Candid Reflections

January 6, 2009

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Filed under: Gluten-Free, In the Kitchen — Tags: , , , , — candid reflections @ 10:15 pm

When my youngest little fella was diagnosed with a few food allergies recently, I really felt quite sorry for the little guy.   The thought of going through life without the ability to devour scrumptious cinnamon rolls fresh out of  the oven, and to have to face a plate of spaghetti without the noodles or a cheesy piece of garlic bread to gnaw on – I think I’d lose my mind… I’d definitely lose a few pounds! 

Anyway, I love to bake, and I’m on a new found quest to find delicious, not just tolerable, treats for my food challenged little guy.  The standing test on whether a recipe is a keeper or not in my kitchen is how fast it gets gobbled up, and I’m making no exceptions with the allergy recipes.  So for this cake to go from this:


to this in one short evening, you know it’s good!  and to think only one of us has the food sensitivities!


Yummy Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
1 ¾ cups brown rice flour
¼ cup almond meal  if you have it
¾ cup cocoa
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs  – or 2 Tbs. flax seeds in 2/3 cup of water for those who can’t do eggs
1 cup milk – or rice milk, or soy milk for those who can’t do dairy
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350 .  Grease and flour a 9×13 baking pan, or two 9″ rounds.  Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla, beat on medium speed 2 min. (or if you can’t have eggs like my little guy then place the flax seeds in a pan with the water, bring to boil, and then simmer for five minutes.  Add this mixture to the other wet ingredients in place of the eggs.) Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin.)  Pour into pan.  Bake 30-35 or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool completely.

Chocolate Frosting

1 stick of margarine
2/3 cup Cocoa
3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup rice milk or soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Whip soft margarine and cocoa with electric mixer.  Alternate adding powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed.  Add vanilla.  Spread on cake.


  1. I have a lot of sympathy for your little guy as I, too, was diagnosed gluten intolerant in Aug. 08, with a host of other food allergies. 😦 I was one who commented on your flourless P.B. cookies post. They make me not feel so deprived. I make a batch of dough for those and put them in the freezer. Then remove, thaw, and bake as needed…I mean “wanted”. Ha! I am glad to see your new GF posts. Hope you find good rice pasta in your area. Try DeBoles or Tinkyada. He won’t miss real pasta with Tinkyada; which is what I prefer. I origanlly began reading your site because I liked your photography and lifestyle. God bless each of you.

    Comment by Andrea L. — January 7, 2009 @ 7:40 am

  2. Is he feeling any better? What a challenge to have to find all new recipes. Your a good mom, Michelle. :o) I bet your in-laws have been a good resource for you too. Doesn’t Mr. O have the same or similar allergy?

    Comment by Nancy — January 7, 2009 @ 8:27 am

  3. Hi Andrea, so glad you are enjoying the pb cookie recipe. We all love them here. Great idea on freezing the dough, thanks!
    Once we tried the Tinkyada, we all voted to use it in replace of regular pasta, very good stuff! We haven’t tried
    DeBoles, but will keep it in mind. Thanks for the tips, I’m more than happy to glean all the tid bits of info/suggestions
    I can get… so keep me in mind! 😉
    ***added later… oh Andrea! I was just wondering, would you by chance have an allergy to eggs, and if so, is there any secret you might have in replacing the egg with other ingredients when cooking or baking? The flax seems to work well, but I was wondering if there were other replacers out there?
    Thanks Andrea, and God bless you!

    Thanks Nancy, his rash is clearing up, this is encouraging. We have gotten lots of great advice from the in-laws.
    And, little guy’s allergies are similar to Mr. O as well. good grief!

    Comment by candid reflections — January 7, 2009 @ 9:07 am

  4. Mmmmm, that cake looked yummy. My child is allergic to eggs and dairy as well as almonds and gluten, so I had a real challenge on my hands, but we got there in the end 🙂 The great thing about blogs and the web is that you realise you are not alone. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by wheturere — March 27, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

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