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Ultimate Decadent Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

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Of all the desserts I’ve baked, recipes I’ve created, and food I’ve shared, my Ultimate Decadent Gluten Free Chocolate Cake is my most requested. When it comes to Gluten Free and Dairy Free, it shouldn’t be good despite being gluten or dairy free, it should just be good. This cake is a labor of love and I can honestly say, the best!

Ultimate Decadent Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

It takes multiple trial and errors and a few kitchen catastrophes to make the bold statement something is the best. This chocolate cake delivers on rich decadent flavor while also bringing moist tender texture.

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There is a reason chocolate cake is a favorite for so many and a beloved comfort food. It’s over the top richness should be a feast for the senses.

What makes this the Ultimate Decadent Gluten Free Chocolate Cake? First, let’s talk texture. Cake needs to have that magical ability to draw you in and let you know it’s going to be amazing from simply the way the fork sinks into the fudgy crumb.

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When the moist little pieces cling to the tines of the fork, you know it’s going to be a full experience. Dairy Free Greek yogurt brings that tenderizing moisture as well as tang to the chocolate party.

There are certain flavors that help chocolate taste even deeper and enhance the depth. This cake gets a one two boost from both espresso powder as well as freshly brewed coffee.

Espresso powder also finds its way into the light and fluffy frosting that caresses the layers and hugs the top of the cake. The combination between the texture and deep flavor of the cake and creamy frosting truly makes for the ultimate bite.


  • Gluten-Free 1:1 Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Unsweetened Dairy-Free Greek Yogurt
  • Kosher Salt
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Espresso Powder
  • Fresh Brewed Coffee
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla

Ultimate Decadent Gluten Free Chocolate Cake, Step by Step

Just because something is the ultimate doesn’t mean it’s complicated. This cake is just as easy as it is delicious. It’s all about a few simple steps.

Start with your eggs and sugar first. You want to beat them until the sugar is mostly dissolved and the eggs have gotten a little frothy and lighter in color.

Be gentle when adding in your dry ingredients. You don’t want to over mix. It’s always about that tender bite and over mixing can compromise that texture.

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Always allow your cake to cool completely. Not only do you want it cool before frosting, this also helps with the shape and appearance.

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Speaking of frosting, don’t rush the process. You want you Dairy Free butter to be room temperature so allow it to sit out and relax. This will ensure you get that fluffy, creamy, spreadable texture.


Can I use sour cream instead of the yogurt?

Yes! Sour cream is the perfect creamy substitute for Greek yogurt!

Can I use regular flour instead of gluten-free flour?

While the recipe specifically calls for gluten-free flour, you can experiment with a 1:1 substitute if gluten isn’t a concern.

How long does it take for the cake to cool?

Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting, which typically takes around an hour.

Can I freeze the cake for later?

Yes, the cake without frosting can be frozen for up to 3 months, but ensure it’s well wrapped in seran wrap! When you’re ready to frost it, let the cake come to room temperature before icing.

What’s the key to achieving a moist cake?

Gently mixing the ingredients and not over-baking are crucial for a moist outcome.

Whether you’re navigating the gluten-free journey, looking for a stress-free baking win, or just craving some chocolatey goodness, this recipe has your back. It’s the perfect balance of rich flavors and moist texture, perfect for any occasion that calls for a bit of indulgence.

Ultimate Decadent Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Ultimate Decadent Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Tender and moist rich chocolate cake is frosted in a creamy fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting.
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours



Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups Gluten Free 1.1 flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 5 oz unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 cup fresh brewed coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa


Chocolate Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray 2 8" round cake pans with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl add eggs and sugar and beat for 3 minutes until sugar is mostly dissolved and the eggs are frothy and lighter in color.
  • Add the yogurt, vanilla, oil, and espresso powder and mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Don't over mix.
  • Gently mix in the coffee.
  • Divide the batter between the two cake pans.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Decorate with chocolate buttercream frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl.
  • Mix until the sugar and cocoa are completely incorporated and the frosting is smooth and creamy.


This cake can be sliced into four layers.
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