If you love chocolate cake, why not create your homemade gluten-free chocolate cake mix? It is quick and easy and keeps in your pantry for up to 10 weeks! This easy gluten free chocolate cake mix makes light and fluffy cakes with deep chocolate flavor!

A mason jar of homemade gluten free chocolate cake mix.

Enjoy this cake mix for yourself, or pack it in mason jars and give it as a gift! I include a free printable recipe card so you can attach it to the jars! If you have ever wondered how to make a gluten-free chocolate cake mix from scratch, this is for you!

Why Make This:

  1. This gluten free chocolate cake mix is great because you always have a delicious cake mix on hand.
  2. You can control the sweetness and the ingredients.
  3. A store-bought gluten-free cake mix often contains an ingredient someone can’t have. You don’t have to worry with this mix because you use safe flours.
  4. You can use this cake mix to make chocolate cakes, brownies, cupcakes, and even mug cakes! (I share the mug cake recipe below!)
A gluten free chocolate cake slice on a white plate.

One last reason this gluten free chocolate cake mix recipe is so great. It makes a great gift for the holidays!! I have attached a printable recipe card so you can give this as a gift!

Click for the Printable Cake Recipe=> *Free gluten free chocolate cake recipe.*

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This is one of my favorite gluten-free flour blends for cookies, cakes, pie crust, biscuits, and muffins! (Do not use this flour blend for yeast recipes.)

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Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the chocolate cake mix ingredients.
Note: Xanthan Gum is not pictured here.

I will get into the measurements in the recipe card below. This list is to help you know what to buy at the grocery store. Here are the gluten free chocolate cake mix ingredients you will need to make this recipe. Note there are a few options to you can tailor this recipe to your specific food allergies or sensitivities.

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I like King Arthur Measure for Measure (corn-free), Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF Blend (corn-free), or Authentic Foods Steve’s Cake Flour Blend (gum-free)
  • DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend – My gum-free custom flour blend.
  • Xanthan Gum, Psyllium Husk, or Guar Gum – These are binders that hold the cake together.
  • Cocoa Powder – Most cocoa powders are gluten free. It is still important to always read labels in case cocoa powder is made on shared equipment. Here are some of my favorite gluten free cocoa powders.
  • Sugar – Cane sugar.
  • Baking Soda/Baking Powder – Note: whether you use baking powder or baking soda will depend on the type of cocoa powder you use. Black cocoa and Dutch process cocoa need baking aluminum-free powder because they have very little acidity. If you use regular cocoa powder, use baking soda because this type of cocoa powder is acidic.

Step-By-Step Directions:

The chocolate cake mix ingredients in a bowl.

Step 1: Add the cocoa powder, sugar, gf flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large mixing bowl. If you see clumps in your cocoa powder, which is common, try to break them up with your fingers.

Whisked chocolate cake mix in a large bowl.

Step 2: Use a wire whisk to blend all of the dry ingredients together.

A mason jar filled with gluten free chocolate cake mix.

Step 3: Use a scoop to put the cake mix into mason jars. If you are not gifting this gluten free cake mix, you can also use a zip bag or an air-tight storage container.

Step 4: If this will be gifted, print out the cake recipe printable above and attach it to the cake mix so your friends can use this gluten free chocolate cake mix to make the cake.

Optional Mix-Ins:

If you want to vary this recipe, you can add many delicious things to this cake mix. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Chocolate chips (I like mini-sized chocolate chips for cakes.
  • Nuts – pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, any will do.
  • Sprinkles – bright rainbow sprinkles are always fun to use.
  • Make a zebra cake by swirling in this gluten free vanilla cake batter.

Use It For Mug Cakes!

One of my readers uses this cake mix to make mug cakes. Here are her directions:

  1. ½ cup of the cake mix
  2. ½ tsp extra baking powder
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  5. 4 tbsp rice milk (Regular or other dairy-free milk also works.)
  6. 1 tsp vanilla

Add the ingredients to a bowl and use a whisk to blend them. My reader put them in a pyrex, which is microwave-safe. Microwave 90 seconds.

