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 chocolate brownie recipe is, but you will also want to devour every last morsel. This cake is made of two brownie cakes layered with sweet buttercream frosting.
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.
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.
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!
Why this brownie cake is great:
This is the do it all cake for chocolate lovers. You can use brownies in so many fun ways besides a Valentine's Day cake.
This gluten free chocolate brownie cake can also be made into a birthday cake, cupcakes, or decorated for any other holiday or occasion. Simply, adjust the colors you are wanting and add different sprinkles.
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!
- Gluten free flour 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.
- Xanthan gum - this is the stuff that holds your baked goods together. If your blend does not contain Xanthan Gum, you will need to add 1 teaspoon.
- Cocoa powder - most cocoa powders are gluten free but always check the ingredients label. I love Rodelle and Anthony's brands of cocoa powders.
- Pure vanilla extract - do not use imitation vanilla.
Recipe step by step directions:
Step 1: Add your dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend.
Step 2: Add the wet ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend.
Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until the batter is just barely mixed. This will help keep your brownies a bit fluffier for the cake.
Step 4: Mix the gluten free brownie batter well and pour into greased mini heart cake pans.
Step 5: Bake the brownies at 350º F for 20 minutes until done. Remove from the pans onto a cooling rack. When the brownies are cooling, whip up the frosting.
Step 6: Add the frosting ingredients to a standing mixer. 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.
Step 7: Place the bottom on a dish and add frosting to the top of the cake. Place the next cake layer on top and frost.
If you notice, this chocolate brownie 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!)Sandi
What is the best gluten free brownie mix?
If you don't want to make gluten free brownies from scratch, there are several delicious gluten free brownie mix brands you can use to make this brownie layer cake recipe. My favorites are:
- Krusteaz Gluten Free Brownie Mix
- King Arthur Gluten Free Brownie Mix
- Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix
Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:
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.
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.
To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the cake needs to bake longer.
These cake will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
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.
More Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Recipes :
- 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 * see note
- ¾ cup cocoa powder * see note
- 1 ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter or coconut oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup butter softened
- Preheat the oven to 350º F. 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 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.
- I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
- If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter in the frosting.
- To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the cake needs to bake longer.
- Allow cooling before frosting so your cake holds together better!
- This cake will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer
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