Gluten-free Devil’s Food Cake with Mocha Buttercream

Gluten-free Devil's Food Cake with Mocha Buttercream Frosting

Who doesn’t love chocolate cake?? OK, I know there are a few of you, but I would venture to say, you are the minority. 😉  I know I love chocolate cake, any kind of chocolate cake, especially if it is covered in frosting. This moist, rich Devil’s Food Cake fit the bill perfectly. My husband actually brought most of the cake to work, and no one even know they were eating gluten-free. That always puts a smile on my face; when no one even suspects that they are eating something that doesn’t contain wheat flour. Especially when it is people that say they would NEVER want to eat gluten-free, because it’s flavourless and bland and such a BORING diet. WRONG! We can actually have our cake, and eat it too!



Wondering how to make the chocolate curls to decorate your gluten-free Devil’s Food Cake with Mocha Buttercream?? Watch this video, it’s so simple!

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36 Responses to Gluten-free Devil’s Food Cake with Mocha Buttercream

  1. Margaret A. Massey June 5, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Oh!! Yum!! I’m having company later this month, they can help me eat this. Thanks for all you do for us. ~ Margaret

    • Jeanine June 5, 2012 at 7:58 am #

      This is the PERFECT cake for sharing, Margaret!! :) Enjoy!

  2. Mary June 5, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Yum!!! Jeanine, this is beautiful…I want to lick my screen!

  3. caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    oh my word, that looks just diving! that buttercream looks so enticing! my mouth is watering! thanks for sharing!

    • Jeanine June 10, 2012 at 7:28 am #

      Thank you, Caralyn! I hope you give it a try, it’s a really great cake.

  4. Barbara B June 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Oh, what an awesome cake! The height was amazing, the taste, divine. I made this for company tonight and they couldn’t tell it was gluten free. I’ll be making this one again and again. Thanks so much for posting it!

    • Jeanine June 10, 2012 at 7:28 am #

      So glad to hear that, Barbara! Thanks for the feedback. Glad that you had company so you had the opportunity to make it. :) So…Sunday breakfast will be chocolate cake?? :)

      • Barbara B June 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

        We are not THAT decadent here…we had it for lunch! 😉 My non-gluten free company wanted a piece to take home for coffee today. That’s how good it was. We’re going to try your balsamic potatoes tonight. You are the Queen! 😀

        • Jeanine June 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

          Aw, so happy to hear that everyone loved it. :) You know when Non-GFers are asking for it, it’s good. lol No lowered expectations here!

  5. Fran Heath June 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    I’m going to be making this cake for a picnic this Saturday (today is Weds.) and was wondering how long you think this will keep? I’m trying to determine how early I can get away with making it since I have to make several other things as well. Thank you so much for all the great recipes! My family has enjoyed everything I’ve made from your site (although the lemon bars will have to be rare treats since I have no self control around them!)

    • Jeanine June 16, 2012 at 6:46 am #

      OH, sorry for not responding, Fran! I would probably only bake it up to two days before, wrap it up really good, but frost it up to one day before. Hope your have a great weekend!

  6. Tami June 16, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    Just made this cake (into cupcakes! bake at same temp for 10 minutes, then rotate pan 180 degrees for another 10 minutes=) for my son’s first birthday party and I have already had 2 and the party is not until tomorrow! I also made regular vanilla cupcakes but I think these will be the hit, I’m not going to tell people they are gluten free. I did not make the buttercream as I wanted white buttercream so in the future I will definitely try this buttercream. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    • Jeanine June 16, 2012 at 6:47 am #

      That’s awesome,Tami! Hope your little man has a fantastic birthday party!! If you tell people they are GF, maybe there will be more leftovers for you! 😉

  7. Michelle September 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I made this today in a bundt pan – took about 45 minutes – and it looks perfect. Not short, not like gluten free at all. Better than that, it tastes amazing. Thanks for all your great recipes.

  8. Mindie December 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    I made this today! Changes I made: I had no sorghum flour, so I added that amount to the rice flour measurement (I used brown instead of white). I also 1.5x’s this recipe to make a large 11×14″ cake, flipped it out, topped it with the chocolate buttercream (omitted the coffee in the icing), strawberry glaze, and lots of chocolate covered strawberries. AMAZING. My 8 year old wanted a chocolate strawberry cake for her birthday, and this made her day!

