Gluten Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

This would be a fantastic chocolatey cake to make if you need a gluten-free sweet treat. You won't be disappointed. The cake bakes with the cooked quinoa instead of flour, and it can also be made dairy-free by using creamy almond or soya milk instead of buttermilk. It is moist, dense and rich that you won't believe it secretly healthy.

Gluten Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Adapted from Quinoa 365
Quinoa Chocolate Cake White Chocolate Ganache (optional)
  • 350 g Cooked red quinoa
  • 70 ml Buttermilk
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 250 g Honey
  • 120 ml Coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 70 g Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 100 ml Whipping cream
  • 200 g White chocolate, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides with a little coconut oil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add in cooked quinoa, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, honey, and coconut oil. Stir until incorporated. Now sift in cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until blended and all dry ingredients are moistened. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake in the middle of hot oven for about 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack before serving.
  3. Place the chopped white chocolate into a medium size bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until just boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and leave to stand for two minutes. Stir the ganache until smooth. Leave the white chocolate ganache to cool and thicken a bit. Coat the cake with white chocolate ganache if desired or simply dust with the powder sugar. The cakes can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. | © 2013 |


Terra 8/10/13 05:32

Oh girl, I so want some of this lovely cake! A few months ago someone mentioned quinoa in cake, now I must try it! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

Medeja- CranberryJam 8/10/13 06:20

Oh, I want it! I want it! I want it! It looks so wonderful :)

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker 8/10/13 06:59

What a gorgeous looking chocolate cake! I can't believe it's made out of quinoa. Is it weird I want a big piece of this before bedtime? :) Great recipe Angie!

Sarah 8/10/13 07:00

Ich bin schon länger auf der Suche nach einem Gebäck nur mir Quinoa. Dieses ist abgespeichert.

Lite Home Bake 8/10/13 07:51

This cake looks delicious, in a healthy chocolate heaven, can't be better :)

Lisa Ho 8/10/13 08:06

Looks so good and deliciously luscious :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums 8/10/13 08:18

Mmmhhh, droolworthy! This cake is very tempting.



Anonymous 8/10/13 09:15

WOW Angie, this looks incredible!
:-) Mandy xo

Priya Suresh 8/10/13 09:48

Omg, cant take my eyes from that beautiful,gorgeous and super moist chocolate cake, gluten free cakes goes directly to my fav list.

Lenia 8/10/13 10:31

That's my girl!Scrumptious gf treat, quiltless and healthy!You are amazing!
Kisses,my favorite baker:)))

Esther Lau 8/10/13 10:38

Very tempting chocolate cake, moist and yummy! wish I can have a slice now, Angie :)

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 8/10/13 11:35

Wow, this looks incredible. I'm not much of a sweets eater, but I never pass up chocolate.

My Kitchen Stories. 8/10/13 11:36

Its just so good for everything isn't it. Amazing Angie

Alida 8/10/13 11:48

WOW! Looks amazing! What a yummy cake and very inventive with quinoa! Brava.

Katerina 8/10/13 12:24

This is a perfect alternative not only for gluten intolerants but also for me as well. I love trying new recipes!

Susan 8/10/13 13:30

Oh my! My youngest granddaughter is being tested for celiac disease: she has a sweet tooth and this would be a welcome alternative with rich flavor. Heck, I'll be making this for my own birthday!!

great-secret-of-life 8/10/13 13:38

I am planning to bake Quinoa for a while now this makes me even more itchy to it now.. Must try recipe.. bookmarked it

Unknown 8/10/13 15:31

Now, this is one heck of a gorgeous gooey and decadent cake which is gluten free too. A great looking very original cake. Great job.

Unknown 8/10/13 15:42

What a great idea. I am very keen to try this recipe.

Evelyne CulturEatz 8/10/13 15:53

I have to give this one a shot, it looks so rich like a big lava cake a bit. But so healthy overall. Bookmarked

Kate@Diethood 8/10/13 15:59

WHAT?! Oh my goodness!!! Healthy, gorgeous, chocolate CAKE! This is awesome, Angie!

wok with ray 8/10/13 16:24

I love this super moist cake. Looks very tempting, Angie. Have a good week! :)

Finla 8/10/13 16:24

Wowo tha tlooks super yumm, few months back i saw in a vegetarian blog chocolate cake made with quinoa and i was so surprised one could do it . I love the sauce over it too. Yummy.

