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Chocolate Blender Cake

Makes one 9-inch cake

1½ hours 20 minutes active, plus cooling

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Thanks to a countertop blender, this moist chocolate cake—which happens to be gluten-free—and its thick, rich glaze come together easily, speedily and with only a few dishes to clean. We start by blitzing whole almonds (either skin-on or blanched work, but be sure they’re raw, not roasted) until powdery, essentially making our own almond flour, then throw in the rest of the batter ingredients and blend for a couple minutes more. We prefer Dutch-processed cocoa powder in this cake, as it gives the crumb a deep, dark color, but lighter-hued natural cocoa works fine, too, if that’s what you have. A sprinkle of flaky salt is a simple, elegant way to garnish this dessert. Or, for a fun, festive finish, top the glazed cake with a smattering of crunchy bits. We especially love crushed pretzels, chopped toasted nuts, even mini marshmallows—or a combination of the three. And if you’ve used marshamallows, consider toasting them with a kitchen torch.

Makes one

9-inch cake


Don’t blend the glaze until the chocolate chips have had a couple minutes to soften after the hot cream as been poured onto them. This ensures a smooth, shiny consistency without lumps. It’s best to use the glaze immediately after blending, as it sets up rather quickly.

1½ hours

20 minutes active, plus cooling

For the cake:

  • 110

    grams (¾ cup) raw almonds (see headnote)


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Julius B.
February 25, 2024
Amazing cake
Everyone loved it. Followed directions exactly. Went into oven kind of liquidy so wasn’t sure how it would turn out. It was the best chocolate cake ever. The tip on the glaze was great also. Kids and adults keep asking for it.
Denise F.
April 29, 2024
I gave almond flour and almond meal. Do you think I could substitute either of them for the raw almonds? Very interesting in this recipe but would like to use the products I have! Thank you for any advice!!
Renee P.
April 9, 2024
Easy peasy
Hard to stop nibbling on this yummy cake. Definitely a keeper.
Alice C.
March 3, 2024
Simply wonderful
Effort to payoff ratio is unparalleled. Impressive, delicious dessert without multiple bowls and equipment- no one will suspect. A win win!
Beth D.
February 17, 2024
Simple & delicious
This was so easy to make and turned out perfect the first time! I made this for guests and everyone loved it. It wasn't too sweet and was very light. Texture was fudgy without being too dense. Hubs said this is a keeper and I have to make it again. Would try with a scoop of instant espresso powder for a hint of coffee taste.