Recipe FAQ:

How do you store this cake mix?

You can store this chocolate cake mix in a mason jar, airtight container, or Ziplock bag.

How long will this cake mix keep fresh?

This cake mix will keep up to 10 weeks in your pantry. It can be stored in the refrigerator, but keep in mind the flour will hold some moisture if you do this. It could affect the amount of wet ingredients you need.

What can you use this gluten free chocolate cake mix in?

This cake mix can make chocolate cake, brownies, mug cake, and cupcakes!

If you want another great gift-giving idea, this Gluten Free Muffin Mix is perfect! Use this cake mix to make my Gluten Free Dump Cake recipe.

The top view of a mason jar filled with chocolate cake mix.

More Gluten Free Chocolate Recipes:

a jar of homemade gluten free chocolate cake mix

Homemade Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix

Sandi Gaertner
A quick and easy homemade DIY gluten free chocolate cake mix you can use anytime. It also makes a great gift!
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 137 kcal



  • In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk to mix well.
  • Pour the cake mix into a large mason jar, Ziplock bag, or air-tight container for storage.
  • Print out the recipe linked in the post so you can make the cake, or give the cake recipe to someone you are gifting this cake mix to.


  1. Many ask if cocoa powders are gluten free. I am glad to say they are, but you should always double-check the label. I like Anthony’s (via Amazon), Ghirardelli, and Rodelle brands best.
  2. If you prefer to use a gluten free flour blend, add 1 ½ cups instead of the individual flour.
  3. If you use a gluten free flour blend, check to see if it contains Xanthan Gum. If it does, do NOT add more.
  4. This cake mix will keep up to 10 weeks if it is in an air-tight container.
  5. Print out this chocolate cake recipe card to go with the mix so it can be given as a gift.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 50mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 3gSugar: 19gCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe and it’s been sitting in my pantry for a bit. I have been using it in a mug cake recipe I had and that recipe came out decently. Then, I came back here and saw there was a suggested mug cake application. Oh…. My! It was THE BEST mug cake recipe. It was moist and not crumbly and looked like an actual cake. Thank you so much for adding the mug cake recipe to this.

  2. Love this! Would be interested in including a recipe card for a mug cake. How could this be adapted to a mug cake? My daughter loves to make mug cakes, so she could use this mix to make them! Lovely gift idea.

      1. One of my readers did. I added this to the post, but will put it here too: I used 1/2 cup cake mix plus 1/2 tsp extra baking powder and less than 1/8 tsp of pie spice, with 1 large egg, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 3 tbsp rice milk, 1 tsp vanilla. Maybe another tsp milk or a little less (rice milk is wetter somehow). In a big pyrex measuring cup and into the microwave 90 seconds

  3. HI. I love this idea. Did I miss the measurement for the already mixed flour or do I just add up the ingredients you list. It is possible you listed in the body of the text..but I missed it.

  4. 5 stars
    This made enough mix to equal 1.5 store bought mixes. My teenage daughter wanted to make homemade “pile of cake mix oreos”. So she adjusted her recipe for 1.5 boxes of cake mix. The cookies were awesome! This mix recipe is definitely a keeper. We used millet flour instead of sorghum bc we love the millet brown rice flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I didn’t see a recipe “card” printable but did see the full page printable. I was also wondering where I would find ingredient quantities, if using this mix for brownies.

    1. Hi Louise, the recipe card is way down below. To by pass and go straight to the recipe with all directions and quantities, hit the big Jump to Recipe button at the top of the post. Sandi

      1. Sandi, I am so sorry but still do not understand how to use the gf chocolate cake mix. I have been over this page so many times. What am I missing? How do I make brownies or a cake with the cake mix? Thanks for your help.

  6. 5 stars
    This is a great gift idea for friends and neighbors! Thanks for sharing this I can’t wait to start mixing this together and start sharing.