Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Chocolate Ganache

  • Author: Julia // The Roasted Root
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Cake, Sweet, Dessert



For the Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake:

  • 2.5 cups almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2/3 cup raw cacao powder*
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

For the Coconut-Chocolate Ganache

  • 2/3 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1.5 cups dark chocolate chips
  • Whole raw unsalted pecans for serving, optional
  • *You can replace the raw cacao powder with unsweetened cocoa powder, but the flavor will be slightly different.


To Bake the Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly oil a 9” cake pan
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the almond meal, baking powder, instant coffee granules, cacao powder, and salt (the dry ingredients).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract (the wet ingredients).
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Pour the cake batter into the oiled cake pan and place it on the center rack in the oven. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the cake tests clean.
  6. Allow the cake to cool at least 1 hour before turning it out onto a cutting board and spreading the ganache over it.
  7. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. The ganache will set up in the refrigerator and make the cake easy and mess-free to serve.

To Prepare the Ganache:

  1. While the cake is baking, prepare the coconut-chocolate ganache
  2. Pour the chocolate chips into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the coconut milk in a small saucepan until just below a boil.
  4. Pour the hot coconut milk into the bowl with the chocolate chips and stir until completely smooth and the chocolate chips have melted.
  5. Place in the refrigerator while the cake finishes baking. This will allow the ganache to thicken. Every few minutes, stir the ganache to make sure the consistency stays uniform.