Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache is gluten free with no sugar added! It is an easy yet impressive dessert that everyone will love!

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache - only four ingredients creates a beautiful cake!

Bring on the chocolate! I think that should be my motto. Some days, I think about chocolate all day long. Alright, I’ll admit that some days is really most days. I’ll find any excuse to pour rich chocolate ganache over chocolate cake. Double the chocolate is double the fun, right?

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of this cake on Instagram.  I have received multiple requests for the recipe so I decide to share it with you today. I made this cake at least four times over the past few months. Not only is this cake full of rich chocolate goodness, it is easy too. Seriously, you only need four ingredients for the cake and some beautiful berries to top it all off. How many cakes can you find that only require three ingredients and that are gluten free and have no sugar added? Crazy, huh?

Most flourless chocolate cakes you find are topped with a dusting of powdered sugar or whipped cream. I love any excuse to eat more chocolate so I poured a layer of rich chocolate ganache over the cake.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache - only four ingredients creates a beautiful cake!

This cake is an example of something that doesn’t have to look perfect to taste amazing. Make sure you follow the directions, or else you may have little bits of chocolate remaining in your ganache like the cake you see in these pictures. The day I made the cake pictured in this post, I was trying to do a million things at once and only had about 20 minutes to get to the event where I was serving this cake. I tried to rush the process and was left with tiny little bits of chocolate in the ganache rather than a silky smooth layer of chocolate. It tastes the same and nobody even noticed the tiny specs of chocolate chunks, but I sure did. Of course, following the recipe and having a little patience is always the best way to ensure the best result. I guess it just proves that no matter how many times I made this cake in the past, trying to rush the process never helps.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
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    For the cake:
  • 8 large eggs, cold
  • 1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks), cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • For the chocolate ganache:
  • 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • raspberries, for garnish


  1. To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut out a 8-inch round piece of parchment paper and place it in the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan. Butter the parchment and sides of the pan. Cover pan underneath and along sides with sheet of heavy-duty foil and set in large roasting pan. Bring a kettle of water to boil.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment, beat eggs at medium-high speed until volume doubles, about 5 minutes. (At this point eggs will start to be slightly foamy)
  3. Meanwhile, melt chocolate and butter in large heatproof bowl set over pan of simmering water, until smooth and very warm (about 115 degrees on an instant-read thermometer), stirring once or twice. Fold 1/3 of egg foam into chocolate mixture using large rubber spatula until only a few streaks of egg are visible; fold in half of remaining foam, then last of remaining foam, until mixture is combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared springform pan and smooth surface with rubber spatula. Set roasting pan on oven rack and pour enough boiling water to come about halfway up side of springform pan. Bake until cake has risen slightly, edges are just beginning to set, a thin glazed crust (like a brownie) has formed on surface, and an instant read thermometer inserted halfway through center of cake registers 140 degrees, 22 to 25 minutes. Remove cake pan from water bath and set on wire rack; cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove springform pan sides, invert cake on a sheet of wax paper, remove parchment liner and turn cake right side up on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. To make the ganache, add the chocolate chips to a small heatproof bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate chips. Let sit undisturbed for 8 minutes. Stir the chocolate chips together with the heavy cream until smooth. Let ganache sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes until it reaches a good consistency for pouring over the cake (it should be a little thicker but still pourable). Pour ganache over the top of your cake. Garnish with raspberries, as desired. Enjoy!


cake barely adapted from Cooks Illustrated; ganache from Spoonful of Flavor


Source: cake barely adapted from Cooks Illustrated; ganache from Spoonful of Flavor


Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache - only four ingredients creates a beautiful cake!


  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Ashley – I love the elegance of flourless chocolate cakes. No sacrificing flavor or quality here! This looks amazing. I love that you topped the cake with raspberries.

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Fridays are the perfect day for chocolate! Flourless chocolate cake is one of my all-time favorites. This one looks gorgeous, Ashley! Love the ganache on top!

  3. Sarah@ Whole and Heavenly Oven

    I am pretty much in awe that this stunning cake only calls for 6 ingredients! And wow, is it ever gorgeous, Ashley! That chocolate ganache is seriously calling my name. 🙂 Gorgeous photos, lady!! Pinned.

  4. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules

    Double the chocolate is definitely double the fun! It looks amazing! And the little bits of chocolate just add character 🙂

  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    If your motto is bring on the chocolate, you definitely brought it with this! I love the glistening ganache. This is sooo beautiful. Pinned.

  6. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    This cake is so elegant looking, Ashley! I love that its gluten free and that ganache is mouth watering. Pinning this several times!

  7. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    I’ve always wanted to try making a flourless chocolate cake. Your’s looks like the perfect one to try, love that shiny chocolate ganache all over the top!

  8. Kelly

    This cake is so elegant and gorgeous, Ashley! I love that there are only 6 ingredients and that it’s flourless! The chocolate ganache looks perfect!

  9. Annie @Maebells

    I agree! The more chocolate the better! This looks amazing!! So rich and decadent!

  10. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    This is the best looking 4 ingredient cake I’ve ever seen! And yes, ALWAYS double the chocolate!

  11. Joanne

    I’m imagining just how rich this must be! Mmm. My kind of cake!

  12. Renee @ Awesome on $20

    I frequently have chocolate attacks where I simply cannot go on with my life until I’ve eaten some chocolate. I think this would do quite nicely.

  13. Debbie

    This looks so pretty!

  14. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    oh my gosh, this looks so rich and delicious! My husband has been begging me to bake him up something, so i’m marking this down.

  15. Julie

    Wow that is one chocolate cake. I love chocolate and only started my chocolate obsession after my kids were born.
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  17. Mary @ StrawmarySmith

    Lovely! And I love that it’s flourless so I can recommend it to all my gluten-free friends 🙂

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  20. Lou Lou Girls

    Oh my…so delicious! I’m always get so excited to see what you have brought to the party! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being part of our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

  21. Mandee Thomas

    Mmm! This looks amazing. I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week. 🙂

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  24. Aniko@PlaceOfMyTaste

    What an awesome dessert! Featuring you tomorrow at Work It Wednesday, hope to see you back!

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  28. Theresa @DearCreatives

    Looks so delicious! Pinned ….Thanks for sharing your recipe at the party! Hope your having a great week.

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  30. Lee

    Can this cake be made ahead and frozen?

    • Ashley

      Hi Lee! I don’t freeze my cakes so I can’t say for sure that it would work well. However, I do make the cake 1-2 days in advance and store in a sealed container or bag and then frost just prior to serving.

  31. KJ

    I would love to try this cake, but the recipe seems to be missing from the post??

    • Ashley

      Hi, KJ! Thank you for bringing that to my attention. The recipe is there now. Enjoy!

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