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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

This easy gluten-free chocolate cake is super simple, and has the perfect texture.


PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 38 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 3 minutes



  • 1 ½ cups (320g) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (285g) all purpose gluten-free flour blend (see note about flour blends below)
  • ¾ cup (65g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (6g) gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (8g) baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt (6g)
  • 2 large eggs (110g), room temperature
  • 1 cup milk (260g) (or dairy-free milk)
  • ½ cup (110g) vegetable oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (4g) gluten-free vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (150g) boiling water (for activating the cocoa)


  • ½ cup (115g) butter (or dairy-free butter)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (4g) gluten-free vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 ½ cups (450g) powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup (40-60g) milk (or dairy-free milk)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Position rack in center of oven. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until there are no visible clumps.
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer on medium speed for two minutes.
  4. Stir in boiling water.
  5. Spoon batter evenly into cake pans. Bake for 35 to 38 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool on a rack.
  1. For the frosting: In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Add cocoa powder and beat until combined. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Slowly beat in milk. Beat in additional milk if needed, to obtain desired consistency.
  2. Frost cakes.
  3. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.


  • Flour Blend: I used my gluten free blend in this recipe and I’ve used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour. I do NOT recommend using Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour. Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour blend has chickpea flour (also known as garbanzo bean flour) in it. Chickpea flour goes rancid rather fast and when it does it creates a dry and sour/bitter flavor. It also does something funny to this recipe.
  • When working with or measuring gluten-free flour, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level. Do not scoop your measuring cup into the gluten-free flour. The best method really is to weight it but I don’t have the ingredient weights for all my recipes yet.

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