Two layers of indulgent chocolate cake surrounded by a sweet cream cheese chocolate frosting. This rich and decadent Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cake is perfect for birthdays and holidays. Or even just for the weekend!

gluten free double chocolate cake

(Chocolate + Coffee) – Gluten = The cake that will change your life.

Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but that is the formula for blissful happiness. No, seriously, it is. I’ve tested it several times already. How many slices were there again? 

This cake is all of the things I’ve been looking for in my life, wrapped up in chocolate cream cheese frosting and topped with chocolate chips. Because sometimes I’m just in the mood for chocolate! It’s super moist, rich, and definitely perfect for the next birthday cake on your schedule.

Move over, box cake, there’s a new kid in town, named Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cake.

gluten free double chocolate cake

When you’re gluten free, sometimes you miss the little things. Like really, really good cake. You know, the kind that you can just pick up from the bakery on your way to a party. The fluffy, rich kind of chocolate cake that your guests will still be raving about at your next get-together.

While this one might require a little extra work compared to a quick run to the store, it’s definitely worth it. This is, without a doubt, the best gluten free double chocolate cake ever. That’s right, ever.

I said it.

The best part? Your guests won’t even be able to tell it’s gluten free.

gluten free double chocolate cake

I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible habit of picking up the closest gluten free box of cake mix at the store. Then spending approximately 2.5 seconds actually baking the thing. And you know what happens? The cake always comes out OK. 

Not great. Not amazing. Just… OK.

Which is fine, if you want to settle for the OK things in life. Personally, I can live with that sometimes. If I don’t have the time or energy to put in to something, or if it’s practically midnight and I suddenly remember that I promised to make cupcakes for that thing I’m supposed to go to the next morning. I’m not the only one who does that, right?

But this cake! This cake is special. This cake is made for someone you really love. It’s alright if that’s yourself.

I made this for Andrew’s birthday, and you know what? Nobody could even tell that it was gluten free. Not. One. Person.

gluten free double chocolate cake

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to give you the secrets of making the perfect gluten free double chocolate cake. These are the key things that I’ve really taken to heart when making a recipe. They’re rules to live by, at least when it comes to gluten free baking.

3 Key Tips to Making the Best Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cake

  1. Use cream, not milk. If you don’t have cream, add a tsp of lemon juice to milk and stir it together before adding it to the cake. The acid in this reacts with the baking soda, helping your cake rise to its intended fluffy texture.
  2. All Purpose Flour Weighs 140 Grams. Ok, this one is really for when you’re converting a recipe to gluten free. But I cannot stress this enough. Regular, gluten-y all purpose flour typically weighs 140 grams. So, if a recipe calls for 1 cup gluten-y all-purpose flour, you need to weigh out 140 grams of gluten free all-purpose flour. Trust me, your baked goods will be better. This really helps cut down on the “dense” issue a lot of gluten free baked goods have.
  3. Figure out your flavor, then double it. I almost always use some kind of extract in my baking. Usually vanilla, sometimes almond, or even coconut. They really bring up the flavor, while hiding some of the harsher notes of the gluten free flours. So, if you would normally add 1 tsp of vanilla extract, add 2 tsp instead.

And there you have it. My 3 keys to success, and a few of the main reasons this gluten free double chocolate cake came out so darn good.

gluten free double chocolate cake

The chocolate frosting recipe is pretty much my go-to when it comes to chocolate baked goods. It just goes really well with this gluten free double chocolate cake. I’ve also tried it on vanilla cupcakes. It was a big hit!

Or, you know, by itself.

I don’t judge.

gluten free double chocolate cake

What makes this cake so fantastically amazing? Personally, I’d say it’s the really rich chocolate flavor you get. The secret ingredient to achieving this insanely delicious chocolate flavor? Move over, and prepare to be amazed.

It’s coffee.

That’s right, two of the best things in the world, combining to make something that belongs in outer space. There’s no comparison for it here on this earth. Ok, maybe my Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie comes close. I really like the coffee-chocolate combination.

Million dollar idea: Chocolate Cake flavored coffee. No, I know what you’re thinking, but not mocha. I’m talking actual chocolate cake flavor here.

I’d probably drink a giant cup of that several times a day.

You heard it here first, people.

gluten free double chocolate cake

gluten free double chocolate cake

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cake & Chocolate Frosting

Two layers of indulgent chocolate cake surrounded by a sweet cream cheese chocolate frosting. This rich and decadent Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cake is perfect for birthdays and holidays. Or even just for the weekend!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jacqui
Yield: 12 servings


For the Cake

  • 1 3/4 cups gluten free all purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder, double acting
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee

For the Frosting

  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup 2 % milk
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

Optional Toppings

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Shavings


  • Cake pans
  • mixer


For the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt).
  • Add eggs, half and half, oil, and vanilla extract. Slowly stir in coffee until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Pour batter evenly into two greased 9-inch baking pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.

For the Frosting

  • In a stand mixer, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla extract and milk. Slowly add confectioners sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.


Click on the time in the instructions to start a timer!
This batter can be thin, but it will bake up just fine!


Calories: 652kcal (33%)Carbohydrates: 94g (31%)Protein: 11g (22%)Fat: 31g (48%)Saturated Fat: 20g (125%)Trans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 88mg (29%)Sodium: 490mg (21%)Potassium: 443mg (13%)Fiber: 7g (29%)Sugar: 71g (79%)Vitamin A: 681IU (14%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 151mg (15%)Iron: 3mg (17%)
Did you make this recipe?Share it on Instagram @Jacqui_DishingDelish and tag #dishingdelish!

We are a participant in both the RewardStyle and Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which are affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to and through RewardStyle.