12 Flourless Chocolate Cakes For the Win
While you may think of flour being as essential to cake as butter and sugar, these flourless cakes prove that you can skip the flour and still have a decadent chocolate dessert. Most flourless cakes tend to resemble a fudgy brownie and are often garnished with fruit fruit and whipped cream to help balance the intense chocolate flavor. Plus, since they are unleavened, flourless chocolate cakes are ideal for serving during Passover. Although not a part of traditional Jewish cuisine, flourless cakes have been adopted by many Jewish families as a Passover-friendly dessert. Whether you're adhering to a gluten-free lifestyle, baking for Passover, or simply crave dense, fudgy chocolate cakes, you'll want to add these incredible recipes to your baking repertoire.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
This decadent chocolate cake is true indulgence. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.
Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cake
California-based chef Tanya Holland puts a Southern spin on this classic Passover cake. It will rise as it bakes, and then sink rather dramatically in the center. Don't worry about this--just trim the top with a large serrated knife and save the pieces for snacks.
Chocolate Lava Cakes with Pistachio Cream
These flourless chocolate cakes are as rich as a restaurant dessert, but they're made with a fraction of the fat and no dairy butter. When these cakes bake, the gooey filling causes the center to sink in.
Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
TV chef Nigella Lawson crafted this cake for a friend with celiac disease who feared he'd never enjoy chocolate cake again. Similar to a fudgy brownie, this cake is completely gluten-free and swaps almond meal for all-purpose flour.
Warm Chocolate Cakes with Mascarpone Cream
In his riff on Black Forest cake, a favorite dessert of his father's, Top Chef-winning-owner of Boulder's Blackbelly restaurant, Hosea Rosenberg, tops individual cakes with mascarpone cream instead of whipped cream and luscious brandied cherries instead of jarred.
Flourless Chocolate Soufflés
We like these soufflés best with bittersweet chocolate, but they work wonderfully with any kind you prefer—even milk chocolate.You can fill the soufflé dishes up to 1 day before baking and chill them (allow up to 5 extra minutes to bake).
Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Layer crisp meringues and coconut cream to make a fabulous and flourless dessert that works for Passover celebrations or anytime you need a dairy- and gluten-free dessert that impresses. Coconut cream has a rich texture and subtle sweetness and also happens to be dairy free. Look for canned coconut cream (not coconut milk, coconut water, or cream of coconut), and chill it well before you whip it up.
Flourless Chocolate Cake With White Chocolate Mousse
Top this ooey-gooey chocolate cake with a homemade white chocolate mousse made from white chocolate, heavy cream, and almond extract. Garnish with your favorite fresh berries.
Warm Chocolate Cake with Citrus
Celebrity baker Elizabeth Faulkner created this indulgent, citrusy treat, perfect for enjoying with your partner or alongside a glass of red wine during girls' night in. This rich dessert can be served either warm or cool, but it becomes much fudgier when cool.
Chocolate Shortbread Cake
Baked Chocolate Mousse
This delicious baked mousse is light and airy, getting its irresistible flavor from a touch of brandy and espresso. Top with a dollop of whipped topping and fresh raspberries.
Fudge Cakes with Jasmine Tea Whipped Cream
This sensual dessert--adapted from Nicole Krasinski, chef-owner of State Bird Provisions in San Francisco--offers intriguing flavor combinations and textures that range from cloud-like to crunchy. Krasinski tops her cakes with a tasty fennel-hazelnut granola; for simplicity, we've used toasted hazelnuts.