Chocolate Layer Cake (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Ali Segersten Feb 27, 2009 103 comments

Sound too good to be true? Here I present to you a fabulous-tasting chocolate layer cake. Moist and delicious. Tender and rich. Chocolate at its best. Allergen-free. No gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, or sugar!

Seriously, you just can't go wrong here.

I modified my Decadent Chocolate Bundt Cake on page 342 of my cookbook to be made into a layer cake. I took out the cup of beets and the one cup of water and replaced them with 1 cup of prunes in which you soak in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and then puree into a smooth paste.

Don't get me wrong I still love this cake made with the beets. I am a lover of beets prepared any and all ways. Though the prunes in this version add moisture, sweetness, and a certain binding action that makes it work very well in a layered cake.

Still, if you don't want to fuss with layers then just pour the batter into a greased 9x13-inch baking dish and bake away. You can add the refined sugar-free frosting below if desired. I've never been the biggest fan of frosting, though this frosting recipe is not too sweet and helps keep the cake moist for days. Frosted or not, this cake is a winner!


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book.

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That is gorgeous. Ali, your blog and cookbook are going to become indispensable to me as I am embarking on a gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free diet. (Although that won't be reflected on my blog right away. I have some posts I've prepared, but haven't put up yet.) Frank question: With prunes' known laxative effective, is that an issue with this cake or is one fine with just a small piece? I have not been a big eater of prunes in my life so I must ask. LOL


OK, I really have to lock myself in my room and read that cookbook! It follows me around the house. Now I know why. That cake looks amazing! I have everything but the prunes, would my dates work instead? I'm having my baker son get busy on this over the weekend. Now how to not eat the whole cake in one sitting?

Oh Thanks so much for this! We are vegan and gluten-free and love your desserts and baked goods. The frosting looks so good and easy to do. I have made your beet bundt cake numerous times and everyone always enjoys it.

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