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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake, what can I say about chocolate cake except that I love it, or I did love it.

Since going gluten free, the only chocolate cake I had tried was a gluten free cake mix. Although, I like the gluten free cake mixes for things like my gluten free cake mix cookies, I was less than impressed with them as a plain cake.

I thought the texture was dry and crumbly. Not only that, it had a little bit of an off taste. I could hide some of those issues with lots of frosting, but it was still not quite what I wanted.

To be honest though, I have never been a fan of cake mixes. Yes, I would doctor them up and use them for things, but to just using a cake mix for a regular cake has never been my favorite way to eat a cake. I have always preferred homemade cakes, especially when it came to chocolate cake.

I was a little afraid to tackle a gluten free cake, but I finally decided to give it a try. After, looking at several gluten free cake recipes, I decided that I might just try adapting a regular cake to be gluten free.

I have studied enough now on gluten free flours and cooking, to know that recipes with sour cream and buttermilk work better than recipes with other liquids. I also have learned that gluten free flours do better when they contain at least some baking soda.

My fascination with the science behind cooking and how things work is coming in useful with gluten free cooking. It is really helping me find and adapt recipes.

When I was looking through a Martha Stewart Cookbook, I found a recipe that I thought would adapt well using gluten free flours.

I was so happy with the results of this cake. I actually made a gluten free version and regular version on the same day. I needed a dessert to take to a church dinner, so I decided to make both versions  so that my daughters and I would have dessert that we could eat.

All I can say is this was so good! My husband tasted both cakes, one right after the other, and he said he could not tell the difference. That is just what I wanted to hear. It is so hard to get a gluten free recipe to taste just the same as the original, so when I heard that I was very happy.

Really if you like chocolate cake you should give this one a try.

This post linked to Gluten Free Wednesdays.

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  1. I agree that recipes that contain yogurt, sour cream or buttermilk seem to adapt really well to gluten-free. This cakes looks really good.
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  2. Your cake looks great. I tend to use sour milk rather than buttermilk which I never have when I need it. Thanks for participating in Gluten-Free Wednesdays.
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  3. A couple of years ago, for the summer vacation I made a different cake each week and had a blast. My kids loved my project. So much so they’ve just asked if I would do it again this summer. Now what mother can resist a request that stands a chance of becoming a family tradition? This might just be my first creation of the summer. Thanks Lynn!
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  4. Just found your web site. I like your style and plan to check out all our GF recipes. My son has Celiacs and I am always looking for good, easy GF food!
    Anyways, not sure if you have found this, because I have not explored your full site, but if eggs are room temperature recipes seem to turn out better when baking GF.

    • I have noticed that. In fact it seems like things turn out better is all the ingredients are room temp. I have found that things like the gf flours really need to be room temp or things don’t work quite the same.

  5. This just got added to my bookmarks for when I allow myself some sweets again!

  6. This cake was the BEST gluten free cake I have ever tried!!!! I make LOTS of gluten free recipes but no cake has ever been this GOOD! It was extremely light and moist and just all around BEAUTIFUL….if you want a good cake….THIS IS IT!!!

    • You made my day. 🙂 I am so glad that you enjoyed the cake. This is a favorite in our house and I am glad it is now in yours as well.

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