Nothing says “Happy Birthday” quite like a decadent, dark chocolate cake smothered in cream cheese frosting. A couple of weeks ago one of our coworkers at the office had his birthday. Knowing he has to eat completely gluten free, I volunteered to make the cake for him. Little did I know, it had been years since he had a true birthday cake. He was rather shocked and ecstatic.
If you know of anyone that loves chocolate and is also a GF-eater, this cake is the one for them. It’s pretty simple to make, but has a stunning appearance. Top it off with a little cocoa powder and chocolate shreds and it looks like it came from a local bakery. Hope you enjoy!
The Ultimate Dark Chocolate Cake
Nothing says “Happy Birthday” quite like a decadent, dark chocolate cake smothered in cream cheese frosting.
Dark Chocolate Cake
- ¾ c. butter softened
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 c. white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 1/3 c. white rice flour
- 3/4 c. tapioca starch
- 1 t. xanthan gum
- Or 2 c. all purpose GF (with xanthan gum / non-GF flour instead of the above 3 ingredients)
- ¾ c. cocoa powder dark
- 1 ½ t. baking soda
- ½ t. salt
- 1 ½ c. buttermilk
- 1/4 c. prepared coffee
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 T. butter melted
- 4 T. cream cheese
- 1 t. vanilla
- 6 c. powdered sugar
- 2-3 T. milk
For the Dark Chocolate Cake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine butter and sugars in stand mixer (or in a bowl with an electric mixer) and cream on medium high until light and fluffy. About 3-4 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, and cream more until well combined. About another 2 minutes. Add in vanilla.
- Combine white rice flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and toss to combine.
- Alternatively add in dry mixture and buttermilk/coffee, starting and ending with the dry mixture.
- Grease 2 9-inch round baking pans with butter or non-stick cooking spray and divide batter evenly among them.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Combine 4 T. butter and cream cheese. Cream until well mixed. Add vanilla and mix well.
- Alternatively add powdered sugar and milk until all ingredients have been used.
- Remove cooked cakes from pans to allow for quicker cooling once they have been out of the oven for at least 10 minutes.
- To assemble cake, place a dollop of frosting on the plate your are placing it on. Put the first layer down. Spread about 1/3 of the frosting mixture over the first layer. Add in 3-4 toothpicks to allow for greater stability. Place second cake layer on top of the first frosted layer. Completely frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.
- Optional: Dust with cocoa powder and garnish with chocolate shreds.