Dairy Free and Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

By | January 26, 2016

happy chocolate cake day

27 January commemorates Chocolate Cake Day. No matter where you are in the world, chocolate cake is found in every city, town or village. The best way to celebrate this day is by baking your own cake. Here a great recipe that is dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake:

Source:Adapated From Sweetapolita’s Chocolate Cake


  • 2 1/2 cups plus 1 tbs (330g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups (600g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup plus 1 tbs (135g) cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups soy, almond, or rice milk
  • 1 1/2 tbs white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups strong black coffee, hot
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tbs vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three, 9 inch cake pans by lining each of them with parchment paper, buttering them, and dusting them with flour.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bow of a mixer.
  3. Combine the non-dairy milk, vinegar, coffee, oil, vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Beat in the eggs.
  4. With the mixer on low, carefully combine the dry ingredients. Slowly add the wet ingredients while continuing to mix on low speed in order to prevent the batter from splattering out of the bowl. Mix until combined. The batter will be very thin.
  5. Divide the batter equally between the three prepared pans. Bake for about 30 minutes, rotating pans half way through baking.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before inverting the pans to release the cakes. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting.

NB:Yields three, 9-inch cakes


Dairy Free Chocolate Frosting


  • 2 cups Earth Balance or another non-dairy, non-hydrogenated butter substitute, softened
  • 7 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup soy, almond, or rice milk


  1. Sift the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa in a large bowl.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for a few minutes until it is creamy.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the butter.
  4. In a small bowl mix the non-dairy milk, vanilla, and the salt until the salt is dissolved. Add the mixture to the mixer. Mix until a creamy, smooth texture is achieved.


7 thoughts on “Dairy Free and Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

  1. Tyler Dillenburg

    Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! Now I have to have a piece of cake. I didn’t know it there was such a day even! I really like how you incorporated a dairy and gluten free recipe. Another nice thing is how you broke it down between the cake ingredients and the frosting ingredients as well as the directions. Seems like a very easy recipe to follow and it is one that I am definitely going to have to give a try. Keep coming up with awesome ideas!

  2. Debra

    I love the photo that you have at the top of your post and if that is the look of this cake recipe, I’m in. I have recently discovered that I am lactose intolerant and so many things you don’t even think of as having dairy in them can effect me. Cakes, sauces etc..

    With that said I’m going to try your recipe because that cake looks amazing. I love a dark looking cake, because it looks rich in flavor and makes my mouth water. Looking over the ingredients it looks very flavorful.

    Not a coffee lover though, can you suggest something as a substitute for it?

  3. Brad

    This cake looks amazing! I try to eat healthy, but I do like the occasional treat! I am also keeping gluten to a minimum, but I don’t stress about having a little.

    Is the all purpose flour in the recipe supposed to be a gluten free flour? In Australia that would be just regular wheat flour. I like to use almond meal flour for cakes, nom nom nom…

    Great recipe, thanks,

  4. Debbi

    This is an excellent site. As I read more about Lactose Intolerance (because that’s what I was told I had), I’m wondering if it’s true. I CAN eat some things but if I drink milk or have ice cream (who doesn’t love ice cream), I know I will get a migrane. Keep up the posts. They’re informative and again — who doesn’t like chocolate cake.


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