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 8/10/13 16:32

Well Angie - you are a rock star in the kitchen~! I've seen a chocolate quinoa cake once before and can't wait to make it. I also love the ganache - optional? yes please! Gorgeous clicks and cake!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 8/10/13 17:21

Wow, Angie, your cake looks extremely moist and scrumptious!!! Beautifully done, my friend!

Pilar. Cook and Spoon 8/10/13 17:37

So scrumptious, delicious and healthy! What else could I ask for? Well, yes, for a bit.

Pam 8/10/13 18:35

It looks decadent and so delicious.

Hema 8/10/13 18:58

The cake looks fantastic, love that dark rich color and you have made it with quinoa, awesome..

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 8/10/13 22:04

Oh Angie, this cake looks incredible! So decadently chocolaty and moist. Perfection!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 9/10/13 00:21

What a great description! Saving this for those important times!

Gloria Baker 9/10/13 01:06

amazing and delicious Angie!!! beautiful!
what's the difference about red quinoa and White quinoa?


Belinda 9/10/13 01:40

I'm blown away! What an unusual and awesome gluten free meal. I'm so trying this.

The Yum List 9/10/13 01:51

The topping makes it look so decadent!

Karen Harris 9/10/13 02:02

OMG, Angie this looks fabulous. That white chocolate ganache is the perfect touch to top off such a beautiful cake.

pepper bowl 9/10/13 02:21

wow...very tempting chocolate it to the core..

Mr. & Mrs. P 9/10/13 02:30

This cake looks so moist and wonderful!!!

Unknown 9/10/13 02:34

That looks absolutely heavenly!!! I'm pretty sure I could devour the whole cake in one sitting :)

Betty 9/10/13 03:00

I love secretly healthy food. :) This looks great!

Ilke 9/10/13 03:24

We do have a gluten-free person in the family. I can try this on him and see what he says. I bet he will just not believe it is GF!
It does look so moist , Angie. You are really adventures :)

Mother Rimmy 9/10/13 03:39

Completely rich and delicious looking cake. I would never have guessed there was quinoa in the mix!

Suzie 9/10/13 04:05

This first amazingly decadent thing I see is, of course, on your blog! I've missed you Angie. I'm back now and will be posting soon. Missed you! xoxo

Unknown 9/10/13 04:39

Oh wow Angie, I just love that qunioa is used in this cake! This looks totally decadent and yet healthy.

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 9/10/13 05:04

I love how dense this chocolate cake looks. I was surprised to see that you had quinoa in the recipe.

mjskit 9/10/13 05:27

No flour of any kind? I'm impressed! What an ingenious and delicious way to use quinoa!

Elisabeth 9/10/13 06:51

Angie, I am so totally awed by your gorgeous, moist, light and super chocolatey gluten-free cake. Yes, do make the drizzle for the cake, and keep it original with the cream for me! xo

Kit @ i-lostinausten 9/10/13 09:38

Wow! This chocolatey cake looks so decadent & what a great idea using quinoa ! Love it ! ;)

TasteHongKong 9/10/13 12:32

Note that this is adapted from a cook book, but you really have the cake beautifully baked. Plus the white chocolate topping, it simply looks irresistible.

Joanne 9/10/13 12:32

That cake looks so deliciously chocolatey and moist!! I'm so impressed!

kitchen flavours 9/10/13 13:57

Such a gorgeous and delicious looking cake! And made with quinoa too, who would have known!
You are amazing!

Mary Bergfeld 9/10/13 15:05

What a fantastic cake, Angie. It looks and sounds delicious.A must try! Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Riceandcoconut 9/10/13 15:43

Looks moist and chocolaty,very creative with use quinoa in this recipe, welldone Angie !

