Flourless Black Forest Cake

Flourless Black Forest Cake

Flourless Black Forest Cake is a gluten free treat inspired by in-season cherries and classic Black Forest Cake.

I forget about flourless chocolate cake. Tucked at the bottom of most dessert menus as a token “gluten free” option, I think it’s easy to assume flourless chocolate cake isn’t as “exciting” as less familiar items with longer names. Until, of course, we want something rich, unapologetically chocolate, and so decadent it’s best for sharing. Then, we remember, and wonder why we forgot in the first place. And then it’s cherry season and we have to do something about that too, so why not combine cherries and chocolate?

When cherries showed up in my CSA box, and I found just enough amazing baking chocolate in my pantry to make a flourless chocolate cake, I knew it had to be. One of my best friends from college was in town, and she loves chocolate, so the timing was perfect.

I usually make my flourless chocolate cakes without whipping the egg whites, because I like a really dense, fudge-like cake. I’ve seen a few recipes that suggest whipping the egg whites, so I decided to try that this time. You’ll see it resulted in a nice crackly crust and a bit of a lighter texture than usual. I think this works with the cherries, and if you’d like to add a bit of whipped cream, would be especially nice. Actually, a half batch of the whipped frosting from my popular Black Forest Chocolate Cake recipe would be a great accompaniment.

If you have fresh cherries, I’d recommend those since you have an easy garnish with chocolate covered cherries. You may also substitute thawed frozen cherries in the batter if you’d like since cherries are hard to come by if not in season. The cake doesn’t really need any garnish. Just be sure to splurge on good chocolate. Since the chocolate is really the star in any flourless chocolate cake recipe, it’s worth purchasing a slightly better brand than usual.

Enjoy, darlings! Be sure to scroll past the recipe to check a few other amazing sweet and savory cherry recipes from some of my blog friends!

Flourless Black Forest Cake

Course: Dessert

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 10 servings

Author: Mary (The Goodie Godmother)

Flourless Black Forest Cake is a gluten free treat inspired by in-season cherries and classic Black Forest Cake.


  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 large eggs, divided
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kirshwasser cherry liquor
  • 10 ounces good quality chocolate, chopped
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