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20 Flourless Cakes For Every Occasion

Check out these easy flourless cakes if you need something quick, tasty, and gluten-free.

And remember, you don’t need wheat to make something sweet!

Slice of Flourless Chocolate Cake with Berries
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Whether you have an intolerance or just want to make something a little different, these recipes are ideal.

Some are fruity, others are nutty, but they’re all to die for.

As you likely know, flour adds structure to cakes and cookies, and gluten helps the mixture to expand and rise.

Without it, many cakes are still just as tasty, but they’re often a little more dense.

Still, these flourless cakes are so exceptional you won’t mind one bit!

1. Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you search for flourless cakes, the top results will likely be chocolate. They’re the most famous and the most delicious!

The reason is that cocoa powder acts a little bit like flour. So it brings some structure to the mixture, though it’s still gluten-free.

This decadent chocolate cake is topped with a thick layer of silky chocolate ganache.

Two layers of chocolate greatness equal one perfect dessert.

The absence of flour removes that fluffy factor most cakes have. So instead of a tender crumb, expect this cake to be fudgy and downright indulgent.

If you consider yourself a chocolate junkie, this cake is a must-try – even if you can have gluten.

2. Tahini and Chocolate Flourless Cake with Honey Whipped Cream

This one’s another recipe for chocolate cake. It’s also flourless, but this time, it contains tahini!

Sounds a little bit strange, huh? 

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But once you’ve had your first bite, you’ll understand just how ingenious this recipe is. 

Turns out, the nutty and earthy flavors of sesame seeds pair well with chocolate. 

This cake is garnished with a dollop of honey whipped cream for a light and refreshing contrast. 

Toasted sesame seeds are also sprinkled on top for extra flavor and crunch.

3. Flourless Lemon Almond Cake

Not a chocolate lover? Then get ready to be wowed by this lemon almond cake!

It’s incredibly airy. It also has a highly refreshing flavor brought about by the lemon zest and almond flour.

For a finishing touch, it’s dusted with nothing but a bit of powdered sugar. It’s a very light cake that’s perfect for ending a heavy meal.

4. Almond and Pear Cake

If you have a craving for sweet and warming fall flavors, this almond and pear cake is exactly what you need.

This gluten-free treat is super light and fluffy. And the combination of pears, almonds, and spices will give you all the autumn flavors you seek.

Finished with a scrumptious almond topping, this cake has that marvelous crunchy-on-top, tender-at-the-bottom thing going on.

It’s seriously addictive!

5. Whole Orange Cake

Have you ever made a cake that called for an entire orange – rinds, pith, and all?

It’s kind of crazy, but it absolutely works. Trust me; this cake is sweet, sticky, and wonderfully flavorful!

Because a huge chunk of a fruit’s flavor is in the rind, expect this flourless cake to have a full blast of citrusy goodness.

6. Flourless Pumpkin Spice Cake

If you love pumpkin cake and pumpkin pie, you’ll go gaga over this cake-pie hybrid.

Without flour, this pumpkin spice cake is denser than a regular cake but lighter than pie. It’s not too heavy, not too light – it’s just right.

Serve this with a dusting of powdered sugar, a scoop of ice cream, or whipped cream on top. It tastes great even when plain, though.

7. Mary Berry’s Chocolate Roulade

If you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off, you know exactly how fantastic Mary Berry is.

That said, it comes as no surprise that her chocolate roulade is a culinary work of art.

Her recipe doesn’t use flour, which gives the roulade a cloud-like texture. 

The whipped cream filling is equally airy as well. Together, they create a heavenly dish that’s light as a feather.

8. Flourless Chocolate Cake (With Mocha Whipped Cream)

This flourless chocolate cake is outrageously dense and fudgy! So, if you prefer a fudgy brownie over a fluffy cake, this one’s for you.

It’s definitely decadent, but the mocha whipped cream on top does a fine job at offsetting the cake’s richness.

You can also decorate the cake with fresh raspberries.

The berries won’t only cut through the cake’s intensity but will also make for a prettier presentation.

9. Flourless Pecan Chocolate Cake

Thanks to whipped egg whites, this chocolate cake is super light and airy. In fact, it’s almost like a chocolate mousse.

Not only that but this baby is also packed with flavor, thanks to the beautiful mix of chocolate and toasted ground pecans.

It’s frosted with chocolate and honey ganache for an extra layer of sweet flavor.

The cake itself is very smooth, but the chocolate-covered pecans on top are there to provide some crunch. Delish!

