Barley Flour Chocolate Cake

So I was browsing for something new to try with my WonderMill grain mill and I found this recipe for chocolate cake using 100% barley flour? Ya, barley flour. I had to try it and now that I have tasted it I have to share it with you.

She bought the barley flour at the store but I decided to make my own. I bought pearled barley at WinCo in the bulk food bins for just 48 cents a pound and milled it into flour in the WonderMill on the pastry setting, it came out super fine and fluffy.

Barley Flour Cake

I have to say that the cake came out very tasty, I think I am going to love Barley Flour and I can’t wait to experiment some more with it. I also topped it with my wife’s recipe for chocolate buttercream frosting.

Barley Flour Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup avocado oil (or any oil you want)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups pearled barley flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup powdered buttermilk
  • 2 cups cold water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan or 2 round cake pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla for 2 minutes until it is creamy.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl whisk together the remaining dry ingredients.
  4. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture and ⅓ of the water at a time to the sugar mixture and whisk until just combined before adding another ⅓ until all ingredients have been added and combined, don't over whisk mixture.
  5. Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  6. Let cake cool in the pans.
  7. Top with your favorite frosting and enjoy your whole grain cake.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • ½ cup softened butter (1 stick)
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 1½ tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  1. Add all ingredients, except the powdered sugar, to a mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk with a hand mixer on medium speed and add powdered sugar in slowly until all sugar is added.
  3. Turn up to high speed to cream it together well.
  4. Top your cake and enjoy.


I also found this website that has several other great recipes for whole barley flour


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