3-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake

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This past Valentine’s Day, I decided to remake a golden oldie from the blog to share with my friends.  Partly because it was super easy.  Partly because it’s gluten-free.  And partly because, well, it’s about as chocolatey as you can possibly get.

We’re talking about flourless chocolate cake, people!

I’m sure just about everyone has tried this heavenly dessert before.  But if you’ve never tried making it, you’re missing out.  Because with literally just three ingredients, it’s totally do-able.  And just in case you have any questions about how to make it, I decided to snap some step-by-step photos time time around and update this recipe post so that you can see exactly how it’s done.

Fair warning though.  Once you know how to make this cake, you’re pretty much going to want to make it all the time.  :)

(Works for me, though!)

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For a little #tbt, here were the photos that I snapped of this flourless chocolate cake when I first posted it three years ago.  They are still some of the top flourless chocolate cake photos on Google…crazy!

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Three years later, I’m obviously on a white-background-white-plates-white-everything kick.  Different berries.  Same rich, uber-chocolatey, gluten-free, and crazy good flourless chocolate cake.  And the same easy directions:

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We begin with the rockstar ingredient — chocolate!!!

You can really use just about any chocolate that you’d like in this cake.  I typically go with a really rich dark chocolate.  But I’ve also made this over the years with a chili-spiced chocolate bars, salted chocolate, toffee chocolate, and even plain ol’ semisweet chocolate chips.  They all work wonderfully.  (I would just avoid white chocolate with this one.)

Go ahead and break it into smaller pieces for easier melting, and set aside.

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Then it’s time to whisk those eggs.  This is 10x easier with an electric mixer of some kind, but if you’re feeling extra strong, you can do it by hand.  Basically they need to double in volume, so I usually mix them on high speed for about 5 minutes.  They will also lighten in color and get nice and frothy.

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While your mixer is running, add your chocolate and butter to a microwave-proof bowl, and heat in 30 second intervals (stirring in between each) until both are melted.  You can also do this on the stove in a double-boiler if you prefer.

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Then slowly fold about 1/3 of the egg mixture into the chocolate/butter mixture, and stir until combined.  Repeat with another 1/3, and then the rest of the eggs until they are all combined.  You want to be nice and gentle with this process, and stir the mixture until it is just combined.  Avoid over-stirring, or those eggs will deflate!

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Once your batter is ready, pour it in a springform pan that has been wrapped in two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.  The best way to do this is place the pan right in the middle of the foil, and then fold it up all around the edges of the pan.  You want to be very careful that water cannot sneak inside the foil.

Place the springform pan inside some other larger pan (I just use my saute pan).  And then slide it in the oven.  Once it’s in there, take a tea pot or measuring cup full of boiling water and very carefully pour the water inside the outer pan so that it creates a “water bath” around the springform pan.  You want the water to come about halfway up the sides of the springform.  Please be very careful with this part — that water is h-o-t.

Then bake it for about 22-25 minutes, or until a very thin crust has formed on top of the pan.  Remove the pan from the oven, once again being very very careful with that hot water, and set it on a wire rack to cool until it reaches room temperature.  The pop it in the refrigerator until it has completely cooled.  And then it’s ready to serve!

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Clearly, I like to add to the famous 3-ingredients and top my flourless chocolate cake with some powdered sugar and berries.  A chocolate ganache or whipped cream would be great too.  Or it’s also fabulous just as it is.

So serve yourself up a slice, and enjoy every last bite.  :) How To Make A Flourless Chocolate Cake | gimmesomeoven.com

3-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake

A decadent, gluten-free flourless chocolate cake recipe with no added sugar necessary!

Ingredients:

  • 8 large eggs, cold
  • 1 lb. dark, semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 16 Tbsp. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • optional toppings: powdered sugar and/or berries

Directions:

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper or waxed paper and grease the sides of the pan. (Be sure to grease the sides really well!) Wrap the outside of the pan with 2 sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil and set it in a large roasting pan, or any pan that's larger than the springform. Bring a kettle or pot of water to boil.

In a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, beat the eggs at high speed until the volume doubles. This usually takes about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and butter together. You can either do this in a double boiler on the stove (by placing the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl, set over a pan of almost-simmering water, and stirring until melted and smooth). Or you can do this in the microwave (by heating the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and butter are melted and smooth). Then fold about a third of the beaten eggs into the chocolate mixture using a large rubber spatula until only a few streaks of egg are visible. Fold in half of the remaining egg foam, and then the last half of the foam, until the mixture is totally homogenous.

Scrape the batter into the prepared springform pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. Place the roasting pan on the oven rack and VERY carefully pour in enough boiling water to come about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake until the cake has risen slightly, the edges are just beginning to set, a thin-glazed crust (like a brownie) has formed on the surface, and an instant-read thermometer inserted halfway into the center reads 140° F, 22-25 minutes. Remove the springform pan from the water bath and set on a wire rack; cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until cool. (The cake can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.)

