This is the best gluten free chocolate cake recipe out there. It’s moist, rich, and incredibly easy to make. There’s a dairy free option too!
I’ve been making this gluten free chocolate cake recipe for years and I can’t believe I’ve never shared it here! I’ve shared versions of it, like my gluten free chocolate cookies and cream cake. And I made a half batch of it to make my gluten free chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake.
A plain old, classic gluten free chocolate cake? NOPE. What was I thinking?!
Clearly I wasn’t and it’s definitely time to change that because this cake is EVERYTHING. It gets rave reviews every time I make it (which is pretty frequently for birthdays) and nobody can tell it’s even gluten free!
The great thing about a stellar chocolate cake recipe is that you can do a lot with it. The chocolate cake is the perfect base for all different kinds of flavor combos you’d like. It really has no limits so you can use your imagination!
I’ve made a mint chocolate chip version and a Snicker’s version for a couple birthdays and most recently, I made this with peanut butter frosting for Adam’s birthday. It’s one of those classic recipes that you’ll want to keep on hand, you’ll definitely be making this one again and again.
This cake is made with buttermilk but it’s easily adapted to be dairy free. Just use unsweetened coconut milk + 1 tablespoon of white vinegar instead of the buttermilk.
Key Ingredients for this Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe
For the Cake:
- All purpose gluten-free flour blend (omit the xanthan gum if using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour)
- Cocoa powder
- Buttermilk (or 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk + 1 tablespoon white vinegar)
- Avocado oil or canola oil
- 2 eggs at ROOM TEMPERATURE
- 1 cup hot coffee
For the Frosting:
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Heavy whipping cream
- Powdered sugar
How to make Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Step 1. Combine the dry ingredients and whisk together.
Step 2. Combine the wet ingredients and whisk together until blended.
Step 3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Step 4. Mix them until completely combined.
Step 5. Pour in the hot coffee and mix until incorporated.
Step 6. Pour the batter evenly into two pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Step 7. Allow cakes to fully cool (20 minutes) then begin to frost the first layer.
Step 8. Add the second layer and frost over.
Step 9. Make sure the cake is completely frosted on the top and sides.
Step 10. Add some swirls or other fancy decorations (optional).
For frosting, I made a simple homemade chocolate frosting. If you’re making this dairy free, frost it with my vegan chocolate frosting. Another great frosting option is Nutella Buttercream Frosting. It gives a wonderfully nutty flavor with a nice, smooth chocolate flavor. I promise you’ll love it!
I suggest making a double batch of frosting so you can do a proper crumb coat to lock in those cake crumbs and then frost it with a good thick layer of creamy, dreamy chocolate frosting. You’ll probably even have a little bit extra for piping if you want to get fancy.
But feel free to skip the crumb coat and piping if you’re short on time, that step is totally up to you. The crumb coat just locks in the crumbs so they don’t get into the frosting when you’re trying to spread it.
Let me know in the comments who you’ll be making this cake for! And if you’re making it for yourself, I won’t judge! But if you ARE looking for a mini cake, I’ve got you covered with my mini chocolate layer cake. Enjoy!
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For the Cake
For the Frosting
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 569 Total Fat: 29g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Fiber: 2g Protein: 5g
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To make the chocolate buttercream:
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