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Posted on 01/06/2017 in Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

It's birthday time in my house and that means cake time!!

I remember a couple of years ago my friend kindly invited me over for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Dinner was fab, simple gluten free meat, veg and potatoes. Then to my joy they started to sing happy birthday and bought out a cake. It was a lovely gesture. But as the cake got closer I thought "hmmmmm this looks like a regular cake, surely not". After I blew out the candles (making a secret wish that she will surprise me with "it's gluten free") she swiped the cake from under my nose and said "well you can't eat it, it's not gluten free, ah well you will have to watch us eat it". And they did just that, passed slices of my so called birthday cake around blissfully eating, laughing, drinking tea - true story.

So when it comes to birthdays in my house even though my partner and daughter are not gluten free, everyone gets a gluten free birthday cake so I never have to miss out again!!


100g gluten free self raising flour

45g cocoa powder

110g caster sugar

110g butter

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Pre heat oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4

Melt butter until soft but not runny in a large mixing bowl

Mix in caster sugar

Add the flour, cocoa power and eggs, mixing well, then add the vanilla essence

Pour the mixture into a 20cm cake tin, greased and repeat this process (into 2nd tin)

Place the cake mixtures in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the cakes have risen and are slightly golden brown

I usually test by inserting a skewer in the centre of the cake and if it run clear the cake is done

Let the cakes cool on a baking rack

Buttercream (warning pure indulgence - not for the slimmers out there!)

3 ounces of milk chocolate,

1 1/2 ounces of dark chocolate

6 ounces unsalted butter

1 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups of icing sugar


Fill saucepan with 2 inches of water and bring it to the boil over a high heat

Reduce the heat to low so water is just simmering and (in a large mixing bowl) add the milk and dark chocolate to a large mixing bowl placed in the saucepan ensuring it is not touching the water

Set a side until cooled slightly but still pourable (5-10 mins)

Beat the butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy

Add the vanilla extract and chocolate milk and incorporate into the butter

Turn the mixer speed down and slowly add the icing sugar

Mix until light and fluffy

Add the ingredients to the centre of the cake as well as the top for a rich, creamy gluten free chocolate cake fit for anyone celebrating their birthday gluten free or not!

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