About 30 minutes prior to serving, carefully remove the sides of the springform pan, invert the cake onto a sheet of waxed paper, peel off the parchment paper, and reinvert the cake onto a serving platter. If desired, lightly dust the cake with powdered sugar and top with berries. To slice, use a sharp, thin-bladed knife, dipping the knife into a pitcher of hot water and wiping the blade before each cut.

Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated http://www.cooksillustrated.com/

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Sarah — April 21, 2015 @ 6:28 pm (#)

    Does this freeze well?

  2. Cindy — May 6, 2015 @ 11:43 am (#)

    Do have the nutritional value of this recipe?? I’m on weight watchers and need to count the points for this gorgeous cake!! Thank you

    • Ali — May 6th, 2015 @ 6:55 pm

      Hey Cindy, I’m sorry but we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. I hope that helps you!

  3. Christina Jacobson — May 9, 2015 @ 9:08 am (#)

    If I only have a 9 inch springform pan, can I use that? I know the cake will be a bit shorter, but I’m curious if it’ll also massively mess up the cake if I use a slightly larger sized pan. 

    • Ali — May 9th, 2015 @ 3:37 pm

      Hey Christina, no that should work fine!

  4. Christina Jacobson — May 9, 2015 @ 4:52 pm (#)

    Thanks, Ali! Very excited to see how this turns out – I just took it out of the oven. So I really need to let it completely cool and refrigerate INSIDE the springform pan until 30 minutes before it’s ready to be served? I’m so worried the sides will stick. If I don’t have waxed paper, is parchment okay to use again? 

  5. resep agar-agar busa santan — May 15, 2015 @ 1:12 am (#)

    nice post, thanks
    maybe i’ll make this one

  6. Wendy Hay — May 16, 2015 @ 10:30 am (#)

    The most perfect recipe for a decadent dessert!  Thank you for posting and I have reblogged! 

    • Ali — May 16th, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

      Thank you, Wendy! I hope you enjoy it! : )

  7. Michelle — May 21, 2015 @ 11:25 am (#)

    Hi Ali, 
    This cake looks amazing, thanks for sharing! Could you please post how much the butter weighs that’s needed for this recipe? I live in Holland and I don’t think our pieces of butter weigh the same as the ones you use. I’m afraid I would ruin the cake if I’d try to measure it with spoons. 

    • Ali — May 21st, 2015 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Michelle. Of course, that’s no problem! The butter for this recipe is 1/2 lb. I hope that helps, and that you enjoy this! : ) Cheers!

  8. Michaela — May 22, 2015 @ 10:19 am (#)

    Thanks for the recipe and the explaining pics. Love the cake, already did it twice. I love that it’s moist and very chocalatey. Only problem was changing US measurements to German measurements – but google helped me :-) 

    • Ali — May 22nd, 2015 @ 3:08 pm

      Thanks, Michaela! : )

  9. Milla — May 22, 2015 @ 5:55 pm (#)

    Thank you I will try this recipe tomorrow morning for sure!!!!

    • Ali — May 22nd, 2015 @ 10:27 pm

      Sure, Milla, hope you like it! : )

  10. Barb — May 23, 2015 @ 8:49 pm (#)

    have you made this cake with egg whites or eggbeaters and canola butter?

  11. Barb — May 23, 2015 @ 8:50 pm (#)

    Have you made this with eggbeaters and canola butter?

    • Ali — May 25th, 2015 @ 8:18 am

      I haven’t! If you try it with those, let me know how it works out! : )

  12. Megan — June 8, 2015 @ 8:32 pm (#)

    Whoa- aren’t there four 1/4 pound cubes in a pound package? If so, wouldn’t this recipe be using 1/2 pound, not 1/4 as you wrote to Michelle in Holland on May 21?

    • Ali — June 9th, 2015 @ 8:36 pm

      Hi Megan, I’m a little confused, I wrote that the butter in this is 1/2 pound.

  13. resep kue nastar — June 9, 2015 @ 7:40 am (#)

    nice post :) i like your chocolate cake recipes tutorial.

    • Hayley — June 9th, 2015 @ 8:24 pm

      Thank you, we’re glad you found it useful!

  14. Jackie — June 20, 2015 @ 7:56 am (#)

    But, is this cake sweet enough?  There is no sugar.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 25th, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

      Hey, Jackie. We find that it’s sweet enough, because there is still sugar from the chocolate. It will be sweeter if you use semisweet, instead of bittersweet. If you’re still concerned it won’t be sweet enough, you could certainly always add some sugar — maybe a couple tablespoons, or 1/4 cup. We hope that helps!

