Flourless Chocolate-Orange Almond Cake

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 40 mins

One of my friend's has celiac disease and cannot eat anything with gluten. Unfortunately for her, this usually means she cannot enjoy a lot of foods, particularly desserts, at gatherings. I made this cake with her in mind for our holiday party. It is rather time-consuming but definately worth it! The cake was rich and decadent and my friends really enjoyed it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 14 cups whole almonds (about 6-7 oz.)
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 12 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated orange peel
  • 6 large eggs, seperated
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (or 1 tsp extract)
  • 14 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush bottom of 10-inch springform pan generously with butter or margarine.
  2. Blend almonds and 1/4 cup sugar in food processor until almonds are finely ground. Add chocolate; blend until chocolate is finely ground.
  3. Whisk cocoa, orange juice and orange peel in small bowl until smooth.
  4. In another bowl, combine egg yolks and 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs. sugar. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean.
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat until yolk mixture is very thick, about 4 minutes.
  6. Beat in cocoa mixture. Fold in ground-almond mixture.
  7. Using clean dry beaters, beat egg whites and salt in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2 Tbs. sugar, beating until whites are stiff but not dry.
  8. Fold whites into chocolate batter in 3 additions. Transfer to prepared pan.
  9. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  10. Cool cake completely in pan on rack. If making a day ahead of time, cover with foil and store at room temperature.
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To adapt this recipe, I used a total of 6 tablespoons of sugar (4 tablespoons with the chocolate, and 2 tablespoons with the egg whites), and the rest Slenda, to serve to diabetic family members. With this change, it had the texture of a moist, dense brownie, and was enjoyed by all.