Be prepared to fall in love with this heart-shaped gluten free chocolate brownie cake. If you are looking for that perfect Valentine’s day treat, this is it! Imagine the look on your kid's faces when they come home to see such a surprise!
Not only will you be impressed with how adorable this gluten free brownie cake is, but you will also want to devour every last morsel. This cake is made of two-layered brownie cakes with sweet buttercream frosting.
Trust me when I tell you, you are going to want to lick the buttercream right off the spoon! If you love chocolate as much as we do, check out my best gluten free chocolate dessert recipes!
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My daughter has become interested in cake decorating, so we both thought this was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of our day. If you have never decorated a cake before, let alone a brownie cake, so please understand you do not need to be a professional. Anyone with a desire can create a beautiful masterpiece that you get to eat!
If you love gluten free baking, make sure to visit my Gluten Free Pantry Guide to see what our favorite gluten free baking supplies are in our kitchen!
Besides eating this Valentine’s Day cake yourself, it also makes a terrific gift for neighbors, teachers, and co-workers. Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be for lovebirds, you can show anyone how much you care with homemade goodies.
If you love this gluten free brownie cake, you have to see these sweet treats that are fantastic for Valentine’s Day:
- Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies
- Easy White Chocolate Fudge Recipe
- Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Flourless Brownies
This gluten free chocolate brownie cake can also be made into a birthday cake or decorated for any other holiday or occasion. Simply, adjust the colors you are wanting and add different sprinkles. Serve it with a couple of scoops of ice cream for an even more fun treat!
If you notice, this cake is not perfectly decorated. My daughter and I are going to keep working on this, but I share this with you because I want you to feel good about your cake. Have fun, try new things, and enjoy learning something new! (We certainly are!)
One of the most important things to me is that I get to help others really understand eating gluten free. If you ever have any questions, please let me know because I am here to help you along the way. Here are a few questions that have been asked that are useful information too.
Add your dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend.
I have tested two gluten free flour blends in this recipe. I liked King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend. This doesn't mean other blends won't work, I just haven't tested any others. Try to avoid flour blends that are high in starch.
As always, if your blend does not contain Xanthan Gum, you will need to add 1 teaspoon.
Add the wet ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Mix the gluten free brownie batter well and pour into greased mini heart cake pans.
Bake the brownies at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until done. Remove from the pans onto a cooling rack. When the brownies are cool, make the frosting.
Make the white buttercream frosting. Feel free to divide your frosting into two bowls and add red food coloring to one to make a pretty pink frosting as we did.
Place the bottom on a dish and add frosting to the top of the cake. Place the next cake layer on top and frost.
Do gluten free brownies taste good?
Yes, gluten free brownies taste good, and they are a fantastic texture too. Gluten free brownies differ than brownies made with wheat flour, but they taste just as moist, chocolaty, and delicious.
Can you freeze brownies?
Yes, you can freeze gluten free brownies. There are a couple of options on how to freeze them. Wrap each piece of cake or brownie individually with plastic wrap. You will want to make sure you wrap each on tightly, so no air gets to it. Then place in an airtight container.
You can also freeze the entire cake using the same method. Either way, make sure to consume within four to six months to ensure flavors and textures.
How do you get gluten free brownies to hold shape?
Gluten free baking is tricky! Wheat is like glue and when you bake gluten free, getting your baked goods to hold together is a big deal. I use xanthan gum as a binder, but some people can't eat xanthan gum. Guar gum and psyllium husks can also work well as a binder in gluten free baking.
Should gluten free flour be refrigerated?
Yes, I actually think this is really important and I get this question a lot. Gluten free flour can get rancid, especially during the hot summer months!
One way you can store gluten free flour is in the refrigerator. You should always store it in an airtight container, and it will last in the fridge for four to six months.
You can also store gluten free flour in your pantry for one to two months or in your freezer for up to a year. If the gluten free flour you use is nut-based, you should always freeze it or place it in the refrigerator.
Looking for some more sweet desserts? Have a peek at these tasty treats:
- Chocolate Flourless Peanut Butter Brownies
- Gluten Free Chocolate Layer Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
- Easy Gluten Free Strawberry Linzer Cookies
- How To Make Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Pops
- Non-Slip Mixing Bowls - Having bowls that stay put helps your sanity when baking!
- A whisk to blend your gluten free dry ingredients.
- This simple oil mister to spray your cake pans so the cake doesn't stick.
Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Cake
- 1 cup gluten free flour blend
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- For Frosting
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray oil in mini heart-shaped cake pans.
- In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
- In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
- Press the gluten free brownie batter into the heart pans.
- Bake the cakes for 15-20 minutes until done.
- Remove from the oven and allow the cakes to cool on a rack.
- Add the frosting ingredients to a mixer and whip them up.
- Place one cake on a plate and cover with frosting. Add the top layer, frost and decorate as you like.
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