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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Flourless Chocolate Cake

the best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipe

I first wrote this post a week ago, which is why I’m still writing about the end of April.

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of April. The first four months of this year flew by, and here we are, about to jump into late spring and early summer. The days are getting warmer and sunnier and I’m pinching myself because it’s almost too good to be true. Patio weather? In Canada? At the end of April? Let’s not jinx it.

the best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipe

the best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipe

the best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipe

This week, I had a bit of a meltdown. My to-do list seemed never ending, and things that, realistically, don’t mean much became overblown in my head. I was holding myself to standards too high, taking on too much, and not knowing when to take a step back. I was beginning to crack under the pressure of not having enough time for myself: I wasn’t spending enough time on and with the people I love, and I wasn’t taking the time to do things I enjoy, such as leisurely cooking (which is not the same thing as recipe testing something five times and not having it work) and reading. It also didn’t help that I’d been suffering from writer’s block for a long, long time.

the best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipe

the best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipe

the best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipe

So, I took a deep breath and did some reflecting. I realized that most of this blogging block—with both the writing and the recipe development—came from: firstly, having standards that were just too high; and secondly, from the fact that I was scared to share my more vulnerable side, a side that is normally reserved for a select few in my life. People get a glimpse into your life when they read your blog, and because I don’t usually share my weaker moments, people tend to think I have it together all the time. Even I like to think that I have it together most of the time.

And the truth is, I don’t.

Nor do I have to.

Phew. What a relief.

the best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipe

the best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipethe best chocolate cake you'll ever have: melt-in-your-mouth flourless chocolate cake // gratitude and greens // #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #recipe

With that said, I don’t have an original recipe to share with you today. Today’s recipe for the best ever gluten-free and flourless chocolate cake actually comes from another blog, Yammie’s Glutenfreedom. Yammie also happens to be the creative genius behind her other primary blog, Yammie’s Noshery. All her recipes are beautifully photographed and will just make you drool, and you can visit her site by clicking here. I first shared her cake recipe two years ago when I first started this blog. I’ve made it for loved ones several times since then, and it has never failed to please. I made this cake for my boyfriend’s birthday last week, because it was the only thing he wanted. Who was I to turn down his one and only birthday wish? The recipe is simple, straightforward, and with some slight adaptations, a bit healthier than your average chocolate cake.

NOTES: I unfortunately wasn’t able to come up with a vegan version, but I promise it’s in the works. Stay posted, because I’d love to have a recipe for melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake for all the vegan folks out there!

MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE
Serves 6-8.
INGREDIENTS

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups 70% to 85% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup good coffee at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the ganache:

  • 2 cups 70% dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • raw cacao nibs + frozen raspberries, to garnish – you can also use fresh fruit, shredded coconut, nuts, or whatever ingredient of your choice to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF.
2. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil on low heat. Whisk the dark chocolate in, and allow the coconut oil and chocolate to cool.
3. Whisk the eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract. Add the cocoa powder and salt. Pour the coffee into the batter, followed by the coconut oil and chocolate mixture.
4. Grease a six or eight inch cake mould (I used a silicon cake pan) and pour the batter in. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
5. While the cake is baking, prepare the ganache by heating up the coconut milk over low heat. Whisk the chocolate in, and stir until fully incorporated.
6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool completely. When cooled, flip the silicon case upside down. The cake should slide out easily.
7. Frost the cake with the ganache and garnish with frozen raspberries and cacao nibs. You can also use fresh berries if you’d prefer.

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

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41 Comments

  1. Farrah
    May 3, 2015

    I want to grab this out of my screen! *-* It looks super good! (I hate that I’m too lazy these days to make much of anything. ._.)

    I hope things get less hectic for you soon! I like to think/project that I have it together most of the time too, but sometimes, I really just…don’t. But what matters is that we pick ourselves back up and get through it! :] We can’t be perfect, but I think as long as we try to keep improving, it’ll be a-okay! <3

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Farrah! I love what you said about picking ourselves back up. I try to be optimistic about the challenges I face- it makes them just a bit more enjoyable :)

      Reply
  2. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    May 4, 2015

    I have so many things to say about this post. It so reminds me of me, and I feel like I have been right there in your shoes with you. I know that feeling of wanting to rely on those old faithful recipes in times like these. And I so appreciate you candor too even though it is scary to show the vulnerable side. Brava my friend!

    Reply
  3. Lauren @ Eating with a Purpose
    May 4, 2015

    This will definitely be my next dessert choice- wish I could try a slice right now! Pinning to make.

    Reply
  4. Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating
    May 4, 2015

    Wow, these photos are just stunning, Genevieve! I hear you on being overwhelmed…I am right there, too! Just take care of yourself…chocolate cake is a good start. :)

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Kelly! And yes, chocolate cake is always the perfect companion :) xo

      Reply
  5. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    May 4, 2015

    We all go through those stuck periods. But with the beautiful warm summer coming, spirits lift, life gets better, and we feel more energized! Sending you love, light, strength, and happiness dear! XOXO

    Reply
  6. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats
    May 4, 2015

    I agree, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the to-do list. But this cake would definitely make me feel better. It’s hard to beat a flour less cake. sooooo rich and chocolatey! Yum.

