Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake

If you like margaritas than you'll love this flourless chocolate cake recipe that features a hint of citrus in the batter and the cream topping. In addition to the amazing flavors in this dessert, flourless cake recipes are the perfect gluten-free treat!

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake
Photo: David Loftus
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 6 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped (1 cup)

  • 1 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, softened

  • 6 eggs

  • 1 ¼ cup superfine sugar

  • 1 cup almond meal/flour

  • 4 teaspoon best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

  • 1 lime, zest and juice

  • Confectioner's sugar to dust (optional)

  • 1 recipe Margarita Cream (recipe below)

Margarita Cream

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon tequila

  • 1 tablespoon Triple sec or Cointreau

  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar

  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper, and butter sides of pan.

  2. Melt chocolate and butter together either in a heatproof bowl suspended over a saucepan of simmering water or in a microwave 30 seconds at a time until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

  3. With electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar together until about tripled in volume, pale, and mousse-like.

  4. Mix almond meal with the cocoa powder. Gently fold into egg mixture, followed by the slightly cooled chocolate mixture. Fold in lime zest and juice.

  5. Pour and scrape into prepared pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. The cake will be just firm on top but still have a bit of wobble underneath.

  6. Remove from oven. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack. Once slightly cool, drape a clean kitchen towel over cake to stop it from getting too crusty, though a cracked and cratered surface is to be expected.

  7. When completely cool, loosen cake edges from pan using a metal spatula or knife. Unmold and dust with confectioner's sugar. Serve with Margarita Cream. Makes 6 servings and leftovers.

Margarita Cream

  1. Stir lime juice, tequila, and triple sec or Cointreau together in a large bowl. Whisk in the confectioner's sugar and let it dissolve in the liquid.

  2. Whip heavy cream in a separate bowl until it holds its shape. Whisk in the margarita mixture and keep whisking until mixture is light and aerated. Serve immediately with the Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake. Makes 6 (1/4-cup) servings and leftovers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

497 Calories
38g Fat
38g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 497
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 153mg 3%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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