Simple and Good Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan)

“Dad is great! Give us chocolate cake.” That’s a little song excerpted from an old Bill Cosby comedy routine. Those words always makes me chuckle because they always make my husband chuckle right after he’s sung them, I might add. It seems Bill Cosby fed his kids chocolate cake one morning for breakfast when his wife/the children’s mother insisted he “cook” breakfast for their children. Yes, that made him a super hero to his children. Briefly. (You’ll want to watch the video below to hear the whole story.) Mr. GFE can relate because he and Son would indulge quite a bit when Son was a little guy and I was away on work travel. Mr. GFE sings this ditty any time that I make chocolate cake or if he sees chocolate cake or chocolate cake is even mentioned. I suppose the pleasure of enjoying chocolate cake, memories of his college days when he first saw Bill Cosby perform the routine on television, and memories of times with young Son all help inspire his infectious joy. And considering the chocolate cake factor, really, who can blame him? Chocolate cake is a joyful thing! I’ve shared more than one chocolate cake recipe here at gfe3-Minute Chocolate Cake, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Flourless Chocolate Banana Honey Walnut Cake, Double Chocolate Clementine Cake, Chocolate Zucchini “Loaf Cake,” and Mediterranean Chocolate Cake   Simple chocolate cakes are the very best in my opinion, so I was excited when Lydia at The Perfect Pantry shared her adaptation of Quick and Easy Chocolate Dump Cake. Lydia’s adaptation was not gluten free, but it was already vegan. (Vegan recipes please both my vegan and my dairy-free readers.) With a few additional changes, I made this cake gluten free and a bit healthier. The resulting cake is not very sweet and has that sort of rich Devil’s Food or buttermilk cake flavor. I’m so pleased with the recipe that I’m entering it for this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free—Garden Tea Party event hosted by the lovely Raj and Sonia of Flip Cookbook. (Incidentally, there’s a photo of them here with Linda of The Gluten-Free Homemaker in Linda’s post on the BlogHer Food conference.)  This cake’s medium sweetness makes it perfect for pairing with a lovely cup of tea. Our gluten intolerance and celiac support group holds a tea party every year now and we love it because tea events are not usually gluten-free. Plus, we can adjust the recipes however we need them. Tea party fare includes many of our favorites, recipes like Seafood ChowderBaked Potato Soup, Veronica’s Pumpkin Soup, Great Salad, Elegant and Easy Party PuffsBanana Maple-Nut Muffins, Cinnamon-Sugar Crusted Almond Popovers, and Molasses Banana Bread. We don hats from my vintage hat collection, bring out the fancy tablecloths and our best china and silver, and enjoy a host of wonderful sweet and savory items.  So far, we’ve held our tea events during the winter per my members’ request, but Raj and Sonja’s Garden Tea Party sounds just lovely. I can’t wait to see what everyone will be sharing! I’ll add the link to the roundup here when it’s available.  So here we are at Memorial Day weekend, which is considered the kickoff to summer. This weekend, remember those who gave their lives in military service and those who still serve today. We owe these individuals (and their families) a great debt. Then take time to eat cake and sing … “Dad is great! Give us chocolate cake!” Even if Mom always delivers the goods at your house, Father’s Day is coming up so we’ll go ahead and graciously put the spotlight on dad. Speaking of Father’s Day, start planning for your Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free entries for June. Sweet Aubree (Living Free) will be hosting and her theme is You Love Him, So Spoil Him! 

