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This dense flourless chocolate almond cake is perfect for celebrations, made with ground almonds, maple syrup and of course–chocolate.

Chocolate almond cake
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When Alex and I first started eating a mostly whole food diet, celebrations were hard. How could we balance our love for nutritious foods with the fact that celebrations tend to involve refined sugar and butter? Over time, we’ve grown to realize the power of moderation and the special-ness that comes from only using rich ingredients occasionally. In the spirit of treat food, here’s a chocolate almond cake that’s a splurge and full of whole foods, too. It’s rich, chocolatey and delicious: but made with ground almonds and maple syrup. Oh and chocolate! Keep reading for the recipe.

Want a large chocolate cake instead? Try our Flourless Chocolate Cake (for chocolate lovers!).

Chocolate almond cake

How to make chocolate almond cake

For this recipe, we’ve put our “whole foods” spin on a decadent flourless chocolate cake by using ground almonds for protein and nutrients and maple syrup instead of added refined sugar. We’ve also used one of our favorite “tricks”: creating modest individual portions. It’s also a gluten-free dessert: all ground almonds and no refined flour! It’s incredibly easy to make and looks beautiful too.

If you don’t have a food processor to grind the almonds, you can use almond flour or almond meal. See the recipe below! And if you want more with almond flour, we’ve got 10 easy almond recipes for you to try.

Here’s how to make chocolate almond cake:

  1. Melt the butter, maple syrup and chocolate together.
  2. Mix it together with the egg, almond meal or flour, and cinnamon.
  3. Pour it into greased 5-inch ramekins and bake for about 35 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool, then dust with powdered sugar.

Serve this tasty flourless cake with vanilla ice cream or our homemade whipped cream recipe.

Chocolate almond cake

Perfect for celebrations

Alex and I made this chocolate almond cake for a special celebration: my birthday! As I’ve grown into my 30’s, birthdays have become a much simpler affair. Today, I’m mainly thankful to be alive, and surrounded by beautiful, wonderful, loving and life-giving people. After being diagnosed with leukemia in my late 20’s, as positive and pain-free as my treatment has been, it’s made life that much dearer. Readers, know that every kind note and comment here has been a light to me.

We hope you enjoy these chocolate almond cakes in whatever celebration you find yourself, be it a birthday, anniversary, life-event, or any special day!

Chocolate almond cake

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Chocolate Almond Cake

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This dense flourless chocolate almond cake is perfect for celebrations, made with ground almonds, maple syrup and of course–chocolate.


  • 1 cup raw almonds (or 1 ¼ cups almond meal or almond flour)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • Powdered sugar, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. If using whole almonds, grind the almonds very finely in a food processor until the texture is light and fluffy. (Alternatively, use almond meal or almond flour.)
  3. In a glass measuring cup or bowl, add the butter, maple syrup, and semisweet chocolate chips. Microwave for 10 seconds intervals, stirring after each, until fully combined. (Alternatively, use the stovetop method to melt the chocolate and stir in the butter and maple syrup until fully combined.)
  4. In a medium large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Then add the almond meal, cinnamon, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, and the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Butter four 5-ounce ramekins. Pour in the batter, and bake for 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out nearly clean.
  6. Allow to cool, then dust with powdered sugar. 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Robert says:

    What is the size of the final result (so I can scale it if I need to) ?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      We used 5-ounce ramekings, probably 2 1/2″ across. The batter should be scalable, but the timing may be a bit different.

  2. Sharon says:

    What is the nutritional value of the almond chocolate cake.

  3. Kat Grausso says:

    delicious applesauce cake-so light, flavorful, so easy. Thanks!

  4. Aditi C Bhanot says:

    I am a fan of almonds and chocolate and this cake hit the spot even for my family. Usually it’s hard to get the right consistency with almond flour but you guys have nailed this one. Every bite was enjoyable.
    Thank you for sharing your tried and tested recipes – I am sure there is a lot of hard work and thought behind each one of them!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Lilly says:

    How can I reheat without drying them out?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Sorry, we haven’t tested any options for this!

