Flourless Chocolate Torte

by Kiran on October 30, 2012 · 69 comments

in Baking, Cake, Desserts, Gluten Free

I‘d love to begin by saying, “there’s nothing better than chocolate”.

Nope. Never.

Especially when it involves a flour-less recipe. Heck, you only get to taste CHOCOLATE.

What’s not to love?

Another best part?

There’s no added dry ingredient measurements! Life is already so hectic with weighing scales — there’s no need to add more “weighing” into your schedule with this recipe.

There would be, however, a few steps added. Like melting chocolate over a double-boiler, whisking the heck out of two eggs into a custardy concoction over double-boiler, and water bath to slowly and gently bake the torte.

But you wouldn’t mind all the elbow grease in the name of flour-less chocolaty goodness, right?

Tell me I’m right about this.

And oh, before I forget — this recipe requires a 6″ cake pan. You can easily double the recipe to use it in a 9 inch cake pan instead. But since it’s flour-less, the height and density would play a key role.

Trust me. You wouldn’t want to slice into a thin chocolate sheet torte.

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  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp freshly brewed strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar / honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • pinch of salt

Simple ganache:

  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp almond oil / milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line and butter a 6″ cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. Heat a saucepan on low with some water.
  3. Set a glass bowl with 4 oz chocolate over heating saucepan/double boiler to melt. Stir to melt chocolate and remove it from the double boiler as soon as it’s melted. Add freshly brewed coffee, agave nectar, vanilla extract, pinch of salt and pumpkin puree to the melted chocolate. Stir and set aside.
  4. Using another glass bowl, add 2 eggs. Whisk the eggs over the same double boiler and continue whisking to avoid scrambling the eggs. The eggs should double it’s quantity and appear airy, pale and ribbony. This should take between 5 to 7 minutes of continuous whisking. Remove from double boiler.
  5. Gently fold airy egg “custard” into chocolate “batter”. Do not over-mix at this point. Just fold 3 to 4 times in total.
  6. Gently pour “batter” into lined and buttered cake pan. Smooth top of “batter” with a spatula and tap cake pan gently to remove any unwanted air bubbles.
  7. Set cake pan onto a tall baking tray and add hot water in the baking tray to create a “water-bath”. Add until half the side of cake pan.
  8. Using oven mitts, transfer the hot baking tray safely into oven to bake for 50 minutes.
  9. Once baked, remove baking tray safely from oven. Remove cake pan from water bath to completely cool on a cooling rack.
  10. Once cooled, invert chocolate torte onto a plate or cake stand. Don’t forget to remove the parchment paper 😉
  11. In a small glass bowl, melt chocolate and almond oil in microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute intervals. Stir chocolate ganache until smooth and spread it over cooled torte. Spruce it up with your favorite sprinkles and/or edible flowers.


For those who sent us emails, messages or comments about Hurricane Sandy — we cannot thank you enough for your concerns. We were not directly impacted by her. It was super windy in Orlando but no major disaster whatsoever.

Our thoughts and prayers definitely goes out to our families, friends and every one who was and is disastrously impacted during Hurricane Sandy. We pray for your well-being and recovery.

Thought of the day:

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
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1 Rosa October 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM

It looks absolutely sinful! That luscious cake must be amazing. A great combination of ingredients.



2 Kiran November 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Rosa — thank you my dear friend 🙂

3 Kathryn October 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I love flourless chocolate tortes and this one looks so incredibly delicious. I love those big thick slices!
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4 Kiran November 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Kathryn — 🙂

5 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health October 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

oh my. this just looks so gooood. there is nothing better than chocolate!!!!

6 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Dixya — so true 🙂

7 Katerina October 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

From the ingredients and the lack of flour and solids I understand that it must have a very airy texture more like a souffle/mousse sort of cake and I am sure I would devour it!
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8 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Katerina — the texture mimics like a mousse than a souffle 🙂

9 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet October 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Oooooh, so devilishly tempting! 🙂 Love the leaves sprinkles! And no, there is nothing better than chocolate.

10 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Anna — thank you!!

11 Sanjeeta kk October 30, 2012 at 1:19 PM

What not to love in this dessert…Hmm..yes, chocolate brings smile on every face. Love the click of tiny pumpkins..beautiful!
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12 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Sanjeeta — thank you so much!!

13 Kristen October 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Oh I love everything about this, especially those amazing photos!
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14 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Kristen — oh, thank you so much!! Truly appreciate you visiting my tiny, humble space 🙂

15 Juliana October 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Kiran, what an interesting recipe…not only flourless you have pumpkin puree in it…the texture looks great and full of flavor.
Thanks for the recipe and have a great week 🙂
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16 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Juliana — thank you so much my dear. Hope you have a great week too 🙂

17 Lubna Karim October 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

That’s a lovely cake….flourless makes it more yum……
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18 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Lubna — thank you!

19 Choc Chip Uru October 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Flour less makes it all the better my friend, this looks awesome 🙂

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20 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Uru — thank you, my dear friend 🙂

21 Giuliana October 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Semplicemente divina!!
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22 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Giuliana — thank you!! Merci 🙂

23 Asmita October 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Hi Kiran,
This cake looks fantastic! I love the glaze!
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24 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Hi Asmita — thank you so much 🙂

25 Mary @ Fit and Fed October 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Cool fall touches in the photos like the gourds, the orange flower, and the tiny leaf sprinkles on the cake! I’ve never yet made a flourless chocolate torte, though I enjoy eating them, so I’m pinning this to try later. I love the extra flavors and the healthy touches like the honey or agave, the coffee, and the pumpkin puree.
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26 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Mary — thank you so much. Do let me know how it tastes whenever you get a chance to try this recipe.

