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Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe

Enjoy a classic chocolate cake again with this scrumptious, chocolatey, easy to make gluten free chocolate cake recipe.

Wishing for cupcakes? Not to worry – we offer directions for Bundt Cakes, Three-Layer Cakes, Cupcakes, and One-Pan Chocolate Cakes below too!

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Searching for that simple to make, delicious classic chocolate cake, but without the gluten? This gluten free chocolate cake recipe is exactly what you're hoping for!
Baking this perfectly chocolatey cake from scratch is easier than you think – give it a try today.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour gluten free
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  • Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  • Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. 
  • Gradually stir in boiling water, batter will be thin. 
  • Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
  • Cool completely.
  • Frost with chocolate frosting or desired toppings.

One Pan Cake

  • Heat oven to 350° F
  • Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. 
  • Pour prepared batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Cool completely & frost/decorate as desired

Bundt Cake

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube pan.
  • Pour prepared batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake 50 to 55 minutes.
  • Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.
  • Cool completely & frost/decorate as desired

Cupcakes (approximately 30)

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.
  • Fill cups 2/3 full with batter.
  • Bake 22 to 25 minutes.
  • Cool completely & frost/decorate as desired

Three Layer Cake

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans.
  • Pour prepared batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. 
  • Cool completely & frost/decorate as desired

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This classic chocolate cake recipe is easily customized for every event. Swap out the fillings and frostings for your favourite options and turn this cake into a gluten free favourite!

When we are in a rush putting together our cakes, we love turning to Good Pantry Buttercream Frostings. They offer frosting flavours available in Vanilla, Chocolate AND Maple flavours. Good Pantry buttercream frostings are made with 100% real butter and other quality whole food ingredients. Nothing artificial!

All three flavours are smooth and creamy with an amazing homemade taste and just the right consistency for spreading or piping cakes, cupcakes and more. They are proud to say that their buttercream frostings are 100% peanut/nut free, gluten-free and kosher.

We also love whipping up some Fresh Homemade Whipped Cream for everything cakes and it absolutely goes delicious with this cake too.

One of our favourite gluten free all-purpose flours that we commonly use for our cake recipes is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour or Great Value Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour. It is recommended to sift your flours to help add to the airy texture of your chocolate cakes.

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10 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for a fantastic chocolate cake recipe. I needed a recipe to make a gluten free cake, and this fit the bill perfectly.

  2. 5 stars
    I Have just made this cake, I DO NOT like chocolate or chocolate cake….but man this is good!! been making cakes for years and this truly is the most moist and light cake..and the flavor! the best!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe countless times and my family always loves it. I think it’s important to note that many of my family members are not fans of chocolatey/overly-sweetened desserts lol. I just returned to this recipe today because it’s my husband’s birthday next week and he’s requesting this cake for the third year in a row. I felt that it was about time I left a review 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made this cake several times and it’s definitely my favourite. Always comes out super moist, fluffy and delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is by far the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve tried. Very easy to make and the results are velvety yummy Ness. I use a Chocolate Frosting, and the results are amazing. Just like Moms.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this for my sister’s birthday and it was a hit! I got so many complements. By far the best Chocolate cake I’ve made, not to mention it’s gluten free

5 from 10 votes

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