  6. Lena says:

    Could anyone be able to tell me what the nutrition facts are on this recipe? Thanks in advance!

  7. Monica says:

    These look beautiful and sound delicious. I’m making them for company this Saturday…I can hardly wait to serve them. I will lift up supportive thoughts for your as your make other people’s lives brighter by sharing yours :)

    1. Sonja says:

      Sounds wonderful, Monica! Let us know if you enjoy them!

  8. Kendra says:

    Just made this!!! So good!! I used banana instead of butter and it tastes like chocolate banana bread. Wonderful recipe.

  9. Ali says:

    These look wonderful! Do you think they would turn out as delicious if I substitute flax seed/water for the egg?

    1. Alex says:

      I’m not sure, but definitely worth a try!

  10. Deirdre says:

    Do you serve these warm, or do you let them cool first?

  11. Renell Dore says:

    What is the nutritional info for the flour less almond cake.

  12. Christi says:

    Can you use almond flour?

    1. Sonja says:

      I think so! You may want to watch the baking time in case it is affected. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Forgot to add the cinnamon in the What To Do section! I’m assuming you put it in with the pepper and salt??

    1. Alex says:

      Good catch! Fixed :)

  14. Maria says:

    Lovely presentation, can’t wait to try this recipe, my kids will love it. The only thing I find a little bit off is suggesting the use of a microwave since the blog and your work is so awesomely health oriented.

  15. victoria wesseler says:

    If you are using 1/2 cup of raw almonds and grinding them yourself will that then produce 1/2 cup of almond meal? It would seem to me that it would produce less than 1/2 cup. So, how much almond meal should you use?

    1. Alex says:

      Hi! We usually get just a bit more than 1/2 cup almond meal when we grind it ourselves. The recipe should use exactly 1/2 cup of the meal.

      1. victoria wesseler says:

        THANKS! Will make those tomorrow. You’re recipes are so great. The veggie paella is one of my all time favorites.

      2. Linda billingsley says:

        Can these be made with cupcake liners?

        1. Alex says:

          In not sure, but I don’t know why not. Let us know if you try it!

  16. Star says:

    These taste better than any brownie I’ve ever had! And they’re not full of the awful stuff most brownies are! Love it. I didn’t have cayenne so I added a teaspoon of cocoa powder instead =) Also don’t have ramekins but muffin tins worked perfectly!

  17. Gayathri says:

    I’d like to try this recipe. Only I can’t use eggs. Could I make this eggless? Thanks for the great post!

  18. Erwin says:

    Do you think these could be cooked for a shorter time to turn them into lava cakes with a gooey middle? Has anyone tried??

  19. LaNette says:

    I heard that you can use avocado in place of butter. It is not suppose to change the flavor, and avocado is better for you than butter. I think I will try it in this.

  20. Lindsay says:

    This is such a delicious recipe! Thanks. My husband left the rest of his wine in his glass because he didn’t want to lose the flavour of the cake. So tasty!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday!

  22. Paige Dixon says:

    HI- These are in the oven now and look great! However, I just noticed that the ingredient list calls for salt and cayenne, but these are not mentioned in the “What to Do”…so, sadly, I mistakenly left them out.

    1. Alex says:

      Oh no! Recipe proofreading fail! Fixed now; thanks for the heads up!

  23. Heather says:

    I made these on Saturday night for a special treat, my whole family loved them, the three year old, the 6 year old, and the man of the house. Thanks for making my weekend special!

  24. Helen @ Scrummy Lane says:

    These look so beautiful. Happy Birthday!

  25. Kasey says:

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday! What beautiful little cakes! Wish we could eat these together and gab for hours :) xo

  26. Jasmine says:

    Wish you a very happy birthday! First time reader to your blog and am already in love with the pictures! Amazing work!

