled melted chocolate.

Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake on the center oven rack for 1 hour. The cake is done when its set in the middle– a toothpick will come out wet but not gloppy. The surface of the cake may develop a few cracks, but not to worry, they just give the cake character. When the cake is done, place it on a wire rack to cool. To serve, release the cake from the ring mold. It’s delicious served warm or completely cooled, and the moist crumb ensures it will keep for several days.

18 Comments

  1. Hooray, cake! This looks so simple and delicious. Definitely a perfect choice for a v-day dessert–especially in contrast to a more elaborate dinner.

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    • Eileen,
      Yes, hooray cake! I’m all for skipping the dinner and just having cake. :)

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  2. What a lovely cake!

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    • Thank you Ileana! It’s getting rave reviews from the friends and family.

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  3. Jess, your cake looks lovely! Being a gluten free pastry chef, I’m always on the lookout for great cake recipes. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Thanks Renee!

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  4. That looks fantastic!

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    • Thank you Kacie!

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  5. Looks lovely! Love rich chocolate cakes..

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    • Jess,
      I think every cook needs a great recipe for easy chocolate cake in their repertoire. Thanks for saying hi!

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  6. So beautiful! This is just my favourite type of chocolate cakes! I never like chocolate cakes with lots of things around it. This way, simple and rich with chocolate decadence, is the perfect one for me. This made so hungry for chocolate :)

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    • Yolene,

      I couldn’t agree more! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  7. I have never made a chocolate flourless cake. Yours looks so perfect it makes my sweet tooth jingle. Do they celebrate Valentine’s Day in Ireland? It seems like since I’ve started visiting blogs, Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world but of course, most commercialized in the U.S.

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    • Hi Sarah,

      I hope you give the recipe a try– it’s soooo good! Yes, they do celebrate Valentine’s Day in Ireland just like in the U.S. :)

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  8. Jess, I love how you paired down the recipe to it’s essential elements. SO easy and totally decadent!
    I hope you had a good Valentine’s Day!
    xoxo
    E

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    • Thanks for popping by to say hi, Erin. Isn’t it great when a recipe is easy and luxurious? Such a treat!

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  9. This looks divine! I’m so jealous of your beautiful, local chocolate.

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    • Chocolate lovers unite! ;) Thanks for popping by, Nicole.

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