Happy Easter & A Flourless Chocolate Ganache Cake – Gluten Free!

by Darina on April 23, 2011

I rarely end up baking anything special for holidays. I’ve never really needed to; my mother and grandmother are excellent bakers and are still at the helm of Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas celebrations. I would love to take over, but there’s no way I could squish my whole family into my little flat for dinner, unless I made a buffet and we all sat on the floor Arab style.

This year, however, I decided to make a cake regardless. I had something deeply chocolatey in mind.  Rich and silky, preferably flourless. A quick search on the Internet produced the recipe for exactly such a cake from baker extraordinaire  David Lebovitz. The recipe is adapted from Ready for Dessert and is called “Chocolate Idiot Cake”. It’s not really ganache–there is no cream–but it tastes like richest, dreamiest, chocolatiest ganache ever. Presumably, it’s so easy to make that even an idiot could do it. Because it doesn’t contain flour, it’s gluten free and also suitable for Passover. Another plus!

Even so, I had my doubts, since baking cakes is not really my forte.  But this cake was super simple to make, with  only four ingredients. The key here is good quality chocolate. I used Callebaut, but Scharffen Berger, Valrhona, or even Lindt are good choices. I used an 8-inch springform pan, but a 9-inch is also fine.

You’ll get at least eight slices out of this one. It’s so rich you’ll want to cut the slices thin–even if you’re a chocoholic like me.

Bon Appetit!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

adapted from David Lebovitz


300 g (10 ounces) good bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

200 g butter (7 ounces) butter, cut into chunks

5 large eggs, at room temperature

200 g (1 cup) sugar

cocoa powder


1) Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Butter an 8-inch springform pan and dust the bottom and sides with cocoa powder, tapping out the excess. Wrap the outside tightly with aluminum to guard against any leakage, ensuring that it goes up to the rim.

2) In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter over medium heat until smooth while stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

3) Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl, then whisk in the chocolate mixture incrementally until smooth.

4) Pour the batter into the prepared pan and cover tightly with another sheet of aluminum foil. Place the springform pan in a roasting pan; add enough boiling water to the roasting pan so that it comes halfway up the side of the cake pan.

5) Bake cake for 1 hour and 15 to 25 minutes, depending on your oven. The cake is done when you can gently touch the centre and your finger comes away clean.

6) Take the cake out of the water bath and remove the foil. Cool on a rack completely before removing the springform. Serve cake at room temperature with a dusting of cocoa powder, whipping cream, or ice cream. The cake may be wrapped and kept in the fridge for up to 5 days.


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Rosa April 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

beautiful! I adore that kind of cake. So divine.

Happy Easter!



Darina April 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Happy Easter, Rosa!

megi April 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

The cake looks delicious and the photos are mouth watering. Happy Easter.

Mrs. Micaher rawber April 24, 2011 at 10:58 am

Rose Levy Berenbaum has a very similar recipe in The Cake Bible. I made it for my gluten-intolerant sister’s birthday, and served it with whipped cream and RLB’s raspberry puree (which involves reducing the juice and straining out the seeds). Sublime. Nothing like that hit of chocolate, butter and eggs!

Darina April 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I think that with the chocolate a lot of combinations are possible. I love raspberry and chocolate. I will try this suggestion.

Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm

That cake looks like a chocoholic’s dream come true. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/04/sweets-for-saturday-14_22.html

Brian April 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

That’s indecent…that’s what that is!

Stephanie April 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

That looks so delicious! I am loving the first photo of your post, just beautiful

Darina April 26, 2011 at 7:44 am

Thank you!

Chloe April 4, 2012 at 12:00 am

YUM! I am making this cake tonight for my partner :) It is in the oven baking now. Fingers crossed it works hehe.

Darina April 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

Let me know how it turns out!

Geronda June 15, 2013 at 9:08 am

Hello, I have a doubt on step 3… You have to whisk with an electric whisk or manually?

Darina June 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I always use an electric mixer :)

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