Best gluten-free chocolate cake

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Soya-free
Author Vicki Montague - the Free From Fairy


  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2tsp coffee granules - optional, for a choca-mocca cake
  • 175 g margarine or butter if butter, soften it first
  • 175 g white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 200 g gluten-free self-raising flour I use my wholegrain flour blend
  • 3-6 tbsp dairy or dairy-free milk depending on what flour you use - you dont want your mixture to be runny
  • Either 100g dark chocolate broken into pieces or if your diet allows, 50g dark or milk chocolate and 50g toffees (I use Tesco value ones) both chopped into small pieces
  • Either 100g dark chocolate or 50g toffees and 50g dark or milk chocolate broken into pieces
  • 50 g margarine or butter
  • 2 tbsp dairy or dairy-free milk
  • 100 g icing sugar sifted


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/160degrees fan. Grease a 20cm round cake tin (ideally a loose bottomed one but it doesn't really matter)
  2. Place the cocoa and coffee granules (if using) into a cup and add enough hot water to make a smooth, thick paste
  3. Put the butter/marg and sugar into a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk for approx. 1 minute
  4. Add the eggs, syrup, milk and cocoa paste and whisk until combined.
  5. Add the flour and carefully mix in. Once incorporated whisk for a further minute or two
  6. Place the mixture into the prepared tin, smooth and scatter the chocolate (and toffee pieces if using) on the top
  7. Gently push the chocolate (and toffee if using) into the mixture - not too far or it will sink right to the bottom!
  8. Cook the cake for 40-50 minutes until the top springs back when you press it lightly
  9. Cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack
  10. Whilst cooling, make the icing by heating the chocolate, toffees (if using), butter/marg and milk in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring occationally.
  11. Once melted add the icing sugar to the mixture and leave to cool
  12. Spread the cooled icing on the cooled cake and decorate however takes your fancy...