Flourless Chocolate Torte

Easy (and I mean easy) flourless chocolate tortes like today’s recipes and I are long and faithful friends. Its silky-smooth texture, sinfully chocolaty flavor, and ability to be easily adapted to different tastes, toppings, and flavors will make it the perfect guest at many gatherings. If you’re unsure of your ability in the kitchen, are looking for a dessert you can make ahead (and even freeze!), or if chocolate is the language of your soul, this Flourless Chocolate Torte recipe is sure to be a devoted companion of yours too.

The BEST Flourless Chocolate Torte. Easy, impressive, and SO decadent. Perfect for a dinner party! {grain free and gluten free} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Because flourless chocolate tortes are so easy to make (we are talking one bowl and less than 15 minutes of prep here, friends!), they are one of my go-tos for dinner parties or potlucks when I need a fast dessert that’s guaranteed to please. I’ve tried a few different recipes over the years, but today’s chocolate almond torte recipe is unquestionably the best I’ve baked. It’s thicker and richer than other flourless chocolate cakes I’ve tried, and it has a subtle almond flavor that makes it positively addictive.

The BEST EVER Flourless Chocolate Torte. Silky, decadent, and so easy to make! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

The recipe belongs to my friend Kenzie, who served it at an engagement party we were hosting for one of our girlfriends. When I asked her more about it, Kenzie told me (in her charming Mississippi accent, no less), “You know how everyone needs a little dessert in their back pocket that you can whip up, take anywhere, and will always be a hit? This is mine!”

Flourless Chocolate Torte – Easy and impressive! Silky smooth, ultra chocolaty, and easy to make ahead! The perfect party dessert. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Now this Flourless Chocolate Torte will be my back-pocket dessert too. Honestly, this might be the easiest from-scratch dessert I’ve ever baked. The ingredients are stirred together in a single bowl, it’s flexible (as Kenzie stated, “You can add whatever you want! I usually do rum.”), and since it is gluten free, it’s a good recipe to bring to gatherings where you aren’t sure of a guest’s dietary restrictions.

Thus far, I’ve brought Kenzie’s Flourless Chocolate Torte to a four-person dinner party, where everyone had far too large of slices (as if such a thing were possible) and all leftovers were quickly spoken for and sent home on paper plates.

The BEST Flourless Chocolate Torte. Rich, decadent, and so easy to make! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Then, this past weekend, I made a second Flourless Chocolate Torte for a girls’ Christmas party I hosted. I cut it into very small, very innocent-looking squares, arranged them on a cake plate, then observed quietly as every bite was devoured.

Rich and decadent Flourless Chocolate Torte. Easy to make and absolutely decadent! {gluten free and grain free} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Whether or not you’ll be celebrating Christmas on Sunday, I hope your weekend is as sweet and soul-satisfying as a slice of this simple but exquisite Flourless Chocolate Torte.

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Flourless Chocolate Torte

The BEST Flourless Chocolate Torte. Easy, impressive, and SO decadent. A touch of almond extract makes this recipe special. {gluten free}

Yield: 18 slices (a little goes a long way!)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (65% or higher), finely chopped
  • 9 ounces (18 tablespoons) unsalted butter (Kenzie recommends European-style, such as Kerrygold)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 7 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • If you are feeling dangerous: a few tablespoons rum, bourbon, or whiskey (Kenzie puts in “a splash”)
  • Optional, for serving: powdered sugar, berries, and/or sweetened whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Grease again.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or in a microwave-safe bowl, until the chocolate is almost completely melted. Remove from heat and stir until smooth and totally melted. Stir in the sugar, then let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, fully combining between each addition. After all the eggs are added, continue to stir until the batter becomes thick, glossy, and utterly gorgeous. Stir in the vanilla extract, almond extract, and any optional boozy addition you desire.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes, until the torte jiggles slightly in the middle but is not completely set. Begin checking at the 30-minute mark to ensure the torte does not overbake. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then unmold. Dust with powdered sugar. Cut into wedges and serve alone or with whipped cream, berries, or anything else your heart desires.
  • Make ahead: This recipe can be made up to 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. To freeze, let cool completely, press a sheet of plastic on top of the torte, and place in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Dust with powdered sugar right before serving.
  • This recipe is an adaptation of my friend Kenzie’s Flourless Chocolate Torte. Her original recipe called for a slightly smaller cake in a regular 8-inch pan that you bake, flip out upside down onto a plate, then turn back over to be right side up. I thought an easier way to achieve the same end would be to use a springform pan. Since springforms are usually sold in a 9-inch size, I scaled the recipe up a little to accommodate the larger pan size. A little extra chocolate torte is never a bad thing, right?

