Vegan, Gluten-Free Chocolate-Almond Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream and Berries Recipe

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

This gorgeously moist and sophisticated vegan, gluten free chocolate cake is slightly sweet, so the frosting creates a perfect balance.

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
2 from 2 votes

Author Michelle Heston


  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk, plus more as needed to thin the batter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons each water and almond liqueur or 10 tablespoons water
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 cups gluten-free baking flour blend, (we like Bob’s Red Mill 1–1)
  • 1 recipe Coconut Whipped Cream (below)
  • 1 cup fresh fruit and toasted nuts of choice for garnish (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk with the vinegar. Stir, then let sit for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 3 (7-inch) round cake pans with oil. Line the pans with parchment paper and lightly coat the parchment with oil.
  2. Stir the baking soda into the milk mixture and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the water, almond liqueur, canola oil, sugar, maple syrup, and agave syrup. Add the applesauce, almond extract, and salt and whisk to combine. Add the milk mixture and whisk again. Whisk in the baking powder, cocoa powder, almond meal, and flour to form a semi-thick, pourable batter with no large clumps, adding more almond milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to thin the batter to cake-batter consistency, if needed.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the 3 prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean and the edges appear dry, 30 to 40 minutes.
  5. Let the cakes rest in the pans for 15 minutes, then carefully run a knife along the edges and invert onto cooling racks. Let cool completely.
  6. Frost and assemble the cakes with the coconut whipped cream and garnish with the berries.
2 from 2 votes

Coconut Whipped Cream

MAKES ABOUT 2-1/2 CUPS Here’s a simple, versatile, vegan crown for any baked goods that benefit from frosting.


  • 2 (14-ounce) cans full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut cream, chilled
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Scoop out the solid coconut cream from the top of the coconut milk cans into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (save the coconut milk for another use). Add the remaining ingredients and mix at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 30 seconds. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.

Photography Heami Lee

5 Comments on “Vegan, Gluten-Free Chocolate-Almond Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream and Berries Recipe”

  1. I haven’t had a chance to view the magazine but I would love to win this so I have access to so many GF recipes.

  2. 3 stars
    So, I followed the recipe to the T except leaving in pans for 15 minutes. The cake looks like it shrunk. Is that because I took it out right away. Did you cut the parchment paper? I didn’t.

  3. 1 star
    The coconut icing is followed exactly and it doesn’t work. Very disappointed and spent a lot of money making this recipe. It’s awful

  4. I’m sorry to learn this. Every now and then, coconut cream doesn’t solidify enough or gets too much of the milk mixed in, and the icing will be runny. It’s no fun. I’m sorry you experienced this.

  5. Interesting. We haven’t had that experience. We do cut the parchment so it’s on the bottom only. Was the cake still delicious? Were you able to ice it?

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