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    German Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    I've never been big on cake, but when it comes to German chocolate cake, now that's a different story. This is a great recipe for celiacs because it is as close to the real thing as it gets. The only difference with this recipe and a “regular” German chocolate cake recipe, is that this one uses rice flour instead of wheat.

    German Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)

    Ingredients:

    • 4 ounces gluten-free sweet German chocolate
    • ½ cup boiling water
    • 6 eggs, separated
    • 2 cups sugar, divided
    • 1 cup butter or butter substitute
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
    • 2 cups rice flour
    • 2 tablespoons arrowroot (or cornstarch)
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    To Make:
    1. Melt chocolate in boiling water. Cool.
    2. In small mixing bowl beat egg whites until frothy. Add ½ cup sugar and heat until stiff but not dry. Set aside.
    3. Using large mixing bowl, cream butter with remaining sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add egg yolks and beat well. Blend in chocolate.
    4. Sift rice flour with arrowroot, baking powder, soda and salt. Add alternately with buttermilk to chocolate mixture, beating after each addition until smooth. Fold in beaten whites.
    5. Pour into three 8-inch or 9-inch layer pans lined on bottom with paper.
    6. Bake at 350 degrees F., about 30 minutes or until done.
    7. Cool. Frost tops of cakes, and enjoy!

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    Hi Stacy,

     

    Thank you for your interest in the recipe I posted. Typically, home-made frosting is gluten-free. You can find a good frosting recipe for German chocolate cake in any cookbook or online.

     

    Take care,

    Destiny

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    Thanks Destiny! Can't wait to try this one!- my conversion recipe I had made with cocoa powder and it was a bit dry. Glad you figured out your symptoms and that you are gluten free! I have never been healthier since making the change! Good Luck- your celiac friend Susan

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    Hi Susan!

     

    Thank you so much for the kind words-they really go a long way... I am also glad you like this recipe. Please feel free to let me know how it comes out for you, or share any modifications you make. :-)

     

    Best wishes,

    Destiny

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    Thank you! for sharing a german chocolate cake recipe I have been craving one forever. As for the rice flour do you use white rice flour or brown rice flour? Or would it make a difference?

     

    Thanks again.

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    Hi Natasha,

     

    I think that it would work just fine with brown rice flour but was intended to be made with white rice flour. If you decide to use brown rice, let me know how it turns out!

     

    Best,

     

    Destiny

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    I can't say enough about how amazingly great this recipe tastes! I took the chance and made it to bring to a friend's for dinner (only our family needed gluten-free) and everyone loved it! I baked it in a 9x13" pan and a few muffins instead of 3 round pans. It was so delicious! and such a boost to my new desire to eat totally gluten-free, in order to reduce the coursing pain throughout my body! I'm taking 1 day at a time and feeling better!

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    I can't say enough about how amazingly great this recipe tastes! I took the chance and made it to bring to a friend's for dinner (only our family needed gluten-free) and everyone loved it! I baked it in a 9x13" pan and a few muffins instead of 3 round pans. It was so delicious! and such a boost to my new desire to eat totally gluten-free, in order to reduce the coursing pain throughout my body! I'm taking 1 day at a time and feeling better!

    Hi, I made this for my boyfriend's birthday and he loved it! Didn't even care that it was gluten-free. I didn't have sorghum flour so I substituted coconut flour. I used 2 circle pans and my recipe of vanilla icing (1/2c shortening, 1/2c soft butter, 1tsp vanilla, 3-4tbs milk, 4 cups powdered sugar) and it was wonderful.

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    This was the BEST german chocolate cake! My husband is celiac, and he was head over heels about this cake! I baked it for my birthday -- no one could tell it was gluten-free!

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  • About Me

    I diagnosed myself for gluten intolerance after a lifetime of bizarre, seemingly unrelated afflictions. If my doctors had their way, I would have already undergone neck surgery, still be on 3 different inhalers for asthma, be vomiting daily and having chronic panic attacks. However, since eliminating gluten from my diet in May 2009, I no longer suffer from any of those things. Even with the proof in the pudding (or gluten) my doctors now want me to ingest gluten to test for celiac-no can do.

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