Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake (Texas Sheet Cake)

A moist chocolate overload just like the Texas Sheetcakes you know and love! Make my Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake recipe!

Hi Bold Bakers!

From Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes to Lemon and Blueberry Bundt Cakes, I’ve transformed some of my favorite classics into nutritious treats that are free of gluten, dairy, and sugar! My goal is always to create recipes that are inclusive to all bakers no matter what their lifestyle, diet, and level of experience with using alternative ingredients.

My latest is a Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake recipe that’s generously topped with sugar and dairy-free Chocolate Fudge Frosting. This recipe is so versatile as it can be made into a layer cake, loaf cake, or my favorite: a Texas Sheet Cake! Get ready to have to your cake and eat it too, no matter what the occasion!

What Kind of Chocolate Should I Use in My Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake?

The chocolate really is the star of the show, so it is important that in both the frosting and the cake you use high-quality cocoa powder. For both of these, I suggest using dutch processed cocoa powder as this has a softer flavor and yields a really rich brown color. If this is not available where you live use the best unsweetened cocoa powder you can find.

How Do I Make Sugar-Free Frosting for My Chocolate Cake?

After going to the trouble of making a sugar, gluten, and grain-free cake, I was not going to leave you hanging with the frosting! This frosting has a similar flavor to my 2 Ingredient Sugar-Free Chocolate Frosting that topped my Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes, but it has a different texture.

Made of whipped coconut cream, confectioners Swerve, and rich cocoa powder, this frosting really is just like buttercream, but without the butter! This frosting is thick enough to pipe, but for this recipe, I chose to slather it on for the classic Texas Sheet Cake look.

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Can I Bake Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake in a Round Cake Tin?

Yes! While I really like this cake cut up into nice even square pieces, it can be baked into one very thick round cake or two thinner rounds. This cake is a great base recipe and can be used to make a layer cake or really any shape you like. To make a round cake I suggest a 9-inch cake tin.

How Do I Store Texas Sheet Cake?

This cake is sure to disappear fast but any leftovers can be covered and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. This cake can also be made a few days in advance, then frosted before serving, making this the perfect healthier cake option for parties and entertaining!

Tips and Tricks to Making Gluten Free Chocolate Cake:

  • If you don’t want to use almond meal you can use hazelnut meal
  • If you do not have confectioners Swerve you can Lakanto monkfruit sugar
  • If you cannot find coconut cream, chill 2 cans of coconut milk overnight. In the morning skim off the solid white cream leaving behind the clear water, this is the coconut cream
  • If you want to use butter instead of coconut cream, use 1 cup of butter
  • Add instant espresso powder to the cake batter to bring out the flavor of the chocolate

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake (Texas Sheet Cake)

  • 2 1/2 cups (10oz/287g) almond flour
  • 1/3 cup (1 ⅓ oz/37g) cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (3oz/85g) confectioners Swerve, (Lakanto sugar or coconut sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, (at room temperature )
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (6floz/170ml) almond milk, (or any other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4 cup (2floz/57ml) melted coconut oil cooled

Sugar Free Fudge Frosting

  • 1 ( 14oz) can coconut cream, (cold)
  • 3/4 cup (3oz/85g) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (4oz/115g) confectioners swerve, (or Lakanto Sugar )
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) then grease and line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside. 

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, Swerve, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, almond milk, and coconut oil. 

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until well combined into a thick batter. Then transfer the batter to the prepared tin.

  5. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean (Check the cake halfway through and cover with foil if you find the top is getting too brown).

  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool slightly before lifting out of the tin and transferring to rack to cool fully. Before serving to make the frosting.

To make the Sugar Free Fudge Frosting:

  1. Using a hand or stand mixer beat the coconut cream until very light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Once the cream is whipped add in the Swerve and beat to stiff peaks.

  2. Once the frosting has reached stiff peaks, gradually add the cocoa powder and continue to whip until a thick rich frosting forms.

Assemble the cake:

  1. Generously slather the frosting on top of the cake, using an offset spatula to swirl it across the top of the cake.

  2. Sprinkle the edges of the cake with regular or sugar-free sprinkles if desired. Slice the cake into 9 large squared and enjoy!

  3. Cover and store the cake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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