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My favorite holiday memories are of having lots of family and friends over for big meals. I love doing the cooking, preparing holiday recipes, the noise and laughter in the house, and of course, eating the food. I've happily adapted most of my old recipes to gluten-free but I had one more challenge. I was missing crusty chewy   Italian bread that I could make into Crostini! I've always loved warm toasted chewy bites of Italian bread at holiday parties. Topped with Tapenade or made into Bruschetta, they are my favorite appetizers, but I hadn't quite found the right gluten-free flour blend to achieve that wonderful chewiness, until now! I'm so excited to share my NEW 20-minute Gluten-free, Yeast-free, Egg-Free, and Xanthan Gum-Free Italian Bread Rolls with you and did I say, they only take 20 minutes? No yeast, no rising and so easy to make. This amazing dough is also perfect patted out thin for flatbread or pizza crust. Scroll down to see my new Pizza crust u

Romantic Flourless Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake, gluten free

Is there anything more romantic than chocolate? It's way up on my list, especially with a glass of red wine. Hubby and I love ending a cozy dinner with a glass of wine and a bit of dark chocolate.

After I made this gluten-free Flourless Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe, we snuggled up with a glass of wine, a tiny slice of cake..and moaned.. It was so delicious that I think it needs a warning label!

This gluten-free Flourless Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe is super easy make and seriously delicious. No gluten-free flour mix needed!

Flourless Chocolate cakes are great for a gluten free diet. No gluten free flour mix is needed! Just be sure that your chocolate is truly gluten free. Many chocolates, including some of the best from Switzerland, are manufactured in the same facility with wheat. Hard to believe, but sadly true.

I've used Nestle Dark chocolate morsels with 53% cacao and I haven't had stomach problems, but I might be different from you, so please do your research to be sure they are what you need. Then I add a bit of espresso powder to really bump up the flavor. If you use a high quality 70% cacao chocolate you probably don't need the espresso, but chocolate, espresso and cherries...it works for me.

Most classic flourless cake recipes have more sugar than mine. I made this cake for company and although I don't like to eat white sugar, I wanted it to be perfect for them. I did cut back on the sugar, though, and they never noticed! All you need to do when you cut out 1/4 cup white sugar is add back 2 tablespoons of honey or applesauce for a humectant. When I bake this cake for my family, I substitute the white sugar with maple syrup. Either way turns out great.
The texture is hard to describe. Somewhere between a silky soft brownie and a Ganache. Seriously, it melts in your mouth. The sour cherries are a subtle compliment of tartness to the deep rich chocolate. This big, rich, gorgeous cake is easy to make and perfect for a dinner party or a special occasion with a loved one. Served with fresh whipped cream or gelato...it's crazy good.
This gluten-free Flourless Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe is super easy make and seriously delicious. No gluten-free flour mix needed!
Want something romantic and a little decadent without a lot of work? Well then, make this darlings. You won't be disappointed. In fact, I'm betting a little moan might escape your lips too. 

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Romantic Flourless Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake, gluten free
Author- Ali Williams

Makes one 9 inch cake
Serves 12


7 ounces gluten free dark chocolate, chips or chopped. I used Nestle Dark Chocolate Chips
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cubed
1 cup pure cane sugar or 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons local honey, runny or organic unsweetened applesauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional. I used Starbucks Via
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 large eggs
3/4 cup gluten free organic cocoa powder
1/2 cup dried pitted sour cherries, chopped plus a few for the top

Glaze: Double if you want to cover the sides of the cake

3 ounces (the rest of the bag) dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon milk of choice


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch springform pan and line the bottom with a parchment paper circle.

In a large bowl, add the 7 ounces of chocolate chips and the cubed 2 sticks of butter. Microwave for 30 seconds to a minute until just barely melted, add sugar or maple syrup, honey and vanilla, beat with a heavy spoon until smooth.

Add eggs, one at a time and beat. Add cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt and stir until just combined. Stir in cherries.

Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake 35-40 minutes or until cake has risen and a crust has formed on the top. Don't under bake this cake, but watch (smell) that it doesn't burn. Mine smelled a bit burned and was still wonderful.

Remove from oven, cool on rack. The cake will deflate a bit. Don't worry, it will be perfect. Remove the outer springform, place a plate on the cake, flip over and remove the bottom pan. Peel off the parchment gently.

Make the glaze:

In a small bowl, microwave the rest of the chocolate chips and the butter for a few seconds, remove and stir in the milk.

Pour over the cooled cake and with a butter knife, spread out to the edges. Sprinkle with cherries

Store covered at room temp or for longer storage refridgerate.

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  1. I'm moaning just looking at the photos! It looks so decadent and perfect for Valentine's Day or any day. This is a must make for me.

  2. I'm not a big fan of chocolate, but this looks awesome! National Chocolate Cake day just passed, what a great way to celebrate it <3

  3. This looks amazing! I love the idea of swapping out the sugar for maple syrup too, I will definitely give this a try! Thankyou so much for the recipe...:-)

  4. Oh goodness! That looks so good! Love finding non-gluten type of recipes so I will be sure to give this Romantic Flourless Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe at try! Yum!

  5. That cake looks heavenly!! I love that it is flourless, I have been trying to cut that out of my meals and treats.

  6. We've made and tried a few flourless chocolate cakes. Yours looks terrific, I wish I could have a piece right now.

  7. The flavor interaction between the cherries and the chocolate sounds great. This cake looks so pretty!

  8. Oh my, that Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake looks AMAZING! I'll definitely be trying this recipe out this weekend. I'm a sucker for cake <3

  9. This looks yummy and delicious! I would really love to give this a try. I’ll be saving your recipe.

  10. Just looking at this cake is giving me serious chocolate envy. Flourless chocolate cakes are one of my favorite indulgences - so rich and fudgy. And the addition of cherries is basically perfection.

  11. Oh my gosh this cake looks so delicious! Everything with the words cake and chocolate make me happy :)

  12. I can tell his was a good cake I'm looking at the crumbs on the cake plate!! Yummmmyy!!!!

  13. I love chocolate cake and this recipe sounds tasty ! Never had flourless cake before

  14. This sounds and looks delicous and I am going to be making this recipe today for sure. More and more I am going gluten free because of my son going gluten free. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  15. I'm not sure how I feel about flour less cakes but your looks delicious!! I may need to try this soon!!

  16. I truly like this. Flourless cake sounds awesome!

  17. This looks like a tasty recipe that my daughter would love.She really loves maple syrup and I think she would like to try using that in hers as well. Sounds so good!

  18. Yummy great recipe this. Love cherrys. Thanks for sharing



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