Nitha 9/10/13 18:43

That looks yummy.. I should try this.. How about using white quinoa? Any idea?

lena 9/10/13 18:58

pass me one slice of this secretly healthy cake pls!

Angie's Recipes 9/10/13 20:01

@Gloria Baker There are white, red, black quinoa...white one is the most common kind of quinoa available in stores. I don't really taste the difference.

Regina @ 9/10/13 22:11

I have never baked with cooked quinoa. I didn't even know you could! I love to see all your very creative gluten-free recipes, Angie. I am working on transitioning into being gluten-free. It's hard with my baking and sweets love but all this awesome inspiration gives me hope :)

Monica 10/10/13 00:15

I love chocolate in any form. This looks very squidgy moist in a most decadent - yet surprisingly healthy - way.

Jennifer Kendall 10/10/13 00:41

what a gorgeous cake! looks absolutely delicious!

Koko 10/10/13 03:38

This cake is STUNNING.....and I have the quinoa 365 cookbook. How have I not made this yet!?! Consider me INSPIRED!

Amanda 10/10/13 05:10

quinoa? chocolate? whoa! that's so cool! i must try this out!

Consuelo @ Honey & Figs 10/10/13 05:57

This looks so chocolaty and decadent and I love how you made it healthier! :)

Sokehah cheah 10/10/13 11:06

Angie, I'm just amazed at your creativity... mmmm!

Ann Jones 10/10/13 12:42

Another great looking recipe! This looks delicious!

Barbara 10/10/13 14:28

I actually might like quinoa in a chocolate cake, Angie. :)

Ana Regalado 10/10/13 14:46

I never thought that you can use quinoa instead of flour in making chocolate cake ! The cake for sure is FANTASTIC and looks just like your ordinary chocolate cake :D

Erica 10/10/13 14:54

Rich and moist! The perfect cake for a chocolate lover,Angie!Very creative using quinoa!

Rosita Vargas 10/10/13 17:09

Riquísimo y maravilloso esta realmente fantástico con quinoa me encanta,saludos y abrazos.

Daniela Grimburg 10/10/13 17:59

Have seen many recipes with Quinoa but never Quinoa Chocolate cake- and it looks amazing!
As I'm a chocoholic this will be a treat with no regrets because you made it much healthier.

Ivy 10/10/13 20:19

Beautiful! I didn't know there is red quinoa. Is it different from the regular one? I made a quinoa cake ten days ago and it was just as you describe it: moist, dense and rich. Mine is quite different though without eggs and milk :)

Amy 10/10/13 21:51

I'm craving chocolate cake today! OH my...then I see your beautiful cake. What a lovely way to add quinoa into the cake. :) Can't wait to make one.

fimere 10/10/13 22:09

très tentant j'adore le chcolat
bonne soirée

[Reply] 10/10/13 22:58

Oh wow, red quinoa cake? This looks stupendous. I need to make this one soon. What a great recipe.

Reeni 11/10/13 02:49

That is one gorgeous cake Angie! I would of never guessed it was made with quinoa! It's heavenly.

ann low 11/10/13 11:02

WOW! This looks so delicious! I've never tried quinoa myself and never expect quinoa can made into cake.

Amy (Savory Moments) 11/10/13 12:54

Wow -- quinoa in a cake?! How creative and interesting. It looks super rich and delicious!

Jean | 11/10/13 13:19

Angie, I've used quinoa flour in cakes, and the quinoa itself in salads, but I've never used plain quinoa in a cake! Looks wonderful!

Anonymous 11/10/13 13:56

Wow, you even made a sweet bites from quinoa....
absolutely creative angie!

easyfoodsmith 11/10/13 14:12

You are a temptress! The cake looks divine and that dark color looks sooo good and tempting.

Jeanette 11/10/13 14:45

I love the idea of using cooked quinoa in a cake - I've never tried that. Beautiful Angie!

Asmita 11/10/13 15:08

Beautiful cake! Love it!