Adapted from my friend Kenzie’s Chocolate Torte

// All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 18)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 270 Calories
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 103mg
  • Sodium: 28mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Protein: 3g

About Erin Clarke

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40 comments

  1. FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE TORTE IS MY VERY FAVORITE ANYTHING! I am definitely going to treat myself to this dessert after the holiday because for all the preparation I’ve done, I can eat some now and freeze the remainder to be pulled out when my post-menopausal self needs some serious chocolate therapy! Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait!

  2. This is a bit on the high calorie side for me, but it sounds absolutely delicious.  When we go on cruises, the flourless chocolate cake is a dessert I can never say no to.  So I’m saving this recipe in case I need to bake a cake at some point…

  3. The fact that these cakes are flour-less is what I think makes these cakes look so moist. Yum! Photography is brilliant as well. I myself am still trying to get those icing sugar dusting shots to look that good (: as always good work

  4. Quick question, we’re away from home for Christmas and I have limited kitchen tools with me. Though we did bring a springform pan! (Doesn’t everyone travel with one?!) Do I need a hand mixer to beat the eggs in? Thanks Erin!

    • Sue, first of all I LOVE that you travel with a springform pan! As far as the mixer, the beauty of this cake is that all you need is a wooden spoon. Just stir away, and you will be good to go. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. hey girl- this looks amazing! Yummy! Merry Christmas!

  6. Does it need that much sugar? Seems excessive. Have you tried with half? 

    • Hi Jessica! This is the only way I’ve ever made the cake, so I can’t speak to the affect that significant of a reduction would have. The sugar is necessary both for texture, and to balance the bitterness of the chocolate. You could certainly cut out some of it, though I wouldn’t go all the way down to half. Maybe start with three fourths of the original amount, and take it from there.

  7. This looks absolutely fabulous, and I love that it’s so easy to make! Adding this to my to-bake list for sure!

  8. Is this actually gluten free? The post on Pinterest said it was

    • Hi Lindsay, great question! Yes, the recipe is naturally gluten free because there’s no flour. (If you or someone you’re cooking for has a severe reaction to gluten, it’s always a good idea to double-check the other ingredients to make sure they’re produced in a gluten-free facility too.)

  9. Can this be made without a springform pan? 

    • Absolutely, Cydney! You can use a regular 9-inch round pan. When it’s done, invert it onto a plate, then turn in back right side up. It won’t look quite as pretty, but it will still taste great! I hope you love it!

  10. When you made it for the party and cut it in squares did you still cook it in the springform pan?  I was thinking a square pan might make it easier but didn’t know.  Any tips would be great, small bites go quicker than whole slices!

  11. My coworker is turning 60 next week and I volunteered to make a cake for her forgetting that she is gluten-free.

    I stumbled across this recipe on pinterest and figured it would be perfect for the occasion. I just made a “practice” torte and my family loves it! This will probably be a new go-to recipe for parties and potlucks, especially if I know that someone there will be gluten-free.

    • I’m so glad to hear this, Annie! Thank you so much. I appreciate your taking the time to leave this note, and I hope your coworker loves the cake!

