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Best Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake (Easy!)

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The best gluten-free german chocolate cake recipe is now at your fingertips. You’ve come to the right place if you’ve been on the hunt for a moist, decadent, and perfectly fluffy German chocolate cake. This healthy german chocolate cake is refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and tastes AMAZING!

Yield: 14 servings

Best Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

gluten-free german chocolate cake

The best gluten-free german chocolate cake recipe is now at your fingertips. You've come to the right place if you’ve been on the hunt for a moist, decadent, and perfectly fluffy German chocolate cake. This healthy german chocolate cake is refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and tastes AMAZING!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

Wet

  • 2 eggs (see note 1 for vegan option)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup melted refined coconut oil
  • ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt of choice
  • 1½ cups plant-based milk (such as unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract

Dry

Coconut-Pecan Filling

  • 1 (13.5 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk (divided)
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 6 Tbs. grass-fed butter or vegan butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans

Chocolate Frosting (Optional)

  • Healthy store-bought chocolate frosting (I use the Simple Mills brand! It’s dairy-free)

Instructions

  1. Chocolate Cake: Preheat oven to 350 F. Generously grease two 9x2 inch cake pans with coconut oil and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl or stand mixer add the eggs, coconut sugar, and coconut oil. Beat on high until smooth and lighter in color (about 1-2 minutes). Add in yogurt, plant-based milk, and vanilla extract. Gently mix until combined. 
  3. Add in all dry ingredients and beat until smooth.
  4. Divide batter evenly between the two cake pans. Bake at 350 F. for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely in cake pans. 
  5. Coconut-Pecan Filling: While the cake is baking or cooling, make the coconut-pecan filling. In a small bowl mix together ¼ cup coconut milk with the 2 Tbs. cornstarch and set aside. 
  6. In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the remaining coconut milk, butter, and coconut sugar. Whisk occasionally as the mixture comes to a low boil. Once boiling, stir in the cornstarch mixture and constantly whisk 3-5 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  7. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, shredded coconut, and chopped pecans. Cool completely before layering the cake. It will thicken even more as it cools (you may place it in the refrigerator to speed up this process).
  8. Once the cakes and pecan-filling have cooled, start assembling your cake by gently removing one cake from the cake pan (you can run a thin rubber spatula around the cake pans for easier cake removal). Place one cake on cake stand, flat side down, then layer on about half of the coconut pecan filling. Remove the remaining cake from the cake pan and layer it on top. Spread the remaining coconut-pecan filling on the top cake, leaving about ½ an inch around the edges. Then, pipe the chocolate frosting around the top edges of the cake.
  9. Cut, serve, and enjoy! Best served at room temperature. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days, in the refrigerator for up to 8 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

1. Egg replacer: You should be able to substitute the 2 eggs for 1 flax egg (1 Tbs. ground flax + 2 Tbs. water). I haven’t tested this yet, but it should work well! The cake might be a little less fluffy. Let me know if you try this!

2. Chocolate Frosting: If you want to make your own homemade chocolate frosting you can use a recipe like this one from detoxinista!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1 slice of cake no chocolate frosting

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 33.9gCarbohydrates: 42gNet Carbohydrates: 36.7gFiber: 5.3gSugar: 28gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 6.9g

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Egg replacer: You should be able to substitute the 2 eggs for 1 flax egg (1 Tbs. ground flax + 2 Tbs. water). I haven’t tested this yet, but it should work well! The cake might be a little less fluffy. Let me know if you try this!

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