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The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

This is the best gluten-free chocolate cake recipe out there. It’s moist, rich, and this gluten-free chocolate cake is incredibly easy to make. You won’t believe this cake is gluten-free! There’s a dairy-free option too!

This is the BEST gluten free chocolate cake recipe out there! So moist, so rich, and so full of chocolate flavor! It's always the hit of the party! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | gluten free dessert recipes | easy desserts | cake recipes from scratch | homemade chocolate cake | gluten free cakes | birthday cakes | gluten free birthday cake recipes | chocolate cake from scratch

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 birthday cake) and nobody can tell it’s even gluten free!

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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 Sourdough Chocolate Cake with the discard from my gluten free sourdough starter. I also turned it into a fall cake and made a Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

This cake recipe is one of those classic recipes that you’ll want to keep on hand, you’ll definitely be making it again and again.

This is the BEST gluten free chocolate cake recipe out there! So moist, so rich, and so full of chocolate flavor! It's always the hit of the party! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | gluten free dessert recipes | easy desserts | cake recipes from scratch | homemade chocolate cake | gluten free cakes | birthday cakes | gluten free birthday cake recipes | chocolate cake from scratch

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

Equipment Needed


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).

 

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake


Frosting Options

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!

And I linked to my Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting above (which is fabulous).

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.

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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.

If you freeze your cake layers before frosting, you can often get away with skipping the crumb coat.

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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Best Ever Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

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!

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend contains it)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder*
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk + 1 tablespoon white vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (or canola oil)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot coffee

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

To make the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 2 8-inch cake pans with non-stick spray. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper and spray that parchment paper with non-stick spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift together the flour, xanthan gum, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Use the paddle attachment to mix the dry ingredients on low speed.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.
  4. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until completely combined.
  5. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and pour in the hot coffee. Mix on low until incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter (it will be very thin and pretty liquidy) evenly between the two pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes. (Mine take about 37 minutes.)
  7. Cool the cakes on a wire rack (in the pan) for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the cakes from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. When the cakes are cool, prepare the buttercream.

To make the chocolate buttercream:

  1. Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until completely smooth. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder and mix on low to combine. Mix in the vanilla extract and heavy cream.
  2. Turn the mixer to a medium-high speed and beat for 1-2 minutes or until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  3. Frost the cake as desired!

Notes

  1. I currently use my Nightshade Free Flour Mix in this recipe. It also works well with both my White Rice Flour Blend and the Brown Rice Gluten Free Flour Mix. I have also tested this recipe with Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Baking Mix with great results.
  2. *I use Rodelle's Dutch Processed Gourmet Baking Cocoa because I prefer the rich chocolate flavor. Regular cocoa or dark cocoa powder can also be used.The frosting makes enough to frost one cake. If you would like a thicker layer of frosting or if you want to pipe any details, I suggest making 1 1/2 batches or doubling the recipe.
  3. If making this dairy free, you can frost this cake with my favorite vegan chocolate frosting.
  4. Cake adapted from Ina Garten.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 569Total Fat: 29gUnsaturated Fat: 13gFiber: 2gProtein: 5g

Did you make this recipe? Leave a star rating and let me know in the comments! You can also leave a photo/comment on this pin for others to see.

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Bradley

Monday 5th of April 2021

This is a go to recipe! I was skeptical the first time I made the cake due to it being gluten free, but it is the absolute best chocolate cake I have ever had. I constantly get asked to make it by friends and coworkers. It's a blessing and a curse because now I am always having to bake it!

Shay

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback, Bradley! I'm so glad everyone is enjoying it as much as we do!

Cassie

Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

Hi there, i enjoyed making this cake and it was very well received, thank you for the recipe! I wanted to ask if you or anyone else has tried making this cake with less sugar? This cake calls for quite a lot of sugar, but I was hesitant to reduce the amount in case it negatively changed the texture or flavour.

Anita Hoskins

Thursday 18th of March 2021

I have made this cake multiple times now. It is my go to Chocolate Cake! My daughter ask for it for her birthday and she is not even GF. Definitely the best GF chocolate cake I have ever made.

Quick question, have you ever substituted the sugar? Like monk fruit sugar, or coconut sugar? It is so expensive to try and fail, that I would love to know from others first if it is worth giving it a shot.

Justine H

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Wow! This is one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever had, period. And I’m a food snob. The cake was easy to make and a super rich moisture with a delicious buttercream frosting.

Honestly, no one in my 15 person family gathering last night knew that it was gluten-free, in any shape, way or form.

I am recently gluten-free. Therefore, when I want dessert at a family function, it’s up to me to make.

THIS CAKE IS SO GOOD!!!! Don’t even hesitate to make this recipe if you like chocolate. I served it with cookies and cream ice cream for those who love ice cream with their cake, red wine with those who love wine with their cake and decaf coffee for those who love coffee with their cake. THANK YOU!

Robin

Monday 8th of March 2021

I made this cake for my friend's dad and he absolutely loved it. I used coconut milk and made a dairy free coconut frosting and then covered it with shredded coconut. I made it as cupcakes also and tried one. Very good cake! I saved the recipe so I can make it for other gluten/dairy free friends. Thanks for recipe!😊

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