One of my favorite cakes to bake is this flourless chocolate roulade. 🍫 It’s super fun to make and looks so pretty when you’re done! I’m amazed that this cake contains no flour, but is still so delicious. 😋
Two tips to remember as you make this cake: be careful not to knock the air out of the batter as you fold it together. There’s no baking powder in this cake, so all the trapped air from the meringue and beaten egg yolks is the only thing that will make the cake rise. Also, be sure the cake is fully cooled before rolling up the cake. Don’t be discouraged if it cracks a lot the first time you make it; it definitely takes practice to get a good tight roll on your roulade. Trust me–my first roulade was not perfect!!
Even if it does crack, the flavor will still be excellent. Your family and friends will love this chocolate roulade and won’t mind if it has a few cracks!!! 🎂 This recipe is a variation of Mary Berry’s classic recipe.Print
Flourless chocolate roulade is a gluten free chocolate cake recipe with only 6 ingredients that’s sure wow your family and friends!
For the Cake
- 6 ounces 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate (175g)
- 6 large eggs, at room temperature
- scant 1 cup caster sugar (175g)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
For the Filling
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (250 ml)
- 1/4 cup icing sugar (32g)
Making the Cake Batter (45 minutes)
- Lightly butter the base and sides of a 9×13-inch rimmed cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and line with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Place the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Stir constantly until the chocolate is fully melted, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
- Separate the eggs, placing the whites and yolks in separate large mixing bowls.
- Beat the egg whites with a handheld electric mixer until stiff peaks form. The mixture should not fall out of the bowl when it’s turned upside down.
- In a large, clean bowl, beat the egg yolks and caster sugar together with a handheld electric mixer. The mixture should be increase in volume and be pale in color. When the whisk is lifted, the mixture should fall in a thick ribbon that holds its shape for a couple seconds before sinking back into the mix.
- Gently fold the melted and cooled chocolate into the egg yolk and sugar mixture, making sure they are fully mixed.
- Put two large spoonfuls of beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture and stir it in carefully to slacken the mixture, then fold in the remaining egg whites until no white flecks remain.
- Sift in the cocoa powder and fold it in, being careful not to knock the air out of the batter.
- Gently pour the batter into the prepared pan, tilting the pan to move the batter into the corners. Make sure the batter is level.
Baking the Cake (20 minutes + 1-2 hours cooling)
- Bake the cake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until the cake is well risen and the top feels a little crisp. Be careful not to overbake.
- Put the cake on a wire rack and let it cool completely in the pan.
Rolling & Decorating the Cake (15 minutes)
- Put a large sheet of parchment paper on a big cutting board and sift a little icing sugar all over the paper.
- Pour the heavy whipping cream into a medium mixing bowl and beat with a handheld electric mixer until the cream forms fairly stiff peaks, but is not dry. Check out my article here on whipping cream.
- Turn the cake out onto the sugar-dusted parchment paper and carefully peel off the paper.
- Spread the whipped cream evenly onto the cake. Make sure to leave 1 inch uncovered all the way around the cake.
- Turn the cutting board so a short side of the cake is facing you. Using a sharp knife, cut almost all the way through the cake about an inch in from the short end. Start the roll by pushing this little strip over, then roll up the rest of the cake as tightly as you can. Use the parchment paper to help. It will crack as it’s rolled.
- Trim the ends with a sharp serrated knife, then dust the cake with more icing sugar if desired. Transfer it to the serving platter with a large cake spatula. Serve within a few hours.
- For a special twist to the whipped cream, add some peppermint extract before whisking the cream.
- One of the most important parts about the roulade is making sure the cake is fully cooled before rolling it. It will crack a lot more if it’s still a little warm!
- Don’t worry if the cake cracks a lot as you roll it! The cracks make it look attractive, and won’t affect the flavor of this delicious cake.
- Save the trimmings from the ends of the cake and eat them as your reward for making the cake. Don’t leave them alone or your kitchen helper may eat it first! 😂 Once you’ve trimmed the ends, you’ll get 9 pretty slices from the cake.
- This cake is only high in cholesterol because of the 6 whole eggs in it.