Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake

This gluten free chocolate bundt cake gets its fudgy interior and fine crumb from nutrient-rich teff flour plus loads of butter and crème fraîche, all crowned with dark chocolate ganache. Thanks to Vermont Creamery for sponsoring this post! 

Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake

I’ve always felt a bit intimidated by bundt cakes. They’re just so BIG, and they bring with them so many opportunities for things to go wrong. They can come out dry, burn on the outside while staying raw inside, or stick, cement-like, to the interior of the pan. I’ve baked and styled my fair share of bundt cakes for NYT over the years (in fact the very first recipe that Sarah and I styled for them was this tunnel-of-fudge cake baked in a bundt pan!) But nine years into this site, I thought it was finally time to embrace the bundt.

ingredients on table

And what better recipe to start with than a super moist, fudgy, ganache-laden gluten free chocolate bundt cake? This beauty is infused with the flavors of molasses-rich brown sugar, tangy crème fraîche, European-style butter, and earthy teff flour. Loads of dutch-process cocoa powder give the cake a deep, dark chocolate taste. The cake is crowned with a layer of silky dark chocolate ganache made extra luscious from a dose of whiskey and more crème fraîche.

spoonful of creme fraiche

The Dairy

Chocolate sour cream bundt cakes are a classic, but this version trades in ultra-decadent crème fraîche from Vermont Creamery. Crème fraîche has a higher fat content than sour cream (30% vs. 20% respectively) and it doesn’t contain any thickeners like sour cream sometimes does. It originated in France so, like all things French, it’s extra delicious and fancy with a slightly tart, nutty flavor.

Vermont Creamery’s award-winning crème fraîche is especially thick and rich, with a texture that’s firm enough to stand a spoon up in. I can never resist licking it straight off the spoon when I’m mixing up a recipe. It does triple duty in this gluten free chocolate bundt cake recipe:

  • adds tangy flavor and richness to the batter
  • makes the ganache extra thick and luscious
  • whips into a billowy cream topping for slices of cake

This gluten free chocolate bundt cake also gets an added dose of richness from Vermont Creamery’s cultured European-style butter, which clocks in at 86% butterfat. It has a super creamy texture with a hint of tang from the culturing process. I’ve written about my love for Vermont Creamery and their delicious products before, and I’m thrilled to get to feature them again here.

pouring batter into bundt cake mold

The Flours

A trio of flours – teff, sweet rice, and tapioca – create a fine, well-structured crumb. Teff is a naturally gluten free grain that hails from Ethiopia and I’m completely in love with its malty flavor. Its high protein content bakes into sturdy cookies and cakes, and it’s good for you too! Sweet rice flour is more finely ground and sticky than regular rice flour. It gives this cake a soft chew and prevents it from being crumbly. Tapioca starch or flour (same thing!) is ultra sticky and helps cakes bake up light and fluffy because it makes the batter extensible or stretchy, allowing it to capture steam in the form of tiny air pockets that lighten the crumb.

chocolate mix in bowl

The Easiest One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Batter

This gluten free chocolate cake batter takes about 10 minutes to whisk together in one bowl. The ratios are adapted from Sarah’s favorite gluten free chocolate cake that I’ve riffed on with teff flour, brown sugar, and cultured dairy. I shared a chocolate peanut butter version earlier this year made with roasted peanut oil and buttermilk. To turn it into a sturdier bundt cake recipe, I trade in melted butter for the oil and crème fraîche for the buttermilk. The result is an extra dense and fudgy cake with a fine crumb, somewhere between a chewy brownie and a fluffy classic chocolate cake.

Because we’re not using gluten, we can mix the dickens out of this batter and it won’t turn tough. Just throw the flours in a bowl with cocoa powder and leavening, add the butter, eggs, crème fraîche, and hot water, and whisk. But if gluten isn’t an issue for you, try this festive version from Foolproof Living.

Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake on wire rack

Chocolate Ganache with a Twist

I top this cake with a pour of creamy dark chocolate ganache, which not only adds another hit of chocolate, it also locks in moisture in the cake itself. The dark chocolate ganache topping gets a flavor boost from crème fraîche, a splash of whisky, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Be sure to use a chocolate you love the taste of here, and for best results, use a bittersweet chocolate with a cacao mass of 65-70% so that it sets properly. Opt for a baking chocolate or a bar of chocolate rather than chips, which contain ingredients to prevent them from melting, which is not what we want here.

Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake for a Crowd

The biggest perk about being blessed with a big bundt? There’s more to share! This gluten free chocolate bundt cake makes an impressive addition to holiday festivities, and there’s more than enough to go around. The cake is rich so small slices are in order. They’re equally lovely nibbled with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon as they are plated for an after dinner treat. I’m one of those people who likes a bite of something sweet after every meal, and it’s a bonus if that sweet something is of the chocolate variety. I’m in heaven when there’s double chocolate bundt cake in the house! It keeps beautifully for up to several days.

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slice of delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake

How to Prevent Bundt Cake from Sticking to the Pan

Many of us have suffered that sinking feeling that happens when you go to remove a cake from a pan, only to find that the bottom has stuck. I learned this trick for foolproof cake pan preparing from a bakery I once worked at: Use a pastry brush dipped in room temperature butter softened to the consistency of mayonnaise to brush the pan with a thorough coating of butter. The soft butter will cling to the interior of the pan (unlike melted butter, which will run down the sides of so-called nonstick pans and won’t do any good). Once your pan is thoroughly coated in soft butter down to the last nook and cranny, dust the pan all over with flour, upending the pan over the sink and gently tapping it to oust excess flour. If you take the few extra minutes to prepare your bundt pan correctly, your cake will release cleanly and easily from the pan every time, and you’ll never suffer a sticky bundt cake again.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake on plate

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Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe
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Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake

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This gluten free chocolate bundt cake gets its fudgy interior and fine crumb from nutrient-rich teff flour plus loads of butter and crème fraîche, all crowned with dark chocolate ganache.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 16 small but rich servings, makes one 10-inch bundt cake



  • 2 teaspoons softened butter, for the pan
  • 1 ½ cup (233 g) GF teff flour, plus more for dusting the pan
  • ½ cup (80 g) sweet white rice flour
  • ¼ cup (30 g) tapioca flour/starch (or an additional tablespoon sweet rice flour)
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (100 g) dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 2 ¼ cup (530 g) packed organic light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (177 ml) Vermont Creamery Crème Fraîche
  • 8 tablespoons (113 g) Vermont Creamery Cultured Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) hot water
  • 3 large eggs


  • 4 ounces (113 g) bittersweet chocolate (70% cacao mass), finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons (90 ml) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) Vermont Creamery Crème Fraîche
  • 1 tablespoon GF whiskey or bourbon (or brandy, dark rum, or extra cream)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Crème Fraiche:


Make the cake:

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Use a pastry brush to very thoroughly butter the inside of a 9 or 10-inch (10 or 12-cup) bundt pan, being sure to get into all the little nooks and crannies. The butter should be at room temperature and the consistency of mayonnaise so that it clings to the pan, not melted which will run down the sides of non-stick pans and not do any good. When the pan is thoroughly coated, dust the pan with a few tablespoons of teff flour, tapping it around the the interior to cover every surface. Turn the pan over in the sink and gently tap the pan to remove any excess flour.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the teff, sweet rice, and tapioca flours with the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the brown sugar, crème fraiche, melted butter, vanilla, and hot water to the batter. Add the eggs and quickly whisk the batter until smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs, 45-55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 10 minutes. Invert a wire rack over the bundt pan, grasp both with oven mitted hands, and flip the whole thing over. Remove the bundt pan and let the cake cool completely on the wire rack, about 1 hour.

Make the ganache:

  • In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a bare simmer over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate. Let sit until melted, about a minute, then gently whisk until smooth. Whisk in the crème fraîche, whiskey, vanilla and salt. The ganache should be thick but pourable; if it’s too thin, let sit at room temperature to thicken up a bit. If it’s too thick, warm over a low flame for a few seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the ganache over the cake. Let set at room temperature until firm enough to slice, 20 minutes or so.

Whip the crème fraîche:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment (or in a large bowl with a balloon whisk or electric beater), combine the cream, crème fraiche, sugar, and vanilla. Whip on high speed until soft peaks form. Serve slices of cake with big dollops of whipped crème fraiche.
  • Store leftover cake at room temperature for up to 1 day or refrigerate airtight for up to 4 days. Bring to room temperature before enjoying.


Nutritional values are based on one of sixteen servings.


Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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23 thoughts on “Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake”

  1. Wow!! I cannot wait to make this over the holidays with my family! Thank you SOOO much for having all of these amazing gluten-free recipes.

    Quick question: how cool does the cake need to be before pouring on the ganache? I know if it is too hot the ganache will run off. Should the cake be room temp to the touch?

    1. Aw, thanks for the sweet words! Room temp to the touch should be perfect, but if it’s a little warmer, that’s ok too. Please let me know if you give it a go!

