Gluten Free Black Forest Cake

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Gluten Free black forest cake has always been my go-to extravagant dessert for extra special occasions. My goal with this recipe was to come up with a rich and delicious gluten free and refined sugar free version of this classic cake. The black forest cake turned out moist and chocolaty and the cherry filling is very similar to pie filling in taste and consistency. And it turns out date paste works remarkably well as a sugar substitute in whipped cream.

I substituted date paste for refined sugar in this black forest cake recipe which adds moistness without taking away from the rich chocolaty flavour the cocoa powder gives this cake. I used melted butter and whipped cream, but those of you who don’t eat dairy could use oil and coconut cream instead.

Gluten Free Black Forest Cake Recipe

For the Cake:

1/2 cup melted butter or oil
2 cups date paste
4 well beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cups cocoa powder
1 cup gluten free oat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder

In a large mixing bowl, combine date paste, butter or oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder and stir until combined. In a separate bowl combine oat flour and baking powder and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until combined. Pour into two well greased 9 inch cake pans and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 36 minutes. Let cool completely before assembling the cake.

For the Cherry Filling:


4 cups pitted cherries (fresh, frozen, or jarred)

1/2 cup date paste


Combine cherries and date paste in a pot and simmer uncovered on low heat for approximately 90 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool completely before assembling the cake.

For the Whipped Cream:


1 cup 35% cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons date paste


Combine all ingredients and use an electric mixer to beat at medium speed for approximately 8 minutes or until a whipped cream texture is achieved.

To assemble the Black Forest Cake just add a layer of whipped cream and cherry filling to the first layer of cake. Then add the second layer of cake and top with more whipped cream. Makes about 12 slices of gluten free black forest cake.

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Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Cake

Blackberry Bread

Oat Flour Cake

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