Flourless Chocolate Cake For One

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe For One – A decadent, gluten-free, single serving flourless chocolate cake that’s easy to make and will definitely satisfy a chocolate craving.

A mini chocolate cake in a small baking dish topped with whipped cream surrounded by strawberries and a blue and white cloth napkin on a metal tray

One of my daughter’s favorite cakes is a flourless chocolate cake and she requests it on her birthday every single year.

It’s a cake that’s so simple to make and is so rich and decadent. A flourless chocolate cake has the texture of a fudgy brownie with a perfectly crisp topping.

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This mini cake recipe is perfect if you’re cooking for one. It’s a scaled down version of the flourless chocolate cake I’ve been making for years and if you’re a chocolate cake lover, I think you’ll love it too.

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What Is A Flourless Chocolate Cake?

A flourless chocolate cake is a rich chocolate cake made without flour or leavening. It’s ideal for those following a gluten free diet.

A chocolate cake in a small baking dish surrounded by strawberries and a blue and white napkin on a metal tray

How To Make A Flourless Chocolate Cake

This flourless chocolate cake has a wonderfully rich chocolate flavor. Imagine eating a brownie – tender and luscious on the inside with a delicate crust on top.

For this easy recipe, I used a Le Creuset 5-inch square dish.

Ingredients in a Flourless Chocolate Cake

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • chocolate chips
  • butter
  • canola oil
  • egg
  • cocoa powder
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • sugar

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

Step 1:

To begin, melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 1/2 teaspoons of canola oil in a large heatproof bowl.

Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until melted.

Step 2:

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1 large egg.

Step 3:

In a separate small bowl, beat 1 egg white and 2 tablespoons of sugar together until firm peaks form.

Step 4:

Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then pour into the prepared pan.  Bake for 25 minutes.

How To Store A Flourless Chocolate Cake

I like to keep this cake in the refrigerator, covered. As the cake cools, it becomes more solid and more fudgy.

How Long Will A Flourless Chocolate Cake Last?

This is a small cake so you’ll most likely want to eat it up. If you would like to save some for later, the cake keeps well in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Spoonful of chocolate cake topped with whipped cream in a small baking dish on a metal tray with a blue and white cloth napkin and two strawberries

Can I Freeze A Flourless Chocolate Cake?

Yes! Be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe container or zip topped freezer bag. When you are ready to enjoy it, move it to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. It keeps well in the freezer for up to up to 3 months.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this flourless chocolate cake recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Other Mini Cake Recipes 

If you like this mini chocolate cake recipe, you might also like to try one of these wonderful mini cake recipes:

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Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe 

flourless chocolate cake with white cream on top and with a fork taking a serving out of it

Flourless Chocolate Cake For One

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cool: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: cake
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 777kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg white, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (plus more for dusting the pan and 1/2 teaspoon for topping)
  • whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Lightly butter baking dish and dust with sugar, tapping out any excess.
  • Combine chocolate chips, butter and oil in a heatproof bowl. Set over a saucepan of simmering water and heat, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from saucepan and set aside to cool.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1 large egg, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt. Gradually whisk into melted chocolate. Set aside.
  • In another small bowl beat the egg white and 2 tablespoons of the sugar together until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle top with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cake will begin to crack on top.
  • Transfer baking dish to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 777kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Cholesterol: 229mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 6.7mg
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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52 thoughts on “Flourless Chocolate Cake For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. It was simple and delicious. I will be making it regularly along with the banana bread recipe which we love.

  2. Can I substitute the Canola Oil for either coconut or olive oil? Would love your suggestions. It’s a dietary issue for my husband. Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Hi Jacqueline,
      Although I haven’t tried it, I believe it should be fine to make the substitution.

      Please let me know how the recipe works for you with the changes.

      Thanks,
      Joanie

  3. has anyone tried unmolding it as you would a regular fourless chocolate cake. I need to do that in order to keep the theme of an event where I am making a regular chocolate cake for those who can eat gluten. Can it be unmolded if I use parchment and spray the mold?

  4. OMG. Just made this recipe and it is out of this world. I searched for a flourless cake because I had a craving for chocolate cake but had no flour on hand, and this single serve recipe was perfect. It came out amazing. Will definitely be making it again.

    1. Oh, Natalie – you just made my day!

      I’m so happy you found the recipe and love it. It’s one of my favorites and so perfect for satisfying a sweet chocolate craving.

  5. 5 stars
    I usually don't like commenting but this one really compelled me to do so… I have tried this recipe more thn 5 times and everytime it turns out to be a winner.. This recipe have become my all time favourite go to flourless chocolate cake recipe.. but the amount of sugar u mentioned leaves the cake bitter, i add 3tbsp of sugar.. Thankyou Joanie for sharing such amazing recipes…

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