What’s dark and rich and cherrylicious all over? This grain free Chocolate Cherry Cake, every slice bursting with the taste of dark chocolate and wild black cherries. Top with cherry vanilla icing for the perfect decadent dessert, or enjoy unadorned for the ultimate gluten and dairy free riff on a traditional Black Forest taste.
A combination of buckwheat and quinoa flours worked well for me when making my Buckwheat & Quinoa Banana Muffins, and I wondered if playing around with the ratios and adding in a third flour might not make for an excellent grain free cake base. It would have to be a dense, heartier cake, not a vanilla sponge or angel food (both of which are also in the works), because buckwheat is a strong flour and even a little bit takes the color and texture miles away from your lighter, airier baked goods. And what’s more decadent and richly flavored than dark chocolate?
This flour combination is also perfect for cherries, which need a sturdy enough cake crumb to contain their juiciness. You’ll see from the photos that the cake texture can be fluffier or denser, and this depends on what kind of cherries you choose to use. Fresh, pitted cherries will result in a fluffier cake, whereas frozen or canned cherries that emanate more liquid create a denser bite. Whichever way you slice it (sorry, pun DEFINITELY intended), this cake is delicious.
I iced this cake with a coconut yogurt frosting, but it’s also wonderful unadorned. And if you don’t need it to be dairy free, bake one with some summer cherries and top with cherry vanilla ice cream for the perfect seasonal treat.
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/4 cup quinoa flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 large eggs
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup cherries, pitted
- 1 Tbsp tart cherry juice*
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Additional coconut oil or cooking spray (to grease pan)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs until frothy, then add to dry ingredients with yogurt, applesauce, coconut milk, and oil.
- Add in cherries and chocolate chips and stir thoroughly.
- Grease a 9″ round pan with coconut oil or cooking spray and pour in batter.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until fork comes out clean.
- Let cool and enjoy!
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11 thoughts on “Grain Free Chocolate Cherry Cake”
Yum, chocolate and cherry are definitely a great combination!
I’m really intrigued by your flour mixture (and the ones to come), because buckweat flour hasn’t been the easiest for me to work with – it’s really the texture, sometimes it feels almost sandy in your mouth (if that makes any sense…)
Have a great weekend!
You definitely have to balance it out with other flours to get the proper texture, but this cake is so fluffy and also rich/dense, it really is perfect.
I love that combo and I love how you can see the cherry slices when you cut yourself a piece! this looks so rich and yummy. I really like combining coconut and almond flour!
How I wish I was not allergic to tree nuts! Coconut flour amazes me, but I’m so jealous of all the almond flour recipes I see.
This sounds amazing! I love cherries and chocolate together, but I’m not a huge fan of chocolate covered cherries. Is that weird? I love making cherry cobblers, and my favorite all time pie ever is a cherry pie. Hands down!
Not at all, we all have our preferences.
I used to not be a big fan of things with cherries but then I got hooked on the cherry berry blend of frozen berries at Trader Joe’s and now I’m obsessed with all things cherry! This sounds great!
I need to check that blend out!
Oh Yes! This would be on my breakfast plate, let alone dessert. I love the combination of buckwheat and quinoa flours. Buckwheat is pretty strong on its own but I love it in the right quantities.
Cannot wait for cherries to come out. This means summer. Cherries and dark chocolate are the most classy combination. Not to mention kinda romantic..
Oh, I ate this for breakfast for many days while experimenting.
I love the combination of chocolate and cherry! 😀 I haven’t made cake in ages, but this looks so darn good!