Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake

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Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake!  This chocolate cake is so good that no one will be able to tell that it is gluten free!  It will be a big hit at any party you make it for! It’s my birthday!  Well, not actually until Tuesday, but I think it is ok to celebrate all week, right?!  Especially when your birthday falls on a weekday.  When this happens you should probably make a huge chocolate cake and eat yourself into a chocolate cake frenzy all week long! In celebration of my birthday, not only do a I have a delicious chocolate cake recipe for you, but I also have a fun giveaway!  I thought it would be neat to make some re-usable grocery bags with the She Likes Food logo and a photo on them and I’m going to give one away to one of you lucky readers!  See bottom of post for details :) Birthday Giveaway Now, onto this chocolate cake!  My mom used to make a homemade cake for me every birthday growing up and they were delicious!  I was always so impressed by them and she would even decorate them with pretty flowers!  Thank you,  Mom! Every since I went gluten free I haven’t had a decent homemade birthday cake.  I honestly can’t even remember the last time I ate cake, which is so sad because cake is one of my favorites!  And everyone should have a proper cake on their birthday. Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake Collage I adapted this chocolate cake recipe from an ice cream filled chocolate cupcake recipe I made for Gluten Free Living Magazine a few months ago and they were so good!  I always used to say I was more of a vanilla cake person than chocolate, but over the past few years I’ve embraced chocolate and I don’t think I’m ever going back!   This three layer chocolate cake might not be quite as healthy as the recipes I normally post, but I think we all get a free pass on our birthdays!   Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake!  This chocolate cake is so good that no one will be able to tell that it is gluten free!  It will be a big hit at any party you make it for! Giveaway Details:

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Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake + A Giveaway!

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-12
  • Category: Dessert, Gluten Free


  • 2 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1:1 baking flour*
  • 1 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk or regular milk
  • 1 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yougurt
  • 2 cups chocolate frosting – see link below for the one I used


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powered, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla and mix again. Finally add the milk and mix one last time. The wet mixture might look a little strange at this point, but that is ok!
  2. Add the flour mixture and the Greek yogurt to the wet mixture, one half at a time alternating between the two, starting with the flour. Give the batter one last mix until everything is combined.
  3. Grease three 8 inch cake pans and equally distribute the batter into the pans. Bake cakes for about 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool inside the pan for ten minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  4. Once the cakes are cooled, transfer to a plate or cake stand and stack the cakes on top of eachother, frosting in between each one. Frost the top and sides of the cake, smoothing out with a knife if necessary.


*I have only made this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking flour, I’m not sure if it would turn out the same using a different gluten free flour.

I used this chocolate frosting recipe, but you can use any recipe or store-bought frosting you like.  You will need about 2 cups depending on how much frosting you like to use. Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake-2129 Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cakes-2164 Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake-2166 Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake-2188 Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake Collage

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  1. says

    Happy early birthday, Izzy! This chocolate cake looks absolutely gorgeous! I’m in awe of these pretty layers. And that bag is just the cutest! What a great giveaway! Hope you have a wonderful day and celebrate with lots of this yummy cake!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Gayle!! I was so happy and excited with how it came out! And I probably ate way too much of it, haha!

    • Paula says

      Hi Isadora,
      I am new to your website and would like to know if you sale your reusable food bags? I would love buy one.

      I love blog. I am anxious to bake this wonderful looking chocolate cake. Hopefully this weekend.

      Thank you.

      • She Likes Food says

        Hi Paula,

        Unfortunately, I don’t sell them quite yet. I was thinking about doing another giveaway to win one of them soon though, so stay tuned! I hope you enjoy the cake :)

  2. says

    First of all, happy birthday! Second, I’m obsesse with your gorgeous cake! Seriously…gorgeousness and it looks absolutely delicious. I’m always looking for great gluten free dessert options for my gluten free friends. :)

  3. David says

    I would have to say watermelon is my favorite summer ingredient, along with the other melons. You can eat it plain, add it to recipes, make a smoothie, and the best part is that no matter how you use it, the kids will love it.

