Nigella’s Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake

Posted 17 April 2011 by

Fancy a chocolate cake without flour? Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free cake, or just something a bit lighter than normal chocolate cake, this is definitely worth a try. The recipe is Nigella Lawson’s flourless chocolate and lime cake. You could use orange instead of lime, or omit the fruit altogether if you want a pure chocolate flavour. To make it flourless, the recipe uses ground almonds instead of flour.

A slice of Nigella's flourless chocolate lime cake with a fork


  • 150 g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 150 unsalted butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • icing (powdered) sugar for dusting

Melt together the butter and chocolate and leave to cool.

A bowl with melted butter and chocolate for flourless chocolate cake

Whisk the eggs and sugar until they are pale and fluffy (Nigella says should be about 3x the volume they started at).

Eggs and sugar whisked together, pale and moussy

Sift together the cocoa and ground almonds.

Cocoa and ground almonds in a bowl for flourless chocolate cake

Fold the cocoa and almonds into the whisked eggs and sugar, then fold in the melted chocolate and butter. Stir in the lime juice and zest.

Folding together the ingredients for flourless chocolate cake

Pour the chocolate mixture into a greased 23 cm springform cake tin, the bottom lined with baking parchment.

Unbaked flourless chocolate lime cake in a springform tin

Bake the cake at 180°C/gas mark 4. Nigella says to bake it for 40-45 minutes until it is firm to the touch but still has a wobble. Mine was ready after 30 minutes, so be careful not to overdo it.

Baked flourless chocolate lime cake in a springform tin

Let the cake cool in its tin on a cooling rack and then unmould it.

FLourless chocolate lime cake dusted with icing sugar

Dust with icing sugar. Nigella’s recipe is served with Margarita whipped cream, but it’s lovely just as it is too. Because it’s flourless, it really is nice and light. Sadly, as Nigella says, it’s gluten free, but not calorie free!

A slice of Nigella's flourless chocolate lime cake with a fork


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One Response to Nigella’s Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake

  1. Easy to make and worth the effort to make the eggs light and fluffy.

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