Simple and Good Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan)
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour mix
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure oven is fully preheated before you begin to mix the ingredients, as you have to work quickly once you get started.
  2. Grease 8x8-inch baking pan well.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut palm sugar, flour mix, almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, sea salt, vanilla extract, oil, and cold water. Blend well. Note that the absorbent nature of the coconut flour will make the batter thicken upon stirring; this is good.
  4. Then, add the vinegar and stir immediately. The vinegar and baking soda reaction will cause the mixture to foam up a bit. These ingredients along with their reaction and the subsequent baking process take the place of eggs. Stir quickly and transfer to the baking pan. Then, as Lydia says: “Get the pan into the oven as fast as you can.”
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Remove the pan to a cooling rack, and let it cool completely. Cut into squares.
  6. Enjoy “as is,” or “accessorize” a bit more if you like: sift confectioner’s sugar over the top or top with a simple Vanilla Ice Cream or something more decadent like Crème Brulee Ice Cream.
Notes
Adapted from Lydia of The Perfect Pantry who adapted from Pragerway

As you can see from the recipe, I didn’t use any gums so there may be a slight crumble factor. It did not bother us---and I’m not sure it will happen each and every time as I rushed mine on the cooling!---but if you want to ensure crumb free, you may either add 1 tsp xanthan gum or 1 tsp chia seed (if you are a fan) and let the latter sit in the batter for a minute after the cold water is added, before you add the vinegar.

Cutting with a plastic knife ensures straight-edged pieces with less crumbs. This is a tip that Linda (The Gluten-Free Homemaker) reminded me of in one of her posts in her ongoing Kitchen Tips series. (Incidentally, cutting a head of lettuce with a plastic knife will also ensure that the cut edges don’t “rust”; i.e., turn brown. I'm not a fan of plastic in general, but I like these characteristics.)

For other scrumptious gluten-free chocolate cakes (or similar), check out the following recipes from a few of my favorite blogger friends!

German Chocolate Cake with Pecan Filling from Elana’s Pantry

Dense Chocolate Yogurt Loaf Cake from The Sensitive Pantry

Chocolate-Covered Cake Balls from Alisa Cooks (be sure to use gluten-free cake mix)

Chocolate-Covered Banana “Cake” Pops from Cook IT Allergy Free

Chocolate Decadence from Lexie’s Kitchen

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays and Real Food Weekly

Shirley
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Comments

70 Responses to “Simple and Good Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan)”

  1. AndreAnna on May 28th, 2011 12:15 am

    OMG, I’m thinking I should have waited till tomorrow to check this post! Because now it’s 11:15 pm and I’m seriously debating making cake.

    Looks awesome!

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:16 pm

      Thanks, dear AndreAnna! Hope I didn’t keep you up baking this cake or tossing and turning if you didn’t. ;-)

      Shirley

  2. Iris on May 28th, 2011 2:29 am

    I love the story about your husband and the cake song! And I love Bill Cosby… :)

    I can tell by the ingredients that this cake must taste amazing. Coconut and almond flours create the most amazing flavor and texture for baked goods!

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:27 pm

      Hey Iris–I do love almond and coconut flours together, mostly due to Elana’s cupcakes. ;-) I ended up adding the small amount of coconut flour because the batter was too thin. With a few stirs, the coconut flour thickened the batter perfectly. :-) BTW, one of my support group members made this recipe using 1 1/2 cups almond flour and 2 tbsp coconut flour, plus she used chocolate extract (and more of it) instead of vanilla extract. I think everything else was the same. She said it turned out great!

      xo,
      Shirley

  3. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats on May 28th, 2011 8:11 am

    This looks SOOOOOO good. Love the concept. And yes, I am one of those dairy-free (and vegan-leaning) readers who totally appreciates recipes like this :)
    I have loved the idea of the garden tea-party theme myself – such the perfect time of year for the theme too.

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:32 pm

      Hey Valerie–Thanks, dear! Love experimenting with different “free” recipes and sharing with those who have different needs. :-)

      Well, it didn’t take long to pass the optimum time for the garden tea party theme, did it? At least adound here. Uless we had one of those misting systems like they do in Palm Springs. ;-) Seriously, I love tea parties, but I think it’s gotten too hot too quckly. Even camping in the mtns this weekend was somewhat brutal as far as temps. :-(

      Shirley

  4. Alta on May 28th, 2011 9:39 am

    Even though I practically have this comedy routine memorized, I love that you put in a link to the video so I could watch it again. A lovely source of smiles for me this morning. Oh, and the thought of easy chocolate cake doesn’t hurt either. :)

  5. Ina Gawne on May 28th, 2011 9:44 am

    Love, love Bill Cosby….and your cake looks mighty delicious! I would eat chocolate cake, or any cake for that matter at breakfast time too! A little indulgence once in a while is a good thing!

