Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe


Celebration time! Another recipe! I am excited to share another favourite recipe of mine, a decadent and rich gluten-free chocolate cake. 

If you’ve got a birthday, graduation, an event, a celebration, a potluck, or just a craving for something sweet, this is the perfect cake to serve to chocolate lovers. And who isn’t a chocolate lover? I know many of my gluten-intolerant friends are, so this is an easy recipe substituting gluten ingredients for allergy safe alternatives. Trust me, it will taste just as good as the ones with gluten, if not better!

My goal is to make gluten-free baking easy and delicious! Sometimes it’s as simple as substituting gluten-free flour and gluten-free chocolate. In fact, this is actually how I created this recipe. Originally it was one of my sister-in-law’s recipes, which I converted to gluten-free.

Mel’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Mud Cake

Glutne-Free Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 15mins

Baking Time: 1 and a half hours

Serves: 16 large pieces or 32 small pieces

Baking Temperature: 150 degrees



250g butter

460g sugar

5ml vanilla extract

500g gluten-free dark chocolate

2 eggs

255g Melinda’s Gluten-Free Self Raising Flour

40g good quality cocoa

20g good quality coffee

150ml thickened cream


Baking spray 

Baking paper

20cm square cake tin

Measuring cup

Chopping knife

Large bowl





  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees and grease and line a 20cm high-sided square cake tin. 
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. While butter is melting, dissolve the coffee in 1 1/2 cups of hot water. Add coffee, 200g of the chopped chocolate and sugar to the butter. Stir until combined and sugar is partially dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cool.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour and cocoa. Gradually pour in the melted chocolate mixture, stirring with a whisk to avoid lumps. Add eggs and vanilla. Whisk until smooth and combined.
  4. Transfer mix to prepared tin and bake for 1 and a half hours or until cooked in the centre.
  5. In a saucepan, bring cream to the boil. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until melted. Set aside to thicken. Ice once the cake has cooled and then serve the gluten-free chocolate cake.

If you’re a bit low on time but still want a delicious gluten-free chocolate cake, check out our food service option of a choc fudge brownie slab cake.

Although, this gluten-free dessert recipe holds a very special place in my heart, a representation of love and special moments. I made 10 of these chocolate mud cakes for my wedding reception 22 years ago! The chefs of the venue loved them so much that they offered me a $200 dining voucher if I gave them the recipe. I gladly shared it and passed the voucher on to our wonderful MCs. If anything can bring people together and connect it’s through food. And I wanted to help, and benefit other coeliacs (even 22 years ago!) and now I’m lucky enough to be able to share it with you. 

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