Baking | Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau … deep, dark, delicious & flour-less!

“If chocolate is the answer, the question is irrelevant.”

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone GateauThe Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau came about 3 days ago. I needed to wanted to bake a cake for our anniversary. There was inspiration aplenty with fresh strawberries from a recent trip to the Baramati vineyards near Pune urging me to do something. Preferably something good. The cake is a result of the many ideas that were brimming in my crowded head.

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau My thoughts included something chocolate, definitely dark chocolate. Also something flourless as I attempt to cut back on flour and carbs. Almond meal was a choice, but that funnily that didn’t happen even though I love baking with almond meal. Pistachios got included because some good folk sent me a bag to taste.

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau Homemade mascarpone increasingly a natural choice as it is far better behaved than the low fat cream that we get here. It obliges in charming way, so I made a batch the previous night. Balsamic strawberries came around in an attempt to stop my recent shopping from spoilage as the mercury rises! And finally, the meringue on top because I find the effect quite captivating and whimsical. Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau I’ve done a Chocolate Meringue Strawberry Cream Slice and Strawberry Meringue Chocolate Layer Cake in the past, so I know the combination and technique work well. This time around the almonds were replaced with pistachio slivers, the play of colours quite intriguing.

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau Needed a mood uplift as I have been feeling rather unaccomplished of late. Too much work = too much stress = no time for fun stuff. This gateau was fun!

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau 4It’s a cake as simple as it gets. No flour, so no gluten. The texture is rich and moist. Eggs, sugar, chocolate and a little water is all it takes. I threw in some pure vanilla extract too.

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau A meringue on top always bakes up rustic pretty. Slivered nuts like almonds or pistachios add to the charm. The play of colours is visually uplifting as well. If your meringue begins to colour up too quick, tent it with some foil. My oven uses just the lower element for baking so the top is safe.

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau Mr PAB was amazed at the cake; couldn’t believe that it was flour-less. Praised it endlessly and thought I was a magician! I did feel quite accomplished eventually even though there are plenty of flour-less cakes around. A bonus is that this one has no butter!

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau It turned out to be a pretty cake. Pretty delicious too! Moist, dark, deep, chocolaty, indulgent, fruity, therapeutic, flour-less,  sans butter … and fun!

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. erika says:

    wonderfully done!

  2. Oh wow yum, your cake looks amazing!
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  3. Gera @ Resources Food Bloggers says:

    Deeba you know that chocolaty quotes are my favorites but… yes if I’ve a cake with chocolate and strawberry to add to the article and my palate, then this is sublime!

    Just awesome, I’m pinning it in Pinterest also :)

    All the best,

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  4. Wow! Gluten free cake! That looks so rich and delicious!
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  5. I love flour less chocolate cake. And this one with strawberries is a bonus. Can I have a slice please.
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  6. Hasna says:

    whenever i get strawberries, i jst peep into ur blog fr ideas and motivation… u both ve a deep bound relation

  7. Ooooh, super like!
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  8. That is a perfect and beautiful cake! Really tempting and surely exquisite tasting.



  9. Oh my god Deeba everytime I see your cakes my head hangs in shame and I feel shell shocked that someone can make such delicious looking cakes. I wish you would start some cake baking classes and make me your chela :)
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  10. This is by far one of the best looking cakes on PAB, well done Deeba! Sans butter, and not even replaced by nut meal, I am way impressed. But your bakes are usually impressive anyways, that’s why I keep coming back for more feast of the eyes.
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  12. Belated anniversary wishes my lovely. This cake looks a-mazing and feels like it will just melt in the mouth. I am with Mr PAB, you’re a magician

  13. Many many happy returns of the day Deeba! Chocolate and mascarpone in a flour less gateau – seriously indulgent and YUMM!!! And very certainly, as someone said, chocolate is the answer, who cares what the question is? :)
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  14. You are speaking my language! Chocolate, balsamic strawberries, mascarpone…I want all of that in my face, right now.
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  15. I have never really experimented with a flour less chocolate cake. This one looks stunning! You inspired me to try my hand with it soon!
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  16. I absolutely love flourless chocolate cakes…they taste so fudgy and smooth. Have always wanted to try one, but the amount of eggs in the recipes I’ve seen sort of puts me back. (I still dont mind eating it , I tell you…Lol)
    Your pics are stunning…and absolutely motivating me to get over my inihibitons and make a flourless chocolate cake! :-)
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  17. Yes! A gorgeous gluten-free free cake, you’ve outdone yourself again!
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  18. My grandma turns 86 next Sunday… Now I know what to prepare to celebrate great!
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  19. This is just so pretty!
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  20. sabelmouse says:

    looks great but to much sugar for me. i’ll have to figure out how to make this with less sugar.


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