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Ultimate Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Adapted from Mary Berry's Ultimate Chocolate and Orange cake

Not only is this an incred­ibly easy cake to make but Amelie says “It is also the easi­est cake to eat!!!”


Makes 8 servings

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 50g good quality cocoa powder
  • 90ml boiling water
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 175g self-raising flour, sifted ( I like Doves GF Flour)
  • 1 rounded tsp baking powder, sifted into the flour
  • 300g golden caster sugar
For the icing and filling
  • 150g good quality dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 150ml double cream
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam
For decoration
  • 100g good quality dark chocolate (55-60 per cent cocoa solids) made into curls


Prep 20 minutes · Cook 20-25 minutes

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking paper. To make the sponges, measure the cocoa and boiling water into a large bowl and mix to a paste. Add the remaining ingredients and beat again until combined. (You can use a food processor for this but be careful not to overmix.)
  2. Divide the sponge mixture evenly between the prepared tins. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes until the sponges are well risen and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Remove the sponges from the oven, turn out of their tins onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  3. For the icing and filling, put the chocolate and cream in a bowl, Then stand over a pan of simmering water for 10 minutes until melted (don’t let the bowl touch the water), stirring from time to time. Set aside to cool until it thickens to a spreadable consistency.
  4. To finish, spread the tops of both sponges with the apricot jam. Spread the top of one sponge with half the icing and put the other sponge on top. Cover the top of the cake with the remainder of the icing.

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