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Spring is always crazy for my family – my husband, myself and both kids have birthdays within a two month time span! Not to mention half a dozen other family members. The good news? It’s an excuse to make cake. And, this gluten-free sugar-free flourless chocolate cake recipe is a new favorite.
The Key To Low Carb Keto Flourless Chocolate Cake
You may think that gluten-free flourless chocolate cake is already naturally low carb, but it isn’t. Even though there is no wheat, the sugar is a big problem!
Most flourless chocolate cake recipes don’t actually add sugar, but they do use regular chocolate in them – sweetened with sugar, of course. So even if you can make a gluten-free flourless chocolate cake with regular chocolate, it can still be very high in sugar.
So, what’s the key to keto flourless chocolate cake? Unsweetened chocolate!
And this is why I consider this the best flourless chocolate cake ever. You get to decide which sweetener you want to use. And yes, if all you care about is gluten-free, you can even use actual powdered sugar.
But for those of us that want a healthier, low carb flourless chocolate cake, there are better options.
Why powdered? For texture. Using a granulated sweetener may yield a grainy result, and a liquid one will make the cake too runny. If you have a granulated sweetener, you could try powdering it in a coffee grinder or food processor.
Gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake Ingredients
Is flourless chocolate cake gluten-free? Yes. In fact, most flourless chocolate cake recipes are actually naturally gluten-free.
The difference is that this is a sugar-free keto flourless chocolate cake recipe. And like I mentioned above, it’s more customizable to use your favorite sweetener.
What about the carbs in flourless chocolate cake? The regular versions are actually pretty high because of all that sugar. But, my keto flourless chocolate cake only has 1 gram net carbs per slice.
The best part? This low carb flourless chocolate cake recipe requires only FIVE ingredients! All you need is unsweetener chocolate, butter, powdered sweetener, vanilla extract, and eggs.
I also included optional sea salt, which you can skip if you use salted butter. Don’t worry, the cake isn’t salty. It’s just there to bring out the flavors.
It was so tempting for me to make this flourless chocolate cake paleo or dairy-free. I attempted to make it with coconut oil and ghee, but unfortunately the result was just not the same.
For some reason, these fats did not mix as well as the butter does, and I ended up with little pockets of coconut oil in the cake. Not good! You can try it to see if you have better results, but I didn’t. Sorry, you need butter for this one!
So, how to make flourless chocolate cake? Let me tell you how simple it is…
How To Make Flourless Chocolate Cake
This is probably one of the easiest methods for how to make flourless chocolate cake. There is no separating eggs or whipping egg whites required. I didn’t find it necessary, because flourless chocolate cake is already supposed to be very dense, anyway. And, I’m all about easy!
How To Prepare the Batter for Flourless Chocolate Cake
Start by melting the chocolate and butter in a double boiler on the stove or at medium-low power in the microwave. Stir occasionally and don’t overheat.
Next, whisk the sweetener, chocolate mixture, vanilla, and sea salt in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs with a hand mixer at low speed, one by one. It might seem gritty when you begin, but as you continue it will get smooth again.
Why low speed? Because we don’t want to create too many air bubbles. Again, low carb flourless chocolate cake is supposed to be dense! For the same reason, don’t mix too much.
That’s it – your sugar-free flourless chocolate cake batter is ready! Pour it into a lined springform pan. Smooth the top, tap against the counter to get rid of any air bubbles, and bake.
How To Tell When Flourless Chocolate Cake Is Done
Now, here is the critical part. The most important step in making the best flourless chocolate cake is not over or under baking it! You want the top to start to form a very thin crust, but it should be jiggly underneath.
Use a thermometer to get it just right. The keto flourless chocolate cake is done baking when the internal temperature measures 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
How To Serve Flourless Chocolate Cake
The hardest part comes next – waiting! Resist the urge to dig in right away. Let the sugar-free flourless chocolate cake cool to room temperature right in the pan. Then, refrigerate overnight, for at least 8 hours.
Why? This helps the cake set and also finalizes the dense, silky texture. Please don’t skip the chilling step, because the texture will not be very good without it.
Remove the pan from the fridge 1 to 2 hours before serving. Pop the sides off the springform pan and carefully flip the cake onto a towel, then flip back onto a plate or cake stand.
You can dust with additional powdered sweetener if desired. I like to add raspberries!
Make sure to let the flourless chocolate cake reach room temperature before slicing. Otherwise, it will crack when you try to cut into it. Besides, the texture is best at room temp.
How To Store Flourless Chocolate Cake
How long does flourless chocolate cake last? It actually lasts quite a while.
You can refrigerate keto flourless chocolate cake for up to a few days. And again, make sure you so at least overnight. As it sits, the cake will mellow, improving its flavor and reducing bitterness.
You can also freeze the cake. Just thaw it in the fridge, then finish thawing on the counter.
After the great response I received on the vanilla gluten-free birthday cake at my daughter’s birthday last year, I was excited to serve a chocolate one this year. And, it was a hit – yay!
For all you chocolate lovers out there, sugar-free gluten-free flourless chocolate cake is your answer.
Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe:
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Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe
This gluten-free sugar-free flourless chocolate cake recipe needs just FIVE INGREDIENTS! Made with unsweetened chocolate and your sweetener of choice, this is the best flourless chocolate cake recipe ever! Naturally keto and low carb.
AuthorMaya Krampf from WholesomeYum.com
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Grease the bottom and sides.
Melt the chocolate and butter together, in a double boiler on the stove or at medium-low power in the microwave, stirring occasionally. Do not overheat to avoid splitting.
Remove from heat and pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl. Whisk in the sweetener. Stir in the sea salt and vanilla, if using.
Beat in the eggs with a hand mixer at *low* speed, one at a time. The mixture might turn grainy at first, but keep beating until it’s smooth. Do not overmix past this point.
Pour the batter into the lined pan. Smooth the top with a spatula. Tap the pan on the counter a couple times to release any air bubbles.
Bake for about 32-38 minutes, until the top just starts to form a very thin crust and the internal temperature in the center via thermometer is 140 degrees F. The cake will be jiggly underneath the top, which is normal.
Cool to room temperature in the pan, then refrigerate overnight (at least 8 hours) right in the pan.
Remove the pan from the fridge 1 hour before serving. Pop off the sides of the springform pan and transfer to a plate or cake stand. Dust with additional powdered sweetener if desired. Let the cake reach room temperature before slicing.
Serving size: 1 slice, or 1/16 of the entire flourless chocolate cake
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Calories: 369 | Fat: 36g | Total Carbs: 6g | Net Carbs: 1g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 0.2g | Protein: 6g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and we strive to keep it as accurate as possible. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate with this information, but please feel free to make your own calculations.
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