Things I’ve been cooking lately #47: Gluten-free chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache

This cake proves that gluten-free doesn’t have to be boring. This rich chocolate cake has a great, light texture and without the ganache is actually dairy-free too. So if you follow a dairy-free diet you could make it and just top it with a dusting of icing sugar. You could also substitute the rice flour with ground almonds but I’m allergic to nuts so I’ve chosen to stick with a gluten-free flour (and for those who eat whatever they like… lucky bastards… standard cake flour would also work).

Gluten-free chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache

For the cake

150ml boiling water
50g cocoa powder
150g rice flour (or ground almonds or cake flour)
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
200g sugar
3 large eggs
150ml grape seed oil

For the ganache

180g dark chocolate, finely chopped
200ml double cream

Preheat your over to 170 C (or 160 C for a fan oven). Lightly grease a 22cm spring form pan and line with greaseproof paper.

Sift the cocoa powder into a small bowl. Add the boiling water and whisk until you have a thick paste. In another bowl mix together the rice flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Put the sugar, eggs and oil in a large mixing bowl and beat for three minutes with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the chocolate mixture and mix well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add in the rice flour mixture. Mix well, scrape down the side of the bowl and mix one more time. Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake in the middle of the oven for about 45 minutes. The cake should be just cooked through and a toothpick inserted into the centre should come out with a few crumbs attached rather than clean.

Transfer the cake onto a wire rack and allow to cool for ten minutes before carefully removing from the pan. Allow to cool completely on the wire rack before covering with ganache.

To make the ganache place the chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Heat the double cream over a low heat until almost boiling. Pour the cream over the dark chocolate and leave it for 10 minutes without stirring. When the 10 minutes are up, whisk the cream and chocolate together until glossy, pour over the cooled cake and allow to set.



  1. Damn! My mouth is watering!

    1. Abbi

      Some weekend baking maybe?

  2. This cake looks so goooooodddddd! I wish I can bake! I don’t really understand how baking works

    1. Abbi

      Anyone can bake. Especially this kind of recipe. The only important thing with baking is to measure exactly and follow the directions. I promise.

  3. This looks delicious! I like the idea of the cake being dairy free, just what you need when you’re lactose intolerant, like me. I really envy those people who can eat anything!!!

    1. Abbi

      I have loads of allergies so I know how disappointing it can be not to be able to eat things.

      1. Sorry to hear that. As well as being lactose intolerant, I also have insulin resistance due to having a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which means I’m supposed to eat a diabetic diet ideally. So put the two things together, and it makes life tricky with eating! I have been so lazy that I have eaten the things I’m not supposed to, but I am turning 35 in November and I want to start prolonging my life and being sensible and healthy. WordPress has been such a massive help in supporting me as there are so many wonderful, helpful blogs out there – like yours! 😀

        1. Abbi

          I’ve got something called Birch Allergy Syndrome which means I can’t eat most raw fruit and nuts. I’ve found it challenging because it’s a developed and worsening condition so I used to be able to eat everything I can’t now. At first I used to brush it off and just eat things I shouldn’t but I’ve realised the aftermath isn’t worth it. I like to experiment with free-from recipes because I know a lot people who struggle with other allergies and intolerances.

          1. I’d never heard of Birch Allergy Syndrome before, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. That list of foods to avoid is massive, and I couldn’t imagine trying to avoid potatoes. If I spot any recipes you’d be able to try, I shall post them for you x

            1. Abbi

              Fortunately not everyone who has Birch Allergy Syndrome is affected by all the foods on the list. Fortunately I am not affected by potatoes. Any recipes would be great though!

              1. Phew, that would make it extra tricky if you had to discount potatoes. I’ll let you know if I find any 🙂

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