  27. Lauren says:

    Looks delish! Do you think subbing olive oil in for the butter would work in this recipe? Thanks!

    1. Alex says:

      Seems like it would work, though you might want to try a neutral oil like grapeseed to avoid a savory taste. Let us know if you try it!

    2. Heather says:

      I made them with coconut oil instead of butter, and they turned out great though I found they were ready on the lower end of the time spectrum. Delicious recipe, that I look forward to indulging in again soon! Thanks Sonja and Alex!

  28. Valencia says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! I have just stumbled across your blog and this recipe. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I will definitely try this, as my husband LOVES chocolate! Take care and Godspeed!

  29. Clem @ clementinecuisine says:

    Happy birthday!

  30. Tieghan Gerard says:

    Happy Birthday! I hope year 32 brings you lots of happiness and joy! :)

  31. Michelle says:

    Happy birthday Sonja! You have an admirable approach to birthdays…being thankful for life and loved ones should be what birthdays are about. :)

    That cake looks amazing! Btw…I made a rendition of your slow-cooked black beans recipe for dinner tonight. So yummy!

  32. Christine says:

    Happy birthday! Maybe you’ll get all the snow promised and have a snow day birthday… With chocolate cakes, of course.

  33. Suzi says:

    I just discovered your blog. I am not a big fan of chocolate but think these look worth trying! I AM, however, a HUGE fan of birthdays, so I hope yours is splendid!

  34. Cheri says:

    Beautiful cakes, happy birthday!

  35. Jess says:

    Happy birthday, Sonja! May 32 be a year full of wonderful things (and the occasional chocolate cake)!

  36. Kathryn says:

    A birthday without a little chocolatey cake is hardly a proper birthday. I love how you put your own wholesome spin on this; it looks totally delicious and definitely the perfect way to celebrate! Happy birthday for tomorrow Sonja : )

  37. Becky says:

    Looks lovely. Can you post this in grams/ounces please?

    1. Alex says:

      Sorry! We don’t have those measurements available :)

    2. Kathryn says:

      Hi Becky, I haven’t tested this recipe in weights (yet!) but by my calculations, the conversions into grams should be roughly as follows:

      50g almond meal
      45g butter
      60g (50ml) honey
      55g chocolate chips
      1 egg
      1/4 tsp cinnamon
      A pinch of salt and cayenne

      I hope that helps : )

  38. Renee Shuman (@FrolicChocolate) says:

    YES! I chill low sugar chocolate recipe I can make for valentines day. Finally.

  39. Linda Wagner @ Linda Wagner Nutrition says:

    Happy Birthday!
    These look fantastic!! I love that they are each individual size, makes it even more special :) I might try to sub stevia and see how it turns out. Love the simplicity!!

  40. Caroline says:

    These are gorgeous perfection! I love that you’ve just used a bit of honey to sweeten the cakes. I’ve been trying so hard to reduce the amount of sugar I eat and was wondering what to make for Valentine’s Day without over indulging! Pinning now to make for my hubby and me!

  41. thelittleloaf says:

    Happy birthday! What a lovely way to celebrate. Moderation is absolutely the key, and a bit of indulgence every now and then is good for everyone. Here’s to a happy birthday, a happy Valentine’s Day and many more years of health and chocolate cake for two :-)

  42. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Happy happy birthday week! I think those simple celebrations with the big, decadent desserts are the best. :)

  43. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    happy birthday in advance..its been a rough week for me and it was really nice to see refreshing post for you. Thank you for the sweet treat as well. Pinning it :)

  44. shanna mallon says:

    Happy birthday, Sonja! These look beautiful!

  45. Belinda@themoonblushbaker says:

    YUM!!! I could got for this any day over a big cake. Almonds and cocoa are the marriage I wish I knew about sooner because it right now is my comfort combo. Hope you have an awesome B’day!

    Relax, you deserve to savor every moment of it

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