This crazy cake is a gluten free chocolate cake made with no eggs, no butter and no chopped chocolate—but it’s still super moist and tender. And packed with chocolate flavor. Honest.
Have you heard about the Buzzfeed Tasty red wine cake? I saw it in one of those food-pornographic “oh yeah” videos after a reader linked to it and said, um, I want to have it. And make mine gluten free, please.
But the Buzzfeed recipe didn’t look so great to me, just at a glance, and anyway gluten free recipes are different. If I’m going to recreate a cake, I’m just going off taste, texture and concept. Not the “regular” recipe.
Now, usually to get deep, rich chocolate flavor from a cake or cupcake, I’ll replace some of the butter in the recipe with melted chocolate. Not surprisingly, the fastest way to get to a rich chocolate cake is to add, well, chocolate.
But this amazingly moist, naturally dairy-free chocolate cake doesn’t have any chopped, melted chocolate in the batter. And it doesn’t even need it.
The easiest way to make a gluten free wine cake was to take a chocolate cake recipe that already called for water, and simply replace it with wine. WATER INTO WINE. Get it?
So I started with one of my favorite gluten free chocolate cake recipes. It’s a Depression-era special, when butter and eggs were simply out of reach for many. The recipe is already on page 151 of my second cookbook, Gluten Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy.
I hadn’t made the recipe in a while, so I first made it straight-up with water. It was, in a word, delicious. No eggs, but there’s still plenty of rise and it’s insanely moist and tender. Crazy, indeed.
I then replaced the water with strong brewed coffee, since coffee really does greatly enhance chocolate flavor. Even better. That was my winner, for sure.
Next, it was time to replace water with wine. This time, no bueno for the kids so that just means more for me. Making this crazy cake with wine made it taste really intense.
The texture of the cake made with wine was still absolutely perfect. The taste was different, but the difference is subtle, like you can’t quite put your finger on it but it tastes kind of fruity and earthy, almost.
If you’re invited to a cocktail party and you don’t want to go empty-handed, try making this into a crazy wine cake. It would be spectacular—for adults of course.
This crazy cake gluten free chocolate cake is so ridiculously easy. By the time you get it in the pan and the oven, you almost can’t shake the feeling that you must have forgotten something. But it’s really that easy.
Because there are no eggs, no butter and no milk, none of the ingredients need to be brought to room temperature before baking. If you only need 1 round cake, halve all the ingredients.
Would you rather make a layer cake instead of a bundt? Divide the batter between two round cake pans. Then go crazy with your bad self.