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The Best Fudgy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

The only gluten-free chocolate cake Alison Needham needs, thanks to Hershey's Cocoa and a little tweaking on her part. And you get to reap the yummy rewards!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: A Girl Defloured, gluten-free baking, gluten-free cake recipe, gluten-free chocolate cake, gluten-free chocolate recipes, gluten-free dessert recipes
Author: Alison Needham, A Girl Defloured


For the cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups  Cup4Cup (235 grams) or other light gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend has it)
  • ¾ cup good quality cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten (room temperature)
  • 1 cup whole milk, or milk substitute of your choice
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot coffee

For the frosting:

  • ½ cup butter or dairy free stick butter substitute of your choice, melted and cooled slightly
  • cup good quality cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • cup whole milk or milk substitute of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8-inch cake pans with gluten-free cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Combine the sugar, flour, xanthan (if using), cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Carefully whisk in the hot coffee. The batter will be runny.
  • Evenly distribute the cake batter between the two prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Let it cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to finish cooling completely.
  • Make the frosting. Whisk the melted butter into the cocoa powder until thoroughly combined. Alternate adding the sugar with the milk while beating until the frosting is smooth and glossy and a spreadable consistency. If the frosting seems too thick, add a splash of additional milk. If it seems too thin, add additional powdered sugar. Beat in the vanilla extract and salt.
  • Frost the cooled cakes as desired.