10. Flourless Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

There’s something genuinely phenomenal about a chocolate lava cake.

The cake itself is, of course, delicious. But what makes it such a masterpiece is the ooey-gooey molten center hiding within.

Slicing into one of these cakes is a magical experience – one that will make you feel so giddy it’ll be as if you’re a kid again.

And wanna know a secret? It’s crazy-easy to make at home!

11. Flourless Olive Oil Chocolate Cake

Did you know that olive oil and chocolate make a beautiful match? Don’t believe me? This cake will prove my point.

Rich and decadent with a slightly savory flavor, it may seem like a strange combo, but it works.

Because it has no flour, this cake gets its structure from whipped egg whites.

So while it is undeniably denser than a traditional chocolate cake, it’s still considerably light. 

12. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Flourless Coconut Cake

This coconut cake is moist, creamy, and bursting with coconut flavor.

It’s awesome just by itself. It’s the kind of cake that doesn’t need any kind of glaze or frosting – it’s a complete dessert as it is.

BUT, if you want this awesome cake to be over-the-top amazing, enrobe it in luscious chocolate ganache.

After all, coconut and chocolate are a match made in heaven.

13. Pavlova

Pavlovas are my favorite gluten-free desserts. They’re naturally flourless, super versatile, and completely irresistible.

Crisp and crunchy on the outside with a chewy, marshmallow-like middle, a classic pavlova never disappoints.

Topped with your choice of fresh fruit and berries, this is a very light dessert that’s perfect for the summer.

It looks and tastes elegant, so it might surprise you that this cake only calls for two main ingredients: egg whites and sugar.

This cake is incredibly popular in Australia, where they often top it with fresh passion fruit. Yum!

14. Flourless Vanilla Cake

For those who enjoy simple flavors, you can’t go wrong with classic white chocolate and vanilla cake. 

This cake requires no baking, making it ideal for amateur home cooks. 

It’s wonderfully sweet and creamy with a mixture of cream, melted white chocolate, butter, and vanilla.

It’s like a cross between a white chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse, and it is glorious.

15. Flourless Banana Cake

A quick bread with no flour? Now that sounds intriguing!

Instead of flour, what provides this cake structure is ground oats. That said, this cake isn’t just gluten-free but super nutritious, as well.

Smothered with a luscious chocolate ganache on top, this banana chocolate cake is nothing short of spectacular.

I like it for breakfast or as a mid-morning sweet snack.

16. Flourless Walnut Cake with Fresh Figs

Enough with the chocolate for now. Time to put the spotlight on this refreshing walnut cake.

Made primarily with ground walnuts, this cake is dense yet light and moist – much like a brownie’s texture.

The flavor is also quite phenomenal. The walnuts give it a unique nutty flavor that’s truly outstanding.

For extra pizazz, decorate the cake with fresh fig slices or whipped cream and more walnuts.

Either way, this is ideal for breakfast or as a dessert.

17. Flourless Black Forest Cake

Craving a slice of sinful Black Forest gateaux? Try this flourless version!

With layers of chocolate cake, whipped cream, cherry pie filling, and chocolate shavings on top, this is what dessert dreams are made of.

Despite the cake’s dense crumb, it’s still considerably light, thanks to the billowy whipped cream filling.

18. Torta Caprese (Chocolate and Almond Flourless Cake)

Torta Caprese is an elegant caked named after Capri, Italy.

It’s a flourless cake made with chocolate and almond flour. It’s smooth, moist, and wonderfully fudgy.

If you want to make this extra special, try adding rum to the mix! 

19. Turkish Coffee Flourless Chocolate Cake

This Turkish chocolate cake is the perfect accompaniment to your morning or afternoon coffee.

What makes this cake extra unique, apart from the absence of flour, are the cardamom and espresso powder.

The coffee enhances the flavor of the chocolate, while the cardamom adds a subtle floral flavor.

20. Flourless Chocolate Meringue Cake

No one can say no to a simple yet stunning meringue!

This dessert has a layer of flourless chocolate cake at the bottom and chocolate marble meringue on top.

The meringue is very fluffy, but it develops a crispy outer crust as it cools.

When eaten together, the cake and the meringue create such playful tastes and textures.

Oh, and how fabulous does it look?

20 Flourless Cakes For Every Occasion

Check out these easy flourless cakes if you need something quick, tasty, and gluten-free. And remember, you don’t need wheat to make something sweet!


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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