Passover starts tomorrow and this dessert has been a staple at our seders for as long as I remember. It can be a challenge to find a dessert that is flourless (as you cannot use flour in any cooking or baking during the holiday), serves a crowd (we are typically 15-20 for dinner) and is delicious. This cake does it all.

flourless chocolate roulade

Over the years, as more and more people are adopting gluten-free diets, I find myself making this cake throughout the year as well.

flourless chocolate roulade

And though it looks fancy it’s really quite easy to execute – even better, it requires only a few basic, easy-to-find ingredients.

Have a lovely holiday if you’re celebrating!

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Flourless Chocolate Roulade
from a baking class I took over 20 years ago…..

10 eggs, separated (separate cold; bring completely to room temperature before using)
2 c. sugar, divided into (2) ¾ c. (150 g.) and (1) ½ c. (100 g.) portions
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 T. cold water
1/2 t. vanilla
2 c. heavy cream
cocoa powder, for sifting

Pre-heat oven to 400. Grease an 11 x 17 baking sheet and line with parchment paper.

Place the chocolate chips, water and vanilla in the top half of a double boiler. Melt over low heat, stirring constantly. Let cool completely.

Using the whisk attachment, beat the yolks on low speed till blended. With mixer still running, gradually add 3/4 c. sugar. Increase speed to medium-high and beat till mixture is pale and thick. Beat in cooled chocolate, and scrape the whole mixture into a large bowl. Set aside.

Thoroughly clean and dry the mixer bowl and attachment (I usually give the bowl and whisk a final swipe with a paper towel to pick up any last traces of grease). Add the egg whites and beat on low speed till surface is completely covered in small bubbles (read my post on beating egg whites for more details). Increase speed to medium and gradually add 3/4 c. sugar. Once sugar is completely incorporated increase speed to medium-high. When you see tracks formed by the whisk, increase speed to high and beat until mixture is stiff and glossy.

Working with swift but gently motions, fold the egg whites into the yolk/chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Scrape into prepared pan and smooth surface with an offset spatula. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 and bake for another 10 minutes or till a toothpick tests clean. Remove cake from oven and place on a cooling rack. Cover surface with a cool damp cloth or paper towels (some cake will stick to the towels when you remove – don’t worry). Cool cake completely.

Remove cloth (some cake will stick to it; don’t worry) and sift a generous amount of cocoa over the cake’s surface. Run a small sharp knife around the edges of the cake. Place a large piece of tin foil (or 2 pieces taped together) over the cake – top with a sturdy board that is slightly larger than the pan and invert the cake onto the tin foil/board. I like to trim the short edges but you don’t have to.

In your clean mixer bowl whip the cream on medium speed till it begins to thicken. Gradually add 1/2 c. sugar. When sugar is completely incorporated increase speed to medium-high, beating till nice and thick. Spread the whipped cream over the cake, leaving a 1″ border around the edges. Using the tin foil as an aide, roll the cake and cover with the foil – don’t worry if the cake cracks! Place cake, on board, in freezer for at least 1 hour and up to two days ahead.

Let cake soften in the fridge for an hour or so prior to serving.

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This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver


  1. Sandra on April 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I JUST put the toffee-chocolate matzah in the fridge to cool…we’re getting ready for Passover at this end of the continent as well. The girl has a chocolate seder at camp today – it’s a good life when you are six!

    • sheri silver on April 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      GAAAHH! Love matzoh “crack”! Enjoy!

  2. Lisa Sperling on April 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Oh my goodness!! This leaves me longing for a creamy, chocolaty treat! (a chocolate roulade, to be exact). Your recipes are amazing, Sheri!

    • sheri silver on April 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you so much – this made my day! 🙂

  3. Meri on April 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    That looks amazing!

    • sheri silver on April 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  4. Drew on April 6, 2012 at 1:39 am

    This sounds awesome. I’m going to have to make this soon, but I can’t guarantee I won’t worry if cooling cake sticks to my tea towels. Those towels need to know whose cake they’re stealing! Happy Passover!

    • sheri silver on April 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Thank you Drew – I understand that you are quite the baker so I’m truly flattered! As for the towels – when you are actually considering scraping the bits of cake off with a fork, well, you’ll know who’s boss!

      • Drew on April 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

        Yeah, and this time it won’t be Tony or Angela.

        • sheri silver on April 7, 2012 at 9:02 am

          Love it! 🙂

  5. GreetingsfromTexas! on April 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Looks great! I don’t know much about seders but from what it sounds like (this cake, a group of 20 people!!) it sounds awesome. Enjoy the cake and your holiday!

    • sheri silver on April 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Thank you! And if you are ever in New York you can consider yourself invited – would love to be your “first” seder! 🙂