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5-ingredient flourless chocolate cake (with no butter) feat

5-ingredient flourless chocolate cake (no butter)

Making a decadent flourless chocolate cake doesn’t have to be intimidating! This simple recipe with just 5 ingredients and no butter will have everyone licking their plates.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword cake, chocolate, flourless, recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 350kcal
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 10.6 oz (300 grams) chopped dark chocolate (55% - 65% cocoa solids)
  • 1 cup (260 grams) runny natural nut butter (hazelnut, almond, peanut or tahini)
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons (35 grams) Dutch processed cocoa, sifted
  • 1 cup (220 grams) white sugar
  • 7 large and warm eggs (385-400 grams)


  • ¼ teaspoon instant espresso granules, ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • icing sugar or cocoa powder for dusting


  • Preheat your oven to 320°F (160°C). Line a 9-inch (or 10-inch) round pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
  • Beat the eggs in the bowl of your stand mixer for 2 minutes. Gradually add the white sugar and the salt, and continue beating on high until the mixture resembles thick shaving foam (about 15 minutes).
  • In the meantime melt the chocolate: transfer the nut butter, the chopped chocolate, the cocoa powder and the espresso granules (if using) to a medium sized pot and heat gently over low heat, stirring very often until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.
  • Combine the two mixtures: Add half of the fluffy egg mixture to the pot with the melted chocolate and mix until well combined. The mixture will thicken, but that’s normal. Add the rest of the egg mixture and fold with a spatula using circular motions until homogenized.
  • Bake: Pour the mixture to the baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Let it rest for 10 minutes, run a knife through the edges of the pan, invert on a rack and re-invert on a serving plate. Dust with icing sugar or cocoa and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of sweetened whipped cream with a touch of vanilla.


  • If your nut butter is very thick, mix it with some vegetable oil (corn, olive or canola oil) until runny and then measure the 1 cup for the recipe.
  • This cake is not too sweet, so it’s best served slightly warm and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. You can also serve it with this homemade vanilla ice cream or this golden milk no-churn ice cream for a more interesting combination.
  • If you want more of the nut butter flavor and less of the chocolate, you can reduce the amount of cocoa to ¼ of a cup.
How to make homemade nut butter: Process in the food processor 2 cups of warm, roasted hazelnuts, almonds, or peanuts until creamy. You may have to stop and stir the mixture 1-2 times. Add a couple tablespoons of a neutral-tasting oil to make the nut butter smoother.
  •  For an "Oriental" flavor use tahini (and ½ teaspoon cinnamon)
  •  For a "Greek" flavor use walnut butter
  •  For a "French" flavor use hazelnut butter
  •  For  an "Italian" flavor use almond butter
  •  For an "American" flavor use peanut butter
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