    • She Likes Food says

      Awww, thank you so much, Jess! This is probably one of the only things I’ve ever baked that turned out pretty, haha!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Ashley!! You have to make this for him! I took the leftovers to work and everyone was very surprised it was gluten free!

  4. says

    Happy Happy Birthday!This cake is gorgeous, Izzy! Love the pretty layers – it’s the perfect celebration cake! I have been looking for a gluten free chocolate cake to make for my niece for her birthday and can’t wait to try this one!

  5. says

    Happy, happy birthday, Izzy! You’ve seriously got SO much fun stuff going on today. I mean, cake and giveaways?? So much fun. :) I can’t even believe that this gorgeous cake is gluten-free! It looks so moist and fudgy inside and I’m totally craving an XXL slice for breakfast right now!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Sarah!! It totally is so moist and delicious! And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t eat some for breakfast a few days in a row :)

  6. Toni says

    Love to see all the delish things you share and this will be a keeper cake. Hope mine turns out this pretty!!!!!
    My favorite summer item is “home-grown” tomatoes!!! The just taste different when you grown them in your local soil.
    Happy Birthday!!!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Toni! Home grown tomatoes are the best! I wish I had better luck at getting them to grow!

  7. Philisha says

    Happy-appi birthday Izzy! Hope you have a great day today!

    Can you substitute the non-fat greek yogurt?

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you! You could probably substitute it for some other kind of yogurt, if that is what you are thinking? It mainly helps to make the cake really moist, so you could probably do without, but I haven’t tried it like that so I can’t say for sure.

  8. says

    Haaaaappy birthday!!! GAH that cake looks so good, I just might have to make it and pretend like it’s my bday, ha! My mouth is seriously watering over all that chocolate. My favorite summer ingredient has been basil this summer…particularly in the pesto form. YUM! Hope you have a marvelous day celebrating!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Julia!! Haha, you totally should! I was thinking about making another one for my cat’s birthday, is that strange?! I just want an excuse to eat more! Ahhh, basil is the BEST!!

  9. Debi B says

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is Sunday, gotta love all the Leos! Perfect timing for this beautiful cake recipe. One of my favorite summer ingredients would have to be … ice…. I know it’s not a traditional ingredient but it makes it all better in hot, hot Phoenix. Sorbet, Iced drinks, frozen grapes. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you! Happy Birthday to you too!! Leos are definitely the best sign out there :) Haha, it is so hot here in Tucson also that ice sounds like the perfect ingredient to me :)

  10. Marianne says

    I have been enjoying using Zucchini’s in all different ways right now. From lasagne, fritters, oodles of noodles, and muffins.
    Your logo bag is way cool!!
    Enjoy that cake:)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Marianne! I love using zucchini in lasagna! And making noodles out of it is so fun!

  11. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says

    Happy Birthday pretty girl!!! I hope you had a great day and were spoiled rotten! 😉
    This cake looks like the perfect way to celebrate!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Mariah! I think I was in a chocolate cake coma for most of the birthday, but it was pretty good, haha :)

  12. Sandy Marinelli says

    Happy Birthday to YOU!
    My favorite summer time ingredient is AVOCADO’s! Not only are they great for savory dishes and just by themselves, but also really good with sweet recipes like Vegan Chocolate Mousse!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you!! Avocados are the best!! I could eat them everyday! I bet they are so good in chocolate mousse :)

  13. says

    Happy belated birthday, Izzy! My mom always made me homemade cakes for my birthday, too, and they were the best. :) This cake is just beautiful, and I’m glad you got a delicious gluten-free cake this year! And the more chocolate the better! :)

  14. says

    Happy birthday! This cake looks amazing and so celebratory.
    My favorite summer flavor would work very well with this cake, it’s raspberry. Can’t wait till my bushes give more ripe berries so I can layer them between these tender layers.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you! I almost put raspberries in the cake but at the last minute I decided to go straight chocolate, next time though!

