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tenth Anniversary German Chocolate Cake

Lighting a candle on our vegan gluten-free German chocolate cake to celebrate our 10 year blogging anniversary

Mates! Minimalist Baker simply turned TEN! Are you able to consider it? That’s 10 entire years on the web. This feels huge.

An astute reader not too long ago reminded us of our tenth anniversary and steered we have a good time with a birthday cake (GREAT IDEA, Caroline!). And so we’re doing simply that!

This cake is further particular for 2 causes:

  1. Not solely is that this cake attractive (I imply, hubba hubba — have you ever seen her?).
  2. But it surely additionally places to make use of one thing particular we’ve been engaged on for a very long time: our NEW PRODUCT LINE!
Salt, coconut cream, shredded coconut, vanilla, pecans, dates, and chocolate cake mix

Minimalist Baker’s Chocolate Cake Combine

Let’s speak in regards to the baking combine. We’re SO excited in regards to the debut of our chocolate cake MIX! It makes the BEST chocolate cake we’ve ever had, and we’re not speaking greatest vegan, gluten-free cake — we’re speaking greatest chocolate cake EVER.

We created it for all of you who crave simplicity, have hassle sourcing sure gluten-free flours, or don’t have room in your kitchen for a number of completely different flours with the intention to get the appropriate texture. Or, you simply need chocolate cake quick (we get it!).

How you can Make Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

Now, this isn’t your traditional German chocolate cake. In reality, we expect it’s even higher. This impressed model has equally decadent layers of chocolate cake crammed with a dreamy date-sweetened coconut pecan frosting. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. However no one will know!

Turning our chocolate cake combine into cake is so simple as whisking the combination in a bowl with oil, dairy-free milk, and vanilla, then baking. The toughest half is letting it cool absolutely earlier than devouring utterly.

Whisk in a bowl of chocolate cake batter
Spreading chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan

As soon as your chocolate cake is nearly absolutely cooled, it’s time to start out making the coconut pecan frosting. Begin by toasting pecans and shredded coconut to boost their richness.

Toasted coconut and pecans on a baking sheet

To imitate the caramel-like sweetness of traditional German chocolate cake frosting, we couldn’t assist however lean on nature’s caramel: dates. Whenever you mix them with coconut cream and vanilla, the outcome tastes like frosting. Thanks, mom nature!

Creamy date caramel in a food processor

Whenever you stir the toasted coconut and pecans into the date caramel, you’ve acquired a wealthy, stunning, easy-to-spread frosting.

P.S. We examined this cake with the addition of chocolate ganache frosting. Whereas it was additionally scrumptious, we most well-liked letting the coconut-and-pecan frosting be the shining star.

Date-sweetened coconut pecan frosting for German chocolate cake

Prime every cake with frosting for a three-layer magnificence.

GIF showing spreading coconut pecan frosting between chocolate cake layers

All that’s left to do is slice it up and be part of us for the celebration!

Knife slicing into a three layer German chocolate cake

We hope you LOVE this German chocolate cake! It’s:

& SO scrumptious!

It’s a crowd-pleasing dessert for any special day, together with birthdays, anniversaries, and even Chocolate Cake Day. (Do you know that’s a factor? Mark your calendar for January twenty seventh!)

Extra Chocolate Desserts

Thanks to each one in all you on your assist, encouragement, and celebrating scrumptious meals with us over the past 10 years! We actually couldn’t have made Minimalist Baker what it’s as we speak with out all your assist. We’re SO grateful for you all. Now, let’s make some cake!

Fork cutting into a slice of vegan gluten-free German chocolate cake

Prep Time 3 hours

Cook dinner Time 30 minutes

Complete Time 3 hours 30 minutes

Servings 12 (Slices)

Course Dessert

Delicacies Gluten-Free, Vegan

Freezer Pleasant 1 month

Does it maintain? 3-4 Days


  • 3 cups pitted medjool dates (30 massive dates yield ~3 cups or 540 g)
  • 1 ⅓ cup uncooked pecans
  • 1 ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (additionally known as dessicated coconut)
  • 1/3 cup canned coconut cream (we like Savoy model)
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 wholesome pinch sea salt
  • Put together chocolate cake combine in keeping with package deal directions, utilizing three 6-inch spherical cake pans (our most well-liked technique) or one 8-inch spherical cake pan. As soon as baked, take away your cake(s) from the oven and let relaxation within the pans for quarter-hour. Then rigorously invert onto cooling racks to let cool utterly (~2-3 hours).
  • As soon as the cake is almost cooled, begin your frosting. Soften the dates by putting them in a heatproof bowl and protecting with boiling water. Put aside.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 levels F (176 C) and add pecans to a naked baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, then add the coconut and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes (watching intently to keep away from burning), till each are aromatic and barely darkened in coloration. Take away from the oven and let cool barely, then chop the pecans and put aside.

  • Drain the dates and place them in a meals processor. Add the coconut cream, vanilla, and salt, and switch the meals processor on. Pause a number of occasions, scraping down the perimeters, till the combination is lightened in coloration and really thick and clean (see photograph). Switch the combination to a medium mixing bowl and add within the toasted coconut and chopped pecans. Combine properly to mix.
  • To frost the truffles, evenly divide the frosting between the layers and the highest of the cake. In case you made one 8-inch spherical cake, minimize it in half horizontally to create two layers. We discover this best to do by putting the cake on a plate or lazy susan (so it may rotate). Place one hand on high of the cake and, utilizing a big serrated knife within the different hand, minimize into the cake whereas slowly rotating, till you’ve gone all the best way across the cake. Then divide your frosting between the 2 layers of cake.

  • We selected to depart the perimeters of the cake naked, however you can additionally use chocolate frosting for an additional candy and chocolaty contact!
  • Slice and serve at room temperature. Leftover cake will maintain coated at room temperature for 3-4 days. To increase the lifetime of your cake, it may be refrigerated, simply be sure that to take away from the fridge a number of hours earlier than serving for greatest texture!

*If utilizing cake combine, water, impartial oil (we advocate avocado oil or refined coconut oil), and vanilla extract are required to make cake. These elements (excluding water) are included within the complete ingredient depend.
*Chocolate cake choices: For selfmade, strive our Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake, 1-Bowl Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (Vegan + GF), or 1-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake.
*Prep time consists of cooling the truffles.
*Vitamin data is a tough estimate calculated with our packaged Chocolate Cake Combine and elements used to arrange it.

Serving: 1 slice Energy: 412 Carbohydrates: 47.4 g Protein: 5.3 g Fats: 25.9 g Saturated Fats: 11.3 g Polyunsaturated Fats: 4.3 g Monounsaturated Fats: 8.8 g Trans Fats: 0 g Ldl cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 300 mg Potassium: 410 mg Fiber: 7.4 g Sugar: 31.8 g Vitamin A: 44 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 122 mg Iron: 1.8 mg



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