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:39 pm

      Hi Ina–Wonder on any given day how many folks are eating cake for breakfast?! They might be the happier ones … especially if they are thinking of and chuckling at memories of Bill Cosby as they are eating. ;-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  6. SherriS. on May 28th, 2011 9:51 am

    The cake looks moist and delicious! I love the idea of vintage hats at the tea party! I just brought down my grandmother’s hats for the royal wedding party I went to. It was a shock that they were too small for my big head:D

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:42 pm

      Hi Sherri–Thanks! This cake does get a tad drier after the first day, but it’s still very good. :-)

      I love my vintage hat collection. So glad you have your grandmother’s hats; that’s very special. I do understand the size factor. I do have some that almost fit nobody. ;-) Love the idea of a royal wedding party!

      Shirley

  7. Nancy @SensitivePantry on May 28th, 2011 10:44 am

    I love that Bill Cosby routine! Thanks for reminding me about it, Shirley. Cake looks perfecto. Been craving chocolate cake and this is one I can eat. Yay!!

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:45 pm

      Hi Nancy–It seems like there are so many of us Cosby fans! Thanks for the cake kudos. :-) I love making recipes that will work for those who often get left out. ;-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  8. Tia @ Glugle Gluten-Free on May 28th, 2011 12:23 pm

    When I was 7 months pregnant, we went to my FIL’s for a birthday(his)/baby shower. My now-SIL made a flourless chocolate cake. The next morning, I wake up to all of the “men” of the house eating the cake for breakfast. Sam busts out “Dad is great. Give us chocolate cake.” I knew I was in trouble. So far, he hasn’t done it with Max, but I am sure it is just because we have yet to have any around in the morning.

    On another note, I made this today. The pie is not quite how I oped it would be, so I needed something to take to my SIL’s father’s house today. We are going to his ranch to pick cherries and peaches. I had to do some subbing, since I didn’t have everything in my kitchen, so we will see how it turns out. So far, it looks and smells great. I will let you know. Thanks for having this up.

    xo – Tia

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:49 pm

      Hey Tia!–I love that you have a “Dad is great. Give us chocolate cake.” story! :-) And you probably have some time before the chocolate cake for breakfast situation happens in your house … if ever. ;-)

      I’m sorry your crustless pie didn’t turn out as well as you’d hoped. I really hope your variation of this cake worked out!

      xo,
      Shirley

  9. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) on May 28th, 2011 12:25 pm

    I think I have everything to make this! Definitely giving it a try for! It looks perfectly delicious Shirley! Thank you for sharing this one! Tony is going to be so happy!

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:50 pm

      Hey Sarena–I sure hope you liked this recipe if you tried it, dear! :-)

      Shirley

  10. Ricki on May 28th, 2011 1:07 pm

    Don’t you just love comedic husbands who laugh the most at their own jokes? ;) The HH will do that, too–say something and then burst out in a guffaw (while I stand with arms crossed and a faux scowl on my face).

    Ah, chocolate cake for breakfast–been there, done that! And let me tell you, it was great. ;) This one looks wonderful. I’ve never found that chia resolves the “crumb factor,” have you? I use it often as an egg sub, but I find that the gluten still needs to be replaced somehow. Maybe I’m not using enough. . .not sure.

