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Before going gluten-free four years ago, I was not a cake fan. They were generally too dry for my liking and tasted more like sugar than anything else. Not very exciting.
But cutting the gluten out changed my cake-liking status. Suddenly cakes became a wonderful and delicious thing to me. Especially chocolate cakes.
Especially dark chocolate cakes….
Then I discovered the slightly exotic charm of spiced chocolate cakes. Who knew chili powder or cinnamon could add such wonderful depth to a cake?
While my Mexican Chocolate Cake has more of a ‘hot’ness to is, this Spiced Dark Chocolate Cake is more subtle in its flavor. More “classy,” as my husband says. 😉
If you enjoy the extra heat, then feel free to add a pinch of chili powder to spice it up more!
This recipe yields one 8-inch cake. You can double the recipe and make two, then stack (as pictured), or just leave it a single layer.
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- 3 farm-fresh eggs
- ½ cup coconut flour, packed down and leveled off
- ¼ cup regular cocoa powder
- ¼ cup extra dark cocoa powder
- ¼ cup plain, unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup softened coconut oil
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (learn to make your own here)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- ½ tsp. raw apple cider vinegar
- ¼ c. coconut oil
- ¼ c. raw honey
- ¼ c. cocoa powder (regular or extra dark)
- pinch of sea salt
- ¼ t. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300 and grease an 8-inch cake pan.
- Place all ingredients EXCEPT apple cider vinegar in blender and puree. Let stand for about 5 minutes so the coconut flour can soak up some of the liquid.
- Add in apple cider vinegar and pulse to combine.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean and top springs back lightly when touched.
- Cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan.
- Frost once cooled.
- Soften the coconut oil over low heat.
- Remove from heat and stir in honey, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla.
- Let stand for a few minutes to thicken.
- Frost cake.