Up until recently, gluten-free chocolate cake recipes were a rarity, with difficult to find ingredients and often lackluster results. Fortunately the organic culinary world has upped its game, resulting in a treasure trove of gluten-free food options ranging from traditional chocolate cakes to brownies, custards, mousses, and even some unusually delicious concoctions with veggies playing a sweetly surprising role in the ingredients line-up.
Death by (Gluten-free) Chocolate: 50 Cake Recipes To Die For
So what is gluten and why are so many people avoiding it these days? For starters, gluten refers to the name of the proteins present in grains like wheat, rye, barley, and spelt. (Grains such as buckwheat, amaranth, millet, and quinoa do not contain gluten.) There are two primary gluten proteins, gliadin and glutenin, and the gliadin is what causes reactions in those with gluten sensitivities. Gluten is what makes the bread dough rise, giving it its elasticity and chewy texture.
The most harmful form of gluten intolerance is celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to gliadin proteins entering the digestive tract, resulting in nutrient deficiencies and uncomfortable, if not dangerous, digestive problems. People with gluten sensitivities may experience stomach pain, fatigue, bloating, and depression as well.
A gluten-free lifestyle has been proven successful for those with a gluten intolerance, but is often hard to adhere to due to the sheer abundance of ingredients in our everyday food items containing the protein. For example, most breads, pastas, cookies, pastries, cereals, sauces, beers, and processed or pre-packaged foods contain gluten, and gluten-free items are famously more expensive than their counterparts, further deterring those pursuing a gluten-free diet on a modest budget.
Today there are a number of gluten-free meal idea options at restaurants and grocery stores, as well as simple substitutes and alternatives that can be found right in the kitchen. The art of baking is little more than following an equation of ingredients that lead to an expected (and yummy) outcome, and helpful gluten-free recipe guides are a fantastic way to adjust the equation to create equally delicious–but much safer–desserts everyone can enjoy.
These 50 gluten-free chocolate cakes and chocolate cake recipes feature top rated favorites, from black forest cakes to zucchini bread variations, along with a number of traditional chocolate cake options everyone will instantly recognize and love.
1. Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake
What better way to star the countdown than with a recipe that boldly proves that gluten-free desserts are just as mouthwatering as the more popular ones? Lovers of rich gooey chocolate brownies will go crazy for this gluten-free chocolate cake recipe. With a thin top layer of delicate flakiness and an “ooey gooey” molten center, this cake is a must for those with a no-holds-barred approach to chocolate. Perfect for late night cravings and parties, this cake is only the beginning of what lies ahead on this list. Additional Tips: Make sure you grease and line your pan with parchment paper before pouring in the batter, and remember that it’s usually recommended by the baking elite to keep all ingredients at room temperature before mixing in. For example, cover your butter and cream cheese and let them sit out a few hours to avoid chilly lumps or worse, the need to melt by hand, which can upset the cooking time. Because this cake is considerably rich (whoop-whoop!), a little bit will definitely go a long way. If you’re looking to cut some of the sweetness try topping with a scoop of low fat frozen yogurt or slightly acidic berries and fruit syrups.
2. Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake
Leave it to domestic goddess Martha Stewart to perfect a cake that satisfies both your chocolate and caffeine cravings. This easy recipe is great for those on a gluten-free diet and looking for a healthy way to indulge, with an extra pick-me-up coffee boost of course. Barista Tip: while it may be tempting to use the rest of that coffee that’s been sitting in the pot since morning, don’t! Stale coffee is just like stale anything, it’s completely lacking in flavor and freshness. Make sure to brew your espresso fresh, using a quality brand and proper equipment. It may sound fussy but you’ll be ever so grateful once you taste the difference.
3. Peanut Butter Cup Flourless Chocolate Cake Roll
Halloween may be over and your gluten-free diet on a roll itself once again, but let’s face it: there are few things in life as yummy as peanut butter chocolate cups. This flourless chocolate cake roll packs the Reeses-esque punch you crave without breaking your flourless regimen, and is perfect for serving up at kids’ parties, girls-night sleepovers, and themed bridal showers. Additional Tip: this cake is definitely on the gooey side, which can quickly translate to messy with particularly enthusiastic noshers. If you’re looking for tidier ways to serve trying chilling the cake in the fridge for a bit before setting out.
4. Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake
A more traditional take on the aforementioned peanut butter cup cake roll, this is one of the best chocolate cake recipes to keep on hand for birthdays and festive gatherings. With minimal prep time and easy ingredients, this is sure to be a regular on your meal idea dessert list! Serve with a chilled glass milk or cup of hot cocoa for the ultimate after school or all around cold weather treat.
5. The Easiest Gluten-Free and Vegan Chocolate Cake
A great chocolate cake idea for the gluten-free and vegan alike, this easy recipe is a must-have staple in your dessert arsenal. The unlikely combination of baking soda and vinegar gives this cake a nice fluffy moisture without the addition of eggs, with an even more pleasnt prep-and-bake time of just 32 minutes. This cake can pretty much be complimented by any dessert condiment or beverage, from various fruit compotes and frozen yogurts to coffee or wine pairings.
6. Chocolate Turtle Poke Cake
Just mentioning turtle cake brings on the threat of some serious drooling. With the holiday season bringing special limited edition caramel and chocolate flavored Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk varieties, now is the perfect time to try this healthy but insanely addictive chocolate cake idea. Don’t worry if you can’t find the caramel or chocolate Eagle Brand editions, you can always substitute one cup of condensed milk with a cup of your favorite caramel flavored syrup. This cake can be served right out of the oven or chilled with a scoop of artisanal gelato; either way it won’t last long.
7. Quadruple Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake
This gluten-free chocolate cake recipe offers up the tastiest of both dessert worlds: chocolate mousse and cheesecake. And best of all it’s a 100% gluten-free food, which means it can be served up any time, and for any palette. While relatively rich, this chocolate mousse cheesecake isn’t too sugary, with one slice more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Additionally, this chocolate mousse cake can also be put in the freezer for a decadent frozen treat option.
8. Decadent Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe
With the holidays just around the corner and all the treats you know and love on full display, it can be hard to accommodate those on a gluten-free diet or looking for more healthy dessert options. This is one of those chocolate cake recipes for such occasions, as it not only satisfies the chocolate lover in all of us, but includes everyone–and isn’t that what the holidays is all about?
9. Flourless Gluten-free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Boasting a super concentrated dark chocolate flavor, this gluten-free recipe is for those who are serious about their chocolate. Made with just sugar, butter, eggs and a big dose of cocoa, this flourless cake is perfect for passover and health-conscious get-togethers, with a taste that’s sure to leave people wondering if you’re telling the truth about this kitchen indulgence.
10. Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake
Coconut flour is a kitchen miracle for those on a strict gluten-free diet, with a yummy tropical flavor that makes it ideal for incorporating into gluten-free chocolate cakes. This coconut chocolate cake is both light and moist, and best served with a whipped cream topping and coconut flakes for the ultimate afternoon tea cake. Additional serving ideas can include Caribbean fruit preserves or your favorite fruity frozen yogurt. You can even try a dollop of rum for a more grown-up version.