  15. Lisa Jouet — June 29, 2015 @ 6:05 pm (#)

    On the photo+paragraph step-by-step section you write about folding the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture 1/3 at a time. Could you edit to describe the mixture as “chocolate and butter mixture”. I am very visual and with a three ingredient recipe like this one, I could see myself following it from the pictures and paragraphs. (I reviewed the photo and description of the chocolate and butter steps. I had skimmed that part because I don’t use a microwave!) Does this make sense?

    I love your photos and understand how they are still tops on Google search. You should take photos for a living if you don’t already!

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 10:04 pm

      Sure thing — just edited that for clarity! Thanks so much, Lisa! And thanks for your kind words about the photos too! :)

  16. Vicky H — July 8, 2015 @ 11:12 am (#)

    My batter turned out very liquid-y. I assume it was because of the difference in ingredients as I am from Bulgaria. It’s in the oven and it smells amazing. Dying to see how it turns out! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 8th, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

      Hmm, we’re not sure why it would be liquidy, but hopefully it still came out well, and tasted good — let us know! :)

  17. Kandy — July 12, 2015 @ 12:39 pm (#)

    I love your recipe!   I am sensitive to glutten and am allergic to dairy.   I used dairy free chocolate chips and Earth Balance dairy free butter.   I also made a ganache with the chocolate chips and coconut milk.   I made it for my son-in-law who loves dark chocolate, then i made a second a week later, now i am making one for my son to take to work.   It has been a huge hit in my house.   Thank you for sharing this. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 12th, 2015 @ 6:13 pm

      Kandy, that’s so wonderful, we’re glad you were able to adapt it and that it was a hit with your family! :)

  18. Cintya — August 10, 2015 @ 1:02 pm (#)

    This is similar to a repice I used at Thanksgiving so I know what you mean about rich. Yes, a tiny sliver is plenty! It so good, though very fitting for a special occasion, like your birthday. Hope it was a great one!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 13th, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

      Thanks Cintya, we hope you enjoy the recipe! :)

  19. nancy — October 7, 2015 @ 2:17 pm (#)

    Would i be able to use a non dairy alternative to butter? I was thinking coconut oil.

    Thanks
    Nancy.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 8th, 2015 @ 4:22 pm

      Nancy, we think coconut oil (just make sure it’s melted) would work great in this! We haven’t tried it, so we’re not 100%, but we can’t see why it wouldn’t work, plus we think it would be super yummy! You could also probably try olive oil. If you try it, definitely let us know how it turns out! :)

  20. john phillips — October 25, 2015 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    I have been making this cake for a number of years and it is so good. I lost the recipe and could not remember the temperature to bake the cake at. I have printed your recipe off and filed it. 
    I do have a way that I cut my cake and that is to use dental floss, put a string of floss across top of cake and push down, then pull the string out across the cake. Thank you again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 29th, 2015 @ 2:06 pm

      Thanks John, that’s so nice to hear! We’re so happy you’re a fan of this recipe! :) And we love that dental floss trick!

  21. Debbi — November 26, 2015 @ 7:28 am (#)

    This. Are came out awesome!  My daughter has a wheat allergy but loves chocolate cake.  I made this for thanksgiving and it came out beautifully! I wish I was able to post a photo. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29th, 2015 @ 9:51 am

      We’re so glad to hear that Debbi, thank you for sharing! :D

  22. Kari Freitag — December 7, 2015 @ 8:19 pm (#)

    HI, have you tried making this with sugar free chocolate?  Just curious!
    Thanks 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 8th, 2015 @ 10:52 am

      Hi Kari! We have not tried this with sugar-free chocolate, so we can’t say how that would work. But, if you try it, definitely let us know how it turned out!

  23. Yasmin — December 23, 2015 @ 10:54 am (#)

    Hi Ali!

    First of all – this is my third or fourth time making this cake – and people REQUEST that I make it for get-togethers! Seriously – such a great hit! I serve mine with raspberry coulis and fresh whipped cream! Delicious! 

    Any how – I have several parties on Christmas and want to make these ahead of time. Is it okay for me to make the cake the day before, refrigerate it and then prep it right before the parties? Or will it get dry and lose that fudgy texture?

