One of the richest, most decadent desserts in the world is not off limits on the gluten-free diet: the flourless chocolate cake. If you buy one in a bakery or store, make sure it's truly flourless, because sometimes bakers put in a teaspoon or a tablespoon of flour but still call the cake flourless. But these cakes are so simple to make! You don't need to buy one -- just browse through these recipes, find one you like, and whip one up in your kitchen. Your friends will be in awe.
There's only one problem with this flourless chocolate cake recipe from About.com's American Food guide: "it's so easy, you may end up making it more often than you should!"
Want a great flourless chocolate cake recipe to make with your kids? This one, from About.com's Cooking with Kids site, is moist and decadent. Our Cooking with Kids guide likes to serve it topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Our guide to Gluten-Free Cooking says, "This easy recipe for flourless chocolate cake with silky chocolate glaze is a decadent finale to any special celebration....This version is smaller than most flourless chocolate cake recipes but don't let the diminutive size fool you, one small wedge delivers a big dose of buttery rich chocolate flavor!"
This recipe by gluten-free baking expert Carol Fenster is reprinted with permission from her book, 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes (Wiley 2008). There's also a tip for making it into a Flourless Chocolate Orange Cake, if you wish.
From About.com's Baking site, here's a recipe for a flourless chocolate cake topped with a chocolate ganache and three flavors of chocolate shavings sitting in a pool of raspberry puree
About.com's guide to Low Carb Diets says, "One of the best things about this flourless chocolate cake is how easy it is: You mix it all in the food processor in about 5 minutes."
About.com's guide to Gourmet Food likes to serve this beautifully rich dessert with crème anglaise. He says, "Vanilla and chocolate naturally compliment each other and you get a nice contrast in temperatures and textures."
About.com's French Food guide came up with this recipe. Made with bittersweet chocolate and a touch of vanilla, it makes a silky loaf cake, or gateau, that melts in your mouth.
My friends beg me to bring this cake to their parties. The recipe is from Susie Fishbein's book, Kosher by Design: Picture Perfect Food for the Holidays & Every Day, published in 2003 by ArtScroll Mesorah Publications and reprinted here with permission.
This recipe, on About.com's Eastern European Food site, is from a reader in Indiana who loves to serve the cake during the Jewish holiday of Passover, when flour is forbidden.
Our guide to Dairy-Free Cooking says, "This gluten-free dairy-free cake is one of the easiest to prepare and it's so good--everyone will ask for the recipe!"
Here's another recipe from our Dairy-Free Cooking guide, this one with a touch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper along with the cocoa!