  15. says

    Hey, Izzy! Happy Birthday Girrrrlll!! You go on and celebrate birthday week.. or month! We need more time to celebrate life and cake… and things like that! Of course you must have cake on your birthday – I love how you made your own (I prefer this too!!). It’s an event in itself! And that bag! How sweet is that?! Ok – my fave Summer ingredients has to be blueberries or watermelon or no… fresh lettuce straight from the farm… ooooh, do I only get one??? Hope your week is fabulous, Izzy!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks so much, Traci!! I keep trying to get things out of my husband by telling him it is my birthday month but I’m not sure he is going for it, haha! You gotta have homemade cake on your birthday :)

      I love all those things too! Especially fresh lettuce!

  16. Natalie says

    Happy, happy birthday! And what a great choice of cake flavor:) Right now I’m on a blueberry kick. So anything blueberry related I’m all over this Summer!

  17. says

    I think I have to jump on the avocado train! I eat an average of 3 a week! And my kids love them too!! Looking forward to trying your recipes! Happy Birthday!

    • She Likes Food says

      I eat so many of them too! My husband doesn’t eat them very much so I always get to eat the whole thing myself :)

  18. says

    Happy Birthday!! I love your cake- and I can’t wait to make it!

    My favorite summer ingredient is heirloom tomatoes. I grow anywhere from seven to fifteen different varieties every year, and if we don’t eat them like candy, I make balsamic bruschetta, margherita pizza, and tomato feta dip by the gallon! I’m sure I should have said something like peaches- but we eat tomatoes at every meal, and summer wouldn’t be the same without them!

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Kaelin!! Heirloom tomatoes are the best!! I tried growing some last year and I only got one small one, haha! I would eat them for every meal too if I was better at growing them :)

  19. Sarah says

    Is there any replacement for the yogurt for this recipe? It sounds amazing but I need to make it dairy-free! :( Any suggestions?

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Sarah, I haven’t made the cake without the yogurt myself so I can’t say for sure, but you could try using non-dairy yogurt or possibly omitting it all together. It helps to make the cake moist, so it just might not be as moist. I hope that helps!

  20. Shannon says

    I know this is a weird question, but my oven is a little unusual, so I hope you’ll humor me. Could I make the batter, fill the pans, and then let it sit for 10 minutes while the oven preheats? Or does it need to be baked immediately? Thanks for your input!

    It looks amazing, I’m so excited to make it!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Shannon, sorry for the delay! You can definitely fill the pan and let it sit! My oven only cooks two pans at a time so I had to fill the third one and let it sit until the first two were done and it worked great!

  21. Kim says

    I made this today and it is delicious and looks just like it does in your pictures. The only change I made was to use regular (not Greek-style) yogurt and reduce it by 1/4 cup to avoid adding too much moisture. Fabulous, will definitely make again. Thanks!

  22. T. Dennis says

    I just made this cake for my son’s birthday and it was scrumptious. I used Namaste organic GF flour and substituted keifer for the milk and the yogurt. I also added some almond extract along with the vanilla. For the icing I made a salted almond chocolate icing with almond butter and almond extract and I iced one layer with salted caramel. The cake was a huge success!

    • She Likes Food says

      Yah! I’m so glad it was a success!! That frosting sounds so delicious! And i love the idea of using keifer instead of the yogurt! Thanks so much for the comment :)

  23. says

    This chocolate cake is so delicious, moist, and chocolaty!!!!
    I absolutely love it!!
    I’m only a teenager but am gluten free because I had really bad allergies (gf really helps!) and I love to bake but some things just aren’t as good gluten free… this cake was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Sylvia! I’m so glad to hear that you liked it!! It’s one of my favorite cakes too and It makes me want to eat chocolate cake all the time!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Lisa,
      I’m not sure if anyone has tried that yet, but I think that if you just monitor it well and adjust the cooking time if necessary that it would work fine!