My Little Space 11/10/13 15:32

Howdy Angie! Wow...this cake looks & sounded very interesting. Wish I can have a slice right away. Yummm......
Hope you're going to have a great weekend dear.
Blessings, Kristy

Helene Dsouza 11/10/13 16:54

That's such an impressive recipe Angie, I never thought of cooking quinoa before. My college time teacher would love to see this for sure. btw Gorgeous clicks!

MunatyCooking 11/10/13 19:25

My goodness Angie! Wish I had your brain, this is so healthy and amazing looking cake :)

Kiran @ 12/10/13 07:23

That has to be the most delicious and moist gf cake I've ever set my eyes on! Wow :D

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 12/10/13 18:39

Ooh, it looks so rich, fudgy, and dense--which is my favorite kind of chocolate cake!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes 14/10/13 13:56

OMG, I'm all over this cake Angie! I tend to put everything inside a chocolate cake, it's about time I tried quinoa, jaja!

Vicki Bensinger 14/10/13 22:27

I can't even imagine what this tastes like so I know I'll have to try it. It looks beautiful though and so moist. Wow leave it to you to use quinoa for cake!

Unknown 15/10/13 04:10

Cooked red quinoa-interesting ingredient! Your cake looks scrumptious ;)

Alice 16/10/13 13:57

omg, I feel like licking my screen now! LOL
I gotta find red quinoa now!

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 16/10/13 18:56

Oh my Goodness, I think I have officially fallen in love :) -- I have to make this one!!

Amelia 20/10/13 16:31

Hi Angie, this chocolate cake look like to die for kind, the ganache look so tempting. Love this recipe. :)

Best regards.

Sue 23/10/13 04:18

This looks awesome, especially with the ganache:)

Anonymous 29/10/13 23:49

Do you mean ml for the honey? Wondering why you would use grams for a liquid?

Angie's Recipes 30/10/13 05:29

@AnonymousNo, it's gram. I used a scale to weight the honey. 250 grams of honey..that's about 0.7cup.

Anonymous 3/12/13 18:55

No! Really? Wow! This cakes looks so gorgeous and to think it is that healthy! Could I ask a naive question: why the RED quinoa? Is it just so the cake looks more sumptious? Or is there a different reason for using red instead of regular?

Anonymous 22/12/13 17:02

Looks so delicious! Does it work with normal quinoa, too? :)

Unknown 20/2/14 00:55

omgggg so happy when I saw this recipe! Had one egg left only so I divided it in four.. made five little cakes with it. with a mix of sprouted white, red and black quinoa cooked shortly and I mixed the quinoa a bit in with the chocolate, honey and oil mixture, and I used kefir instead of buttermilk haha. cooked it about half an hour but my combi oven isnt the best.. but me and my toddler loved it warm. we will taste is cold later, I put it in the fridge now. next time I'm gonna pass the quinoa through the blender so it's even smoother and less crunchy cake and I'm gonna add a little less honey.. It was too sweet for me lol. you don't need much of it as it does satisfy a chocolate craving and cake craving but it fills you up real fast so you only need a little cake or even less xD rather great!

Unknown 20/7/14 23:32

I just made this, but in cupcakes instead. Instead of it being rich and moist, it turned out bland and crumbly. Any advise?

Angie's Recipes 21/7/14 04:55

@Krista Bossi
o..I am sorry to hear that..can it be that you baked too long? If you baked them in cupcake form, it would take much less time. I don't see why it should have tasted bland as it used so much honey and coconut oil.

Angie's Recipes 21/7/14 04:56

@Anonymous Sure. Any kind of quinoa will work.

Marcela 30/9/14 12:00

wow! so much chocolate! I love this cake!

Anonymous 23/3/15 15:30

Can you use quinoa flour instead of the cooked quinoa? And what is a replacement for buttermil? Trying to make this dairy-free. Would coconut milk be ok?

Angie's Recipes 23/3/15 20:09

@AnonymousCoconut milk should work. I haven't tried baking this cake with quinoa flour, so I can't tell you whether it works.

Marcelle 5/10/16 01:47

This chocolate cake looks like a quite a treat, Angie! Delicious looking with that icing :)

Jeff the Chef 16/10/16 05:14

What a great idea! Quinoa and cake! I'd love to try it.


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