The ultimate healthy chocolate cake that tastes like a traditional German Chocolate Cake. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar, this dessert will be a hit with the whole family whether they’re vegan or not. It’s also oil-free and filled with nutty goodness!
It doesn’t happen often, but when you nail a new recipe on the first try you HAVE to share immediately. That’s exactly what’s going on today.
Usually I am not much a cake person, but for some reason I’ve had the urge to bake a cake 100% from scratch. No, not some boxed or store-bought mix. A delicious, homemade cake. And with my dad’s birthday this month it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that. He requested a German Chocolate Cake.
I realized I’ve never had (or made!) German chocolate cake before and didn’t even know what made it different from regular chocolate cake. It was time to do some research!
What’s German Chocolate Cake anyway?
I discovered that German chocolate cake isn’t German (from Germany) at all! It’s just called that because of the American chocolate maker and baker that invented it. Basically, it’s a standard chocolate layer cake topped with coconut pecan frosting. Coconut, pecans, and chocolate? Sign me up!
But as always I had to put my own personal spin on the traditional recipe. Instead of making the frosting coconut and pecan flavored, I actually put coconut and pecans right in the chocolate cake batter to enhance the flavor even more!
The end result was more amazing than I had expected. A moist, soft, and fluffy cake studded with crunchy pecans and subtle coconut flavor throughout. Plus, the homemade chocolate frosting I made was the perfect complement to all the other delicious ingredients!
Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake
Oh, did I forget to mention this cake is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, AND sweetened only with dates!? I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t made it myself! (the homemade frosting is also raw and vegan!)
All you need to make this cake are simple, whole food ingredients including:
- gluten-free oat flour (you can use all-purpose if that’s what you have on hand)
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- baking powder and baking soda
- sea salt
- medjool dates
- unsweetened plain vegan yogurt
- unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- raw pecans
- unsweetened coconut
Healthy ingredients that make for one AMAZING Vegan German Chocolate Cake!
Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 55 mins
- Yield: 8 slices 1x
- Category: Dessert
1 ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp sea salt
1 container SoDelicious Unsweetened Plain Yogurt (5.3 oz) (or another plain vegan yogurt)
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 ½ cup of medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup warm water
½ cup raw pecans, chopped
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours or overnight, then drained and gently patted dry
1 cup coconut milk, from a can
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 rounded tbsp coconut oil, solid
2 tbsp cocoa powder
¼ cup maple syrup
Optional: chopped pecans and chocolate chips for topping
For the cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two round 8×1.5 inch cake pans with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. In a food processor, blend dates and water until pureed and smooth. Place date paste in a bowl and add yogurt, vanilla, milk, and apple cider vinegar. Add wet ingredients to try ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in shredded coconut and pecans and mix until evenly distribute.
Divide cake batter between the prepared cake pans and bake for 25 minutes on the middle rack.
Remove cake from oven and allow both parts to fully cool on a wire rack before flipping them out of the pans and frosting them.
For the frosting:
While the cake is cooking, blend together all frosting ingredients in a food processor. The mixture will not be thick like frosting at first, so pour it into a bowl or container and place in the fridge for about an hour to thicken.
Once cake frosting has thickened and cake is fully cooled, begin frosting cake one layer at a time and then stack on top of one another. Frost the entire outside of the stacked cake and decorate with extra pecans and chocolate chips if desired.
Note: You can use pre-made chocolate frosting like this if you don’t feel like making your own.
The ULTIMATE VEGAN CAKE!
If you’re down with chocolate, if you like nuts, if you’re cuckoo for coconut…this cake is for you! I highly recommend making it for a friend who has a birthday coming up, for Father’s Day, or frankly, anytime you want a delicious (good for you!) slice of chocolate cake.
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