Flourless Chocolate Citrus Fruit Cake Recipe

An amazing spring summer dessert that will melt in your mouth! This flourless Italian chocolate citrus fruit cake is so easy and simple to prepare, which makes it a perfect quick treat.  Plus, it’s gluten-free, well moist, and incredibly delicious! Try the following recipe:


  • 1 orange
  • 1 Key lime or Meyer lemon
  • 1 red grapefruit
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups finely ground hazelnuts or store-bought hazelnut meal
  • To garnish: powdered sugar/citrus fruit slices of your choice/mint leaves (optional)


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  • In a medium saucepan, apply the citrus fruits (orange, lime/lemon, and grapefruit) and pour water to cover them and heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pot. Simmer until you get soft citrus fruits, around 90 minutes.
  • When the oranges are cool enough to handle, cut them in half and then remove any seeds.
  • Next, preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease an 8-in. round springform
  • In a blender, apply the fruits and pulse until you get a smooth puree (you will get 1½ cups of orange puree). Place the remaining ingredients (except for the one for garnish) to the blender. Blend shortly then stir, and blend again, repeating until the mixture is combined.
  • Pour the batter into the baking pan. Place in the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes, or just until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove and allow to cool to room temperature. To garnish, dust powdered sugar over the cake and decorate with citrus fruit slices (if desired). Slice and serve.

Buon Appetito!