Flourless Poppy Seed Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)

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Flourless Poppy Seed Chocolate Cake

Here is another yummy gluten-free cake perfect for Valentine’s Day and for anyone who loves poppy seeds and chocolate! It contains no white sugar or high-GI flour.

If you are concerned with blood sugar spikes, please substitute erythritol for coconut sugar and use sugar-free chocolate. The cake gets more moist if you wrap the cake and keep it at room temperature overnight.

I suggest buying poppy seeds at an Italian or Eastern European grocery store since they are rather expensive at regular grocery stores. You can also buy them online at Penzeys or at one of their stores if there is one nearby.

For heart shape dusting, draw a big heart on a piece of parchment paper using a pencil and cut the heart out. Place the heart in the center of the baked cake and dust cocoa powder around it. Discard the heart paper and place the remaining paper on the cake aligning with the heart shape. Dust powdered sugar to create a white heart in the center.

Flourless Poppy Seed Chocolate Cake-Piece


1 1/4 cup (180 g) poppy seeds
6 Tbsp (85 g) unsalted butter
3.5 oz (100 g) dark chocolate (1 bar)
3 eggs, separated
2/3 cup (80 g) coconut sugar
1 tsp almond or vanilla extract
1 cup (135 g) almond meal (or almond slices ground in food processor)
1 Tbsp brandy or rum (optional)
Pinch salt
Powdered sugar for dusting
Unsweetened Cocoa for dusting (I didn’t use it)
Whipped cream and/or ice cream (optional)


  1. In a 2-cup measuring cup, place poppy seeds and pour boiling water to completely cover the poppy seeds.
  2. Drain well using a coffee filter. Set aside.
  3. In a small pan, melt butter and add chocolate pieces under very low heat until the chocolate is melted. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whip egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. Set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Spray oil inside a 7-inch (18 cm) springform pan.
  6. In another medium bowl, beat egg yolks and coconut sugar until smooth.
  7. Add almond or vanilla extract, melted chocolate, and liquor (if using) and mix using a spatula.
  8. Add poppy seeds and mix. Add almond meal and salt and mix.
  9. Fold in the egg whites and mix until blended.
  10. Bake for about 40 minutes. Cool and remove the cake from the pan.
  11. Dust cocoa powder and powdered sugar using a heart-shape stencil (see note above).
  12. Infuse love and serve with whipped cream and/or ice cream if desired.

Servings: 6
Yield: One 7-inch cake