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14 Absolutely Fabulous Flourless Cakes

Sep 8 2015 - 4:00am

Whether you're on a gluten-free diet or just looking to expand your baking repertoire, flourless cakes are a category of dessert absolutely worth exploring. Keep reading for our top picks, including a light-as-air chocolate cloud cake, its ultrarich chocolate-cardamom cousin, and even a few nonchocolate options like a melt-in-your-mouth lemon ricotta almond cake.

Flourless Rhubarb and Lemon Cake

Like a ray of sunshine in cake form, this moist lemon-rhubarb cake [1] is certain to brighten your day.

Easter Egg Nest Cake

There's no need to save this Easter egg nest cake [2] for the holiday; the rest of the year, top it with other candies like M&M's or Reese's Pieces instead of the Easter eggs.

Chocolate-Banana Cupcakes With Coconut Cream

These chocolate-banana cuties [3] are somewhere in between a cupcake and a muffin — which is to say, less decadent than most recipes.

Banana Pumpkin Caramel Cake

Mashed bananas and pumpkin purée give this caramel-drizzled sheet cake [4] a lush, moist texture.

Chocolate Cherry Meringue Stack Cake

Like a giant stacked pavlova layered with chocolate ganache and juicy cherries, this meringue stack cake [5] looks impressive but is actually relatively easy to make.

Flourless Chocolate-Cardamom Torte

Keep things classic with this simple, pared-down recipe [6].

Flourless Chocolate-Lavender Cupcakes

Chocolate and lavender might seem like an odd pairing, but lavender's earthy-floral flavor complements bittersweet chocolate wonderfully. Plus, it goes without saying that these beautiful flourless cupcakes [7] would be an eye-catching addition to any feast.

Flourless Chocolate Cake With Nutella Mousse and Raspberries

A decadent trio of toppings — Nutella mousse, raspberries, and honeycomb — crown this option [8].

Lemon Ricotta Almond Cake

With a melt-in-your-mouth texture and plenty of zesty lemon flavor, this lemon ricotta almond cake [9] is bound to delight.

Flourless Chocolate and Pomegranate Cake

Tart and tannic pomegranate seeds perfectly offset this dense bittersweet chocolate cake [10].

Chocolate Cloud Cake

Unlike its denser cousins, this stunner has a texture more akin to a soufflé, hence its name: chocolate cloud cake [11].

Flourless Nutella Cake

Not only does an entire jar of Nutella make it into this cake [12], but it's also spiked with Frangelico (a hazelnut liqueur) and topped with hazelnuts for triple the nutty flavor.

Lemon-Olive Oil Sheet Cake

Not only is this lemon sheet cake [13] flourless, but it's also dairy-free. (Olive oil replaces butter.)

Chocolate-Pecan Cake

Whether you mix ground pecans or hazelnuts into the batter, this stunner [14] is sure to satisfy.

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