Desserts/ Holiday Recipes/ Nut Free

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links.

3K Shares

This gluten free chocolate cake (aka Texas sheet cake) is moist, delicious, and a total crowd pleaser.

It’s made in a sheet pan so it feeds a crowd too! Depending on how you cut it, you can get 20-25 slices out of this gluten free Texas sheet cake.  And I’m preeettty sure it’s the best gluten free chocolate cake recipe there ever was. Mmm hmm, I went there.

gluten free chocolate cake

I like to call this cake the “special occasion cake” because it’s really not healthy – at all.   As you can see by some of my other recipes, like my banana bread cookies, and chocolate almond pomegranate clusters, if I choose to make a treat, I typically like to keep it healthier – gluten free, dairy free, no refined sugars – but ya know what?  Sometimes it’s okay to indulge a little and this gluten free chocolate cake is so worth it.

We make this cake for birthdays, family get togethers, holidays – any type of special event really. It’s our go-to special occasion chocolate cake recipe. And I bet it will become your favorite in no time too.

gluten free chocolate cake

This easy gluten free cake recipe (which I can’t take the credit for, my mom has been making this chocolate cake recipe since I was a little girl) uses Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free flour blend. It’s definitely my favorite 1:1 baking flour. I’ve been completely satisfied with how my recipes have turned out using this flour. It’s wonderful for baking gluten free cakes and gluten free desserts.

gluten free chocolate cake

The ingredients in this gluten free baking flour are: sweet white rice flour, whole grain brown rice flour, potato starch, whole grain sorghum flour, tapioca flour, and xanthan gum. 100% free of gluten! So great!

Go ahead and leave your round cake pans in the cupboard for this recipe. For this gluten free chocolate cake, we’re using our handy dandy sheet pan!

gluten free chocolate cake

Ingredients in Gluten Free Chocolate Cake (AKA Gluten Free Texas Sheet Cake)

Gluten free flour
Sugar
Salt
Butter
Cocoa powder (I used raw cacao powder)
Eggs
Sour cream
Water
Baking soda (not baking powder)

gluten free chocolate cake

Ingredients in Texas Sheet Cake Icing

Cocoa or cacao powder
Butter
Canned evaporated milk
Vanilla
Powdered sugar
Salt

I think this gluten free chocolate cake would also be good with a chocolate buttercream frosting if you wanted to swap the icing out for your favorite buttercream recipe.

gluten free chocolate cake

How to Make Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

1. Combine butter, water and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl until combined. Add the cocoa mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until a batter is formed. Add the sour cream, eggs, and baking soda and stir until combined.
3. Spread the batter onto a greased sheet pan and bake at 375℉ for 20-25 minutes.

gluten free chocolate cake

How to Make Gluten Free Texas Sheet Cake Icing

1. Sift the cocoa powder and powdered sugar into the stand mixer bowl.
2. Heat the butter and evaporated milk in a saucepan until it comes to a gentle boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla and pinch of salt.
3. Fit the whisk attachment onto the stand mixer and carefully poor the heated butter mixture into the powdered sugar mixture while on low speed.
4. Increase the speed to medium high and mix the icing until it’s well combined, scraping the sides down occasionally to make sure it’s well mixed.
5. Ice the cake while still warm. I find that if I start the icing right when the cake comes out of the oven, it’s ready to be frosted as soon as the icing comes together.
6. Let the cake cool before cutting – enjoy!

gluten free chocolate cake

 

Follow me on Instagram and use the tag #simplyjillicious if you make this gluten free chocolate cake!  I’d love to see it!

 

And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter here.

 

pin for later icon

gluten free chocolate cake

 

If you try this gluten free chocolate cake, or any of my recipes, please leave a review and star rating – thank you!

 

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Gluten free chocolate cake is a delicious way to enjoy a decadent dessert. This Texas sheet cake is perfect for holidays and special occasions and so easy to make!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 20 slices
Author: Jill from Simply Jillicious

INGREDIENTS

For the Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

For the Icing

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used raw cacao powder)
  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 6 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (about 4 cups before sifting)
  • pinch of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

  • Combine butter, water and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl until combined. Add the cocoa mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until a batter is formed. Add the sour cream, eggs, and baking soda and stir until combined.
  • Spread the batter onto a greased sheet pan and bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes.

For the Icing

  • Sift the cocoa powder and powdered sugar into the stand mixer bowl.
  • Heat the butter and evaporated milk in a saucepan just until it comes to a gentle boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla and pinch of salt.
  • Fit the whisk attachment onto the stand mixer and carefully poor the heated butter mixture into the powdered sugar mixture while on low speed.
  • Increase the speed to medium high and mix the icing until it's well combined, scraping the sides down occasionally to make sure it's well mixed.
  • Ice the cake while still warm. I find that if I start the icing right when the cake comes out of the oven, it's ready to be frosted as soon as the icing comes together.

NOTES

Wait for the cake to cool before cutting.
All ovens vary.  Please watch your cake starting at 20 minutes!
Pin Recipe

Hungry for more? Check out some of my favorite dessert recipes!

Chocolate Pomegranate Almond Clusters
Paleo Whoopie Pies
Fudgy Paleo Brownies
Gluten Free and Paleo Crinkle Cookies
Almond Flour chocolate chip cookies
Strawberry Banana Coconut Milk Smoothie

 

If you enjoyed this recipe, follow me on social media for new recipes and updates!

Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook

3K Shares

Newsletter

What’cha Makin’?

Did you make this recipe?  Share on Instagram using #simplyjillicious so I can see!

You Might Also Like

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    March 7, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Hello! How many Tbsp is one stick of butter? And how many eggs did you use?

    • Reply
      Jill
      March 7, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Oh my goodness I forgot the eggs! Thank you so much for letting me know! The recipe calls for 2 eggs. Each stick of butter is 8 tablespoons. Thanks Sarah! Enjoy!

    Leave a Reply

    Recipe Rating