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Flourless chocolate cake served on a plate

Flourless chocolate cake

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus cooling
  • More effort
  • Serves 10 - 12

Treat someone to this flourless chocolate cake. It’s ideal for anyone following a gluten-free diet, and makes an irresistible dessert with fresh berries

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving (12)


  • 225g salted butter , cubed, plus more for the tin
  • 300g dark chocolate , roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp coffee powder
  • 6 large eggs , whites and yolks separated
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • berries , to serve (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Butter a 23cm springform cake tin and line the base with baking parchment.

  • STEP 2

    Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl in the microwave or over a pan of gently simmering water. Mix the coffee powder with 2 tbsp hot water until dissolved. Stir the coffee into the chocolate and set aside to cool slightly.

  • STEP 3

    Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl for 2 mins with an electric whisk until soft peaks form. In another large bowl, whisk both the sugars, the vanilla and egg yolks for 5-8 mins, or until pale and fluffy. Sift the cocoa powder into the egg yolk mixture and mix gently to combine.

  • STEP 4

    Stir the cooled chocolate into the egg yolk mixture, then gently fold through the egg whites until smooth. Transfer to the tin and bake for 1hr-1hr 20 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool, remove from the tin and serve with fresh berries, if you like.

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