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Flourless Chocolate Cakes with Toasted Marshmallow

These decadent cakes are naturally gluten free and absolutely gorgeous! The perfect dessert for a date night, birthday or for Valentine's Day.


Many years ago, when I was writing my first blog, I met an absolutely amazing group of ladies, while competing in a Philadelphia Cream Cheese recipe contest. We fast became great friends, by supporting and encouraging each other. Our group consisted of small business owners, bloggers, farming/homesteaders, but the one thing that brought us all together was food! One thing we loved to do was get together and cook. Whether is was us Central Ontario gals, or the West coast ladies, anytime we could make plans to get together, you could bet food would be involved. During a West Coast gathering, the ladies decided to do a Chopped style dinner. To include those of us who couldn't attend, we would each choose an ingredient and the West coasters had to choose at least 3 from the list, to include in our dish. I lucked out and was chosen for the dessert round, whose ingredients were- marshmallow fluff, maraschino cherries, chocolate, rum, eggs and cream. No problem right??


I decided to go with something naturally gluten free, since one of our members has Celiac. I wanted everyone to be able to make this, if they chose to do so. So, my first thought was a flourless chocolate cake, which I made into smaller single servings. These ingredients were perfect for what I had in mind and the result was out of this world!!! These were rich, tender, creamy and SO decadent. Some of the feed back I received was- sensual, sinful and I think the words 'food porn' were also thrown in there. 

These cakes would be the perfect ending to an at home date night, or for Valentine's Day. Heck I'd even loved these as my birthday dessert, instead of a huge cake. No matter what the celebration, treat your loved ones and guest to these gorgeous, decadent, show stopping cakes!




 Flourless Chocolate Cakes with Toasted Marshmallow

6 oz bitter sweet chocolate, chopped (6 squares)
1/3 C butter
3 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbs vanilla rum (or coconut rum)
1 Tbs hot water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C maraschino cherries, finely chopped
3 eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
4 oz 70% dark chocolate
1/4 C light cream
1 jar marshmallow fluff
5 maraschino cherries with stems (dipped in melted chocolate)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 5 ramekins and set aside.

For cake, place chocolate and butter in large glass bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high 1 – 1 1/2 minutes or until mostly melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Set aside.

Place cocoa powder in a small bowl. Stir in rum, hot water and vanilla to form a smooth paste; set aside. Place sugar and egg yolks in a mixing bowl; beat on medium-high speed until doubled in volume. Pour in chocolate mixture; beat on medium-high speed until well blended. Add cocoa mixture; mix on medium-low speed just until blended.

 In a separate bowl and using clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until soft peaks form. Gently fold half of the egg white mixture into chocolate mixture just until blended. Repeat with remaining egg white mixture and cherries. Carefully spoon into ramekins; spread to edges using the back of a teaspoon. Bake 15-17 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken. {Center will firm as it cools. Do not over bake.} Remove from oven to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Gently run a small knife around edges, to loosen edges of cake from ramekins. Remove cakes from ramekins and place bottom side up, onto serving plates.

 In a small saucepan heat 1/4 C light cream, until tiny bubbles start to form around the edges of the pot. Pour half over 4 oz of dark chocolate and let sit a few minutes. Stir to combine melted chocolate with cream, adding more warm cream if needed, to form a nice sauce, slightly thinner than you would like (chocolate sauce will thicken when it cools).

Preheat broiler. Top cakes with a large spoonful of marshmallow fluff and place under broiler (quite close) until tops begin to brown slightly. (alternately, you can use a small blow torch to toast the marshmallow) Remove and drizzle cakes with chocolate sauce. Garnish with a chocolate dipped maraschino cherry.

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Comments

  1. Yum! This looks so good! I love easy desserts recipes because I give them to my daughters so they can practice cooking. And we can definitely make this recipe for Valentine's Day. I can't wait. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I sometimes surprise myself with inspiration.

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  2. I love this flavor combination! I have yet to make a cake with no flour, so maybe this will be my first attempt :)

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    1. Chocolate, cherries and marshmallows are so delicious!

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  3. Oh my goodness! These look amazing! I can't wait to try this one day. Thanks for posting

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  4. Such a great and easy treat to share. Something to enjoy when you dont want to make a full baked cake.

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  5. This is such a brilliant recipe. I love how it is so decadent and good for you.

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  6. OMG, this looks sooo good!! This is happening on Valentine's day in my house!! And maybe sooner than that because I don't think I can wait...LOL!

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  7. All my favorites wrapped up in one. This looks so delicious. I’m supposed to be staying away from the sweets but this is getting saved for my next treat. Yummm πŸ˜‹

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    1. This would be well worth the saved calories ;)

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  8. Omg! Such decadent goodness! Chocolate and tasted marshmallow is such a great pairing. Saving this one!

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  9. Wow this is indeed gorgeous! The grown up version of s’mores. SIGN ME UP 😍

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    1. Thank you, I am so happy with the way it turned out!

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  10. These look and sound amazing! I love maraschino cherries and chocolate, especially together! And I love that these are flourless.

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  11. That truly looks like food porn! Incredibly decadent, rich and also beautiful! Definitely worth to end a date night dinner. Pinning!

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    1. Thank you! These are a good reason to have dessert twice on date night ;)

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  12. This is a perfect treat for a romantic evening for two. Particularly incorporating chocolate and the cherries together. This tastes amazing. I truly recommend these cakes.

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  13. I whipped these up last week just because - there wasn't any special occasion to celebrate but since we were having dinner delivered I had extra time to make something. We LOVED them. I hardly ever make cakes but will make these again for Valentines Day (special request!) Thank you!

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  14. OMG - those look incredible! I love individual desserts. These will be perfect for date night...but will also need to make some for the kids tooπŸ˜‰

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  15. You say decadent, sinful, food porn, hmmmm. I'm in!:)))

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  16. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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  18. Oh my, I never knew I needed these in my life, but i do, I definitely do!!! WOW!

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  19. Wow, this dessert looks amazing. Pinned and shared. Congratulations, you are being featured on Over The Moon Linky Party. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2021/01/over-moon-linky-party_17.html
    I hope you stop by.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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  20. Totally fun and gorgeous dessert, Cinde! And I loved to read about the food community you formed around the Philadelphia recipe contest. I contested for years and it was a blast!

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  21. great little smores cake without the flour!! good job

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