Sunday, September 16, 2012

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Coconut

This gluten free chocolate cake is to die for. Actually, it is gluten free and vegan. With VEGAN icing! If you are not vegan, you can certainly make any icing that you wish. I will include recipes for both. :) This is not my original recipe. It comes to me from the Good Food Store of Missoula, Montana. They give out all of their in house recipes for free. This is, with absolute certainty, one of the cakes, and probably the best gluten free chocolate cake recipes I have ever tried. 

I made this cake last Tuesday for book club. We read the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein, which was a super fun read. The cake was half-way gone before I could even take photos! So sorry about the lack if imagery. But really. This cake is so moist, no one believed me it was vegan and gluten free! 

You must try it. Don't let the crappy photos fool you. This cake is the bomb. And it is SUPER easy. No cake experience necessary.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Coconut (makes 2- 9x13 cakes, or 3- 9.5 round cake/pie pans. You could certainly half the recipe. But I wouldn't recommend it. It will be gone too soon. Way too soon. I wish I had some right now...)

  •  4 1/2      cups  GF mix- I used a GF pancake and baking mix, found in bulk at the Good Food Store. I am sure that you could use any GF baking mix though. Bob's Red Mill has a good one and so does Gluten-Free Mamma
  •   3 teaspoons  xanthum gum (Bob's Red Mill has xanthum gum in packages. Most recipes call for just a few teaspoons of it, so a package will go a long way.)
  •   4 teaspoons  baking powder
  •   2 teaspoons  baking soda
  •   2 teaspoons  egg replacer (or one large egg if not making it vegan)
  •    1 teaspoon  salt
  •   1 1/2 cups  cocoa powder
  •   5 cups  coconut milk- not coconut beverage- coconut milk. Find it canned in the ethnic foods section. Traditionally used in curry.
  •   1 cup  canola oil
  •   3 teaspoons  apple cider vinegar
  •   4 teaspoons  GF vanilla
  •   3 cups  sugar

For Vegan Icing:

  •  1 1/2           cups  soy milk
  •   3               cups  chocolate chips 
  •   2               cups  coconut (unsweetened if you can find it) 
*when I made this, the 'icing' was a little runnier than I would have liked. More like a glaze. I added powdered sugar by the 1/2 cup until it was a consistency I liked better. Just depends on personal preference.

For non-vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup skim milk

Instructions for making the cake:

  1. Prepare your cake pans by spraying them with cooking spray, or, buttering and flouring (I use rice flour) them.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients except for the sugar. (I didn't use a flour sifter... because i don't have one. I just used my hands and made sure it was all combined well.)
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a bowl safe for a hand mixer), mix together wet ingredients.
  4. Add the sugar into the wet and mix with a spatula or quickly with a hand mixer- 20 seconds or so.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mix until combined.
  6. Pour the batter evenly into what ever pans you are using- either two 9x13 square pans or three 9.5 round pans. 
  7. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely in the pans. 
To make the vegan frosting:

  1.  heat soy milk over the stove top, taking care not to burn it. 
  2. Stir in chocolate pieces and mix until the chocolate is melted and the icing is smooth. (if you need to thicken the icing, transfer it to the bowl of a stand mixer and add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.) 
  3. Pour the icing over the completely cooled cakes
  4. Sprinkle the cakes with the shredded coconut

For the Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting: (if you did the round cakes, you can use this frosting as a 'glue' to make a two tiered cake... or three if you'd really like to defy gravity :)
  1. In a food processor, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, and skim milk and pulse until a smooth frosting forms.
  2. Spread the frosting generously over the top of one cake layer. 
  3. Place the other cake layer on top.
  4. Spread the top and sides with frosting.
  5. Sprinkle the top and sides with shreaded coconut
  6. refrigerate 20- 30 minutes to set the frosting
  7. Slice and serve.
Both cakes can be made in advance and refrigerated. Stick toothpicks in the top and drape with plastic wrap to keep the frosting from drying out. 

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