Flourless Cake Recipes

Flourless cakes are ideal for those who are gluten free and Passover desserts (we often use matzo meal!). Our other flourless cake recipes include Austrian-style tortes and our famous flourless choclate cake.

Staff Picks

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 557
This stunner is a naturally gluten-free cake that has a smooth, ultra-rich texture. Packed with decadent dark chocolate and espresso, it's like the mocha latte of your dreams in dessert form. And we haven't even gotten to its best selling point: this cake is super easy to pull together, with only eight basic pantry ingredients and three simple steps. 

Lemon Cornmeal Cake

Extra-virgin olive oil, eggs, and milk make this Italian-inspired lemon cornmeal cake extra-moist. And it's gluten-free, to boot. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 810.

Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake

Made with dark chocolate and almond flour, this special occasion-worthy cake is surprisingly light and airy thanks to the addition of egg whites and just happens to be gluten-free. Serve with whipped creme fraiche and a tumble of fresh raspberries.

Chocolate Pudding Icebox Cake

Rating: 4 stars 24
Enjoy rich chocolate pudding in this easy-to-make icebox cake from John Barricelli's "SoNo Baking Company Cookbook."

Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Torte

Rating: 3.5 stars 146
Luscious flourless chocolate cake is a staple dessert for people who follow a gluten-free diet. Many of these cakes rely on butter for richness, but the secret to this dairy-free recipe is coconut oil. If you serve the cake chilled, it tastes even fudgier. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 810.

Flourless Chocolate-Date Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 23
A purée of bourbon and plump Medjool dates suffuses this divinely intense dessert; it gets swirled into both the batter and the caramel glaze. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Cake Perfection: 100+ Recipes for the Sweet Classic, From Simple to Stunning (Clarkson Potter). 

Chocolate Cake with Espresso Glaze

Rating: 4 stars 99
Flourless chocolate cake is a crumbly and dense classic everyone loves. This version gets subtle coffee flavor from espresso powder used in the batter and in a rich, creamy dark-chocolate glaze served at the table.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 264
In place of flour and leaveners, whipped eggs whites to produce cupcakes with a light-as-air texture.

Flourless Fudge Cake

Once cooked, the cake cools to room temperature and is chilled several hours; hands-on time is only about a half hour. This recipe comes from Janet LeGrand Rice of Home Glen, Illinois.

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Coffee Buttercream

Sandwich chocolate meringue discs between milk chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream and frost with more buttercream and crushed hazelnuts for this over-the-top dessert

Flourless Chocolate-Almond Torte with Cherry Preserves and Kirsch Meringue

Rating: 3 stars 76
Almonds add texture to this rich chocolate dessert, while a cloud of meringue adds an ethereal element to each dense bite. Cherries figure in at every level, thanks to kirsch liqueur and a smear of preserves.

Inspiration and Ideas

Passover Apple Cake
Rating: Unrated 263
This crowd-pleasing Passover recipe is courtesy of Arthur Schwartz and can be found in his book, "Jewish Home Cooking." You can customize the dessert and substitute your own spices for the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, if you'd like.
Doris's Velvet Chocolate Cake
Rating: Unrated 13
Doris Schecter, owner of the My Most Favorite Dessert Company bakery, shares her recipe for this flourless chocolate cake. For a taller cake, Doris suggests making this recipe 1 1/2 times.
Glazed Hazelnut Squares

One bite and you'll know why these cake squares, which are kosher for Passover, are such crowd-pleasers. The dessert's caramel glaze and nut topping make them truly special.