This may be my new go-to chocolate cake recipe. It’s absolutely delicious and being gluten free is an added bonus. This is another recipe I jotted down from the cookbook Quinoa 365. I’m definitely leaning towards actually purchasing this cookbook but a few more trial recipes will be the deciding factor.

I made this cake in part to celebrate my new cake platter but I also like the idea of making an over the top chocolate cake for no good reason at all. I think the rest of my family joyfully agrees! I iced it with the cocoa butter cream frosting I use on another favourite chocolate cake I make but I’ll share the frosting recipe again here for easy access. Damn, this cake was good. Here’s what I did:

Chocolate Quinoa Cake with Cocoa Butter Cream Frosting

Chocolate Quinoa Cake

  • 2/3 cup Quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cup Water
  • 3/4 cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Milk (I used So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  1. Combine the quinoa and water in a lidded pot. Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until cooked. Remove from heat and stir butter into warm quinoa, melting the butter and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350’F and grease and line the bottom of two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a food processor, process eggs, milk and vanilla. Add the cooled quinoa and butter mixture and process until smooth.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Divide into the two prepared cake pans and bake for 35-40 minutes or a toothpick comes out of the cake clean.

Cocoa Butter Cream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 2 2/3 cups Icing Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup Cream (I’ve used chocolate soy milk, almond milk and other cream substitutes with success)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  1. In a medium bowl or food processor, whisk or mix together all until smooth.

Making chocolate cake for no good reason

Frosting the Chocolate Quinoa Cake

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13 Responses to Chocolate Quinoa Cake

  1. jenny says:

    Quinoa chocolate cake? You’ve got to be kidding! I’m going to have to try this. I can’t wait! How exciting!

  2. Heather says:

    I was going to say the same thing—quinoa cake? But it does look fabulous! I love baking with So Delicious coconut milk, so I’m really excited to try this!

  3. Debbie says:

    Quinoa is our favourite grain, as I know I’ve mentioned before. Hmmm…I may just have to make this for Isaac’s birthday this year instead of our tradition vegan orange cake…which I still want to share with you. Looks great, Annie. Thanks for sharing. xo

  4. elementsofmylife says:

    It looks wonderful and on this bleak day might be just the motivation I’ve been needing to get to work in the kitchen!

  5. Vanessa says:

    I just started to give quinoa a chance and I am loving it. I will have to keep this one in mind next time I make a cake.

  6. ella says:

    Going to make this for Andy’s birthday next week x

  7. Lesli says:

    Havent had this exact recipe But have had chocolate quinoa cake. ABsolutely beautiful. A must try!! No wheat!

  8. genie says:

    What would you do to convert this to vanilla? I can’t eat chocolate (triggers my migraines!)… thanks!

  9. Annie says:

    hmmm…. I’m not sure but it sounds like that would be an interesting try. I might have to give that some more thought.

  10. annie says:

    The cake sounds wonderful and I will try it but does it need that much sugar? Also what is the icing made off?

  11. Annie says:

    It is wonderful! I’m sure you could cut some of the sugar but I wouldn’t cut too much or it will taste less like a dessert with the quinoa. The frosting recipe I often use for this cake is on this posting as well. It’s very good but I use icing sugar in it. I know for sure the amount can be cut because I cut it all the time!

  12. Jan says:

    I used sweet cream protein powder instead of the cocoa and it turned out FABULOUS!!!! I love using the quinoa instead of flour, my cakes always turn out so moist!!!

  13. Annie says:

    Thank you, Jan! That sounds so interesting!

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