I think I need to see a specialist about my obsession with coffee cake. Is there even such a person? I’m close to L.A. so I’m thinking a quick search on craigslist would hook me up with someone. Today I’m giving you a gluten free coffee cake, a teeny step outside of my usual baking zone.

A moist gluten free coffee cake with swirls of blackberry jam and fresh pear

Nobody in my family is gluten intolerant but millions of Americans are. Other people choose to kick gluten to the kerb because they feel better once it’s out of their diet. Whatever the reasons, good coffee cake should still be readily available at a moments notice to anyone on the planet.

That’s why I made this for you, and it’s good…really good.

I switched the all-purpose flour for equal amounts of Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free blend. It kind of worked like a charm and I was really surprised at how light the coffee cake was. It’s still a little dense but guys, that’s just the butter jam and yogurt doing what they’re good at.

A moist gluten free coffee cake with swirls of blackberry jam and fresh pear

A lonely pear in the fruit basket ended up being chopped and added to the batter, along with some dollops of blackberry jam. Lately I’ve been adding jam to my recipes and loving the results, it’s like a ready made sauce and tastes awesome sweet or savory.

A brown sugar and butter topping gets sprinkled on top which melts as the cake bakes, and leaves you with a slightly crunchy surface. Both white and milk chocolate are drizzled carelessly on top. You can choose your own chocolate, or just dust with powdered sugar.

So keep this recipe in mind for the next time you hear someone complain that gluten free eats are heavy or dry, because I just proved them wrong. 

Have a good one!

A moist gluten free coffee cake with swirls of blackberry jam and fresh pear

As with all allergy specific recipes, care should be taken while reading packets and ingredients for cross contamination purposes.


Gluten Free Coffee Cake with Pears and Blackberry Jam

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 145kcal
Author: foodnessgracious
An incredibly delicious gluten free coffee cake with pears and blackberry jam. Topped with milk and white chocolate drizzle for a touch of decadence.
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For the Topping

  • 4 tablespoons cold butter cubed
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Blend Flour

For the Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Blend
  • 3/4 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 sticks soft butter 6oz
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg plus an egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 inch small pear peeled, cored and chopped into 1- cubes
  • 1/4 cup blackberry jam
  • 1/4 cup melted dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup melted white chocolate


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8x8 baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  • Make the topping by crumbling the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and 1/4 cup GF flour in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Sift together the GF flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.
  • Using a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and mix on med-high, scraping down the bowl at least once.
  • Add half of the yogurt and half of the flour mixture to the batter.
  • Mix well and scrape down bowl.
  • Add the remaining flour mixture, vanilla and yogurt and mix through until well combined.
  • Fold in the pear by hand using a spatula.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and spread out evenly.
  • Spoon the blackberry jam on top and swirl it through the mix with a knife.
  • Sprinkle the topping mixture over the surface.
  • Place the 8x8 pan on a baking sheet and place in the oven.
  • Bake for about 1 hour, checking at the 45-minute mark for doneness.
  • The cake should be springy to the touch when gently pushed in the middle.
  • Let cool before slicing and garnish with both types of melted chocolate.


Calories: 145kcal