Flourless chocolate hazelnut brownie cake

My approach to Pesach baking has always been to avoid the ‘traditional’ Pesach recipes – which tend to replace flour with things like potato starch and matza meal, and have a unique and identifiable ‘Pesach flavour’ – and instead to find recipes which are just inherently kosher for Pesach. There are enough gluten-free and Paleo recipes kicking about these days that it really isn’t too hard to come up with something suitable.

So, a couple of months ago, in an unusual fit of being organised and planning ahead, I had a go at making flourless chocolate brownies. I picked a highly-rated recipe off the internet, and made it pretty much as written. Disaster. So horrible in fact, that I went back and checked the ingredients list to make sure I hadn’t misread something. 

The main problem was that it had just TOO MUCH BUTTER. Way too much. When I took the brownies out of the oven, molten butter was bubbling up at the sides of the tin. Bleurgh. After it had cooled, most of the butter absorbed back into the brownies, giving a claggy texture and greasy mouthfeel. Ugh. 

(Fortunately, DH’s colleagues will eat anything that resembles a cake! They polished the too-buttery brownies off in just a few minutes…)

However, the flavour of the flourless chocolate brownies – darkly chocolately, slightly nutty and not too sweet, was great, so rather than abandon the recipe altogether, I tweaked and adjusted and gave it another go. The version below was a HUGE improvement on the original, contains only about half the butter, and is frankly delicious. 

Dense, fudgy, deliciously chocolatey and pleasantly nutty. I added a handful of chocolate covered cranberries to these brownies, just because I had some, and they were fabulous! A sweet, fruity nugget in every other bite makes them even yummier. I also sprinkled the top of the brownies with flaked almonds, which look lovely and serve to advertise the nuttiness within. I’ve called this a ‘brownie cake’ mostly because I’ve served it in slices, like cake, rather than squares, like brownie. What differentiates a cake and a brownie, anyway?

This will definitely be added to my list of Pesach-friendly baking recipes. I’ll also make sure to have it handy whenever we have gluten-avoiding friends round for tea.

Flourless chocolate hazelnut brownie cake - gluten-free deliciousness!

Flourless chocolate hazelnut brownie cake
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
346 calories
25 g
79 g
26 g
6 g
11 g
78 g
25 g
18 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346
Calories from Fat 226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 79mg
Sodium 25mg
Total Carbohydrates 25g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 18g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 200g dark chocolate
  2. 100g butter
  3. 100g caster sugar
  4. 1 tsp vanilla essence
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 75g ground almonds
  7. 75g ground hazelnuts
  8. 75g chocolate coated cranberries (optional, or use chocolate raisins or 25g chocolate chips)
  9. flaked almonds, to decorate
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C. Line a 22cm round springform tin with baking parchment.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together over a low heat. When fully melted, beat in the sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. While beating, gradually pour on the melted chocolate mixture. The mixture will thicken and turn glossy. Once all the chocolate is added, beat well.
  4. Stir in the ground nuts and mix well to combine. Finally, stir in the chocolate cranberries, if using.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and sprinkle with the flaked almonds. Bake at 170C for 25-30 minutes, until the centre is just cooked.
  6. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
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Flourless chocolate hazelnut brownie cake with chocolate covered cranberries. Yum.

This month’s Love Cake challenge, hosted by JibberJabber, is on the theme of Spring into Easter – but since we don’t do Easter, I have special permission to offer up a Pesach cake instead 🙂
(This flourless chocolate brownie cake is good in the Spring, and not bad the rest of the year too!)


  1. These are so delcious, they turned out perfect when i made them. Thanks so much for sharing.


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  3. Yes! I was particularly disappointed as the original (horrible) recipe was by a very well-known celebrity cook. Feel very smug that my version is better 🙂

  4. Thank goodness you had the foresight to try the recipe in advance! As you say this would be a good cake for all year round. Thanks for linking up with this month’s Love Cake.

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