Grain-Free Dark Chocolate Cake

by Amy on 01/19/2013


Gluten Free Grain Free Dark Chocolate Cake
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This cake is pure heaven. Dense, dark and incredibly decadent with just the right balance of bittersweet. Delightful for any occasion, we enjoyed this as a birthday cake.

Grain-Free Dark Chocolate Cake
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

12 TBL butter (preferably grass-fed)
7 oz. high quality dark chocolate, chopped (65% or higher, preferably soy-free)
4 eggs (organic, pasture-raised)
½ cup organic cane sugar
2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
1 cup blanched almond flour
¼ tsp. unrefined sea salt

Scant ¾ cup cream (preferably organic, raw from grassfed cows)
3-4 oz. high quality dark chocolate, chopped(65% or higher, preferably soy-free)
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 F.

First, we’ll make the cake. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add chopped chocolate and stir until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a large glass bowl, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Add cooled chocolate sauce slowly, whisking constantly. Mix well.

Add the salt to the almond flour and add these dry ingredients into the wet mixture in the glass bowl. Stir to mix well and spoon into a buttered 8×8 glass dish or 9”cake pan.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Cool and then make your icing.

For the icing, simply heat the cream over low heat. Once warm, add the chopped chocolate and stir until melted and well-incoporated. Add vanilla extract and then pour over chocolate cake. (You may more icing than you wish to use, save for making homemade hot chocolate or chocolate milk!)

Cover and refrigerate until serving, allowing cake to come almost to room temperature for the best texture.

Add chopped nuts to the batter, or sprinkle on the icing while still warm.
Add almond extract or a dash of liqueur to the icing for additional flavor.
Use maple syrup, sucanat or coconut sugar in place of sugar. If using maple syrup, decrease amount to 1/3 cup or so, to taste.
Sweetness will vary with the type of chocolate used.



Harrison Family February 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

We made this today and it was incredible! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I’m making it again on Valentines Day for Stuart!


Matt February 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Wonderful! Glad you liked it. I got to enjoy it for my birthday and it was awesome. Hope Stuart likes it, too.


Stephanie February 7, 2013 at 3:32 am

Um Cane sugar??? Is that GAPS legal?


Amy February 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

Hi Stephanie! I used a small amount of organic cane sugar in this recipe so as not to throw off the flavor of the chocolate (this was a birthday cake). In the notes, I wrote that maple syrup or sucanat (or coconut sugar) could be used. Those are still not GAPS legal. This is not a GAPS recipe, due to the chocolate, cream and sugar. We do have many GAPS recipes on our site, but not all are GAPS appropriate (most have easy adaptations however). This is gluten and grain free.


Mary February 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I made this cake for Valentine’s Day in my heart shaped pan and everyone loved it. It was a big hit and I will be making this over and over. It is now my go to cake. No one knew it was grain free they just raved about how moist and delicious the cake was.


Amy March 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing, Mary! I bet it was so cute in the heart-shaped pan :) I’ll have to try that!


Kris January 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Lamenting the fact that I don’t have all of these ingredients RIGHT NOW.


Amy January 22, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Oh no! :( Sorry, Kris….well, get them and then make it, because OMG…yum. For reals. :)


Tatiana February 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm

12 TBL?! I didn’t understand that… is that table spoon?


Amy February 7, 2014 at 1:47 am

Yep, tablespoon :)


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