02.10.22

Flourless Fallen Chocolate Cake

A mix between a brownie and a restaurant-worthy chocolate cake – this is the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. Grain-free baked goods often leave something to the imagination – but this is rich and deeply chocolatey, and will for sure make you fall in love all over again! Seriously, this Flourless Fallen Chocolate Cake is OUTSTANDING. 

Flourless Fallen Chocolate Cake

This cake is perfect for the choclate lovers in your life, and while rich, the slight airiness helps to cut some of the richness. But just make sure you whip air into the egg whites! This is how the cake rises without any leavening agents. Once it is removed from the oven, it will slowly fall and crater in the center, leaving you with a fudge-y crumb. 

The cake can be made a day in advance, wrapped, and stored in the fridge!

Flourless Fallen Chocolate Cake

To keep this recipe Paleo compliant, you can use Ghee instead of butter! And, for the powdered sugar topping, there are versions of Paleo powdered sugars if you want to cut down the sugar content. Whole Foods sells a monk fruit version which is a 1:1 swap. I do think the taste is a much stronger/sweeter, so use lightly! 

Flourless Fallen Chocolate Cake

Serves: 8 servings
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5 from 2 votes
Total Time1 hr

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter- *Sub Vegan Butter for Dairy-Free Option, *can also sub ½ cup ghee or coconut oil
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate - at least 85 percent I use Hu Gems
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar - divided
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. strong brewed coffee
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 6 large eggs - room temperature

FOR SERVING:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions

  • Preheat the Oven to 350 Degrees F.
  • Line a 9-inch springform pan or cake tine with a circle of parchment paper for easy removal. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.*See note if you do not have a springform pan
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the butter. Once melted, add in the chocolate. Stir to combine and melt over medium-low until glossy and smooth. Remove from the heat. Whisk in ¼ cup coconut sugar, maple syrup, coffee, cocoa powder, orange zest, and salt. Whisk until smooth. Set aside to allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, set out two large mixing bowls, OR one mixing bowl and a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Carefully separate the yolks from the whites, placing the yolks in the bowl and the whites in the stand mixer (if using). Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on high speed. Once the whites have become foamed and an opaque white, add in the remaining ½ cup of coconut sugar. Continue to whip the eggs for 4 minutes until they are fluffy, glossy, and a pale tan. The mixture will be a bit shiny.
  • Meanwhile, If the chocolate mixture is still warm, temper the egg yolks by adding about a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture to the egg yolks and whisk so that the eggs don’t curdle. Slowly pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks and stir vigorously. It should be thick like a brownie batter.
  • When the egg whites are ready, to the bowl with the chocolate mixture, carefully begin to fold in the egg whites. Using a rubber spatula, add in the egg whites in increments, by dropping in large spoonfuls of the egg whites and folding in from the sides and spinning the bowl. This is important to do slowly so that you do not deflate the eggs. Once all is combined, Carefully tip the mixture into the prepared cake tin. Transfer to the oven and bake until the cake is puffed and just set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. During this time, it will crack and deflate.
  • To serve, lift the cake out of its tin. Garnish the cake with powdered sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Here is the trick-- the springform pan is THE WAY to go with this recipe. Because it's so moist, it tends to fall apart otherwise. 
However, if you do not have a springform pan, you can use an 9-inch cake pan. Set the cake pan on a sheet of parchment paper, trace a circle onto the paper around the bottom of the pan, and cut out the paper round. Lightly spray the pan with the nonstick cooking spray, coating all the sides. Set the Parchment round into the pan and press it in lightly to fit. Continue with the recipe as is and let it cool completely in the pan. To remove, run a sharp thin-bladed knife around the cake's edges. Place your cooling rack over the cake and invert the cake onto the rack before cooling completely. It may crack a tad in the center but it'll still taste 100% delicious and you can dust with powdered sugar to try and hide your errors. 😉

Food Photography and Styling by Eat Love Eats. 

15 Comments

  • Reply
    natasha
    July 29, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    hi! can i use a budnt cake pan if I don’t have a springfoam pan?

    • Reply
      Alex
      August 1, 2022 at 6:03 pm

      I would just use a round baking pan instead, and just be sure to wrap with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.

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    Ben A.
    July 10, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Hello! This cake was delicious although I was wondering if it is supposed to be a teaspoon of orange zest as supposed to a tablespoon?

    Thanks!

  • Reply
    Kaela
    April 13, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Can I use regular sugar?

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm

      I have not tried this with regular sugar, but I would think it would work. Let us know!

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    February 21, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Would take be ok if I used a decaf coffee

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 23, 2022 at 2:01 pm

      absolutely!! just anything to add flavor/deepen the flavor of the chocolate.

  • Reply
    Kaitlin P
    February 19, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Hello! The only hu gems are 70% – where are you getting 85%? Thank you 🙂 hoping 70 works because I’m trying it now!!

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 23, 2022 at 2:06 pm

      70 works just fine!!!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    February 19, 2022 at 2:06 am

    Delicious! I wasn’t sure if the egg whites were ready to add because they weren’t making stiff peaks after the suggested 4 minutes but I added them regardless and it turned out amazing. Thanks Alex for another great recipe.

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    Kasey
    February 16, 2022 at 11:14 am

    5 stars
    Super yummy and a crowd pleaser! Makes everyone think you are way fancier which is great. Will definitely make again

  • Reply
    Melissa
    February 14, 2022 at 7:09 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Made this for a Galentine’s party and used coconut oil instead of butter. We put fruit on top of it and yum! Everyone LOVED it! So so good and chocolaty. Definitely recommend.

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 15, 2022 at 12:05 am

      so happy it was a hit!

  • Reply
    Trina
    February 11, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Loves heavenly! Can you use cacao instead of cocoa powder? How do you think Lily’s dark baking chocolate would work in this recipe?

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 15, 2022 at 12:08 am

      Cacao definitely works! and lily’s would work too!

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