Gluten Free Almond Joy Coffee Cake


I just love the combination of coconut and chocolate. It is one of my food weaknesses and I am not ashamed to admit it. When baking gluten free it can be a daunting task to create the same moist and smooth texture one expects from your standard all purpose flour but have no fear Cup 4 Cup is here!

I am usually one of those bakers that would rather make my own batter or mix or stuffing instead of relying on a store-bought version but when I stumbled upon Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour I was immediately sold. Sold on their claim that it truly can be substituted cup 4 cup for all purpose flour and sold on the fact that I didn’t have to pull out my many different GF ingredients like brown rice flour, xanthum gum, potato starch, you name it.


Now I have not used Cup 4 Cup in many gluten free recipes but I am here to PROCLAIM that it WORKS in this Almond Joy Coffee Cake. The best part about this recipe is that unlike many other gluten free recipes it can easily be substituted back to include gluten. You can’t say that for all gluten free recipes out there! GO AND ENJOY!

Disclaimer: *I was not compensated for this post. I purchased and reviewed Cup 4 Cup on my own and I am in no way affiliated with Cup 4 Cup.

Gluten Free Almond Joy Coffee Cake
  • For the Cake:
  • 2 cups Cup 4 Cup GF Flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 TBSP milk
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Beat butter and sugar in bowl of a heavy-duty mixer until creamy. Add eggs, then coconut extract, vanilla extract and last sour cream. Beat until smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add in the coconut flakes and then the flour mixture. Pour into greased 9x13 inch pan or a greased bundt pan. Top with the remaining shredded coconut and mini chocolate chips.
  2. Bake the cake until the top is golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-40 minutes. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes. Serve warm!

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  1. La Cuisine Helene

    This looks sinfully delicious. Thanks for ypur comments on my blog, I always review them before approving because of spam. I am at the airport now and just approved yours. Thanks and have a great day!

  2. 2 Sisters Recipes

    This sounds amazing! And, my sister is always thinking of ways to make Gluten -free
    desserts. Never heard of this flour before either, so thanks for the tip! Have a great week! 🙂

  3. Daphne

    YUMO! I love coconut and chocolate too and made something similar before! But this just looks SOOOO good. LOVE your journey through gluten free and NOT let it stop you.

  4. Bonnie Hunter

    Yum! I’m guessing that I can do it the other way around–substitute with regular flour??


  5. Erica

    YUM! Gosh that looks totally delicious. My sisters daughter has celiacs, I am going to send her the name of this flour

  6. Mary

    This looks SO tender and delicious – I’m just getting into gluten free baking so this gorgeous recipe is perfect!

  7. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    I’ve heard great things about that mixture and I’m thinking great things about this coffee cake. I’m with you – coconut and chocolate are made for each other and one of my favorite flavor combinations. Yum!

  8. Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    I love anything that made with coconut and it’s even better paired with chocolate! This makes a perfect coffee cake.

  9. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I must say that I know I would enjoy your coffee cake as an almond joy is one of my favorite candy bars.

  10. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Oh this cake looks lovely! It looks so fluffy and light! And I’m totally with you on chocolate and coconut being a fabulous combo!

  11. Kristy

    I’m definitely going to have to look into this Cup 4 Cup. I try to do some things gluten free, but I just can’t get over the texture issue. Sounds like this stuff might be just what will do the trick for me. Your coffee cake looks delicious! It’s hard to beat a good coffee cake on a lazy weekend morning. 🙂

  12. Liz

    Cup4Cup has got to be a joy for all bakers who’ve had to go gluten free. I’m also a huge fan of chocolate-coconut treats…and your coffee cake looks phenomenal!

  13. Vicki Bensinger

    I’ve never been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance but oftentimes notice that my stomach bothers me after eating bread,etc.

    This recipe not only sounds delicious but one that everyone could enjoy. I”m with you when it comes to chocolate and coconut. In fact my all time favorite cake is a German Chocolate cake. It satisfies all my cravings. Great recipe.

  14. Mandy - The Complete Book

    I only have AP flour on hand at the moment – not sure I can wait so will try them with the AP and see how I go.
    Have a beautiful day Belle.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  15. sue/the view from great island

    This is JUST what I want for breakfast this week, fabulous recipe!

  16. kitchen flavours

    That is one lovely cake! Perfect with a cuppa tea or coffee!
    I like the combination of coconut and chocolate too!

  17. Balvinder

    This looks super delicious with coconut flakes and chocolate chips!

  18. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Me too, I love coconut and chocolate, and the first picture of the coffee cake got my full attention… It’s great to keep GF recipes as my daughter’s class has one child who needs GF foods. I get to enjoy this dessert with everyone! 🙂

  19. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    It looks so moist and tender, I can never resist chocolate and coconut together!

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