Chickpea Flour Cake

This chickpea flour chocolate cake is completely gluten free and a healthier version of regular chocolate cake and it still tastes just as good! I wasn’t as familiar with this flour for baking cookies or cake, but then I decided to do a few experiments and I started to like it. For people who wants to use other flours, this is one option. You don’t taste the chickpea flour at all, and the texture and consistency of the cake is just as good as well. It’s an easy recipe as well, perfect for beginners. I did make a small batch recipe, but once you’re comfortable with the recipe, feel free to play around and make adjustments. It’s also fairly easy to remember the recipe.

Ingredients for the Chocolate Cake:

  • ½ cup Chickpea Flour/Gram Flour
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder
  • ½ Tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ¼ cup oil, softened butter, or ghee
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup milk, sour cream, or yogurt

Ingredients for a Simple Frosting:

  • 1 stick room temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • ⅛ tsp vanilla extract


  1. This recipe is made with chickpea flour also called gram flour
  2. As usual with my recipes you can use substitutions. For example you may use either oil, or butter. Also you can use either milk, sour cream, or yogurt.
  3. This recipe is a smaller recipe, but feel free to double it.
  4. I believe I used a 4 inch cake pan for this recipe
  5. When making the frosting, make sure that your butter is softened, and your powdered sugar is well sifted.
  6. Important: If you want a fully white frosting, then skip the vanilla. With the vanilla, it will be a little off white.
  7. The frosting won’t cover the whole outside of the cake plus the inside.

Directions for the cake

  • First start by preheating your oven to 350℉, and grease your cake pan, I believe when I made it I was using a 4 inch cake pan, because this is a smaller recipe
  • Next start by mixing together the dry ingredients (chickpea flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt)
  • After that, beat together the oil and sugar, then add in the egg
  • Add in the vanilla, and the milk
  • Once the wet ingredients are nicely mixed, then you can slowly start adding in the dry ingredients. Make sure to not over-mix it.
  • Once the batter is nicely mixed then you can pour it into your greased cake pan.
  • Bake at 350℉ for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Directions for the Frosting:

  • Start by beating the butter for around 2 minutes or so or until it turns lighter in color.
  • Next add in the powdered sugar, and vanilla`
  • Add in more or less powdered sugar and vanilla as needed.
  • When I frosted this cake, I used a Wilton 1M open star tip which I bought from Joann’s. You can also get it at Michaels which carries a lot of Wilton Products, you can also get it on Amazon. 

Where Can I Purchase Chickpea Flour?

You’ll find this in an Indian store, but you can also get it from Amazon. 

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