February is the month of love and what says more “love” than chocolate 💕?! I developed this Gluten-free Almond Chocolate Cake probably at least two years ago. It is our go-to for special occasions and birthdays and it is beyond delicious!! The cake is rich, velvety, and dark. The chocolate icing ties it nicely together and the raspberries add an unexpected “zing” 😍.
Do not be fooled by the slightly longer list of ingredients. This cake is not complicated to make!! First, you mix the flour, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Then you heat chocolate and ghee in a water bath whilst stiffening egg whites. After, you beat egg yolks and coconut sugar fluffy, add the melted chocolate, non-dairy milk, and flour mixture before sifting the egg whites under. Whilst the cake is cooling, you can quickly combine the icing ingredients. My husband always thinks there should be more icing – so you can technically double or add a third more on the icing part 😉.
Also – I have to say I am beyond pleased with how the pictures turned out. The light caught the chocolate in all the right places 🥰. Which reminds me that I desperately need to continue my photography course 😆.
Why is this Gluten-free Almond Chocolate Cake good for you?
Cocoa powder is what makes chocolate, ultimately, chocolate! You get cocoa powder by crushing cocoa beans and extracting the fat or cocoa butter. I had the privilege of doing this myself once in Ecuador. There is nothing better than seeing ingredients right where they are from and “freshly picking them from the tree” so to speak. But I digress…. cocoa powder. Cocoa is antibacterial and super rich in antioxidants, namely polyphenols. Antioxidants are super-fighting powers, protecting us against free radicals and combating oxidative stress. Polyphenols, specifically, have been linked to a reduction in inflammation, and improved cholesterol, as well as blood sugar levels.
Cocoa may help in lowering blood pressure levels. The flavanols in cocoa powder improve nitric oxide levels in the blood. Nitric oxide relaxes the inner muscles of the blood vessels and thereby enhances blood pressure levels. Basically, the blood does not need to apply as much pressure through the vessel because there is more “room” for it to move. The most noticeable effect was seen in people who already were experiencing high blood pressure. The effect of reducing your blood pressure, coupled with reducing cholesterol levels is also hugely beneficial for your heart. Unfortunately, the process of heating and processing cocoa diminishes quite a few of these beneficial antioxidant properties. Nevertheless, I believe cocoa’s health benefits are impressive!!
How I can adjust this Gluten-free Almond Chocolate Cake to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian. If you do eat sweets as part of your paleo lifestyle, you can make this recipe paleo by using paleo-approved chocolate. If you would like to make this cake nut-free, swap the almond flour for equal amounts of sorghum flour. Due to the eggs used, this cake is, sadly, not vegan.
Other Cake and Sweet Treat Options on the Blog
I have a massive sweet tooth, so I always try to come up with “healthier” versions of my favorite recipes 😋. I tried to limit this one down – cannot even pick a favorite. They are all so delicious!!!
- Gluten-free Carrot Cake with a Vegan Buttercream Frosting
- Lemon Blueberry Polenta Bread
- Very Coconutty and Lime Naked Cake
- Strawberry Banana Muffins (can also be turned into a Banana bread)
- Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie
And that is it for this week 🤗. I hope you enjoy this cake for your next special occasion and/or whenever the need for something truly chocolatey arises 🥰. As always, I would love to hear what you think!! Please let me know how you liked the recipe by either posting in the comments below and/or rating the recipe! I cannot wait to hear from you!!