This decadent peppermint flourless chocolate cake is the perfect dessert for the holiday season. The crushed peppermint candies are the perfect finishing touch to this festive gluten-free chocolate cake.

Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake

Perfect Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you are looking for the ultimate holiday dessert, you are in luck because I have the perfect cake recipe for you. This Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake is perfect in every way! It is easy to make, pretty to serve, and SO decadent and divine. It will be the talk of all of your holiday parties and dinners. Everyone will be begging for the recipe…and begging for another piece of cake:)

Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake is gluten-free, but you will never know it because it is insanely delicious! I love making this cake for parties because everyone can enjoy it and I don’t have to make two separate desserts. Even if you don’t need to eat gluten-free you will love this cake. It is one of my all-time favorite chocolate cakes and always gets rave reviews!

Easy Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake

How to Make Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake

I adapted my favorite flourless chocolate cake recipe to make a peppermint version for the holidays. Now, I don’t know which cake I love more. The peppermint addition is AMAZING! If you are a chocolate mint fan, you are going to be in heaven!

To make the peppermint flourless chocolate cake, I added peppermint extract to the chocolate cake batter. A little peppermint extract goes a long ways so make sure you measure carefully. You don’t want the mint flavor to be overpowering.

When the cake is cool, make the chocolate ganache and pour it over the cake. Spread the ganache with a spatula until it is evenly covering the entire cake. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over the top of the cake. The peppermint candies will stick to the ganache. You can use crushed peppermint candies or crushed candy canes. To crush, place the unwrapped candies or candy canes in a large Ziploc bag and beat with a rolling pin. A great stress reliever..ha! You can also crush them by using a food processor.

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You will love the peppermint crunch with the silky chocolate ganache and fudgy chocolate cake. The cake is REALLY rich so you can cut the cake into small pieces. This cake will feed quite a few people, which is another reason it is great for the holidays!

You can also make the cake in advance and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It will keep in the fridge for up to five days. The cake can also be frozen for up to one month.

Celebrate the holiday season with this Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake! Your friends and family will love it!

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Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake on plate

Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake

This decadent peppermint flourless chocolate cake is the perfect dessert for the holidays! 


  • 1
    semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1/2
    unsalted butter
  • 3/4
    granulated sugar
  • 1/4
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4
    peppermint extract
  • 3
    large eggs
    slightly beaten
  • 1/2
    Dutch process cocoa powder


  • 1
    semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1/2
    heavy cream
  • 1/2
    crushed peppermint candy or candy canes
    for decorating
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a piece of parchment to fit the bottom of the pan. Place it in the bottom of the pan and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. To make the cake, put the chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl, and heat until the butter is melted and the chips are soft, about one minute. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. If you need to reheat, do for 10 seconds at a time and stir.

  3. Add the sugar, salt, vanilla, peppermint extract and stir to combine.

  4. Add the eggs and stir until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and stir until just combined. Don’t over mix.

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake the cake for 25 minutes or until the cake has a thin crust on the top and the center registers 200°F on an instant-read thermometer.

  6. Let the cake cool on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes. Loosen the edges of the pan with a butter knife and carefully turn it upside down onto a cake plate or serving plate. The bottom of the cake will now be the top of the cake. Let the cake cool completely.

  7. While the cake is cooling, make the chocolate ganache. Combine the chocolate and cream in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and heat until the cream is very hot so it will melt the chocolate. I always start with 30 seconds and check it. It might take longer, it just depends on your microwave. Remove from the microwave, and stir until the the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.

  8. Spread the chocolate ganache glaze evenly over the cooled cake. Sprinkle the crushed peppermint candy evenly over the cake. Let the glaze set up for a few hours before cutting and serving the cake. I always put it in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

  9. Cut the cake with a sharp knife into small slices. This cake is great with whipped cream or ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake

Amount Per Serving

Calories 302
Calories from Fat 180

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 20g

Saturated Fat 12g

Cholesterol 57mg

Sodium 59mg

Potassium 185mg

Total Carbohydrates 27g

Dietary Fiber 2g

Sugars 21g

Protein 3g

Vitamin A



* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.