When we commissioned uber cake designer Lily Vanilli to create a very special cake. A cake that was to be a (gluten free) celebration of a client’s mother who swim across an Italian Lake.

Inside the ‘lake cake’, that looks like a piece of vintage set from Thunderbirds, is a flour-less chocolate cake.



Here is a recipe for Lily’s (more simple version – phew!) flour-less chocolate cake, so you can share the gluten free goodness too.

Flour-less Chocolate Cake – serves 8-10

Prep time: 25 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins


300g Dark Chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces

1 tsp Espresso Powder (optional)

200g Unsalted Butter, cubed

6 Eggs, separated

100g Brown Sugar, preferably dark

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

Good Pinch of Sea Salt

5 tbsp Cocoa Powder, sifted

Handful of Cacao Nibs (optional)

One 23cm round cake tin, greased and lined with baking paper

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC
  • In a bain marie, melt together the chocolate, espresso powder and butter, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar on high for 5 minutes until yellow and creamy, then ass the vanilla and salt.
  • In a clean, dry bowl beat  the egg whites and the baking powder together, starting on a low speed and increasing the speed gently until stiff peaks are formed.
  • Stir the chocolate mixture into the yolk mixture, then stir in the cocoa. Now stir in a small spoonful of the beaten whites. Once that’s mixed through, carefully fold in the remaining whites in two parts, until just incorporated.
  • Transfer to your prepared tin, level out to the edges and sprinkle cacao nibs on top if using. Bake for around 25 minutes – the middle should wobble slightly when the tin is shaken gently. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely or serving hot.

Enjoy x

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