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A big slice of chocolate cake on a white plate.
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Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

This vegan gluten free chocolate cake is a rich and decadent refined sugar free dessert for special occasions.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, dairy free, egg free, gluten free, plant based, refined sugar free, vegan
Servings: 12
Calories: 308kcal


  • Blender or food processor


For the frosting:

  • 1 cup soaked cashews (soak cashews in 1 cup of boiling water for 1 hour, then discard the liquid and rinse)
  • 1 cup date paste (see my date paste recipe for instructions)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

For the cake:

  • 2 cups date paste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or substitute your preferred oil)
  • 1 flax egg (to make a flax egg mix one tablespoon of ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, then let the mixture thicken in the fridge for 10 minutes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 3 teaspoons gluten free baking powder


For the frosting:

  • Add the soaked cashews and water to a food processor or blender and process/blend until smooth (approximately 3 minutes).
  • Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, date paste and salt and process blend for another couple of minutes until smooth and airy.
  • Refrigerate for at least two hours before frosting the cake.
  • Makes 2 1/2 cups of vegan chocolate frosting.

For the cake:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the date paste, olive oil, flax egg and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Add the cocoa powder and salt and stir again.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the oat flour and baking powder together, then add those dry ingredients to the wet and stir once more.
  • Divide the batter in half and spread the batter evenly into two well greased 9 inch round baking pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes.
  • Wait until the cake has cooled completely before frosting.
  • Makes approximately 12 slices of vegan gluten free chocolate cake.


  • If you prefer a nut free frosting, see the alternate frosting recipe at the bottom of the post.


Calories: 308kcal | Fat: 15.2g