Gluten- Free Chocolate Sponge Cake

Gluten- Free Chocolate Sponge Cake

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If you thought making gluten-free cakes was an impossible task, you will love this jowar flour version of a basic chocolate sponge. Decorate this healthy option with whipped cream, cherries, chocolate garnishes and no one will know the difference!

Gluten- Free Chocolate Sponge Cake recipe - How to make Gluten- Free Chocolate Sponge Cake

Preparation Time:    Baking Time:  60 minutes.   Baking Temperature:  180ºC (360ºF)   Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 1 cake (7")
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1 cup jowar (white millet) flour
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup fresh thick curds (dahi)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup powdered sugar , refer handy tip
4 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
2 tsp melted butter for greasing
2 tbsp jowar (white millet) flour for dusting

  1. Sieve the jowar flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together and keep aside.
  2. Combine the curds, milk, powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla essence and whisk well.
  3. Add the prepared sieved jowar flour-cocoa mixture and 2 tbsp of water and fold with help of a spatula.
  4. The batter should be of dropping consistency.
  5. Grease the cake tin with butter on all the sides.
  6. Dust with jowar flour and sift to ensure uniform distribution of the flour. Shake and tap the tin to remove the excess flour.
  7. Pour the prepared cake batter into a greased and dusted 175 mm. (7”) diameter tin and spread it evenly.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°c (360°f) for 50 to 55 minutes or till done.
  9. The cake is ready when it leaves the sides of the tin and is springy to touch.
  10. When ready, remove from the oven, invert the tin over a plate and tap sharply to unmould the sponge.
  11. Serve immediately.

Handy tip:

    Handy tip:
  1. You can grind the sugar in a mixer to get powdered sugar.

Variation: chocolate cupcakes

    Variation: chocolate cupcakes
  1. The batter made at step 4, can be poured into small paper cups and put in a microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave, cool slightly and serve.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per slice
Energy231 cal
Protein3.5 g
Carbohydrates35.4 g
Fiber2.5 g
Fat8.3 g
Cholesterol22.4 mg
Sodium66.2 mg
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Gluten- Free Chocolate Sponge Cake
 on 28 May 16 08:57 AM

It is a unique cake without plain flour. No one can think of using jowar flour for a cake. Everyone enjoyed this home made cake. Thanks a lot !!!
Tarla Dalal
28 May 16 11:01 AM
   Hi Sonal, thanks for your feedback on Gluten- Free Chocolate Sponge Cake and are delighted you like it. It took a lot of research from our team to get it right. Thanks
Gluten- Free Chocolate Sponge Cake
 on 02 Apr 13 04:38 PM

A great dessert for people with wheat allergy. Thank you so much Tarla mam.
Gluten- Free Chocolate Sponge Cake
 on 21 Mar 13 08:56 AM

An incredibly good tasting cake and i made this for a close friend who cannot have gluten and does not have eggs. She loved it.