Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Cake

Caitriona Redmond

November 27, 2013

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Cake

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I don’t eat a gluten-free diet but I do believe in minimising the amount of wheat that you eat on a daily basis. So today I have a new recipe for you to try out, Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Cake:

Rice flour is far more absorbent than regular (wheat) flour so you do need every single bit of the syrup from the tin of cherries to stop the cake from being dry. Please assume for all the ingredients that I’ve used gluten-free products (saves me typing it so often!).

Serves 8 generously


• 75g butter, softened
• 50g caster sugar
• 1 tin of black cherries in syrup
• 2 medium eggs
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 50g Cocoa Powder
• 100g Rice Flour
• Chocolate for decorating (optional)


Preheat your (fan) oven to 160 degrees Celcius. Grease a 7 inch round baking tin (I use a loose bottom for ease of baking), then dust well with cocoa powder.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Pour approximately 1/3 of the syrup from the tinned black cherries into the butter and sugar and beat well. Crack the eggs in one by one, beating very well after each addition. It may curdle a little but don’t worry, add the baking powder and cocoa powder, then beat again. Pour in the rice flour and mix in well. The batter will become stiff. You need it stiff to get it to hold the cherries in the cake rather than them all sinking to the bottom like a stone.

Remove half the cherries from the tin, leaving the syrup behind and stir them loosely into the cake batter. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake tin and bake for 35 minutes.

Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and using a cocktail stick, poke holes into the top and pour the remaining syrup from the black cherries slowly onto the cake while it is still warm. Leave to cool slightly before carefully removing from the cake tin. Spoon the cherries on top and then chocolate shavings to decorate.

Perhaps a spoon or two of whipped cream might finish this off with a cup of tea? Or even a shot of Kirsch?

You might also like Gluten Free Chocolate Cake and Gluten Free Fish Fingers

This recipe, and more, is available on Wholesome Ireland.

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Published On: November 27th, 2013 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: January 28th, 2021 / Tags: , , , /

About the Author: Caitriona Redmond

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Caitriona is a food writer, blogger and author, as well as a mother to 2 boys and a teen stepdaughter. After Caitriona was laid off during the recession, with her family budget getting smaller she found herself facing a shrinking amount of money on a weekly basis to spend on food. She could feed the family on convenience food for the same amount that she had to spend but she chose to cook the best food she could within their tight budget. Her blog is about her, how she manages and the rollercoaster that parenting and living on a tight budget brings.

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