Cook's Hideout: Quinoa Chocolate Cake (Gluten free)

February 05, 2013

Quinoa Chocolate Cake (Gluten free)

Blogging Marathon #25: Week 1/ Day 3
Theme: Baking with Whole Grains
Dish: Quinoa Chocolate Cake
Chocolate is one of our household favorite ingredient. So when I plan to bake something sweet, I usually look for recipes with cocoa or chocolate chips. For the "Baking with Whole Grains" theme, I hit a jackpot when I searched for Quinoa Chocolate cake. I was hoping to find a recipe which used cooked quinoa, but what I found was this amazing gluten free chocolate cake that used only cooked quinoa and no flour at all.

I was a little skeptical trying this recipe since I've never baked any gluten free cakes and I wasn't sure how the texture would turn out to be. There are quite a few bloggers who have tried this cake and shared their delicious cakes, so after reading their testimonials I decided to give the recipe a try. I'm so glad that I tried it because this cake has to be one of the moistest and decadent chocolate cake EVER, I think it was even better than a cake with flour.
Recipe adapted from here:
Quinoa - 2 cups, cooked
Milk - 1/3 cup (more to blend cooked quinoa)
Eggs - 4, at room temperature
Butter - ¾cups, 1½ sticks
Pure Vanilla Extract - 1tsp
Sugar - 1½cups
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder - 1 cup
Baking Powder - 1½tsp
Baking Soda - ½tsp
Salt - ½tsp

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt cake pan or 2 8" round cake pans.
  • Quinoa should be cooked a little soft so it is easy to blend into a smooth paste. Grind the cooked quinoa into a smooth paste using an immersion blender. Add milk as needed to get to a smooth consistency.
  • Combine milk, eggs and vanilla in a food processor. Pulse until well combined. Next add melted butter and quinoa paste and pulse until smooth and mixed through.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  • Add the contents of the food processor to the dry ingredients and gently mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 50-60 minutes if using the bundt cake pan and 40-45 minutes if using the smaller cake pans.
  • Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing it onto the wire rack to cool completely.
I served the cake with a dollop of whipped cream and some berries. It's absolutely delicious!!!!!!!!!!

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 25.


  1. That looks so gorgeous! Love the color :)

  2. Wow this is yummy. Will make this for sure.

  3. Wow wow!!! quinoa in a cake!!! that is brilliant!!! bookmarking this one.... What can I substitute eggs for?
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    1. Sowmya, eggs are needed in this recipe to give the cake structure. May be tofu puree can be used, but I've not tried it myself so I can't vouch if its going to work or not.

  4. Love to grab a slice and have it rite now, droolworthy cake.

  5. I guess the addition of eggs also does the trick. The cake looks decadent.

  6. That's really amazing Pavani, very interesting..wish we could get quinoa here..anyways it's nice to see such an innovative cake being made..I love the presentation as well...

  7. chocoholics will definitely love this!

  8. looks so amazing - would never have thought it to be gluten free - this is DEFINITELY going on my list to try

  9. Cake looks awesome. If you didn't mention about the recipe being gluten free, nobody will believe it. Looks fantastic...

  10. Great Recipe....look fabulous and perfectly done

  11. Can I make this with out the coco powder and what could I add instead many thanks

    1. Sorry for the delayed response. I'm not sure if you could make this cake without cocoa powder, I have not tried anything else. Do you want to make a chocolate cake or want to change the flavor?

  12. Can I make this with out the coco powder and what could I add instead many thanks

  13. Can I make this with out the coco powder and what could I add instead many thanks

  14. Can I make this with out the coco powder and what could I add instead many thanks


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