Gluten-Free & Vegan Chocolate Cake

Sometimes I feel like there are few things better than a chocolate cake. The sweetness of the frosting mixed with the bitter cocoa add such amazing flavors on your tongue.

My chocolate cake production ramps up in the fall. Between my sisters birthday in September to the last birthday of fall being my moms in October, I probably make about 5 chocolate cakes. The majority of my family loves chocolate cake and they all happen to be born in two months back to back! Funny how those things work!

After a few years of being states away for my families birthdays, I took advantage of the fact that we were close together this year to test out a no fail chocolate cake recipe!

I can honestly say this is my favorite chocolate cake to both make and eat. It is easy, truly no fail, and full of rich chocolate flavor. This cake even lasts up to 3 days in the fridge post baking, pre-frosting. You can make it ahead and frost it the day of!

Let’s start baking!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 35
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x

Description

the chocolate gluten-free & vegan cake of your dreams!


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Ingredients

Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup of fresh brewed coffee
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable or coconut oil melted
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups of gluten-free flour *for high altitude do 2 cups

Chocolate Frosting

  • 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F and grease two 7″ or 8″ spring form pans
  2. Place 1 tsp of cocoa powder in each pan and toss the cocoa powder over the butter you used to grease the pan and toss the extra once every wet edge is coated
  3. Brew your 1 cup of coffee and start to warm up your 1 cup of water
  4. In a bowl or your stand mixer mix your sugar, vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder and oil
  5. Next, add in your warm coffee and hot water into the sugar mixture and on low speed combine until the bowl feels cool to the touch, about 6 minutes
  6. Once your bowl is cool, add in your flax eggs, gluten-free flour, at this point your batter will start to come together but still be on the thinner side
  7. Pour your batter evenly into each prepared cake pan, and tap on the counter to release any air bubbles
  8. Place each cake pan into the oven to bake for about 55 minutes, each oven will vary but once it starts to firm on the top test with a toothpick around 55 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before frosting
  10. In a bowl with the whisk attachment or a hand mixer, whip your vegan butter by itself for a few minutes until fluffy
  11. Next add in your cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt and powdered sugar 1 cup at a time
  12. Your frosting will start to be fluffy and soft
  13. Once your frosting is soft and fluffy, coat your cake payers with a thin layer as your crumb coating and set in the fridge
  14. After about 6 minutes remove from the fridge and frost with a thick layer of frosting, place the second layer over the cake that is frosted.
  15. Frost the top of the cake and the sides, top with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Notes

* if you eat eggs, feel free to use 2 eggs rather than flax eggs

The key to this cake is the fresh brewed coffee. Coffee adds the best flavor to chocolate cake. The richness in the coffee melts the cocoa powder in this cake.

If you make this cake, tag me so I can follow along on your baking adventure! @frontpaigebakes

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Apple Spice Holiday Cocktail

Let me just say, we had 0 fall in Montana. Fall for us lasted all of 3 days and then it snowed for a week and was below -8°F…which was rough for October.

I have found myself as I get older moving away from straight apple cider and finding ways to spice up my fall apple drinks. When I was recipe testing for this cocktail, I tried multiple variations of spice levels and landed on the recipe below. I felt that this level of spice, was perfect to carry fall into the holidays for November and December.

This recipe is bright from the apples, subtly gingery from the kombucha and spicy from the cinnamon. Truly a balance on the palate that gives you life in the holiday months!

Let’s start mixing!

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Apple Spice Holiday Cocktail

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 7
  • Total Time: 7
  • Yield: 4

Description

sweet, spicy and full of holiday flavor — this apple spice holiday cocktail is my go to party favorite!


Ingredients

  • 4 oz of vodka

  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

  • 8 slices of fresh apple

  • 1 handful of ice

  • 6oz of fresh apple juice

  • 5 oz of Holiday Cheers Health-Ade kombucha


Instructions

 

  1. In a shaker add your cinnamon, apple slices, ice, apple juice and kombucha

  2. Shake your shaker for about 1 minute until all mixed together

  3. Make sure you don’t put your shaker lid on too tight and shake your shaker vertically to ensure the bubbles don’t build too much pressure

  4. Pour with a strainer into 4 coupe or old fashioned glasses and enjoy with a garnish of apple

  5. Drink responsibly!


Keywords: apple spice holiday cocktail

With all the holiday parties coming up this season, you can make a big pitcher of these goodies by tripling the recipe above and leaving it in a beautiful serving pitcher or bowl.

Tag me if you make it for your friends and family and always enjoy responsibly!

This post was sponsored by Health-Ade Kombucha, but the recipe, images and opinions are my own!


Gluten-Free & Vegan Chocolate Snickerdoodles

DRUMMMM ROLLLL Please! 

Introducing the new cookie of the season!

CHOCOLATE SNICKERDOODLES!

Think chocolate brownie meets spicy snickerdoodle! Not only are these perfect with a glass of almond milk, but they are amazing in your afternoon espresso!

Dunk. Bite. Dunk. Bite. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat! OOPS I ate all the cookies!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Chocolate Snickerdoodles

  • Author: Paige

Description

soft, sweet, spicy and perfect cookie for the winter months!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups of vegan butter
  • 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of 1:1 gluten-free flour (bob’s red mill is my fave!)
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  •  1/4 cup of almond milk

Topping

  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. preheat your oven to 350°F and line your baking sheet with parchment, reusable silicon pad or grease with vegan butter
  2. in a bowl with a mixer cream your vegan butter with your sugar – about 3 minutes until light and fluffy
  3. once they are mixed add in your vanilla extract, almond milk, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and ground cinnamon
  4. next add in your gluten-free flour, 1/4 cup at a time until well combined
  5. in a separate bowl, mix your ground cinnamon (2 tbsp) and sugar until evenly mixed and set aside
  6. pinch 1″ ball of dough and roll in the palms of your hands to form a ball, roll each ball in the sugar and cinnamon topping and set onto the baking sheet 2″ apart
  7. repeat until your dough is all rolled
  8. bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy warm!

Notes

* can use regular milk or any milk alternative *ovens may differ in temperature, so bake times might change

Test out these for the holidays! For sure these delicious nibbles will be at our table! 

One tradition we have at Christmas is serving tons of cookies, candies and pies for ultimate dessert game after dinner! Instead of classic snickerdoodles this year we are including more new recipes! In a family of chocolate lovers, they are sure to love this recipes! Test it out and let me know what you think, I love the feedback! Tag me on your posts @frontpaigebakes!