Michelle’s Flourless (Gluten-Free) Chocolate Cake Recipe {for Passover}

Passover, the history-filled Jewish holiday that takes place in spring, is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a delicious dessert to share with your family and friends, your search has come to an end. Not only is my friend Michelle’s unique recipe rich and overflowing with chocolaty goodness, but it’s KOSHER, GLUTEN FREE, and with the addition of another special ingredient, HEALTHIER than any flourless chocolate cake that has passed your lips in the past.

Made with finely chopped pecans instead of flour (making it gluten free!) this masterpiece is perfect for Passover. We used Earth’s Balance vegan shortening (or you can use pareve margarine), which keeps it kosher. And we added flaxseed, which is full of omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and fiber, to keep it healthy!

So get ready with a springform pan, some parchment paper and a blender (yes…a blender!) and I can almost guarantee your guests will be lining up for seconds.

On that note, maybe you should make two!


Time: 50 minutes

  • 1/4 cup of Earth’s Balance (or pareve margarine)
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed

How to Make a Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease with Baking Pam (or pareve margarine).

Prep Pan for Chocolate Cake

2. Using a double boiler or pan over simmering water, melt together chocolate and 1/4 cup Earth’s Balance (or pareve margarine). Set aside to cool.

Melting Chocolate for Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

3. Using a blender, chop pecans finely.

Preparing the pecans for the chocolate cake

4. Add flaxseed, eggs, vanilla, sugar, salt and melted chocolate mixture, blending until smooth. Pour batter into pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes; cake should be moist but not wet.


Allow it to cool completely. (Baking tip: you can cook this cake in your toaster oven!)

Assembling and Baking Your Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

5. Garnish. We used fresh strawberries and powdered sugar.

Simple garnish for the gluten-free chocolate cake - amazing recipe!

Yield: 8 to 10 servings.

It’s as easy and delicious as can be! Now you can sit back and relax because you’ve got dessert covered for Passover!


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