Easy Easter Chocolate Cake – Gluten Free

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Our Easy Easter Chocolate Cake combines two recipes we have previously shared on the blog. Ideal for a celebration, this is a cake that the whole family will enjoy! You will find many occasions to make it, so be sure to save this recipe!

We enjoy this recipe using Gluten-Free flour, but you can easily switch to regular flour if you wish.

Our Easy Easter Chocolate Cake is made even more delicious (not to mention beautiful!) by our Chocolate Leaf decoration.

Once I have prepared the cake and my chocolate leaf decorations, I whip some thickened cream. I generously top the cake with the cream, and adorn with the leaves and some Easter eggs.

Do let us know in the comments below if you try this recipe!

Alex and Faye xx

P.S. Love chocolate and Easter theme recipes? Our Chocolate Pretzel Easter Nests are for you!

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My Chocolate Sour Cream Cake has got to the be the easiest cake recipe out there! It is so versatile, and I love to make it at Easter. With a little decoration, it makes the ideal festive dessert.

5 from 84 votes

Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

Never make a packet cake again. It will not be quicker or easier than this recipe. If you like chocolate cake (and most of us do), you will love this easy, versatile recipe.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Universal
Keyword cake, chocolate, decadent, gluten free, rich, sour cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 223 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 1 cup caster/superfine sugar
  • 1 cup plain/all purpose flour (I used Orgran gluten free)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp Dutch Process cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg or 2 small
  • 1 cup full fat sour cream


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees C (350 F)

  2. Line the base of a 9” round spring-form tin with baking paper, and grease the sides.

  3. Add all the ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer or place them in a bowl and use a hand held electric mixer. Mix them all together until the batter is smooth, but do not over beat.

  4. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top.

    Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. A few crumbs are okay but there should not be any batter.

  5. Place the tin on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Remove the side of the cake tin. Cool a further 10 minutes before carefully removing the cake to the rack to further cool.

  6. Dust with icing sugar/confectioners’ sugar and serve as is or with whipped cream and strawberries.

Recipe Notes

If your egg is on the small side it won’t be enough, it is better to use two eggs.

I always use caster sugar for baking, but regular granulated sugar also works.

I use Plaistowe Dutch Processed Cocoa, available in supermarkets. It gives the cake a lovely, rich, chocolatey colour.

We have used gluten free flour in this recipe, but normal is absolutely fine. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Sour Cream Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 261mg11%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A Chocolate Leaf really is a beautiful and unique decoration. I featured it recently on the blog as an Easter Wreath. Today I show you what a lovely cake topper it makes.

5 from 26 votes

Chocolate Leaf Easter Wreath

My Chocolate Leaf Easter Wreath may be the centrepiece you need for your Easter table. Easter is a lovely time to gather with family and friends. Set the right atmosphere for your Easter celebration with an easy-to-make table centrepiece.

Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Keyword chocolate, chocolate leaf, delicious, dessert, Easter, Easter wreath, easy, edible wreath, simple, sweet
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling/Set Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 274 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 100 g good quality white cooking chocolate*
  • 100 g good quality milk cooking chocolate*
  • 100 g good quality dark cooking chocolate*
  • 40 fresh non-toxic leaves

Please note: not all of the chocolate is used on the leaves.


  1. Prepare a baking tray by lining it with non-stick baking paper.

  2. In a medium size saucepan heat a small amount of water to barely simmering.

    Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heat-proof bowl which will sit on top of the saucepan. Stir the chocolate occasionally. Do not over-heat. Chocolate will melt at a low temperature.

  3. Remove the bowl of chocolate from the saucepan when the chocolate is almost melted. It will continue to melt in the residual heat.

  4. Using a non-toxic artist brush, brush the underside* of the leaf with the melted chocolate.

    Avoid dripping chocolate onto the other side of the leaf. If chocolate becomes stuck on the other side it will make it harder to peel the chocolate leaf off later. Run your finger along the edge of the leaves to remove any excess.

  5. Place chocolate side up on the prepared baking tray.

    Repeat with the remaining leaves, re-warming the chocolate if necessary.

    Chill the leaves until firm, about 30 minutes.

  6. Depending on the thickness of the chocolate coating you may need to add another layer. I used 2 for the milk and dark and 3 for the white chocolate.

    To separate the chocolate and the leaves, start at the stem end.

  7. Slowly and carefully pull back the green leaf. Return the chocolate leaf to the tray and repeat the process. If you’re not using them immediately, store in the refrigerator.

  8. Arrange the leaves in a circle on a large white platter or board. In the Northern Hemisphere temperature may not be a problem but here in the South we are still experiencing warm days and it was necessary to return the leaves to the refrigerator before finishing the wreath.

    Add Easter eggs to the leaves in a random manner.

