This easy Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Icing & Almonds may be the only chocolate cake you ever need! It’s also grain free, and absolutely delicious!

gluten free chocolate cake with brown sugar icing and almonds on a white background.

Hi Everyone! I just returned from 1 glorious week whitewater rafting down the Salmon and Snake rivers in Idaho. If you’re into adventure travel, definitely check out my recap and photos: My River Rafting Adventure – this was truly one of my all time favorite family trips!

Although the food on the trip was delicious, I came home craving something rich and chocolaty. Naturally my mind turned to this gluten free chocolate cake. Oh, my goodness, yum!

The recipe comes from my mom’s friend who follows a gluten-free diet. She got the recipe from Wheat-Free Recipes and Menus by Carol Fenster, PhD.  

I made a few adaptions to the original version and took the decadence level up a notch by topping it with the yummiest ever brown sugar icing, plus lots of slivered almonds.

This gluten free chocolate cake is easy to make, and so moist, light, and delicious!

You’ll need almond flour, brown sugar (you could also try making it with Swerve sweetener for a lower calorie/carb/sugar version), coconut oil, cocoa, eggs, salt, and almond extract.

To make it extra fluffy, you’ll add the egg yolks separately, then whip up the whites and fold them into the batter.

About that brown sugar icing….

I highly recommend you make this gluten free chocolate cake with the brown sugar icing on top, but if you want a wee bit healthier version, top if off with fresh berries instead.

I hope you love this gluten free chocolate cake as much as I do!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Icing

This delicious gluten free, grain free chocolate cake will wow your guests! It's moist, chocolaty, and delicious!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 slices




  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, solid (chill in refrigerator if needed)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 8- or 9-inch cake pan and line the bottom with parchment or waxed paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, brown sugar, coconut oil, cocoa, almond extract, salt, and egg yolks.  Mix thoroughly.
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg whites using an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.  Gently fold the egg whites into the batter, adding one-fourth of the mixture at a time. (The batter will be very thick) Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  • Run the tip of a thin knife around the edge to loosen the cake from the pan.  Invert the pan on to a serving plate and remove the paper.  Serve plain with fresh berries, or top with brown sugar icing


  • Combine all ingredients except almonds in a bowl and mix with an electric blender until smooth. 
  • Frost the top of the cake with icing, and top with sliced almonds.


Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 2.1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course baking, Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegetarian
Keyword almond flour cake
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