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Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake For One

This two ingredient chocolate cake recipe is truly amazing! Just an egg and melted chocolate are the only ingredients you need to make this decadent gluten free treat. This single serving flourless chocolate cake will satisfy your most intense chocolate craving and it's so easy to make too!

a mini chocolate cake in a yellow baking dish on a silver tray next to a blue and white kitchen towel.

Looking for an easy dessert made with few ingredients? What dessert recipe could be easier than a two ingredient chocolate cake?

Why This Recipe Works

  • It's a super easy cake to make!
  • You really only need two ingredients; an egg and chocolate.
  • This chocolate cake is dairy free and gluten free.
  • The egg provides structure to the cake. The yolk and the egg white are used separately. When they are separated and then used together they create something magical like this tender cake so that you don't need flour or any leavening agents.

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There Are Two Ways You Can Make This Cake

As you might imagine, a two ingredient dessert is super easy to make. I tested this recipe many times and tried two different methods for making this chocolate cake.

First Method: Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake Made With The Egg Yolk & Egg White Separated - My Preferred Method

  • Separate the egg yolk from the egg white and whip the egg white for about 2 minutes until it becomes frothy and soft peaks begin to form.
a bowl of whipped egg whites on a silver tray.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together melted chocolate and the egg yolk. Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.
  • Pour the cake batter into a greased 8-ounce ramekin and bake in a heated 350° oven (177° C) for 20 minutes.
two photos showing how to mix two ingredients together for cake.

Baking the cake using this method resulted in a more fudgy cake.

a small cake next to a blue napkin

Second Method: Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake Made with The Egg Yolk & White Together

  • The second method I tested was to simply whisk an egg (the yolk and the white together) for about a minute until it was frothy.
  • Then, whisk in the melted chocolate and pour the batter into a greased ramekin. Bake in a 350º F (177°C) oven for 20 minutes.

This method resulted in a cake that was more fluffy and cakey.

Both ways delivered a decadent chocolate dessert.

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This flourless chocolate cake is the perfect amount for one person. It is a great dessert to satisfy a sweet craving and can be a gluten free dessert if you use pure chocolate.

eating a chocolate cake with a fork.

Expert Tips

  • When separating the egg yolk from the egg white, make sure there is no yolk left with the white part of the egg. This will prevent the egg white from whipping up.
  • Be sure to gently fold the whipped egg white into the egg yolk/chocolate mixture. You don't want to deflate the whites by stirring too vigorously.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Toppings Should I Add To This Flourless Chocolate Cake?

You might like to add a dusting of powdered sugar, whipped cream, fresh fruit, or a scoop of ice cream.

What Type Of Chocolate Is Best To Use?

I recommend using semi-sweet chocolate over milk chocolate because it is less sweet. Use a good quality chocolate that melts well. I use Baker's brand semi sweet baking chocolate, Ghirardelli, or Callebaut chocolate.

For this tasty 2 ingredient chocolate cake, I use a 8.5-ounce ramekin. For best results please use a baking dish of similar size.

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Other Chocolate Recipes

If you like this 2 ingredient chocolate cake recipe, you might also like to try these single serving chocolate recipes:

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2 Ingredient Chocolate Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cool: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Diet: Gluten Free
Keywords: cake
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg , yolk and white separated
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate , melted

How To Video

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Separate the egg yolk and the egg white. Using a hand mixer, whisk the egg white until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and the melted chocolate.
  • Gently fold the whipped egg white into the egg yolk/chocolate mixture.
  • Pour the batter into a lightly greased 7 or 8-ounce ramekin (or baking dish of similar size).
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool before eating.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • When separating the egg yolk from the egg white, make sure there is no yolk left with the white part of the egg. This will prevent the egg white from whipping up.
  • Be sure to gently fold the whipped egg white into the egg yolk/chocolate mixture. You don't want to deflate the whites by stirring too vigorously.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 5mg

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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11 thoughts on “Two Ingredient Chocolate Cake For One”

  1. Thanks so much for a mini cake that is baked in the oven! So often these tiny cakes are microwave cakes. Looks delicious and I will be making this soon. By the way, I so appreciate all the testing and effort you put into producing small scale recipes. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Mary. I agree, I’m just not a big fan of microwave mug-type cakes. I hope you love this chocolate cake, it’s easy to make and so perfect for a quick treat.
      Have a wonderful week.
      Joanie

  2. 5 stars
    I enjoy how easy and fun it is to create perfect first time this is why I give it 5 stars because it is simply perfect in every mouthfull .

    1. Hi Susan,
      I’m so happy you enjoyed the cake recipe. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.

      Joanie

  3. Jeannette Shields

    5 stars
    Thank you for the chocolate cake recipe. My daughter is coming over tonight to celebrate her birthday with me. This is perfect because I do not want to have extra cake leftover when she leaves (because I will eat it 🙁 ) This is delicious too. Thank you for all your recipes. I get you in my email.

    1. This makes me so happy! Thank you, Jeannette for letting me know you enjoyed the cake and the other recipes too.
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      Joanie

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