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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Here's everything you need to know about how to make a moist and delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Cake.  This one is oh so easy to make in one bowl and piled high with chocolate buttercream.  {gluten free}
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 640kcal
Author: Karen Kelly


  • 2 ½ cups gluten free flour with xanthan gum
  • 1 ¼ cups cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Buttercream frosting

  • 1 cup salted butter ( I love Kerrygold)
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in center of oven.  Spray two 8 x 2 inch round pans with cooking spray and cut out parchment paper circles.  Place inside pans and spray parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer add eggs, oil, milk, water and vanilla. Mix well.  Add flour, cocoa, sugar and salt and continue to mix, scraping down the sides often.
  • Pour into prepared pans and drop gently on counter to release any bubbles.  Bake for about 30-40 minutes.  Check by inserting a toothpick in center.  It is done when toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely for several hours before frosting.

Buttercream Frosting

  • Place room temperature butter in a stand mixer with paddle attachment and beat for several minutes until light and fluffy.  Add sugar one cup at a time and beat well after each addition.  Add vanilla and 1 tablespoon heavy cream and continue to mix.  You can add more sugar to get a thicker consistency or more cream for thinner.  
  • Frost cake and serve or store on the counter for several days.  It will start to dry out.


If you decide to use Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour add 1 tablespoon baking powder.  You do not need to add xanthan gum.  I do not recommend using any other flour.


Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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