    And thanks for the plastic knife tips–going to try those out! :)

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:55 pm

      Ricki–The answer to that question is yes, I do, as long as I’m not always expected to think he’s funny. Of course, Bill Cosby material does give him an edge. ;-)

      Your comment on chia seed is interesting … I thought it helped as a binder and did help with crumbs, but now I am not so sure. I think my crumb warning was a bit overly cautious though, as there were just a few tiny crumbs the next day. So the original crumbs were definitely due to me being over anxious and having to try some almost immediately. I know nobody else has ever done that before, right? LOL

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  11. Gigi on May 28th, 2011 1:28 pm

    Shirley…you had me with simple & good, but oh, my, that cake looks amazing!!! So glad you shared this recipe with all of us! :)
    xo,
    Gigi

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 9:57 pm

      Hey dear Gigi!–Thanks, dear. “Simple and good” is how I like most things in life to be! ;-)

      xo,
      Shirley

  12. Leese on May 28th, 2011 2:20 pm

    Shirley, do you have another great chocolate cake recipe using stuff from the (GF) average pantry? (you know, GF baking mix, sweet rice flour, cornstarch, regular sugar….i hope, i hope, i hope…)

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:05 pm

      Hi Leese–Welcome to gfe! Lydia’s original recipe used regular sugar and I did try this recipe with my standard gluten-free flour mix alone, but it just didn’t work. As I emailed you, for a basic chocolate cake, I recommend my Mediterranean Chocolate Cake recipe. Hope you give it a try!

      Best,
      Shirley

  13. Lexie on May 28th, 2011 2:21 pm

    Three cheers for the DUMP CAKE! I’ve been waiting for this recipe :). Dump cake is one of my fondest childhood memories. My Tutu (grandma) and I would make it and I remember her asking me to make the three wells for the liquids and then letting me mix it up. Thanks for conjuring up these memories for me :) I just may relive my childhood today and make me a chocolate dump cake!

    xoLexie

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:09 pm

      Hey Lexie–You know the only dump cake I’ve ever known of is one using fruit. How neat that you have a wonderful memory of a chocolate one with your grandma! I love your name for her—very sweet. :-)

      xo,
      Shirley

  14. Zoe on May 28th, 2011 2:28 pm

    Oh, Shirley – I remember watching Bill Cosby when I was a kid and it was always a tie between watching his show or Little House on the Prairie, haha. :) Neither of my parents have ever made chocolate cake for breakfast but I’m not against the idea at all, once in a while. ;) This cake would be excellent with ice cream, I agree, indeed I can taste it right now!

    • Zoe on May 28th, 2011 9:16 pm

      Just reading Kim’s comment, I now think I’m actually referring to the Bill Cosby Show!

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:11 pm

      Hi Zoe–Two very good, “wholesome” shows. :-) You’re right on the ice cream … I think that would really take this cake up a notch or two. ;-)

      Thanks, dear!
      Shirley

  15. Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free on May 28th, 2011 2:43 pm

    Can’t wait to try this — I love the “easier” factor combined with chocolate!

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:12 pm

      Hi Pat–How we love our chocolate in this group! And easy is, of course, the name of the game here. :-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  16. Maggie on May 28th, 2011 3:05 pm

    YUM! And yay Shirley. Everyone needs a chocolate cake recipe and now I have mine. I will make this for my Dad – who loves chocolate cake (surprise!). I love the almond flour and coconut flour additions. I couldn’t see a pic of you in one of your hats… :) xo

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:17 pm

      Hope this recipe (or your variation … it’s hard not to resist tweaking some) does become “your chocolate cake recipe.” As I was telling Iris, one of my support group members adapted the recipe slightly to make it grain free and even healthier. She used 1 1/2 cups almond flour and 2tbsp coconut flour and NO gluten-free flour mix.

      Actually I’m in three of the photos in the collage wearing my favorite salmon top, one just showing the back of my hat with the back of another friend’s/member’s hat. :-)

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  17. Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) on May 28th, 2011 3:12 pm

    I love Bill Cosby! One of my favorite shows was the Cosby show and I totally remember being so sad when they ended the series that I actually cried watching their very last episode!

