Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake

This Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake is rich, moist, and delicious, and a delicious gluten-free dessert to serve for any holiday.

Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake

Friends, the blogging community lost a very beautiful woman last week, but heaven gained a saint.

Today’s post makes me think of a friend who loved chocolate, so I’m sharing this Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe!

Our dear friend Joan Hayes​, who was a friend to everyone, passed away in her sleep from a heart attack at 48 years of age. I can’t help but think of her family–she was a single mama, about my age, with 3 kids (a little younger than mine)–and the great, great loss that this will be to so many. I met Joan last year in Asheville, N.C., where we became friends.

Joan was a brilliant-minded business woman who built her blog Chocolate, Chocolate and More to huge success … but there’s more. She was loving, kind, helpful, smart, witty, giving, generous, and basically loved people and life. Exactly what we’re called to do!

Joan, thank you for being a wonderful example to so many of us bloggers, for personally helping me with my blog and my RE Facebook page, and for touching the world through your blog and recipes (so many people followed Joan on her Facebook page)!

Support and pray.

Friends, please visit Joan’s blog every time you think of chocolate, or you need a good dessert recipe, because it’ll be a great resource this holiday season, and her 3 kids will benefit from the revenue of page views. You can read more about her wishes for her blog, here. And, thank you for praying for her kids and family! Her service in Atlanta is this week. You’ll probably see across blogland many stories and pictures of beautiful Joan!

Now I’m going to go hug my husband and our son Elliot, and love our other 2 kids from afar. Life is short … we need to love hard.

Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake at Reluctant Entertainer

Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake

Today I made a Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake in honor of Joan.

Of course, I always use a good chocolate, and my favorite red springform pan, when making flourless cakes. I also spray the bottom and use parchment paper, so the cake doesn’t stick to the bottom.

Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake at Reluctant Entertainer

Perfect for fall season, adding pumpkin pie spice is what makes this chocolate flourless cake so yummy!

Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake at Reluctant Entertainer

I don’t consider myself much of a baker, and for sure I’m nothing like Joan.

Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake at Reluctant Entertainer

If you’ve been touched by Joan, what was your memory, or what is your favorite recipe of hers?

Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. brewed strong coffee (I used espresso)
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Microwave butter, granulated sugar and chocolate in large microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM for 3-4 minutes, or until chocolate and butter are completely melted and mixture is well blended. Cool slightly.
  3. Whisk eggs in small bowl until blended; gradually stir into chocolate mixture. Stir in coffee and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Cut out a round piece of parchment paper for the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Pour batter into the pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Place the cake on a plate and sprinkle cake with powdered sugar; serve!
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I am a huge fan of these Q Squared serving plates, serving platter and this 9 inch springform pan! I am a huge fan of my KitchenAid hand mixer and tabletop mixer for these types of recipes too!

Favorite “Joan” recipes.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that Joan has shared on her blog.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bark

Caramel Glazed Spice Cake

Easy Brownie Pie

Mud Hen Bars

Chocolate Depression Cake

More easy holiday desserts: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip, Easy Pear Gorgonzola Puff Pasty Pinwheels, Zucchini Maple Cupcakes, and Pumpkin Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake.


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14 comments on “Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake”

  1. Such a touching tribute to Joan, sandy. It really hits home what a loss to her family and friends with her passing…such a shame. I am sad to not have met her in real life, but I feel like I know her through all of you who did. And I know that I would have just loved her too.
    A beautiful cake for a beautiful person. I’m not a big baker but I can see myself making this, thank you for sharing today. Love you friend. xo

  2. Such a beautiful tribute post, Sandy. I am so sorry for the loss of your food blogging friend as well as for the loss of the food blogging community at large. I never knew Joan, but now have a sense of who she was thanks to your post and fabulous chocolate and pumpkin spice cake recipe. I’m so glad that National Chocolate Day is today so that you and others could honor Joan, and the essence of who she was, in connection with the contributions she has made in food with her chocolate recipes, in such a meaningful way. Thank you for sharing, my friend! xo

    • Thank you, Stacy. The blogging community is amazing, I am so proud of how everyone is getting involved so we do not forget this lovely person or her family!

  3. Such a beautiful post with a delicious cake! It’s so hard to explain these online friendships to people :)

  4. A beautiful cake to remember a wonderful soul. Our blogging friendships really are amazing, aren’t they?

    • Truly grateful for all the lovely blogging friends in my life, Mary, including you! I’m so glad we both got to meet and love Joan!

  5. Sandy, what a blessing to pop into your blog and find this recipe. It’s hard to find really good flourless recipes but this one sounds incredible. I can’t wait to make it.

  6. A really beautiful post for Joan, Sandy!! <3 <3 And the cake looks beautiful too!

  7. I would love to try this recipe, but it doesn’t have a flour substitute I’m confused about what gives it rge good consistency pictured?

  8. I lost a friend and coworker two weeks ago to heart failure. His symptoms were nausea and later chest pain. We had time to say goodbye. But his passing was still too fast. Please keep talking about these symptoms. It isn’t always chest pain and arm pain. I share your loss.

  9. Your wonderful tribute to JoAnne made me want to get to know you. The mention of chocolate was an additional perk. The cake is yummy.

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