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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

We all need a simple gluten free cake that we can whip up quickly and is safe for all of the kids at school for birthdays - or for any event. For my kids it has to taste "normal" too - they're not into anything that tastes a little bit funky and sometimes that's really hard when you have so many ingredients that you can't use.

I find that the trick with getting a "normal" taste and a good texture with gluten free baking is to use a blend of flours and starches. You can change the flours if you can't use what I have or don't have it - just switch flours of equal weights (eg. rice flour for sorghum, arrowroot starch for potato starch etc). 

I normally make a version of this that has almond and oat flour in it but I've tweaked it and tweaked it until I got a good taste and it's free of all top 8 allergens and is gluten free. I make it with egg now that Alex can have egg but if egg is not safe for your kiddos just use a chia egg. There are instructions for that.

My kids are always pretty keen to help in the kitchen so we did this video to show you them making the cake. It looks like it was pretty simple to make the video but that saying that you should never work with kids or pets on camera.....I'm thinking it's true haha.


Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe - Happy Tummies

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Free from gluten, wheat, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, can be egg free


150g sorghum flour
80g potato starch
70g sunflower seeds
70g raw cacao powder
200g rapadura (or sugar)
1 tsp bi-carb soda
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1½ tsp xanthan gum or guar gum
2 tsp vanilla extract
250g coconut oil
250mls dairy free milk
2 eggs


  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C and line pan with baking paper
  • Mix together all dry ingredients in food processor until sunflower seeds are ground fine (TM speed 9/20 secs)
  • Add remaining wet ingredients and mix until smooth (TM speed 4/10 secs, scrape down speed 4/5 secs)
  • Pour into prepared pan
  • Place into pre-warmed oven for approx. 40 minutes - test to make sure it's cooked through
  • After 5 minutes, turn out and leave to cool on wire rack
  • Ice as desired

Note: For no eggs make a "chia egg". Add 2 tablespoons chia seeds to 120mls water and let it sit until it gels. Add as you would normal eggs.

Tip: To make cupcakes: bake at 180 degrees for approx. 20 minutes (makes about 24)

 Recipe From - Copyright 2015 Happy Tummies


Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe - Happy Tummies

If you're looking for ideas for icing try some of these ideas compiled by Brenda at Brenda Yanschek Health & Lifesyle - click here for her awesome list!