Gluten-Free Mini Chocolate Cake

This Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipe is a rich, glorious dessert that's perfect for date night, as a treat for yourself, or to share. This mini flourless chocolate cake is topped with an easy to make strawberry whipped cream.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake topped with strawberry whipped cream in a baking dish

If you're searching the best tasting gluten free chocolate cake recipe, you can stop searching now. Today I'm sharing an easy to make Mini Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipe topped with Strawberry Whipped Cream.

If you like chocolate, you will absolutely love this chocolate cake. This cake is incredibly rich and decadent and reminds me a little bit of fudge.

Pure chocolate taste with a texture similar to that of a fudge brownie. Being a gluten free dessert is just a bonus.

Overhead shot of Gluten Free Chocolate Cake topped with strawberry whipped cream in a baking dish on a metal tray next to a small jar of strawberry whipped cream and a small bowl of strawberries

Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you have a small 6-inch or so springform pan, that's perfect to use. My springform pans are all about 9-inches and they are too large. I happen to like the look of this cake presented in a dish such as the one shown. You can either slice the cake when you're ready to serve or grab two forks and enjoy the cake straight from the dish.

FYI, a loaf pan would work too.

This cake is just right for chocolate lovers, it's dense yet moist and tender. Sort of a cross between a chocolate cake and a mousse.

As the cake cools, the center collapses slightly and the crusty top begins to crack. This is exactly what is supposed to happen. Fill the center with a cloud of softly whipped strawberry whipped cream.

Flourless Chocolate Cake topped With Strawberry Whipped Cream in a baking dish with a small jar of strawberry whipped cream and a small bowl of strawberries in the background

How to Make A Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Step 1: Melt the chocolate

Combine chocolate, oil, and butter in a large heatproof bowl. Set over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until melted.

A heatproof glass bowl of chocolate chips, oil, and butter over a saucepan of simmering water on the stove

Melted chocolate in a heatproof glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water on a stove

Remove the bowl from the pan of simmering water and set it aside.

Step 2

Separate 2 eggs, placing egg whites and yolks in separate bowls.

Step 3

Add cocoa powder, vanilla, salt, sugar and an additional whole egg to the bowl with the yolks and whisk until smooth.

Chocolate mixture in a small bowl with a whisk

Step 4

Gradually whisk the egg mixture to the melted chocolate.

Melted chocolate and chocolate mixture in glass bowl with a whisk

Step 5

Beat the egg whites and sugar until firm peaks form.

Whipped egg whites and sugar in a bowl with a handheld mixer

Step 6

Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.

Egg whites folded in chocolate mixture in glass bowl

Egg whites and chocolate mixture all mixed together in glass bowl

Step 7

Pour the batter into a baking dish and top with a sprinkling of sugar.

Chocolate batter in baking dish sprinkled with sugar

Step 8

Place the cake in a 350 degree oven (177 degrees C) and bake for about 25 minutes.

Top with either regular whipped cream or strawberry whipped cream.

Slice of flourless chocolate cake topped with strawberry whipped cream on a small plate with a jar of strawberry whipped cream and the remainder of chocolate cake topped with strawberry whipped cream in a baking dish in the background

Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake For Two With Strawberry Whipped Cream

Rich and luscious, gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake For Two served with a light and delicate Strawberry Whipped Cream.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into 1" pieces (plus more for the pan)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided (plus more for dusting the pan and topping the cake)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract flavoring
  • 4-5 drops red food coloring (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly butter baking dish and dust with sugar, tapping out any excess.
  • Combine chocolate chips, butter and oil in a large heatproof bowl. Set over a saucepan of simmering water and heat, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove bowl from saucepan and set aside to cool.
  • Separate 2 eggs, placing whites and yolks in separate small bowls. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar, the cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and the remaining 1 whole egg to the bowl with the yolks and whisk until mixture is smooth.
  • Gradually whisk yolk mixture into chocolate mixture and blend well.
  • Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites until frothy. With the mixer running, gradually beat in 1/4 cup sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold egg whites into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon sugar.
  • Bake about 25 to 30 minutes. Cake will begin to crack on top.
  • Transfer baking pan to a wire rack to cool completely. (Cake will collapse in the center and crack further as it cools).
  • Pour the cream into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar, strawberry extract and red coloring (if using) and whisk using a large balloon whisk or an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

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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43 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Mini Chocolate Cake”

    1. Hi Wanda, Bake them at 350 degrees F and start checking them to see if they are done at 20 minutes. Remember that the edges will look and feel done but the center should be soft to the touch, almost like a brownie.

      1. Terrific! My BFF will celebrate her 60th this weekend and this will make a perfect gift…one to enjoy on her special day, and one in reserve to bring back fond memories! Thanks!!!

  1. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    I’ll try this for Valentine’s! Looks delicious! And that strawberry whipped cream topping is eye catching!

  2. That looks delicious and very doable to make at home. This would be a great dessert to make on date night. You never know what you’re getting with some restaurant desserts so this would be great to come home to! Yum Yum! Thanks!

  3. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    Mmmmmmm … Flourless Chocolate Cake … I’m all in. But then, I read the “Strawberry Whipped Cream” part of the recipe title, and – wow! – you really had my attention! What a great idea! Like that perfect Valentine’s Day gift (chocolate-covered strawberries) in cake form! Scrumptious!

  4. Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

    I love flourless chocolate cakes – so rich and indulgent. This strawberry whipped cream sounds like the perfect accompaniment (and I like the look of it in that pan, too)!

  5. Jennifer A Stewart

    This recipe should say that it is cake for one because I am not sharing this with anyone!! If my hubby gets close to it I will stab him with a fork. a plastic one, but still a fork!

  6. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

    WOAH! I need this. My hubby is going to be gone for Vday so is it ok if I eat the whole thing myself? Yes? Ok good!! 😉

  7. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free

    I adore flourless chocolate cake, but had never thought to pair with strawberry whipped cream. What a delicious idea and definitely perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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