Flourless Chocolate and Pear Cake

Looking for a gluten-free chocolate dessert? This flourless chocolate and pear cake is a crowd pleaser! Serve with ice cream or a dollop of creme fraiche.
Flourless Chocolate and Pear Cake
Flourless chocolate cake is always a crowd pleaser.  Its simple to make and difficult to mess up.  
Its a perfect dessert to make when guests are over because it fills the entire house with an intoxicating and inviting aroma.  And seriously, who doesn’t love chocolate?

Flourless Chocolate and Pear Cake

With the addition of pears and ground hazelnuts, this cake is my autumn version of the traditional flourless cake. 
I left the hazelnuts coarsely ground because I like the little crunch and texture it provides in this cake.
 If you’re not a fan of pears, I’m sure you can also try using ground almonds with apples or ground pistachios with cranberries.
Flourless Chocolate and Pear Cake
I have this habit of adding a little touch of espresso powder whenever I bake with chocolate.  The espresso helps to enhance the dark and rich flavors of the chocolate without overpowering it.
This cake would have looked a whole lot better if I had larger pears.  My small pears sunk and disappeared into the cake. Regardless, it tastes great and smells amazing.  
I left it out on the counter while I did some shopping and just found crumbs when I returned.  I’ve already received requests to make this for our family Christmas party.
Flourless Chocolate and Pear Cake

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Yield: 9-inch cake

Author Maryanne Cabrera


  • 85 grams unsalted butter
  • 85 grams dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon honey whiskey, or bourbon/whiskey of choice
  • 85 grams granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 85 grams ground hazelnuts, toasted and blanched
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 3 pears, peeled, halved, and cored


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 9-inch round spring form pan and coat with granulated sugar.  Line pan with a parchment round.

  2. Melt butter and chocolate together in a bowl over a bain-marie. Once melted, remove from heat and mix in whiskey. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk egg yolks and granulated sugar until pale and thick.

  4. Whisk together ground hazelnuts, salt, cinnamon, and espresso powder.  Mix into melted chocolate mixture.  Fold thickened yolks into the chocolate mixture.

  5. In a clean bowl, whisk egg whites to soft peaks. Do not over beat. Add whites to chocolate batter in three additions, folding in whites gently.

  6. Pour chocolate batter into prepared pan. Level with a mini offset spatula. Place pears cut side down onto the batter. Bake for 35-45 minutes until pears are soft and cake is cooked throughout. Let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes before unmolding. Serve warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or serve with ice cream or creme fraiche.

Recipe Notes


Flourless Chocolate and Pear Cake
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This is an amazing recipe! The idea of a big piece of pear surrounded by flourless chocolate cake is nothing but awesome. Your picture is stunning as well as tempting. Thanks for sharing this-yum!


I like the little bit of pear peeking out of the top of the tart, a hint of what is to come! Chocolate and pear are a lovely autumn combination in this appealing tart.


Lovely cake!


I love the massive chunks of pear in this. It looks properly amazing.

Christine's Pantry

Sounds so good. Great photos.

foodie @ Tasting Spot

looks great… sooo delicious

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

This cake does look delicious with all that chocolate and pears!

Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch)

beautiful! that pear and chocolate looks amazing

the little epicurean

Thank you everyone! I appreciate all the comments :)


Loook at those pears… hmmmm…. comforting food…


Was lucky enough to taste this, and it was even more delicious than it looks on photo! Finished it off, crumbs and all :) Yum!

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