Unlike many gluten free recipes, this classic chocolate cake has a perfectly tender crumb with plenty of moisture. And vegan ganache? Say no more!

15 min
70 min



  1. ¾ cup (80g) cocoa powder, sifted
  2. ¾ cup (160ml) boiling water
  3. 2 cups (200g) almond or hazelnut meal
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  6. 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  7. 200ml neutral flavoured oil (canola, vegetable, light olive oil)
  8. 2 tsp Queen Natural Vanilla Extract


  1. ½ cup (60g) cocoa powder, sifted
  2. ¼ cup Queen Pure Maple Syrup
  3. 2 tbsp refined coconut oil, melted
  4. 1 tsp Queen Natural Vanilla Extract
  5. 1 tbsp dairy free milk (optional)

Method - Cake

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 150°C (fan-forced). Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.

  2. Step 2

    Place the cocoa in a medium bowl and gradually stir in the boiling water until smooth. Set aside to cool.

  3. Step 3

    Sift together almond meal and baking powder. Set aside.

  4. Step 4

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or using a hand mixer. Beat together eggs, sugar, oil and Vanilla Extract on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick and pale. Add the cocoa mixture and mix just combined. Add the almond meal and baking powder and fold through until just combined.

  5. Step 5

    Pour mixture into prepared tin and bake for 60-70 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out with a few wet crumbs. Cool completely in tin.

Method - Ganache

  1. Step 1

    Combine sifted cocoa, Maple Syrup, coconut oil and Vanilla Extract in a bowl. Mix until smooth. Add dairy free milk if any additional liquid is needed. Spread onto cooled cake and enjoy!

Notes: For a shiny and smooth frosting it is best to ice your cake immediately after making the ganache. If ganache
is allowed to sit too long it will start to clump together from the cocoa and will be difficult to spread.

Comments & Reviews

Delicious cake, made for Granddaughter, who can’t eat dairy, gluten, or corn


This is the most delicious cake I’ve ever made! I used hazelnut meal instead of almond by roasting the hazelnuts then rubbing them with a clean tea towel to remove the skin. Then I blended them in the food processor. This is worth all the effort! The only problem with this cake is it tastes too good. 🙂


Most amazing gluten and dairy free chocolate cake, moist and just delicious for all