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My Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Dessert Recipes


If chocolate be the music of love, play on. Wait. Is that how it goes? Now I'm not sure. It might actually be... the food of love. And more about music. And not about chocolate at all. Maybe ole Will wasn't a big fan of chocolatty goodness. Or over-the-top gushy prose regarding all things edible. But I'm not Will. Or a musician. But I do love dessert. 

So let's celebrate, shall we? 

And let's do it with chocolate.

Because some of us, ahem, simply must have chocolate if we're going to party.

Party worthy: Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess



Looking for a classic Devil's Food style chocolate layer cake? This one is midcentury retro cool. Gluten-free and dairy-free dense chocolate deliciousness. And did I mention, frosting? A birthday cake, party cake, everything cake- to the rescue. Find the recipe here: Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess


This fudgy dark chocolate brownie recipe has been a family favorite now for years. We make it every week. Sometimes we add nuts. Or extra chocolate chips. For the holidays we might add a touch of peppermint.

We wrap and freeze leftover brownies for easy, on the go treats. Topped with ice cream, they are company worthy dessert. We make them with melted dark chocolate sometimes, and cocoa powder as well. Both versions are delectable. Find the recipes here: Gluten-Free Goddess Dark Chocolate Brownies.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess


Sometimes you need a cupcake. And it has to be chocolate. These are gluten-free and dairy-free. And they remind me of Devil's Food cake. We love 'em with coffee laced frosting on top (shown). But you can frost these baby cakes with all kinds of flavors- vanilla, peppermint, chocolate. Go crazy. Find the recipe here: Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudgy Brownies Cupcakes from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess


These fudgy chocolatty brownie cupcakes remind us of flourless chocolate cake. Tender in the middle with lovely cracked crusty tops. Easy to make, wrap and freeze, these gems are a perfect sweet treat for families on the go. Find the recipe here: Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes.


Gluten-Free Mexican Sundae with Fudge Sauce from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess


Make a Mexican Chocolate Fudge Sauce and create a company worthy dessert with a slice of Flourless Chocolate Cake or a Dark Chocolate Brownie. Homemade fudge sauce is rich and wonderful, and adds a layer of yum to ice cream and cake recipes. And did I mention- it's dairy-free?Find the recipe at: Mexican Hot Fudge Sundae.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffle Cake from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess


A rich and decadent chocolate cake that tastes like a candy shoppe truffle. I'm not kidding. The butter in this recipe is why. Beyond delicious. And nary a guest will miss the gluten. They'll beg you for the recipe. Find it here: Karina's Chocolate Truffle Cake.


Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess


Karina's best loved (practically famous) party worthy Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe is one of the easiest gluten-free desserts you'll ever bake. Thanks to a tip from Bobby Flay. Find it here: Flourless Chocolate Cake.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Layer Bars from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess


Two versions of this gluten-free Hello Dolly style layer bar are on this blog. One with dairy, one without. Both are fabulous. I mean, when you start with chocolate, coconut and almonds- how can you go wrong? We call these Nirvana Bars in our family. You'll see why. Find the recipe at: Nirvana Chocolate Coconut Layer Bars.



Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Sorbet from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess


Craving a dark chocolate dessert but don't feel like baking? Churn this delightful sorbet and kick your shoes off to watch the fireflies. It's gluten-free and dairy-free. Find the recipe here: Dark Chocolate Sorbet.


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