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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Makes 1

Absolutely gorgeous chocolate cake - you will never know its gluten free. 

Free from Gluten, Soya, Wheat, Nuts


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  • CAKE
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 250g FREEE Self Raising White Flour
  • 325g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 200ml oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 125ml boiling water
  • 250g cooking chocolate
  • 250ml double cream
  • 100g caster sugar


  1. Line three 20cm/8” round cake tins with parchment, rub a little oil around the edges and pre-heat the oven.
  2. Sieve the cocoa into a bowl, add the flour and caster sugar, and stir with a whisk to combine.
  3. Break the eggs into a large jug, add the milk, oil and vanilla and beat together well.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the flour bowl and mix everything together with the whisk.
  5. Add the boiling water and beat well.
  6. Divide the runny mixture between the tins.
  7. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes.
  8. Cool the cakes for a couple of minutes in their tins then turn them out onto a wire rack.
  9. Remove the parchment and leave to cool.

Filling and Topping

  1. Break the chocolate into squares.
  2. Put the cream and sugar into a saucepan and stir over medium heat until about to boil.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, add the chocolate and stir until combined.
  4. Allow to cool, stirring regularly until a thick paste starts to form which may take 8 – 10 minutes.
  5. Divide the mixture between the top of the three cold sponges and spread it out over each.
  6. Immediately place the sponges one on top of the other and leave to set.


3 x 20cm/8” round cake tins, saucepan and mixing bowl


180°C, Fan 160°C, 350°F, Gas 4 

Cooking time

35-40 minutes
Delightful rich cake. Surprised everyone that it was gf.. also my first bake in YEARS and it was foolproof.
By Fiona rusling
30 May 2020
Best gluten free cake I've ever had! I am not an experienced baker but this is fool proof. I followed it exactly and it came out as the most delicious gluten free cake I've ever had. Really recommend! Do not worry about the runny mixture, it cools well and the cake is beautifully moist. I had my last piece a whole week after I had made it, and it was still deliciously moist!
By Louise
25 Apr 2020
The best gluten free chocolate I've ever made. It's light, fluffy and moist. Not too sweet and absolutely delicious. We filled with blackcurrant jam and covered in ganache. Brilliant recipe
By Naomi Kitchen
19 Apr 2020
This turned out very well. The mixture was very runny but it remained moist when cooked. It had a lovely texture. We made a single layer 8 inch and 18 cupcakes with the quantity in the recipe. It doesn't rise a huge amount so needs filling about 2/3 high. As my children are also dairy-free we just decorated with melted dairy and soya free chocolate.
By Gabrielle
04 Apr 2020
Really pleased with this cake better than anything that I have bought gluten free, absolutely well worth making delicious enjoyed every morsel would be great for a special occasion. Thanks Doves,
By Veronica Mclaughlin
02 Apr 2020
Love this recipe. Made for a friends birthday.
By Kirsty Hill
09 Jan 2020
This is a fabulous recipe, yes the mixture is ver wet but when baked it’s like a chocolate fudge cake.
By Sarah Lawman
09 Nov 2019
I used all ingredients except for the boiling water, and it was wet enough but i have not tried eating it yet, it is still in the oven, hopefully it will taste good.
By Tinna
08 Sep 2019
Terrible... Mixer is far too wet and not enough flour to absorb the oil so comes out like a Yorkshire pudding mix, not a cake
By Kathryn Steward
07 Aug 2019
I made this enlightening cake for my family! Little Jimmy has so many allergies and it’s sometimes hard to accommodate but luckily our friendly bods at Doves Farm came through this time and many times again! It was so brilliantly tasty and I confess to single-handedly eating the remainder of chocolate icing! If you don’t want any more than necessary, I would recommend using only 2/3 of that which is recommended for the desired affect! Doves Farm truly is the bee’s knees!
By Mrs Woods
02 Jun 2019
This is an amazing recipe! I’m an experienced baker - but not with gluten free baking. Made it for a friends birthday cake. I was very sceptical about how it would turn out, as the quantities and method seemed quite strange. But it was truly delicious. The only thing I altered slightly was to whisk the eggs really well (to get a little extra air into the mixture) before adding to the other ingredients.
By Philippa
29 Apr 2019
Great cake, I made 3/4 amount in 2 7” tins. Sandwiched together with buttercream, then covered in 150g choc/150ml cream ganache without the sugar. The sponge texture was great and not crumbly like so many GF cakes. The mix is worryingly runny but don’t worry it comes out great. This will definitely be my go to chocolate cake from now on.
By Eleanor Leech
13 Apr 2019
First go at gluten free chocolate cake. Well, it's not bad. Would prefer using butter or oil but other than that it's a good cake. Will definitely use this recipe again. Husband didn't know the difference
By Deborah Evans
31 Mar 2019
Absolutely delicious. You really wouldn't know that this was Glutrn Free. Easy to make but the finished product looks and tastes fabulous.
16 May 2018

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Change Quantities:
  • CAKE
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 250g FREEE Self Raising White Flour
  • 325g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 200ml oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 125ml boiling water
  • 250g cooking chocolate
  • 250ml double cream
  • 100g caster sugar

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