27 Carolyn Chan October 30, 2012 at 7:36 PM

So good to hear you were not affected by Sandy and hope the recovery for those who were comes quickly.

Thanks for sharing this recipe it makes me want chocolate for breakfast though! 🙂
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28 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Carolyn — thank you so much for your concern. And we are hoping the recovery from Sandy goes on speedily.

I’m craving for chocolate too, right this minute!

29 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 30, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Looks nice and chocolatey 🙂
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30 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Matt — thank you!

31 Nik October 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Glad to hear all is well, it was crazy here too ! The torte looks delicious and decadent.
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32 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Nik — thank you and glad you are doing well too!

33 mom October 30, 2012 at 10:43 PM

beautiful awesome!! photos! so yummy!

34 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Thank you so much, mommy!

35 Cass @foodmyfriend October 30, 2012 at 11:24 PM

It looks so perfect and dense. Very jealous that it’s there with you and only on my screen! I bet it didn’t last long 🙂
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36 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Cass — Thank you!! It did not. In fact, I had to share it with the neighbors. Chocolates and me shouldn’t be left alone too long 🙂

37 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 31, 2012 at 12:12 AM

So true! I never though of flourless = pure rich chocolate taste, but it’s true! (don’t listen to me, I don’t bake so I have no common sense! xD) This chocolate cake looks divine… I am a chocolate lover and I’d only enjoy when it’s really good chocolate. This looks like easily qualify for my picky chocolate palate. Hehee. Not to mention, PRETTY~~~!
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38 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Nami — You do bake, don’t tell me otherwise 😀

39 Tadka Pasta October 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Wow! That is my kind of cake! And not a whisper of butter. Have to make this asap!
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40 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Tadka Pasta — thank you! Do let me know how it tastes 🙂

41 Kitchen Belleicious October 31, 2012 at 2:56 PM

do you know I have never made anything flourless before? I guess I just love my flour to much and maybe at times i am skeptical it will really be good but the look of the this cake and the fact I trust ya to no end makes me want to make it asap

42 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Jessica — aawww, thank you so much! And this is my first time ever, experimenting with flour-less recipe. You’ve got to try it sometime 🙂

43 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Wow, that looks so dense and fudgy! I just discovered using pumpkin in cakes–I love what it does to the texture. I so wish I had a slice of this in front of me right now!
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44 Kiran November 6, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Kiersten — thank you so much! Pumpkin puree makes a lot of difference in texture and taste in desserts.

45 Ameena November 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM

I’m glad that you are doing okay and were mostly unaffected! The cake looks delicious Kiran.

46 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Ameena — thank you for your concern, my dear 🙂

47 Ina gawne November 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Kiran – what a great recipe! I love that you used pumpkin…a must try!

48 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Ina — thank you so much my dear 🙂

49 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

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50 Nancy/SpicieFoodie November 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

And I’d like to begin by saying -OMG!!! Chocolate is heaven in my book and this torte is pure nirvana. Fantastic recipe Kiran:)
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51 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Nancy — thank you so much my friend! You made my day 🙂 xoxoxo

52 Kankana November 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

‘tumhare pairo me toh paeya lag gaye hai’ that’s what one of my friend says when I travel too much back to back 😀 Have fun in LA and a chocolate cake always rocks for me! Neatly styled and beautifully flavored!
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53 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Kankana — your friend’s comment gave me a nice chuckle!!

54 Kitchen queen November 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Lovely brownies.

55 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Kitchen Queen — thank you so much! It’s a torte not brownies 😉

56 kitchen queen November 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

I am sorry didn’t realize i write wrong dish name.
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57 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com November 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

This looks so delicious! I love the combination of pumpkin puree and chocolate. I hope I will have time, with the holidays coming up and general busy-ness of life, to make a flourless chocolate cake!
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58 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Julia — thank you so much. This recipe is so simple and I hope you get to try it for the holidays 🙂

59 Sophie November 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

What a truly amazing & rich chocolate cake! That ganache sings to me!
Beautiful pics too! 🙂 MMMM!
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60 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Sophie — thank you my friend!! And loved reading your travel adventures 🙂

61 Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice November 2, 2012 at 9:48 PM

My husband has a big interview coming up… I think I know what I’m going to make him to celebrate! Looks absolutely sinful in the best possible way.
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62 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Yasmeen — good luck to your husband and I hope you get to celebrate it with this chocolaty goodness!! You just made my day 🙂

63 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb November 3, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Kiran your choco torte looks dangerous, I know somebody who would eat it off my hand. =P

thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!
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64 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Helene — lol, thank you so much my friend!

65 Raymund November 4, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Looks so sinfully rich! Love it, I just want to grab that fork from my monitor
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66 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Raymund — lol, thank you so so much my friend!!

67 Ashley - Baker by Nature November 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

What a gorgeous torte!!!
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68 Kiran November 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Ashley — thank you so much 🙂

69 amy @ fearless homemaker November 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Oh my goodness, this looks SOOO good. Why did i visit your blog when I’m already hungry for dinner, but dinner is still an hour away? I’m torturing myself here! =D
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