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.

flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream

This flourless chocolate cake recipe is the best chocolate cake recipe!

It’s got the texture of a fudge brownie, is rich and wonderfully decadent.

Oh friends, these last few weeks have been so difficult. I feel like I’ve been out of the kitchen and away from my computer for so long and I’ve missed it so much.

My daughter recently had MPFL Reconstruction surgery on her knee and I’ve been caring for her and trying so hard to make her comfortable. It’s so hard to watch someone you love suffer, isn’t it?

My daughter, Colleen has had years of trouble with her knee. You may have heard me mention it before and I apologize if you’re reading it again.  But for those who don’t know, for the last five or so years, Colleen’s knee would dislocate. Sometimes she would be in her dance class, other times running on the trails near our house or other times when she was just standing still.  Most recently, her knee dislocated in the shower!

We aren’t entirely sure how this started but we believe it was due to an early injury from dance. Colleen has studied ballet since she was about 5 years old. She was a beautiful ballerina and I loved watching her on stage. She danced beautifully.

Years of dance, combined with another sports injury must have taken a toll on her knee. She apparently tore a ligament years ago. The ligament healed itself, then it tore again. This happened over and over. We would go to physical therapy, her knee would get stronger and a month later, her knee would dislocate again. It got to the point where her knee would randomly dislocate just about every week. Colleen’s doctor explained to us that the ligament has torn so many times that there was nothing holding her knee in place. We realized we needed to find a solution so that she didn’t have to live in fear of her knee dislocating again. Fortunately, we found a wonderful surgeon here in Houston to perform the surgery.

It’s been about a week and a half since the surgery and Colleen is doing much better. It’s been a very slow process though. The strong pain medication which makes her groggy plus the fear of falling while using her crutches is holding her back a bit. But, I keep telling her that this is the worst it will be and every single day she is getting stronger.

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Best Flourless Chocolate Cake 

I first made this Flourless Chocolate Cake For One when I was experimenting with my regular flourless chocolate cake recipe.

Around Valentine’s Day I wanted to create a decadent dessert recipe for two and after some tweaking and experimenting, I created a wonderful Chocolate Cake For Two just in time for the holiday.

Since my flourless chocolate cakes are requested so often by my family for birthdays, I thought it would be wonderful to create a single serving version too.

This mini cake is the ideal size for one person.

It’s great for portion control because there won’t be any or very little leftover. It’s an indulgent treat to enjoy if you’re cooking for yourself.

It’s funny how things happen. I believe things happen for a reason and I think the reason I worked on this single serving recipe back then was so that I could have it ready for Colleen.

When I made it for her the other day, her face lit up. Her own luscious brownie-like cake – just for her!  She didn’t have to share.

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flourless chocolate cake in a small baking pan

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

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

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.

melting chocolate

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.

melted chocolate

Step 3:

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

whipped cream

Step 4:

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

spoon in chocolate cake
eating chocolate cake with a spoon
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. | One Dish Kitchen


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Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe 

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


  • 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)


  • 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.


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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48 thoughts on “Flourless Chocolate Cake For One”

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. Dear Joanie, I’m so glad Colleen is healing. How stressful to have a knee that can’t be counted on, even in the shower. Scary. Hope and pray her recovery is complete. My oldest son had a complete ACL replacement last year. It was hard to watch him miss out on his entire junior year of sports, he’s a real jock. And yet it opened other doors for him, and because of all the intricacies of his surgery and extensive physical therapy, he’s going off to college to study physical therapy this fall. I remember telling him that God has a purpose in all things and we will see how he works it out. But we never could have imagined it would actually impact his life calling. This brownie for one is just amazing and I would love to have one right now while all the kids are at school. Decadent and delicious both!

    1. Thank you so much, Allie. I also believe that there is a reason and a purpose for everything, I needed that reminder though. I also need to remind my daughter of this. Sometimes we’re so deep in the moment of coping with her difficulties, I forget this. Best of luck to your son, I’m glad things worked out so well for him.

  5. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    I can imagine how cute your little girl dancing ballet. Hope she recovers fast so she can dance again. 🙂 This chocolate cake looks fantastic! She surely enjoyed this chocolate treat!

  6. My daughter has her own apartment and loves to bake, but hates to have so much dessert around, she will love this recipe!

  7. This cake looks so good, I’m saving the recipe for later 🙂 So sorry to hear about your daughter’s knee surgery though – I’d had chronic knee problems for years and it is no fun, especially since she is (like me) so young! But you’re right, every day she will get stronger and back to what she loves. Thanks for the recipe! – Hannah

  8. This looks so good and I love that your daughter had this special treat to enjoy all to herself! Wishing her a speedy recovery!

  9. Omg!!! This looks so delicious! Chocolate is my weakness and I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try!

  10. Dance and gymnastics are brutal on growing girls. I am sorry you for your daughter. And what a good mom you are to care for her! I love this dessert by the way

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