Recipe Notes

*I cleaned my leaves of dust with a piece of kitchen towel. However, you may prefer to wash the leaves. If you do, you will need to ensure that they are completely dry before you attempt to coat them with chocolate.
*If you choose to make one colour of chocolate you will need no more than 200 gm. For ease, I used 100 gm for each but there is chocolate left over. Roast some almond slivers and add them to the leftover chocolate to make a few sweet treats to go with coffee. Or, get creative and make some swirly shapes to decorate another dessert.
*The underside of the leaf is veined, which gives the finished leaf a lovely texture.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Leaf Easter Wreath
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 21mg1%
Potassium 215mg6%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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172 Comments on “Easy Easter Chocolate Cake – Gluten Free”

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  3. Wow, those chocolate leaves make a great cake topper! I loved the leaves as decorations in wreath form, but I love ’em even more as a cake topper. I’m totally saving this idea for a fun cake sometime! And that chocolate cake sounds super moist and delicious, too!

    1. David, without a doubt, this is one of my favourite cake recipes. Soooooo very simple yet tastes so good. Once I started with those leaves I couldn’t stop myself thinking of other ways to use them. Stay tuned, I may not be out of ideas yet. 🙂 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, this is one of the easiest cakes I’ve ever made but it is always reliable. And the leaves were so much fun to make. 🙂

  4. Those leaves are gorgeous! And this cake…YUM! I live how simple it is, and that the cake uses ingredients I always have on hand.

  5. I just love the look of this cake. Looks so simple, yet elegant and rustic all at the sometime. Perfect for any occassion.

  6. This is an amazing recipe and dessert! I love that you’re so thorough in your blog, makes it so easy to simply follow your recipes.

  7. Your chocolate cake looks delicious and easy to make. I always have all the ingredients at home. (Regular flour and sugar though). Easter is a perfect time to bake since I gave up caffeine during lent.

    1. This is a very easy cake to make. It is absolutely delicious and great for people who can’t eat gluten. We had fun dressing it up a little. 🙂

  8. Yum! This sounds delicious, and it’s gluten-free. Perfect. My daughter has coeliac disease, so we are always looking for tasty options.

    1. Hi Rhonda, it is a lovely cake and I don’t know of any cake that is easier to make than this one. When you have a look at our blog you will notice that there is a lot of gluten-free recipes. I hope that they will be useful to you and your daughter. 🙂

    1. Amber, life is definitely better with cake and they don’t come any easier than this one. We’ve added a few simple touches to make it ready for the Easter table. 🙂

    1. Thank you Meredith for the lovely comment. I used my super-easy chocolate cake and had some fun dressing it up. Let me know if you try it. 🙂

    1. Oh GiGi, your comments are fantastic, thank you so much. Yes, I guess you could say, this cake has it all. Easy to make, easy to eat and gluten-free. A winner. 🙂

  9. Wow! This gluten-free chocolate cake is what exactly I need. It looks yummy I should try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Any time is the right time for this lovely, easy cake Krysten. And you can dress it up or leave it plain. Would love to hear when you try it. 🙂

  10. thanks for sharing, im sure not good at baking but with instructions written so well, will sure try this and see if it`s what will change things as to my baking.

    1. Hi Roamy, I must assure you that someone who doesn’t do much baking can bake this cake with great success. I really do encourage you to try it and would love to hear if you do. 🙂

    1. That’s great Ashli, I’m delighted that you will make this cake. It’s so easy and delicious and easy to dress up for the Easter table. Enjoy! 🙂

  11. This is a type of dessert I’d like to splurge into. I can tell it won’t be too sweet. I cannot wait to try it.

    1. Hello Dominique, I’ve yet to find an easier cake than this to make. Easy and delicious, it is certainly a winner. I had fun adding a little decoration to the cake for Easter. I hope that you try it. 🙂

  12. This looks so amazing and I live everything chocolate. I especially liked your idea to make those chocolate tree shaped toppings! Create stge perfect look!

  13. You are my favorite blogger. I always look forward to your posts. Love the Cake. Would be trying soon.

  14. I have never tried my hands on baking though I cook descent enuf… Its high time i need to try baking one

  15. Omg I’m so happy I read this because I love all these ideas! I’m hosting Easter for the first time and I can’t wait to

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you like the cake. It is very easy and you could be creative and decorate it as you like. I had a lot of fun putting it together. Let me know if you try it. 🙂

  16. 5 stars
    I will give five stars for these recipes. They look really delicious and they are both beautiful. I would love to try to make these with my kids on this coming Easter.

    1. Thank you Catherine for the lovely feedback. Please let me know if you make the recipes. It would be a lot of fun to make with your family. 🙂

    1. Thank you Monique, I had some fun with this. I used my very easy chocolate cake recipe and dressed it up for Easter. But even without the decoration, it is lovely. Please let me know if you try it. 🙂

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