  12. Will be making this on Monday for my boyfriend! He ia very excited!!🎂

  13. Has anyone tried making this in cupcake cases!?
    I am very limited on my kitchen equipment now I live in Mexico, haven’t stocked up yet but really want to make this!
    Thanks :-)

    • Hi Anna! I have not tried that. I would be worried about the cake sticking. You could try greasing the pan VERY well, then once they have baked, run a dull knife around the edges and gently invert them onto a plate. You’ll want to cut the cooking time down by quite a bit, but since I’ve never tried the recipe this way, I’m afraid I can’t advise a bake time. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to hear how they turn out!

      • Hi again
        I made the cupcake version quite successfully! They tasted good they just sunk a bit in the middle, but I put some cream and raspberriesto hide the hole and they looked good!! Thanks for the recipe!x

  14. This looks like the perfect Valentine’s day treat for my bf! As for serving, what do you recommend? Warm, room temp, etc.?

    • Hi Penelope! I recommend room temperature for serving, though it’s also good cold. I hope you enjoy it!

      • I just made this a couple days ago, and it turned out AMAZING! I served it with sliced strawberries and powdered sugar. We both loved it – the almond extract was the perfect addition. He kept asking for more and ended up eating 3 slices! It tastes just as good served cold the next day. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe – I’ll definitely be making this often!

        • YAY Penelope! That’s awesome to hear the recipe was a winner! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review. :)

  15. This cake sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to make it. I’m having a craving and want to make it NOW. I haven’t used white sugar in years and wonder if you think coconut sugar could be substituted. I think it’s usually 1:1 recommended when substituting sugars. The texture is a little grainier than white sugar.

    I only have a 4 oz bar of Ghirardelli Chocolate baking bar (unsweetened). Is it supposed to be unsweetened? Can I add powdered cacao powder to make 9 ounces. Maybe I need to run to the grocery store?

    • Hi Laura! I actually bake with coconut sugar fairly frequently, and to be completely honest with you, I wouldn’t recommend it for this recipe. I think the grainy texture would throw off the silkiness of the cake. It’s one of those recipes that is indulgent, and you kind of have to embrace it. If you do decide to experiment with coconut sugar, I would suggest mixing into the batter, then letting it sit for several minutes to absorb. You’re likely to have better results that way. If you decide to play around with the recipe, I would love to hear how it turns out!

  16. I made this amazing torte this weekend! I was so afraid it was going to taste like chocolate eggs…And it actually tasted like heaven!! Perfect for the chocoholic! Purely decadent!! I actually liked it cold instead of warm. I will keep this recipe in my back pocket too! Thank you for sharing it. I found you on Pinterest.

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Cher, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the torte! I like it cold too. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome feedback.

  17. I made these (fabulous!) tortes using mini cupcake wrappers and sucanat. I made them as directed above, except that before melting the chocolate, I mixed the sucanat with two of the eggs to melt. I filled them about two-thirds full, and bake them at the instructed temperature, for 15 minutes. The above recipe made well over two dozen mini cupcakes size tortes. The texture is perfectly smooth, so yes, sucanat!

    I’ve never made a torte before, so I’m not sure how done they should be. They are very moist. Is this the way they should be?

    Very good, thank you for sharing!

    Rating: 5
    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Laurie! Thanks for reporting back on how they turned out with sucanat and as cupcakes! It sounds like yours turned out perfectly—the cake is DEFINITELY moist, fudgy, and almost like a chocolate ganache or truffle!

  18. I made this for Valentines Day and was a but disappointed when I followed the directions to a tee, but when i cut into it, the middle was mushy. I threw it in thmy fridge over night and dug in the next day, and wow it was heavenly. Smooth, creamy, rich, yum! In short, i love this recipe, but recommend letting it set in the fridge for a couple hours before serving.

    Rating: 5
    • I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it, Jenny! If it was still runny/goopy, it sounds like it may have needed a few more minutes in the oven or perhaps to cool a bit more before serving. But I’m glad it turned out after chilling it! Thanks for reporting back!

  19. Hi, I’m having a dinner party for 10 hungry adults. Will this torte be big enough? Thanks 

    • Hi Taryn, I do think this is big enough for 10! The servings won’t be huge, but the torte is ultra rich, so a little goes a long way. You could always serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A salted caramel ice cream would be quite delicious with it too!

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