Gluten-Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake

Moist, fluffy Gluten-Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake made sugar-free. This delicious cake recipe has unique rich flavor and is incredibly light and fluffy.

Gluten-Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake - dairy-free chocolate cake recipe made with sourdough discard

Have you ever had a craving for a deeply rich sinfully chocolatey chocolate cake that was also light, fluffy and tasted like little flavor fairies were sprinkling magical chocolate essence all over your mouth buds?

Yeah, me too.

All day, every day.

Dairy-Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake - gluten-free chocolate cake recipe made with sourdough discard

If you’re like me, and chocolate cake is the only spirit animal you could possibly identify as your own, you’re in the right spot. This Gluten-Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake is crazy unique, fun to bake, and a lovely little crowd-pleasure.

PLUS, it is easy to adapt according to the ingredients you have on hand.

For those times you have a chocolate hankering (all day, every day) and sourdough starter to discard, let this delicious chocolate cake recipe be your jam.

I make it using my gluten-free sourdough starter and a gluten-free flour blend.

Recipe Highlights:

  • Gluten-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Super light, moist, and fluffy
  • Delectable crinkle top
  • Can easily be made dairy-free
  • Can easily be made with any granulated sweetener

Chocolate Sourdough Cake - gluten-free and dairy-free

How to Make Sourdough Chocolate Cake:

Add sourdough discard, whole milk (or coconut milk) and gluten-free flour (or regular all-purpose flour if you aren’t gluten-free) to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Allow this mixture to sit 2 to 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9” x 9” cake pan with parchment paper (or use a 9-inch spring form pan).

Whisk the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract together in a bowl or measuring cup until well combined. Pour this mixture into the mixing bowl with the sourdough mixture. 

Add the sugar-free sweetener (I use Truvia, but you can go with your favorite granulated zero calorie sweetener), cocoa powder, espresso powder, sea salt, and baking powder to the bowl with the remaining ingredients and stir well until combined.

How to make chocolate cake with sourdough discard

Pour cake batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake on the center rack of the oven 25 to 35 minutes, until cake has risen and set up. It should feel firm when poked in the center.

Allow cake to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. 

Sourdough Chocolate Cake made gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free

Moist, light and fluffy Sourdough Chocolate Cake made dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free

Can I Make This with Regular Flour and Sourdough Starter?:

Yes! If your sourdough starter is made using regular all-purpose flour (meaning it is not gluten-free), you can still make this recipe using all of the same portions. Simply use your sourdough discard and regular all-purpose flour and you’re good to go. In other words, you do not have to make this cake gluten-free. 

What Type of Flour to Use:

I use Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour for this recipe, but you can use your favorite gluten-free flour blend of choice. King Arthur and Pamela’s work great too! Note that not all gluten-free flour blends behave differently as they contain different portions of different flours. For this reason, I can’t garentee the results if you don’t use the same flour as me (Bob’s Red Mill), as I have not tested the recipe using any other flour.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Replace whole milk with buttermilk or full-fat canned coconut milk.
  • Use coconut sugar or granulated cane sugar instead of sugar-free sweetener.
  • If you don’t follow a gluten-free diet, use regular all-purpose flour instead of gluten-free flour.

More Sourdough Recipes:

Enjoy this fermented cake!

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Gluten-Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake - dairy-free chocolate cake recipe made with sourdough discard

Gluten-Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, sourdough
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Fermenting Time: 2 hours
Servings: 1 9" x 9" cake
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: Julia

Moist, light and fluffy sourdough chocolate cake made dairy-free and gluten-free

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add sourdough discard, whole milk and gluten-free flour to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Allow this mixture to sit 2 to 4 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9” x 9” cake pan with parchment paper (or use a 9-inch spring form pan).

  3. Whisk the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract together in a bowl or measuring cup until well combined. Pour this mixture into the mixing bowl with the sourdough mixture.

  4. Add the coconut sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, sea salt, and baking powder to the bowl with the remaining ingredients and stir well until combined.

  5. Pour cake batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake on the center rack of the oven 25 to 35 minutes, until cake has risen and set up. It should feel firm when poked in the center.

  6. Allow cake to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

*You can use a regular sourdough starter and regular all-purpose flour for this recipe if you don't follow a gluten-free diet. The portions will be the same 🙂

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 of 16)
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gluten-Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake - refined sugar-free, dairy-free, crazy light and fluffy yet moist!!

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Comments

  1. Becky Winkler

    I love this idea–the texture looks perfect! I keep killing my sourdough starters accidentally but next time I get my hands on some I’m definitely trying this!

    Reply
    1. Julia Post author

      Isn’t it crazy?!! I was amazed at how light and fluffy yet moist the cake turns out. It’s seriously like no other. I’m putting good juju out to the universe that your sourdough starter thrives so it can be put to use in this cake 😀 xoxoxo

      Reply
    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Kathy,

      I use a gluten-free sourdough starter. You can still use your regular sourdough starter for this recipe – I won’t make a difference whether your use gluten-free sourdough starter + gluten-free flour or regular sourdough starter + regular flour 😀 xoxo

      Reply
    2. Terry

      You can make a gluten free sourdough starter with many different gluten free flours. One of the most popular for a gluten free sourdough starter is brown rice flour.

      Reply
    1. Julia Post author

      Right?? Mine has been chilling in the refrigerator too and I’ll have to whip it out to make another cake soon 😀 xo

      Reply

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