Flourless baked goods can be a challenging thing to pull off, and to me, they’re even more challenging than making usually baked treats with flour as my attempts always end up a crumbly mess. You may be like I am simply lacking baking skills, or you just don’t have time with family, work, and all of life’s other responsibilities. There’s no reason to let that stop you from being able to enjoy your first proper flourless chocolate cake though. As long as you know what to look out for in terms of quality and presentation, you can easily search the local bakeries for that perfect chocolatey treat!
Now what’s so great about flourless baked goods such as flourless chocolate cakes is that they are a healthier option than cakes baked with flour, while remaining delicious and sweet. When considering the texture, a good flourless chocolate cake will be crispy on the outside with a soft but firm interior that melts in your mouth. Some things to watch out for when looking to buy from a bakery include how the cake is stored, and if it crumbles at the slightest movement. You always should store flourless cakes in a dry, cold spot, where they will stay fresh for 2-4 days. Due to the lack of flour which usually helps bind the batter together, you may find some flourless cakes to be very brittle and I would personally shy away from those that do. It is okay for some crumbling but you don’t want the whole cake falling apart as you cut and serve it. Luckily the chocolate that is mixed in with the batter acts as an adhesive so as long as the cake is baked properly it should be not too soft but not too crunchy. Obviously, you won’t be able to taste the cake till it is paid for and brought home from the bakery, but it never hurts to ask if it’s possible to get a sample before you commit to a whole cake.
Flourless chocolate cakes ingredient-wise are very straightforward, mainly consisting of eggs, milk/milk substitutes, and chocolate. No gluten, no nuts, no toppings/icing unless you request them. Those with food allergies should make sure to ask about the ingredients always, no matter how simple the baked goods may be. Some bakers top their flourless cakes with strawberries and other fruits, with a light sprinkle of powdered sugar to go over everything, and depending on the bakery you go to you can add whatever toppings your heart desires. You don’t want to get too crazy with your topping choices if you are choosing to try flourless cake as a healthier option over cakes baked with flour and gluten. Without gluten, it is also a safe choice for anyone suffering from a gluten allergy/food sensitivity, that way you don’t have to longer go without a tasty chocolate cake for a treat. And of course, there are plenty of other flourless baked goods out there, so if you do end up enjoying or not minding the difference between flourless vs flour/gluten-made cakes you’ll have a whole other world opened up to you. Make sure to share your healthy choices with family and friends as well, as many people have to pass on such foods because of health issues. After all, a cake is a perfect food to divvy up and share with those you love and care about while enjoying life and the company of each other.