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INGREDIENTS

For Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake:

  • 2 cups + 3 tbsp plain gluten free flour blend 
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/8 cup + 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup + 2 tsp milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 1 cup + 2 tsp boiling hot water

For Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 1/3 oz NibMor organic dark chocolate, Original or Extreme, melted and cooled

CAKE DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 355 ºF. Line two 7 inch round cake pans with greaseproof/baking paper.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together the gluten free flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder.

  3. Add the granulated sugar and salt, and whisk well.

  4. Add the eggs, milk and vegetable/sunflower oil. Whisk well, until smooth.

  5. Add the boiling hot water, and whisk until runny with no lumps.

  6. Evenly distribute the cake batter between the two lined cake pans. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 355 ºF for about 40 minutes or until spongy to the touch and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

  7. Allow to cool.

FROSTING DIRECTIONS

  1. In a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer with the double beater attachments, beat the butter for 2 - 3 minutes, until pale and fluffy.

  2. Add the powdered sugar, and beat for a further 5 minutes.

  3. Add the cocoa powder and salt, and beat until evenly distributed in the buttercream.

  4. Add in the melted (and cooled) dark chocolate, and beat until you get a rich, fluffy chocolate frosting with an even chocolate brown colour.

Assembling the cake:

  1. If the cakes are domed, level them with a serrated knife.

  2. Place the bottom layer on a cake stand, and spread a generous layer of frosting on top, but leave enough for frosting the outside of the cake. Then, place the other layer on top of the frosting.

  3. Use the remaining chocolate buttercream to frost the outside of the cake. Decorate the cake by creating swirls of buttercream with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.

  4. Enjoy!

    Original recipe from The Loopy Whisk