  2. This is just SPECTACULAR. I have never tried baking with teff, but looking at this gorgeous cake, I want to run to the store and get some. Plus, how can I say no to goodness of creme fraiche.
    As always, this is just so stunning my friend.
    PS: Thanks for the link. Sending you the warmest hugs.

    1. Actually I have a creme fraiche recipe in my book – it’s easy to make! I really love the teff flour here, but you could try swapping it for other GF flours that you like the taste of (buckwheat, oat, sorghum, or a blend). I know you’re good at experimenting – let me know what you try!

  3. I made this cake yesterday to bring to a New Years party. The cake turned out rich and delicious but slightly too salty. After searching three stores for creme fraiche I gave up and subbed sour cream which may have created this result. The ganache however was a bit of a head scratcher. Once the sour cream was added it took the beautifully pourable chocolate down to a bit of a more chunky separated texture that resembles when sugar starts to seize up. Overall this is a quality recipe that I would try again to see if the creme fraiche makes a difference in the saltiness and would sub in a different ganache.

    1. Hi Erin, Thanks so much for trying my recipe and for the feedback! I tend to like a good hit of salt in my sweets, but feel free to reduce the amount to 1 teaspoon or less if that’s more to your taste. The type of salt you use can make a difference – table salt is even finer than what I use (fine sea salt) and can make foods taste saltier. Sour cream shouldn’t have more salt in it than creme fraiche, but it’s possible that it’s responsible for the chunky ganache. You can just swap in more cream in the ganache in place of the creme fraiche, heating it with the rest of the cream rather than adding it separately. Temperature and the type of chocolate used can also cause ganache to separate, so just be sure you’re using the type called for and that the ganache is warm enough when you mix it. Using chocolate chips, for instance, can make ganache seize due to the higher amount of lecithin which is designed to keep the chips from melting into cookies. Hope that all helps and that you give it another go! :)

  4. Alanna – love your recipes! I baked this for a birthday party and it turned out beautifully and was well received. It was easy to put together and I had no problem turning it out of the pan. I’d probably bake it a bit less next time (there definitely will be a next time!), but it wasn’t testing done after the minimum time. That being said, the texture is great, kind of between a pound cake & a truffle. I didn’t have all of the ganache ingredients for your version, so I look forward to trying that too. Do you think it would be a mistake to add espresso powder to the cake batter? I always like how it enhances chocolate. Five stars, girl!! Keep up the good work!

    1. Aw thanks my dear! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. How long did you end up baking it for? Bake times are tough because ovens can run hot or cold, so I always try to give a wide range! I’m sure a little espresso powder would be delicious too – let me know if you try it. :)

          1. Hope I’m not wearing out my welcome, but I wanted you to know I baked this again for a little Cinco De Mayo party and experimented with additional flavors. I added a teaspoon of espresso powder, 2 1/4 t cinnamon & 1/4 t of cayenne pepper. I made your ganache recipe (so good!) and used half the amount of whiskey. I served it with cinnamon whipped cream and wow -we thoroughly enjoyed it! I love how easily this recipe is to make. Highly recommend it 👍🏻

          2. Not at all! I’m so grateful for the feedback. Those spice additions sound delicious – I can’t wait to try your version!

  5. Hi, I followed the recipe, except that I ended up over mixing since my dough had lumps..sadly my cake sank in the middle..let me know where I could have gone wrong

    1. Hm, I’m sorry to hear that. Sometimes a cake sinks because it’s underbaked. Is that a possibility? I don’t think overmixing would have much of a negative effect since the batter is gluten-free so there are no glutens to overwork.

  6. Made this for my husband’s birthday dinner – incredible flavor and texture. One of the best cakes ever!!! Served it with homemade sweetened whipping cream and vanilla bean ice cream.

  7. Hi! Love your cookbook :)
    My cake turned out very fudgy (which I don’t know if it was supposed to be) and it fell during baking…it was a particularly humid day here and I’m going to investigate how accurate my oven temp is. However, when I turned it out, it looked beautiful and you couldn’t tell so I didn’t feel so bad about it! I do think that next time I make this, I will reduce the sugar. I found the cake to be too sweet (even measuring out the ingredients, I thought that it was likely going to be too sweet), although the slight bitterness of the glaze offset the sweetness.

    1. Thanks so much for the note and for trying my recipe! I’m sorry the cake fell and turned out fudgy inside. I would be surprised if the humidity effected it in this way! Though if your oven runs a little cold, that could be the culprit – maybe it just needed a longer baking time? In any case, reducing the sugar should make the batter less moist, which may solve all your problems! Please let me know what sugar amount you end up trying. I also dislike overly sweet things so I’m extra sad that this one was too sweet to your liking! Appreciate the feedback.