Grain Free Chocolate Cherry Cake

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 deliciously dark and dense chocolate cherry cake, gluten and dairy free and bursting with flavor.




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?



A deliciously dark and dense chocolate cherry cake, gluten and dairy free and bursting with flavor.




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.




Grain Free Chocolate Cherry Cake




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. 




A deliciously dark and dense chocolate cherry cake, gluten and dairy free and bursting with flavor.








Grain Free Chocolate Cherry Cake
Recipe Type: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free
Author: Alyssa
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Serves: 1 cake
A deliciously dense dark chocolate cake stuffed with cherries and bursting with flavor, made without wheat or dairy.
  • 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)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs until frothy, then add to dry ingredients with yogurt, applesauce, coconut milk, and oil.
  4. Add in cherries and chocolate chips and stir thoroughly.
  5. Grease a 9″ round pan with coconut oil or cooking spray and pour in batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until fork comes out clean.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!
Serving size: 1 slice
*Omit if using frozen or jarred cherries.






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11 thoughts on “Grain Free Chocolate Cherry Cake

  1. 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!


  2. 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!


  3. 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!


  4. 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..


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