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The Chocolate Cake for Everyone

More and more, I hear from friends that they have a food allergy or that their child does, which makes playdates, birthdays and dessert-time very challenging.

The other day, we had a friend over. Her mother hadn’t mentioned any food sensitivities, but it got me thinking as I prepped dinner and a special treat. What could I make that was both easy (read: my four year old could make it) and edible by anyone? I had made this cake once before but with regular flour. I decided to give it a shot with King Arthur Flour’s All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (my absolute favorite when it comes to GF baking) because I was out of regular flour.

What an easy recipe. Literally, my four year old mixed it all up in under five minutes and into the oven it went for half an hour. By the time the kids had finished their meal, the cake was done and cooled. No one had any idea it was anything but the yummiest chocolate cake…no eggs, no gluten, no dairy. Remarkable! If ever you want to make a dessert that literally anyone can enjoy (unless they’re allergic to chocolate), this is it.

To download the recipe card, click here: Allergen free chocolate cake.


The Chocolate Cake for Everyone


1 ½ cups King Arthur’s Gluten Free AP Flour
3 ½ tablespoons cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a square pan.

Mix the dry ingredients (you can skip the bowl and mix right in the pan).

Add the wet ingredients and mix until smooth.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cake cool.

Note: this cake is great on its own but can be enhanced with your favorite frosting.

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