  9. Jill Anderson May 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    I am confused as to how you put the cake together. Is it a 4 layer cake? Must I slice each layer into half? Your instructions do not say to do that, but the photo shows more than 2 layers. Your directions also say it is enough frosting for a four layer cake.

    I have never cut a layer in half. Is there some secret to doing that? I think I will make a mess :)

    Thanks for the great website!

    • Jeanine Friesen May 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      Sorry, Jill, I will clarify now. Yes, I split each cake into 2 layers, but you don’t ‘have’ to, you can leave them whole and have a 2 layer cake. You may have some leftover frosting doing that, as I had enough to put frosting between each layer as well. Off to edit the recipe to include this now. :) thanks!

  10. Stephanie April 18, 2014 at 9:10 am #


    I have a gluten free flour mix, how much should I use to replace the listed dry ingredients?
    1 cup white rice flour
    1/2 cup potato starch
    1/3 cup cornstarch
    1/4 cup sorghum flour
    1 tsp xanthan gum


    • Jeanine Friesen April 18, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      You could try 1 3/4 plus 1/3 cup, and omit the xanthan gum. I haven’t tried it, so the results may vary from the picture above though.

  11. Karla April 23, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Do you think I would be able to substitute shortening for the butter in the cake itself? Also, I have some special dry milk powder that is gluten/dairy/soy free that I just bought. Can I reconsitute that in place of the milk in the cake? Thanks!!!!!

    • Jeanine May 2, 2014 at 7:03 am #

      Definitely worth a try, Kara! I’ve never tried those subs, but if you do, please let me know how it worked!

      • Karla May 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

        Hi! I did make the cake – substituting shortening (trans fat-free) for the butter, & the dairy-free powdered milk (reconstituted with plain water) for the regular milk. I kept everything else the way the recipe read. It was so delicious!!!

        I was nervous because the batter appeared “grainy” when I poured it in the pans, and the baked cake did have a grainy texture on top after I took it out the oven – I guess the grain all rose to the top. But after I iced it you couldn’t even detect that when eaten.

        I’m no baker so I can’t explain what made the batter grainy. But I was wondering if that’s normal. Do you have any ideas as to what could be the cause given the cake’s ingredients? I did sift everything, but I also used fresh flours that had been in the freezer. Could that have done it?

        I’d appreciate any ideas on that grainy situation you may have. In the end it was still very good though and even the gluten eaters gobbled it up. I also used that shortening in the icing and it was rich, but wonderful.


  12. Elise M. April 29, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    I made this last night and it is fabulous!!! I didn’t make the frosting because I was missing some ingredients. But I put it together with a vanilla frosting and added some sprinkles (a MUST!). It is wonderful!! Thank you for posting this recipe :)

    • Jeanine May 2, 2014 at 7:04 am #

      Ah, sprinkles are a must, aren’t they? :) Love that! So glad that you liked the cake, Elise! It seems to get rave reviews from both those that are GF, and those that are not. :)

      • Elise M. May 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

        Yeah even my husband liked it! He isn’t a GF eater.

        • Jeanine May 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

          This could convert him. 😉

  13. Margaret September 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    I’ve used this recipe many times now and it always turns out great! Thank you Jeanine!! My whole family is gluten free and I’m always looking for good gluten free recipes to try. I do make this using a flour blend I make myself with no problems. In fact I have one in the oven right now! Yummy…can’t wait!!

    • Jeanine September 12, 2014 at 7:23 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Margaret! so glad to hear that it’s a favourite. Wish I was at your place for a fresh slice of chocolate cake. Mmm… :)

  14. Ihjaz Ahmad January 5, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I’m definitely making this! thanks for sharing!

  15. Bridy February 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    I am going to make this for my Birthday next week. It looks very good!

    • Jeanine March 5, 2015 at 11:59 am #

      Happy Birthday, Bridy!!

  16. Suzanne April 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    I made this cake today and I didn’t have enough corn starch and I substituted tapioca starch. I don’t know if that’s the reason but the cake was very crumbly and my layers just cracked in half after it cooled. I managed to “paste” it back together with lots of frosting so it still looked and tasted fine. Will try it again with cornstarch. I loved that this had the height of a regular cake and it’s not “flat looking” like many gluten free things. Great recipe!


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