  24. Kristen says

    This recipe is somehow inaccurate. I was really excited and hopeful for how it would turn out, but unfortunately all I got were cakes that never came together and overflowed the pan. I have done a good amount of gluten free baking, but never had this happen. My guess would be the lack of xanthan gum in the recipe? I don’t know. But it didn’t turn out.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Kristen, I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. I’m guessing it had to do with the type of gluten free flour that was used. I have only tried this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour, which does have zantham gum added to it. I have added a note in the recipe about that.

  25. Cat says

    This is a fantastic recipe. I made it using Edmonds Gluten Free flour (I’m in New Zealand) and it worked brilliantly. By the time I’d filled it with butter cream it was enormous! I’m about to make it as a 2 layer cake and use the rest of the mixture as muffins for the kids’ lunchboxes. Thanks!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Cat! I’m so glad it turned out well for you! And I love the idea of using some of the mixture to make muffins with, yum! :)

  26. Lauretta says

    I just made your cake for the birthday of a friend who can’t eat gluten. I don’t even like cake and it was fabulous. I followed the directions exactly except I eyeballed the salt, baking soda and baking powder since I couldn’t find my spoon measures, so it is good to know the recipe is forgiving in that area. It is moist and fluffy and light, but still rich and fudgy. I made one double round to freeze and cut in half for a two layer cake, plus a dozen and a half cupcakes. I have eaten three cupcakes so far. Thanks for an awesome recipe! I can’t wait for her to taste the whole cake. I am going to use a pecan coconut frosting so it is more like German Chocolate cake. Awesome.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Lauretta! I’m so glad you like the cake!! It’s one of my favorites! I’ve made cupcakes out of the batter a few times and they are always so good too! I hope your friend loves the cake as well and has a wonderful birthday! :)

  27. Roberta Haines says

    I’ve been looking for and trying a number of chocolate cake recipes, and made this one today for my daughter’s birthday. I used a mix of Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour and sweet rice flour (2c of Bob’s and 1/4 c of sweet rice flour), and 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum. It turned out great. Moist & fudgey! I iced it with a butter cream cheese frosting. Yum! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. It’s a keeper!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Roberta, I’m so glad to hear that the cake turned out great and that you enjoyed it! And also glad to hear it turned out using different gluten free flours! Cream cheese frosting is one of my favorites! :)


    My cake is still wet in the middle. It’s been in the oven a long time. I’m not sure if it’s “fudgey” or not cooked.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hmm, I don’t remember that happening when I baked the cake. Did you use the bob’s red mill 1:1 baking flour? Gluten free bakes goods can be a little fickle sometimes. I’m sorry about that!

  29. Marianne Page says


    I need to bake a gluten free chocolate cake for a client and I don’t have time to trial it out before. Can I use this recipe for 9 inch, 2 layer cake? It needs to be able to feed 25 people.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Marianne, If you are just going to make a 2 layer cake, I would cut the recipe down by 1/3. If not, there will be too much cake in each pan and it probably won’t cook correctly. I’m not sure if the cake is big enough to feed 25 people though… I hope that helps!

  30. Noelia Alfaro says

    I made it for the birthday of my son and everyone loved it! I am planning to make it again this week for my 1 year old boy. Just thinking on substitute the butter for coconut oil, let see how it turns out. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe!

  31. Tim says

    Thank you very much for this recipe Izzy :) I have never made a cake for my Mum because she became gluten intolerant after I left home and got into baking – good Glu-free recipes are hard to come by for discerning European chocaholics (it tastes very different over here as you probably know!) so this will be the first one – bit of pot luck testing with our local Glu-free flour so I’ll let you know how I get on….

      • Tim says

        Hi again Izzy, i had to amend the recipe slightly as our flour was rice based and i can’t get xanthan gum in our area. I tweaked it using flax based on another recipe’s proportions and it turned out ok although a bit crumbly. We worked out that our large eggs are smaller than yours these days so next time we will add an extra egg for binding. The proportion of vanilla in the icing recipe was a bit strong for our tastes but that is easily adjusted! Other than that and having a fight to obtain the ingredients it was very tasty 😀

        • She Likes Food says

          Hi Tim, thanks for the update! I’m glad you were able to find some substitutions and that you enjoyed it! Hopefully the extra egg will make it a little more moist next time :)

  32. rmlmom says

    Thanks for this recipe! I made this cake for my son’s birthday. It was by far the best gf birthday cake I have ever had. As a matter of fact, it may very well be the best chocolate cake ever!