    Thanks!
    – Yaz

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 26th, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

      Hi Yaz, we’re thrilled that you love this cake, and that it’s been such a hit! We think this should be fine made the day before and refrigerated, though we’d advise letting it get to room temp before serving. We hope your parties are a blast! :)

  24. Tress — December 23, 2015 @ 12:09 pm (#)

    In the oven now – making a second tomorrow!  I used Earth Balance instead of butter, so I’m hoping it will turn out just as good as the ones with real butter.  What a perfect grain-free dairy-free soy-free desert option!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 26th, 2015 @ 8:37 pm

      Awesome, we hope you enjoy! We’ve never tried this with Earth Balance, so you’ll definitely have to let us know how it turns out! :)

  25. Patrice Robins — December 25, 2015 @ 12:04 pm (#)

    Can this be made without the waterbath?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 26th, 2015 @ 9:10 pm

      We really recommend doing the water bath – it will help provide a constant source of heat and will slow cook the cake, keeping it most and smooth, and it will also give it a nice texture. We hope you enjoy! :)

  26. Tanaya — December 26, 2015 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    This is a great recipe! Made it in a jiffy, and yet the best cake I’ve made till date.
    Keep up the great shares :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 28th, 2015 @ 2:49 pm

      Thanks Tanaya, we’re happy you enjoyed it! :)

  27. Staci F. — January 13, 2016 @ 12:20 am (#)

      I first have a disclaimer; I am baking challenged. I can /have cooked almost any cusine known to man. However; I cannot bake my way out of a Pillsbury dough box honey.. and that ain’t no joke. But I followed your recipe to the letter ( I studied it for better than an hour ) and finally tasted success… AND IT WAS GOOD!!
    Thank you for sharing and making me feel like a  rock star!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 13th, 2016 @ 10:06 am

      Haha! We’re proud of you Staci, and we’re so happy you loved the cake! :D

  28. Dawn — January 23, 2016 @ 8:57 am (#)

    We’ve had this delicious recipe for years, but haven’t made it in a long time. We just baked it, but sadly the water bath made it into the cake and was pooling on top. We removed most of the water and put it back in the warm oven to dry out a little. Hopefully, it won’t be ruined because it’s for a party.

    It seems that the problem is that the only foil available here is very lightweight and not wide enough to come up the sides of the pan. We tried multiple layers, but obviously that didn’t work. Any tips for creating a waterproof barrier for the water bath without American width/thickness foil? Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 24th, 2016 @ 9:35 am

      Hi Dawn, we’re so sorry this happened! We hope it still turned out okay – please let us know! We’re wondering if maybe your spring form pan could have leaked? We would think several layers of foil would have worked. :(

  29. Himal bhakta — January 27, 2016 @ 7:35 pm (#)

    I made a mistake I forgot to put the foil paper I don’t know how this going to turn out . Any suggestions what can be done 😟let me know.thx

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 28th, 2016 @ 7:53 am

      Hi Himal! The foil just helps keep the water from getting into the springform pan. Did your cake get end up getting waterlogged? We hope it’s okay!

  30. Judy — February 1, 2016 @ 1:31 am (#)

    Looks delicious. Can this cake be frozen?  I’m making several desserts for a friend’s wedding and would like to them. Thank you.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 1st, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

      Thanks Judy! And yes, you can freeze this. Make sure it has cooled completely before you get ready to freeze. For best results and preserving freshness: You’ll want to wrap the cake in two layers of plastic wrap, then slide it into a large freezer ziploc bag. Zip the bag almost closed, leaving about one inch open. Carefully push out as much air as possible. Insert a straw into the opening, zip the bag closed around the straw, and suck the air out of the bag through the straw. The bag will shrink in toward the dessert. Quickly pull out the straw and zip up the bag. You will need to let it thaw for about 24 hours in the fridge, then take it out 1-2 hours before you want to serve. We hope all of this helps!

  31. Diane — February 3, 2016 @ 2:14 pm (#)

    You never say HOW MUCH of each ingredient 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 3rd, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

      Hi Diane. We’re a little confused by your comment. There are amounts listed for each ingredient in this recipe. We’re wondering if perhaps you didn’t scroll down far enough (after the text of the blog post)? There you will find the full, complete recipe.

  32. Beth — February 3, 2016 @ 2:48 pm (#)

    Hello! My husband and I are gluten and dairy free. Your recipe looks like the most delicious valentines cake I can find that is gluten free, but is it possible to make it dairy free? Could I use coconut oil instead of butter? Or maybe coconut cream?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 3rd, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

      Hi Beth! Unfortunately we can’t say for sure, since we haven’t experimented with making this cake dairy free. We think coconut or olive oil would work in this, but we’re not sure about leaving out the eggs/subbing them. We did find two similar dairy free recipes that we think you would like though! We would check these two out: – this one has eggs (not sure if you guys can do eggs). We hope this is helpful!

  33. Angelique — February 8, 2016 @ 12:35 am (#)

    What if i dont have a springform pan what else would work for this?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 11:03 am

      Hi Angelique! You can definitely use a non-springform pan for this (the springform pan just makes it look more attractive, as it is very hard to unmold the cake when you’re using another pan – you’ll most likely have to just leave it in that pan). Spraying your pan and lining it with parchment should help though, and you might be able to get it out. But yes, you can certainly bake this in an 8-inch round pan. We hope you enjoy!

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