Selected Posts
Stella ParksBest New Pastry Chef
a handful of sprinklesWhy Weight
total eclipse of the tartTotal Eclipse of the Tart
chocolate sprinklesHomemade Sprinkles
plaid tartAbout BraveTart

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake (two 8'' rounds/ 24 cupcakes/ 9''x13'' sheet)

I hope the fact that this cake is both gluten and dairy free won’t be held against it, because it’s worth a place on anyone’s cake stand. You can read more about how and why I developed this recipe here.

Don’t be alarmed, however, to find the batter is not particularly tasty. There is a funky quality to the raw “flours” that bakes out, though is still somewhat noticeable in the cakes while warm. Once cool, the strangeness disappears. I know that’s one heckuva preamble, but I don’t want any batter-lickers to get scared.

2 oz unsweetened chocolate
4 oz cocoa powder, sifted
8 oz hot coffee or strong black tea
3 Tbsp vanilla extract (or extract of your choice, mint or almond work nicely too)

4 oz white rice flour
1 oz mochiko (Japanese rice flour)
2 oz garbanzo bean flour
1 oz tapioca starch

14 oz sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp kosher salt
4 egg whites (or two eggs)
4 oz safflower oil
8 oz coconut milk

Preheat the oven to 350° and line the cake pans with parchment, grease lightly, and dust with cocoa.

Make a paste from the cocoa, chocolate, and coffee and set aside.

Sift together the dry ingredients, also setting aside.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, leavening agents, xanthan gum, salt and egg whites. Using a hand/stand mixer, whip on medium high speed for ten minutes, then slowly drizzle in the oil. Then, add in the chocolate paste a few spoonfulls at a time.

Turn the mixer down to its lowest speed and add the dry ingredients all at once, that “alternating the wet and dry” business wears me out. Mix until just combined, then stir in the the liquid, until homogeneous.

Divide evenly between pans and bake for 30 minutes or so (15-20 for cupcakes), until somewhat firm to the touch but will still leave a chocolate kiss on your finger. Let the cakes cool in the pan for ten minutes or so before flipping them out.

The cakes will have a dense, spongy quality while still hot, but become normal cake textured as they cool.

Recipe for gluten free Matcha buttercream here, as well as a chocolate version for those who tend toward the traditional.

For information on how to store the finished cake, see this post from the Kitchn.


« Back to the Recipe Box

Any questions?

Sep 04, 2010 · 11:17 AM

Enjoying BraveTart and intrigued by the recipes. Photos are amazing. My question is about the oil, why safflower oil?

 · Ruth · 

Sep 04, 2010 ·  3:32 PM

Hi Ruth! This recipe would work well with any neutral flavored oil, or even certain stronger oils like hazelnut. I like safflower oil because, like olive oil, it has heart healthy properties. About one gram of saturated and 11 grams monounsaturated per serving.

Beware Hollywood brand safflower oil, though. They use a different variety of safflower that is pretty much nutritionally bankrupt, 11 or 12 grams of saturated fat per serving. Spectrum is a good brand widely available in Lexington area groceries…


Jun 03, 2011 ·  1:47 AM

Wow! Just made these. Did 24 cupcakes with the batch. Oiled and put cocoa powder in cupcake liners. Cooked them for 16 min on Convection/Bake. They looked beautiful and fluffy when i pulled them out. Not so much about 3 min later. They fell flat, but are soooooo good and gooey in the center. I put 1/2 in the fridge to cool and left the other 1/2
on the counter. I Like the fridge cooled ones texture better. Thank you so much for this recipe. I am allergic to Soy, egg yolks and have a gluten sensitivity. It is close to impossible to find a cake, let alone chocolate, that I can eat. i think I have gone to heaven….

 · Weeze · 

Jun 04, 2011 · 10:54 AM

Hmmm… I’m going to guess they just needed a little longer to cook, the structure probably had not fully set so they collapsed after you pulled them out. If you try them again, give them 5 extra minutes and see how they go. I’m so, so glad you like this cake and finally found something you can dig into!

I have another recipe here, very similar in flavor, but with simpler ingredients. Just replace the eggs with egg whites and use 100% almond flour (if nuts aren’t a problem for you).

Thanks for letting me know how they turned out for you, I’m going to update the “yield” of the recipe to reflect your result— 24 cupcakes.


Feb 19, 2013 · 11:37 AM

By far one of the best GF cakes I’ve made! Seriously, Stella. Thank you! I have been baking GF for over a year, and was thrilled with the cake. I used Valrhona cocoa powder, a blend of garbanzo & fava bean flour (I didn’t have just garbanzo on hand) and buttermilk in place of the coconut milk (no dairy worries here!) It turned out beautifully.

 · Emily · 

Feb 19, 2013 ·  9:55 PM

Hi Emily! Yaaayyy! Thanks so much for taking the time to report on your experience with the cake, and your adjustments too. I’m sure that dose of Valrhona didn’t hurt the situation.