  33. Andrea says

    This looks great! If you use regular yoghurt instead of greek yoghurt, would you use a different amount to maintain the same consistency? Or would you recommend substituting something else? I’m living overseas in a place where there’s no greek yoghurt 😮

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Andrea, do you have access to sour cream? If so, I would use that instead of the yogurt. If not, I would just use a little bit less regular yogurt or maybe add a little extra flour to offset the extra wetness of the regular yogurt. Good luck!

  34. Joey says

    Hi! This cake looks absolutely delicious. I’m baking a cake for a friend this week and I would love to use this recipe! However, I only have 9″ cake pans. Will the bake time be different? Thank you!!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Joey, thank you! Yeah, I would just keep a closer eye on them and check them more to make sure they don’t burn since the batter will be spread a little thinner. It shouldn’t be too much different, but probably a few minutes less.

      • Joey says

        Thanks Izzy! By the way, would it be possible to switch the butter with oil instead? If so, would you know how much I’d use?

  35. Lisa says

    I must say this is the best chocolate cake I have had since my grandmother passed away in 1985…with or without gluten! Her secret was sour cream and I forgot all about that.

    One of my daughter’s friends made this for my birthday last year and it was so good, I made it for my wedding cake this past August…in three 14″ square pans. It was a total hit at the reception! People could not believe it was gluten-free. The only thing I changed was the yogurt because I don’t buy fat-free unless it is, by nature, fat-free.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks so much for the nice words, Lisa! I’m so glad you enjoyed this chocolate cake! It’s one of my favorites too :)

  36. jenilee says

    This cake is the best. Thanks for the recipe.
    I used melted coconut oil instead of butter and then used my own gf flour mix (2cups rice flour, 2/3c potato starch,1/3c tapioca starch) and then 1.5tsp guar gum.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you!! That is a great idea to use coconut oil instead of butter, i’ll have to try that! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

  37. Kerry Bodell says

    Made this cake last week for a friend. It was AMAZING!! I had Namaste Perfect Flour Blend in my pantry so I used that. So, it does taste great with other flour blends :)
    Your page is bookmarked so I can make this again!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks so much, Kerry! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that is great to know that it works with other gluten free flours as well! Thanks!

    • She Likes Food says

      I used an electric mixer but it would probably work by hand too if you don’t mind mixing for a bit!

  38. Randi says

    Thank you for such an amazing recipe. I made it for my son’s birthday and everyone loved it. No one could tell it was gluten free. When I made it I forgot to put in the 2 tbsp extra of flour and that didn’t seem to make a difference. I did add mini chocolate chips because I always like that extra chocolate bite and I used Cacao Powder instead of chocolate powder. You don’t happen to have a shortbread cookie recipe?

    • She Likes Food says

      That’s so great to hear! I’m so glad your son enjoyed it!! Adding extra mini chocolate chips sounds like the best idea ever! :)

  39. Nicole says

    I’m going to try using this for a baby shower cake I’m making. Do you think it will work out if I do 9″ and 6″ cakes, as long as I adjust the time? I’m excited for this cake!!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Nicole, I think that would work great! Just adjust the time accordingly :) I hope everyone enjoys it!

  40. Casandra says

    Hi, is there anything you can substitute the yoghurt for, I can’t have any culture based foods, cheese, sour creams,buttermilk I’ve even tried tofu and none of them agree with me.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Casandra, I’ve been trying to think of an alternative for you and it seems like most things are cultured. I’d try adding apple sauce instead. It might be good at making it moist like the yogurt does. I hope that helps!

  41. Carolina says

    Thank you so much for such a great cake. I made it and absolutely loved it. It is moist and so yummy. Thank you so much for sharing!


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