Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Cake that is rich, delicious, and full of flavor! Easy to make in one bowl. Perfect birthday and celebration cake. Top 14 allergy free.
Free From: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks, celery, corn, sesame, mustard, lupin, sulfites, and more
This one bowl gluten free and vegan chocolate cake is what birthday and holiday dreams are made of.
It’s perfect. Rich, but not too rich. Chocolate-y but not too much (is too much chocolate a thing?). And is made with simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Basically, it’s perfect.
Ingredients for a Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Cake
- Milk of Choice – One cup of your favorite milk is needed to help make this cake moist. I love using unsweetened oat milk in my cakes, but feel free to mix it up with vanilla or chocolate flavored milk!
- Neutral Oil – Canola or vegetable oil to help make this cake delicious.
- Ground Flaxseeds – Don’t make into a flax egg, just pop the flax seeds into the batter and let them do their baking magic.
- Applesauce – The secret ingredient! This helps to make the cake moist and fluffy.
- Vanilla – The higher quality vanilla the better.
- Tapioca Flour – This helps to lighten up the cake to make it soft and fluffy.
- Gluten Free Flour – Your favorite flour blend is perfect in this. Need a good one? Make sure you check out my nightshade free, gluten free flour blend!
- Cocoa Powder – This is what makes the cake chocolate! Try to use a high quality cocoa powder if possible.
- Baking Powder + Baking Soda – Using a combination of both helps to give your cake a beautiful rise.
- Salt – To deepen flavors
Optional secret ingredient: Cinnamon! A sprinkle of cinnamon will help to develop the chocolate flavor and imparts a bit of warmth to the cake.
Can this make cupcakes?
Yes! This recipe is at the base for many of my cupcake recipes, including these Hostess Cupcake Copycat recipe that is also top 9 free!
Tips for the BEST Chocolate Cake
Gluten free and allergy friendly baking requires a few extra tips to make sure that you get beautiful and delicious results each and every time.
Make sure you pre-heat your oven for at least 15 minutes before baking. Oven temperatures by design allow for fluctuations in temperatures and oftentimes will signal an oven is to temperature long before it is truly pre-heated. Use an oven thermometer to watch.
Dark pans seems to bake better than lighter pans. The darker heavier pans conduct heat much better than thin aluminum ones.
Allow for batters to rest for 5 minutes when baking gluten free. This allows for the dough/batter to hydrate and results in a better finished bake! But don’t let them sit much longer than that or you can lose the chemical reaction of baking soda and acidic ingredients, causing your cakes and cupcakes to sink.
What Sizes Will I Get with this Chocolate Cake??
This recipe can make
12 delicious cupcakes
One 8-inch round
Two 6-inch rounds
If you need more cake, it doubles perfectly every time! I don’t generally recommend that you bake it in a pan larger than an 8-inch round as it can sometimes turn out gummy in the middle. The smaller pans allow for a perfect bake every time.
Allergy Variations for Chocolate Cake
Allergic to chocolate? You can still enjoy this cake! Swap the cocoa powder for carob powder and bake as directed.
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- 1 cup milk of choice
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup oil (canola or vegetable)
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon applesauce
- ¼ cup tapioca flour
- 1 cup gluten free flour
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoon ground flax seed
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 350°F / 177°C. Prepare a muffin tin with cupcake liners, or prepare an 8-inch cake pan by greasing and flouring pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the milk of your choice, oil, sugar, vanilla, flaxseeds, and applesauce. Mix well.
- Add your cocoa powder and tapioca flour.Mix vigorously by hand or on medium speed with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes. You want this to be very well combined before adding the remainder of ingredients.
- After incorporated, add the baking powder, baking soda, and gluten free flour. Mix well for an additional 3 minutes on medium-high speed.
- Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan or fill your cupcake pan. If making cupcakes, you should fill between ⅔ and ¾ full as these will not rise as much as gluten cake.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes for cupcakes and 30-35 minutes for cakes. Avoid opening the oven door to check on them for the first 20 minutes. This is the most vital part of the baking process and you want to let the steam help the gluten free cake rise. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let the cakes cool completely before frosting.