This crazy delicious gluten-free flourless chocolate cake is simply to die for. You might also find this cake named a ‘Torta Caprese’ – requiring just a handful of ingredients to make. I promise though, the end result will stratospherically better than a humble brownie!
I can’t believe Easter is just around the corner. This year, the celebration falls right in the middle of the spring season. Every single year I appreciate this season more and more – the beauty of nature is just incredible and during Spring, I’m reminded why I love living in London. It’s a city with so many parks and greenery, joyous flowers and blossoming trees.
For me, Easter always was a family celebration with a table laden full of different home-cooked dishes and at least five different deserts. The amount of sugar I used to eat during this holiday was ridiculous.
Now, I need to admit, I don’t fully celebrate Easter anymore. I took advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend and am planning to run away for a short break somewhere in Europe. However, one thing hasn’t changed – no matter what, I still need to bake an Easter cake!
This year, I’ll be baking the most amazing and delicious italian flourless chocolate cake served with mascarpone cream. This cake is crazy delicious! Dust it with some powdered sugar and it will be the best Easter showstopper.
Tips to Make the Flourless Chocolate Cake
You can swap some ingredients for this gluten free flourless chocolate cake recipe and still end up with the most perfect chocolate cake. To do this successfully, I’d like to share some ideas with you:
- You can use almonds with skin on. In this case, place the almonds in a bowl with boiling water. Drain the almonds and rinse them with cold water. Use your fingers to squeeze the almonds and loosen the skin.
- For the best results, use good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa), however you can use a 70/30 ratio for dark and milk chocolates if you’d prefer for this easy flourless chocolate cake.
- Instead of orange, you can also use lemon or lime.
- Feel free to swap amaretto for any other alcohol – coffee liquor, rum or whisky – choose your favourite to bring extra punch.
- If you wish to have some zingy flavours to conquer the sweetness – serve the cake with mashed fresh raspberries or lemon curd.
If you’re looking for more Easter table showstoppers, check out these recipes:
Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake Recipe
200g blanched almonds
200g dark chocolate
100g caster sugar
1 orange (juice)
100ml double cream
1 teaspoon of cream stabiliser
100g mascarpone cheese
50ml amaretto liqueur
1 tablespoon of icing sugar
1 orange (zest)
Prepare the cake:
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and add a baking sheet to a loose-bottomed cake tin.
- Add the blanched almonds onto a baking sheet and bake them for 10 minutes.
- Add them into a food processor and blitz with a few pulses. They still need to have some texture.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool.
- Separate the eggs and whisk the yolks together with the sugar until you get a light and fluffy texture.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
- Add the melted chocolate mixture into the whisked egg yolks and gently mix everything.
- Add in the ground almonds. Mix everything.
- Fold in the egg whites and orange juice into the mixture and very slowly and gently mix everything together without losing any air.
- Add the cake batter into the prepared cake tin. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
- After the cake is baked, let it cool down and finish with some icing sugar on top.
Prepare the mascarpone cream:
- Whisk the double cream until you get a soft texture, then add the cream stabiliser.
- Add the remaining ingredients and whisk everything until you end up with your desired consistency.
- If you need more sweetness, add another spoon of sugar.
- Serve the cake with the mascarpone cream.