Get ready for decadence! This Gluten Free Decadent Chocolate Cake with Salted Browned Butter Frosting is rich, delicious, and easy to make.
Yes, this recipe is gluten free, but this gluten free chocolate cake just may be one of the best cakes that I’ve eaten. After her first bite, my wife suggested, “stop everything, just bake and sell this cake!” Not all Gluten Free items are crowd pleasers, but I fed it to a number of unsuspecting test subjects and waited until the end to let them know it’s made with rice flour. Time and again, mouths just hang open until asking for another slice.
One of the biggest factors in the light fluffiness of the cake comes from the sweet rice flour (also called glutinous rice flour/sticky rice). I also touch upon this in my Gluten Free Lemon Poppyseed Muffin recipe. If you’re never used this ingredient before, sweet rice flour gains a bit of a sticky or binding characteristic with liquids. This binding action allows air pockets to be created while in the oven. I’ve also used sweet rice flour for making bread because the binding effect mimics a wheat flour dough. The blog From the Larder, gives a more in depth explanation here.
As I said above, this cake is quite easy to make but take a quick read through the instructions before you start. Gluten Free cooking sometimes has unique or additional steps and reading through ahead of time will save you time!
Tips and Tricks
- If you’re worried about the pan scorching the bottom of the cake, place a baking sheet on a lower rack with a quarter inch of water. Be careful when opening the oven door, as there will be a plume of steam exiting.
- When mixing the powdered ingredients, start off slow or with a whisk! (I may have learned the hard way being a bit over zealous with switching on my hand-mixer!). Another pro-tip is to put the bowl into your sink – most overflow will land in the sink and make for easy cleanup.
- Use parchment paper on a cutting board while flipping and positioning your cake layers. The parchment allows for the cake to slide nicely without sticking to any surface.
- Find Sweet Rice Flour in most Gluten Free baking sections of grocery stores. I like this brand here: