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Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake

This Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake is not only decadent, it’s naturally gluten free!

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake
I first baked this flourless chocolate marbled cheesecake back in 2010. I posted about it on my first ever food blog, Cooking for Seven. Sadly, I failed to give details about WHY I decided to make it, so I have no idea what the occasion was. Probably just on a whim, but something rankles in the back of my mind…perhaps it was for a family gathering?

This time, I’m going to make sure to write out why I made this cake:

Reuben’s sisters and I had been enjoying a K-Drama about a mermaid that falls in love with a human. I know, I know, it sounds fantastical. And it is. But it’s funny and intriguing and suspenseful all at once. And it has Jun Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho, so…

Anyhow, we decided to watch the finale together (we had previously attempted to watch a couple of episodes together, but I foolishly neglected to check before I got all caught up…oops. #addicted). Reuben’s family invited us over for a supper of rice bowls (one of our all-time favorite meals), and I offered to provide the dessert:

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake
My older sister and her husband have been into making this cake recently, and I adore it every time they bake it. I had some odd bits of dark chocolate in my cupboard and freezer, so I decided to use it up and make a delicious dessert: this flourless chocolate marbled cheesecake thingy.

You can use a variety of chocolates if that’s what you have on hand. I used a mix of 70% and 85% cacao chocolate bars and chips.

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake
Chop it up fine and melt it with good-quality butter.

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake
Swirl the chocolate batter with the cheesecake batter to give this cake a beautiful, marbled effect.

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake
This flourless chocolate marbled cheesecake is certainly a bit fancy-looking in my book. Perfect for impressing guests.

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake
A word of caution, however: this cake is quite rich. Let me repeat myself: THIS CAKE IS QUITE RICH. It has loads of butter, eggs, dark chocolate, and cream cheese. When serving, make sure to start with small slices.

“You can always have more, but you can’t very well have less, now can you?”

Also, the finale of the K-Drama was quite satisfying. And so was this cake.

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake
5 from 1 vote

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake

A decadent gluten-free cheesecake. Perfect for impressing guests!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Author Erica Lea


For the cheesecake batter:

  • - 8 oz organic cream cheese softened
  • - 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • - 1 large egg
  • - 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • - a pinch of real salt

For the chocolate batter:

  • - 10 ounces bittersweet 60%-85% cacao chocolate, chopped
  • - 5 ounces 10 tablespoons butter, chopped
  • - 3 large eggs
  • - 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • - 1 tablespoon espresso or very strong coffee
  • - 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • - a pinch of real salt


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (149 C). Butter a 9-inch cake pan and line the bottom with a round of unbleached parchment paper.

To make the cheesecake batter:

  1. In a medium-large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until it doesn't have any lumps. Add the sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt and mix just until incorporated (if you beat too long the cheesecake will be too airy).

To make the chocolate batter:

  1. In a double boiler (or a heat-proof bowl set over a bowl of simmering water), melt the chocolate and butter. Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit.
  2. Place the eggs, sugar, espresso, vanilla and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high until the eggs are pale and thick, about 3-4 minutes. Turn the mixer down to low and slowly drizzle in the melted chocolate and butter. Mix just until well combined.
  3. Pour a little over half of the chocolate batter into the prepared cake pan. Alternated between dolloping spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter and the remaining chocolate batter. Gingerly swirl the cake batters together with a knife. Tap the cake pan on the counter to even out the surface.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted about 2 inches from the edge comes out with moist pieces of the cake sticking to it. You don't want the cake to still be liquid, but you definitely don't want to over-bake it and dry it out. The edges will start to peel away from the side of the pan. This should take about 40-45 minutes. Start checking at 35 minutes. DON'T BAKE IT TOO LONG.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temp on a wire cooling rack. Run a knife around the edge of pan and flip the cake out onto a plate. Flip it back over onto your serving plate. You can serve it room-temperature or chilled.
  6. You can freeze this cake, well-wrapped, for up to a month.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: I cut the sugar in the cheesecake batter in half. It was the perfect amount of sweetness for me, but if you have a sweet tooth you might want to increase it slightly (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup).

Adapted from Fine Cooking

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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 12th of June 2019

I’ve made several this times since your first posting, always for a special occasion and it never fails to impress. Glad a search led me here! It’s great for the holidays, frozen ahead and defrosted in the morning. Sometimes I serve it with a simple raspberry sauce too. Yummy!

Erica Kastner

Thursday 13th of June 2019

Thank you so much for your review! This is definitely one of our all-time favorite desserts. :) Great idea to serve with a raspberry sauce! ❤

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Saturday 30th of December 2017

[…] 1) Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake – this is an all-time favorite dessert for our family. So decadent! […]

Erica Lea

Monday 17th of April 2017

So glad you liked the cake, Karen! It's one of my all time favorites. :)

Karen S. Adams

Saturday 15th of April 2017

Made this cheesecake for my friends and not a single slice was left!!!There was a slight argument over the last slice to be totally honest. I'm definitely making three for for upcoming holidays :D

Erica Lea

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Oops...sorry! :D I know what you mean - sometimes I want to make a dessert, but it's so much for our little family to eat up! Freezing is a great idea.

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