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    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Melanie! I would be lying if I said I hadn’t been eating my feelings with this cake, haha! xo

      Reply
  7. Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    May 4, 2015

    Glad you took a deep breath and did some reflecting – sometimes, we need the crazy times to remind us to slow down – some of us are not as good as you are in realizing when those times are!
    Genevieve – this is on gorgeous cake – I haven’t read Yammie’s Glutenfreedom and might not have stopped by had you not highlighted this fabulous recipe!

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    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Shashi! Glad I could send you her way :) xo

      Reply
  8. Lisa | The Viet Vegan
    May 4, 2015

    I hope you break out of your writer’s block soon! I love reading personal posts (hence why I also tend to share extremely personal posts), so I hope you’re not afraid to show different sides to yourself. Nobody’s perfect, nobody has all their sh!t together, everyone has their off days. I think sharing about it makes us all more relatable =) This cake looks gorgeous, and I look forward to seeing the vegan version soon!

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    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Lisa! I write so many drafts but rarely do I end up sharing the very personal ones. This will probably change in the future! I will let you know when I have a vegan version down and we can have a tea and cake date! xo

      Reply
  9. Josefine
    May 4, 2015

    I am so sorry to hear you’ve had a tough week – good thing it is over :)
    This cake looks amazing!

    Reply
  10. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    May 4, 2015

    I went on a weekend blogging retreat this weekend, and it felt good just sitting in nature and spending time with other people who enjoy food. Most weekends now have been dedicated to shooting photos and backend blogging things, and it was just nice to take a break from that. The inspiration will come in due time.

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Lisa! I wouldn’t mind a retreat right about now ;) xo

      Reply
  11. Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    May 4, 2015

    So sorry you had such a tough week Genevieve! Glad you have released a bit of that pressure though and are hopefully getting some rest. This cake looks super scrumptious and am excited to see what vegan version you come up with too <3

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Jessie! I had some down time on the couch with Chef’s Table on Netflix with a slice of cake and it was definite much needed down time. A vegan version of this cake is in the works, so stay posted! xo

      Reply
  12. Thalia @ butter and brioche
    May 4, 2015

    I am so obsessed with this cake and your incredible photography of it. It’s safe to say my chocolate cravings have kicked in after seeing this!

    Reply
  13. Natalia
    May 5, 2015

    I really hope you feel better, Gen!
    This cake should make me feel better too as it looks perfect! I will certainly try it( vegan version), thank you!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Natalia! I’ll let you know when I have a vegan version perfected :) xo

      Reply
  14. Kathryn
    May 5, 2015

    I love flourless chocolate cake and this version looks like a total stunner. I’ve felt on the verge of the kind of meltdown that you describe oh so well before and it’s not pretty. I’m glad you managed to get some time + space to reflect and take a deep breath.

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Kathryn! I’m totally gushing over the cake you did for the floral potluck! xo

      Reply
  15. Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen
    May 5, 2015

    Okay the looks and the sound of this have got my mouth drooling like you would not believe!! I’m also loving the ingredients, I am so making this for my gluten free friend soon!

    Reply
  16. Rachael@AvocadoADayNutrition
    May 5, 2015

    Holy yum! Glad we both got the flourless chocolate cake memo :) I just posted one on Monday! Not gonna lie though, yours is much prettier! Gorgeous!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      May 5, 2015

      Ooooo I can’t wait to check out your version! Thanks Rachael! xo

      Reply
  17. Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
    May 6, 2015

    What a beautiful cake!!! Love it. And I’m sooooo jealous of that cake stand — I’ve been eyeing it forever ♥♥♥

    Reply
  18. Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)
    May 6, 2015

    What a great post! First off, love this cake! Sounds incredible. I totally understand the writers block and feeling overwhelmed. I feel like I do best when I take a step back and come back to my blog when I’m in a better space. It saves me from putting out “meh” posts and also keeps my inspired to keep doing it. It’s a roller coaster of emotions! Wishing you a great week!

    Reply
  19. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    May 7, 2015

    Chocolate cake heals all. Hope you’re feeling less stressed!

    Reply
  20. Alison @Food by Mars
    May 9, 2015

    I am with you 100%, girl! It happens to us all… but way to come back with a stunning post. Well-curated recipe, I will have to pin this. ;) Make sure you make time for yourself, a little TLC goes a long way to clear the mind.

    Reply
  21. Anne
    May 10, 2015

    Oh cracking under stress and pressure… It seems like we all have those days/weeks/months.
    On a lighter note, this cake should be illegal. I mean look at the way the chocolate glaze drips down the side. Ugggg… :D

    Reply
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  23. Wanting to make this!
    June 25, 2015

    Are you using Canadian/US/metric cups?

    Reply
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