Wheatless Rochelle

Wheatless and gluten free vegetarian living in Los Angeles

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Drizzle Cake

Gluten Free Valentine's Day Chocolate Drizzle CakeI wasn’t even planning to make a Valentine’s Day dessert this year, but I was inspired by Gluten Free Canteen‘s post about a chocolate heart cake. In reading the post, I realized that I have a heart shaped ceramic dish that I haven’t used in a long time and in fact, I also have all of the ingredients to make a chocolate cake! And then suddenly, I was in the kitchen, baking a cake.

This was my first time trying to use coconut oil as the major fat in a baking project. The only difference I noted in the baking process was that the cake seemed to need to bake longer than I would have expected. I noticed last week that I had to bake something else longer than I expected, too, so it might be an issue with my oven having a lower temperature than it’s reading. I’ll have to get an in-oven thermometer to test this theory. Other than that, the process of making the cake with coconut oil was super easy. I love how close to room temperature the coconut oil melts. It makes it easy to use and blend into a batter.

Gluten Free Valentine's Day Chocolate Drizzle Cake

My intention with this cake was to bake it today, do the drizzle part tomorrow, and serve it tomorrow after dinner. That was before I learned that Sweet Wheels will be parked not far from my house tomorrow night and since I’ve been sort of Twitter stalking them, I figured we should take a trip over there for dessert after dinner. But then I had this heart cake looking at me, and so I was forced to drizzle and serve it tonight. Forced, I tell you! And gosh, I’m glad I was.

Gluten Free Valentine's Day Chocolate Drizzle Cake

This cake was delicious! It was rather crumbly, but the flavor was great. I would have never guessed it was gluten free. No one seemed to mind the crumbles, but I did have to pull out the broom for the post-dinner clean up and the kids did need serious baths afterward. It was worth it.

Gluten Free Valentine's Day Chocolate Drizzle Cake

I mean, look at the beautiful sides of that cake! It was so soft and spongy. Can you tell I’m kind of in love with this cake? Just one more thing: I’m linking this up to posts at Life As Mom, Vegetarian Mamma, and Cybele Pascal.

Chocolate Drizzle Cake

Chocolate Drizzle Cake


    For the cake:
  • 1 c. gluten free all purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil
  • 3/4 c. raw sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup brewed coffee
  • For the drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Red sugar crystals


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease an 8x8 pan.
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a stand mixer. Blend to combine. Add the vanilla, eggs, coconut oil, and coffee. Blend to create a batter, but do not overmix.
  3. Pour the batter into the pan and tap it on the counter to remove air bubbles.
  4. Bake for about 25-35 minutes, depending on your pan. It is done when a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for about 10 minutes, and then remove from the pan. Allow to fully cool.
  6. For the drizzle, use a double boiler to slowly melt the white chocolate chips. Using a fork, drizzle the melted white chocolate over the cooled cake. After the chocolate has hardened, top with red sugar crystals.

8 Responses to Valentine’s Day Chocolate Drizzle Cake

  1. Lisa @ GF Canteen says:


  2. This looks wonderful! I have a friend who requested a gluten-free cake, I will pass this along.

  3. Ashley says:

    That looks delish!! Happy Valentine’s Day. Visiting from SITS.

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  5. This is so beautiful! I love how simple it is! :)
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  6. T says:

    This looks great! But where’s the coconut oil in the recipe?

    • Rochelle says:

      Oh, good catch! I forgot to include that when I typed out the recipe. I’ve fixed it now. Thanks for letting me know!