January 9, 2009

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I don’t eat sweets often, but I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is flourless chocolate cake. I love going to a restaurant and finding out that they have flourless chocolate cake on the dessert menu. After all, as a Celiac, it is rare to be able to eat dessert out at a restaurant. But if I’m going to splurge on dessert, I want it to be a good one. There are definitely good flourless chocolate cakes and bad ones. I can’t tell you how many I’ve had that are super dry or heavy or way too dense and rich. Since I like to think of myself as a flourless chocolate cake “expert” :-), I’ve compiled a list of my favorites in the Los Angeles area.

But, please keep the following in mind when ordering:

  • Remind the server and chef that you have Celiac or are gluten intolerant and that you CANNOT have any gluten.

  • Just because it is flourless does not mean it is free of gluten. DOUBLE CHECK!


  • So here it is… the best of the best! Enjoy!

  • Le Petit Four
    (8654 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, http://www.lepetitfour.net/)
    Yummy! This was the first flourless chocolate cake that I fell in love with! It’s not heavy like most of them are and it’s so moist and tasty. They also serve excellent food. I LOVE the salads. They are really good about checking ingredients, talking to the chef and modifying dishes, too.

  • Clafoutis
    (8630 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood)
    I was planning on going to Le Petit Four for lunch with a friend, but we got there before they opened. So, we went a couple doors down to Clafoutis. I was very excited when I saw they had flourless chocolate cake. I ordered it, not thinking it could be as good as Le Petit Four’s. I was pleasantly surprised! It’s lighter, but oh so good! Again, they also have really good food for lunch and dinner.

  • Soleil
    (1386 Westwood Blvd in Westwood, http://www.soleilwestwood.com/)
    Someone had told me about how good the flourless chocolate cake is here and they were right! My husband and I went here for dinner before a movie (the food is excellent, by the way!) We were running short on time since we had to get to the movie but, I was determined to try that flourless chocolate cake! The server packed it up in a little box and we took it with us. What a treat at the movie theater to sink my fork into a very delectable dessert. It’s light, but not too rich – one of my new favorites!


  • A flourless chocolate cake lover? Add your favorite in the comments section!

    1 comment:

    glutenfreeforgood said...

    I'm with you on this. I dislike those overly dense and too sweet flourless chocolate cakes. I have a favorite restaurant near my house that serves an amazing flourless chocolate cake, but only on occasion. I call ahead before going to see if it's on the menu, it's that good! I've never tried to make one myself though. Must give it a shot one of these days. If I'm ever in LA, I'll know where to go!
    Melissa

    Living gluten free... naturally