How To Make a Flourless Chocolate Cake (Ina Garten Style)

Everyone should have a Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe in their recipe box.  Ina Garten ganache cake is definitely one I would recommend.
Ina Garten chocolate ganache dessert definitely takes the cake! Here is an amazing flourless chocolate cake recipe with a special ingredient or try this 5 ingredient flourless cake recipe. 
Truly if you don’t care for chocolate in any shape or form there no reason to continue reading this post!! Unless you want to make a chocolate lover your best friend and bring one over to them as a surprise! Valentine’s Day is around the corner!
Ina Garten Flourless Chocolate Cake cut open
No matter what the holiday be sure to try this Barefoot Contessa Chocolate ganache Cake Recipe. No flour does not mean not good. This decadent Ina Garten chocolate cake recipe has 1 cup of flour but rich in chocolate flavor.
If you don’t mind flour, definitely try this Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Filling recipe. 


Barefoot Contessa' s Chocolate Flourless Cake

This is the photo from 2012 when I first made it!

But first I will throw myself a little pity party, I had to make my own cake on my birthday. BOoo HOo I know.

That said I had picked a tart recipe for my family to make….but after reading it I realized it had to sit for 6 hours and I knew with our schedule that would not happen.

I then went further in Ina Garten’s  Cookbook and found a simple and what she refers to as a Fool-Proof cake. Well, I had the recipe book open, I had some of the ingredients out on the counter, hint hint hint, but I still ended up making it.

How to Make a Chocolate Flourless Cake Like Ina Garten 

Here is the Barefoot Contessa Flourless Chocolate Cake batter!! Dark enough for you?


baked flourless cake

How to Make the Frosting for This Ina Flourless Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake has a Ganache topping. This is actually the first time I made a ganache to frost a cake.

adding ganache to cake

How to make Ganache:

DON’T HAVE A DOUBLE BOILER, NO PROBLEM!  Simply use a glass bowl inside of a saucepan filled with water. Just make sure water can not get into the bowl or your chocolate is ruined.



how to make a double boiler
Truly anyone in my family could have made this Barefoot Contessa Chocolate Torte it was so easy. However, it is so rich you only need a small slice.
Ina Garten Flourless Chocolate Cake


My husband and kids were complaining about the smell, a little coffee in the ganache but once they tasted it they were quiet.

Ina Garten Flourless Chocolate Cake


Of course per my husband’s suggestion, he added a side of vanilla ice cream to “tone down” the richness. This cake easily feeds 10, as you don’t have to make large slices.
Adding fresh berries is also a great way to add some color with fewer calories. 
Ina Garten Flourless Chocolate Cake slice

Can I make this Ina Garten flourless chocolate cake ahead of time?


Ina Garten Flourless Chocolate Cake

Even better in the cookbook, Ina suggests you can make the cake, not yet covered in the ganache, for over a week before you are ready to serve it. This cake did not make it more than 3 days covered!
For Easter, you can make a large nest out of chow mein noodles and plop it on top!
Chow Mein Noodle Bird's Nest Cookies Recipe

Ina Garten Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe


Other Chocolate Cake Recipe you might like is this Rich Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Chip Frosting.




 Have you ever made a Chocolate ganache cake before?

Other Barefoot Contessa Recipes You might Enjoy!

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Ina Garten Flourless Chocolate Cake cut open

Ina Garten Chocolate Flourless Cake

Yield: 10-12 slices
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This flourless chocolate cake Ina Garten is the ultimate chocolate cake recipe Barefoot contessa's take on a flourless chocolate cake recipe. 


  • 1/4 lb butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 16 ounce can hershey chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten free flour or all-purpose flour if you dont care about GF
  • For the ganache
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour an 8 inch round cake pan, then cover the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time.
  5. Mix in the syrup and vanilla.
  6. Add the flour and mix until JUST combined (overbeating with make the cake too tough).
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until just set in the middle.
  8. Let cool thoroughly in the pan.
  9. For the ganache, cook the heavy cream, chocolate chips, and coffee in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
  10. Place the cake upside down on a wire rack and pour the glaze evenly over the top, making sure to cover the entire cake and sides.
  11. You can tilt the rack to smooth the glaze.
  12. Do not refrigerate.


This uses GF flour but you can use AP flour instead.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 558Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 112mgSodium 141mgCarbohydrates 84gFiber 3gSugar 55gProtein 7g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

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