Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Mission Figs

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Pockets of soft figs punctuate the tender crumb of this deeply chocolatey gluten-free cake smothered in creamy ganache. You’ll never guess it’s gluten-free! Store the flours in the freezer and that makes it easy to bake this gluten-free chocolate cake recipe whenever you get the urge, since most of the other ingredients are staples that you might already have in your pantry. If you’ve never baked gluten-free before, you can use measuring cups, but a kitchen scale makes quick and clean work of this two bowl stir-together loaf cake that’s great for everyday dessert and once-a-year celebrations too.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Mission Figs

Servings 10 servings


Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake:

  • 2 tsp butter softened, for pan
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil plus 1 tbsp
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk plus 2 tbsp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sweet white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour plus 2 tbsp
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate 70%, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs


  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate 70%
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 handful Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs stemmed and sliced into rounds
  • 1 handful almonds optional, sliced, toasted
  • 1 sprinkle pink salt coarse, or flakey sea salt, optional


  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350ºF. Butter a loaf pan and line on all sides with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together oil, brown sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, sweet rice flour, almond flour, oat flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt, adding back anything that gets caught in sifter. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until combined. Stir in chocolate and figs.
  • Scrape batter into pan and bake until a toothpick inserted near center comes out with moist crumbs, 55-65 minutes.
  • Let gluten-free chocolate cake cool 15 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • To make ganache, heat cream in small saucepan to a simmer. Place chocolate in small heatproof bowl and pour hot cream over. Let sit 1 minute, then add salt and vanilla and whisk smooth.
  • Let ganache sit until thickened slightly, 20-30 minutes, then pour over cake. Let sit until ganache is mostly set, 10-20 minutes, then decorate top with sliced figs, almonds, and coarse salt. Cut gluten-free chocolate cake into slices using a large, sharp chef’s knife dipped in hot water and wiped clean between each cut.
  • Store gluten-free chocolate cake at room temperature for up to 1 day or refrigerate for up to 4 days.


Recipe and photo by Alanna Taylor-Tobin

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