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Overhead view of slices of flourless chocolate cake with different toppings

Flourless Chocolate Cake (Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 (8-9 inch) cake 1x


A chocolate lover’s dream! This dense, chocolatey cake is perfect for a special occasion. Dairy free, naturally gluten free, paleo friendly, and naturally sweetened, it tastes like all the rich indulgence you love!



For the cake:

  • 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 8 Tbsp (1/2 cup) coconut oil (can sub butter, or vegan butter)
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the raspberry sauce:

  • 1 (10oz) package of frozen raspberries, slightly thawed (or 10oz fresh raspberries)
  • 23 Tbsp honey
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon


For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prepare your pan. Grease an 8 or 9 inch springform pan, or grease an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan. If using a cake pan instead of a springform, cut two long strips of parchment paper and make an “X” on the bottom of the pan. Fold them over the edge of the pan a bit so they don’t flop right into your batter. Then, layer in a circle that’s been cut to fit the bottom of your pan (I just trace the pan on parchment and cut it out). When the cake has cooled a few minutes on a cooling rack, you’ll use the “X” strips as handles to lift the cake out.
  3. Next make your batter. Melt chocolate and coconut oil (or butter) together over low heat in a medium saucepan until completely smooth. While the chocolate is melting, whisk eggs together in a bowl until they are slightly lighter in color. (When you lift your whisk up, the eggs should fall in a thin stream instead of in clumps–this is called the “ribbon test”)
  4. When the chocolate is melted, remove from heat. Stir in syrup, then slowly whisk in the eggs. Stir in vanilla and salt. Sift in the cocoa powder (to avoid lumps) using a sifter or fine mesh sieve and stir to just combine.
  5. Pour into your prepared pan, gently shake the pan back and forth a bit to settle the batter, and transfer to the oven.
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until the middle is just set. (if using a 9 inch pan, you’ll want to check it at 15 minutes as it may cook slightly faster)
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5-10 minutes in the pan before transferring out of the pan and onto a cooling rack.
  8. If you’ve used a springform pan, you’ll open the ring and allow the cake to finish cooling on the cooling rack that way. If you’ve used the parchment trick, use the “handles” you made with the parchment to gently lift the cake out and transfer to a cooling rack.

For raspberry sauce:

  1. Place raspberries, honey, and lemon juice in a blender. Puree until smooth, adding a few tablespoons of water if needed.
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds and refrigerate until ready to serve!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Chocolate
  • Method: Stovetop, Oven
  • Cuisine: American