Monday, 10 November 2014

Belgian Chocolate Cake

It's rich, fudgy, chocolatey, delicious, and EASY: Gluten Free Belgian Chocolate Cake.

I recently took part in the Otago Medical School Research Society PhD Student Speaker Awards, where I took second place. To celebrate this, my PhD supervisor suggested that I bring in a cake for morning tea. My supervisor is gluten free, so began my first adventure into gluten free baking. 

This Belgian Chocolate Cake was my take on the Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake dessert at my favorite local restaurant. I absolutely adore the melt in the mouth texture of this dessert and I had just been dying to make it at home. And here was my chance!

This cake is like a perfect hybrid of a chocolate mud cake and a brownie.

Gluten free baking turned out to be a lot easier than I expected. And everyone in the lab loved the cake!

Belgian Chocolate Cake

Serves 10 - 12

250 g (8.8 oz) dark chocolate (I used 50% cocoa)
250 g (8.8 oz) butter
1 1/4 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup ground almonds
5 eggs, whisked
2 tsp baking soda

1. Melt the chocolate together with the butter. Stir in the sugar and ground almonds, followed by the baking soda and eggs.

2. Set the mixture aside for 30 minutes. 

3. Preheat the oven to 160C (320F). Grease or line a 9 inch spring form pan, pour in the cake batter and bake for 50-55 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin.

4. Once cooled, dust with icing (confectioners) sugar. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


  1. I am in heaven...this is my absolute favorite cake in the whole world! And you made it gluten-free! Thank you!

  2. I love this! I wish I still had some of my chocolate stash that I brought back from Belgium because it is the best chocolate.

  3. Beautiful chocolate cake Nicole. It looks so moist and decadent, and I like that it is flourless!

  4. First of all, congrats for the second place at the Awards!! I never baked any gluten free myself and I usually think it won't taste as good as the original one. But this one looks VERY tempting!! Thanks Nicole :)

  5. Wow, this looks amazing! So many of my friends are gluten free these days, so this recipe is sure to come in handy, thanks and pinning!

  6. Your recipe looks so delicious! Thank you for joining us this last weekend on #PureBlogLove recipe and DIY craft Link Party! I hope to see you this Thursday night again, the party starts at 8 pm EST and runs all weekend! I can't wait to see what you're cooking up next!
    Heidy L. McCallum

  7. Wonderful cake!!
    Would be great to make for my niece (who can't eat gluten)

  8. If drooling were an aerobic activity I would have burned lots of calories looking at this!