May 25, 2016 · 11:11 PM

I bake (almost) exclusively gluten free for my husband, but I find having a dozen different flours in my cabinet expensive and kind of annoying… So is it vital to have mochi flour rather than 5oz rice flour? Any chance arrowroot and/or xantham gum could substitute for tapioca? My husband is not a foodie, so he is not too picky. After making Swiss buttercream with your toasted sugar he has requested chocolate cupcakes to go with it

 · Sarahlynne · 

Jan 25, 2017 ·  9:11 PM

Hey there great website! Does running a blog similar to this require
a great deal of work? I have very little understanding of programming but I had been hoping to start
my own blog in the near future. Anyhow, if you have any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners please share.
I understand this is off subject nevertheless I simply wanted to ask.
Appreciate it!

 · The Sims 4: Vampires Crack ·

Jan 26, 2017 · 12:48 AM

Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog
and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.
After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

 · The Sims 4: Vampires Download ·

Jan 26, 2017 ·  3:39 AM

It’s very trouble-free to find out any matter on web as compared to textbooks, as I found this article at this site.

 · The Sims 4: Vampires Free Download ·

Jan 26, 2017 ·  5:43 PM

What’s up to every single one, it’s really a fastidious for me to pay a visit this website, it contains precious

 · The Sims 4: Vampires Torrent ·

Jan 28, 2017 ·  7:04 PM

This article presents clear idea in support of the new viewers of blogging, that in fact how to do blogging
and site-building.

 · pokemon go hack ·

Jan 28, 2017 · 11:36 PM

I visited various web pages however the audio feature for audio
songs existing at this site is truly marvelous.

 · Pokemon Duel Hack ·

Jan 29, 2017 ·  2:25 AM

A motivating discussion is worth comment. I believe that you need to write more on this subject matter, it may not be a taboo matter but generally people do not discuss these issues.

To the next! All the best!!

 · Fifa 18 Crack ·

Jan 29, 2017 ·  2:40 AM

Hello, i believe that i saw you visited my website so i got here to go back
the desire?.I am attempting to find things to improve my
site!I guess its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

 · Fifa 18 Cd Key ·

Jan 30, 2017 ·  1:23 AM

You’re so interesting! I do not suppose I’ve read through something like that before.
So nice to discover another person with a few original
thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up.
This site is one thing that is required on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

 · pokemon go hack ·

Jan 30, 2017 ·  3:47 PM

I have read so many posts about the blogger lovers but this post is really a good article, keep it

 · Pokemon Duel Cheats ·

Jan 30, 2017 ·  8:03 PM

Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem
to be running off the screen in Opera. I’m not sure if this is a
format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Cheers

 · Pokemon Duel Cheats ·

Feb 02, 2017 ·  8:25 PM

Estou construindo 4 casas com 9 metros de frente cada… e pensei
que daria pra fazer esse sistema na calçada de cada uma… que mede 2mts de largura por 10mts de frente.

 · desentupidora em florianópolis ·

Feb 06, 2017 ·  5:53 PM

Hi there, You have done an excellent job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends.
I am sure they’ll be benefited from this site.

 · ·

Feb 12, 2017 · 10:41 PM

Trust Carrier & Bryant HVAC systems to keep your home comfortable with energy efficient equipment using the latest technology.

 · ac repair fishkill ·

Feb 13, 2017 ·  3:32 AM

Hello there! This post couldn’t be written much better!
Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
He always kept preaching about this. I am going to
forward this article to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a
good read. Thank you for sharing!

 · forum rao vặt vbb ·

Feb 17, 2017 ·  6:39 AM

I just could not depart your site before suggesting that I extremely
loved the standard information a person provide to your visitors?

Is going to be again often in order to investigate cross-check new posts

 · deluxeastuce ·

Feb 20, 2017 ·  4:07 AM

Can you tell us more about this? I’d love to find out more details.

 · terry koosed ·

Feb 20, 2017 · 12:49 PM

Asking quеstiοns are really fastidioսѕ thing if you are not
understanding anything entirely, except this piece of writing provіdes nice understanding yet.

 · derm exclusive skin care reviews ·

Feb 23, 2017 ·  8:10 AM

Amazing! Its in fact awesome post, I have got much clear idea on the topic of from this

 · xender apk free ·

Feb 23, 2017 ·  9:03 AM

In fact, I will be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in my town this Sunday.

 · st patricks day shirts funny ·

Feb 24, 2017 · 10:34 AM

Hello I am so excited I found your weblog, I really found you by mistake,
while I was researching on Digg for something else, Anyways I am here now
and would just like to say many thanks for a fantastic post and a all
round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t
have time to browse it all at the moment but I have saved it and also added your
RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great
deal more, Please do keep up the fantastic job.

 · bigo Live download ·


After clicking "preview" you must click submit to post your comment.