    I have seen that bit about the chocolate cake before and it always reminded me of my Dad giving us cake (even though it was vanilla) one Sunday morning when my Mom was out of town. My sister and I thought it was so amazing and knew, without my Dad even telling us, that it was probably supposed to be a big secret, so we NEVER told my mom. LOL

    This cake looks amazing! I cannot wait to give this recipe a try. What a great treat for this weekend. My list of things I want to make is getting too long. Not sure how I am going to make everything at this point! ;)

    xo
    k

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:26 pm

      Hi Kim–Doesn’t the Cosby show seem like a 100 years ago now? We always enjoyed it very much. Haha on your “secret” vanilla cake from your dad. So much easier NOT to tell mom, and it’s special to have a secret with Dad and sister. ;-)

      If you have a list, then you’re ahead of me, dear, but no surprise there! LOL Occasionally, I do try a recipe right away or at least commit that I want to make it to memory, but lots of times, recipes I really, really wanted to make I forget about. So many great recipes, so little time …

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  18. Desi@ThePalatePeacemaker on May 28th, 2011 7:49 pm

    Shirley, I have always LOVED this Bill Cosby bit… Classic. :) As is chocolate cake! A healthy, allergen-free take on a classic! My favorite. Sometimes the toughest recipes to master as the constantly-substituting, allergen-eliminating cooks that we are, are the ones that are the most basic, simple and traditional – so I am especially excited to try this one out… Thank you!
    xoxo
    Desi

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:28 pm

      Hi Desi–Great to see you, dear! Happy to share a love of Bill Cosby and allergen-free chocolate cake with you! :-)

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  19. The Healthy Apple on May 28th, 2011 9:49 pm

    What a lovely recipe; thanks for sharing….there’s nothing like a delicious gluten-free chocolate cake. This really looks fabulous! Love your blog and enjoy reading your gluten-free recipes!
    Enjoy your holiday weekend.

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:32 pm

      Hi The Healthy Apple–Welcome to gfe, and thanks so much for taking the time to comment! :-) Thanks, too, for the kind words on my blog and this cake recipe!

      Had a great holiday weekend … hope you did, too!
      Shirley

  20. Ellen @Gluten Free Diva on May 28th, 2011 9:51 pm

    It’s 9:51. PM. I need to make this. Oh my, why couldn’t I have seen this earlier today? You are a she-devil, in only the best way:).

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:35 pm

      Hey Ellen–Blog reading late at night can have its disadvantages. ;-) I hate to admit it, but I kind of like being a she-devil … LOL

      xo,
      Shirley

  21. InTolerantChef on May 29th, 2011 7:19 am

    Fantastic recipe with so many intolerances catered for at once- and so yummy!

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:36 pm

      Thank you so much, InTolerantChef! I do aim to please. :-)

      Shirley

  22. Debi on May 29th, 2011 12:14 pm

    That chocolate cake looks so moist and chewy! And I think of that bit just like Mr. GFE. lol My best friend and I used to go through it all the time in high school. “Chocolate cake behiiiind you!”

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:37 pm

      Hey Debi–Haha … “Chocolate cake behiiiind you!” Love it. ;-)

      Shirley

  23. Lisa @ Healthful Sense on May 30th, 2011 10:32 am

    This cake looks amazing! I like the idea of adding the chia seeds. I just made a cake like this over the weekend for my birthday with some chocolate avocado frosting!

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:41 pm

      Hi Lisa–It looks like you are new here at gfe–welcome! :-) Chocolate cake and chia seeds … your chocolate and protein needs met at the same time. ;-) And chocolate avocado frosting … yes, please! Put the two together and it’s kinda sounding like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meets Chia Pet. LOL

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!
      Shirley

  24. Linda on May 30th, 2011 1:33 pm

    That cake looks great! I’ve been looking for palm sugar at the health food store but haven’t seen it. I guess I need to order online. Where do you buy yours?

    Thanks for the link love. :) xoxo

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:51 pm

      Linda–Thanks, dear! :-) I’ve orded the palm sugar through iHerb and Amazon. I’ve looked for it locally, but have not found it yet.

      Always happy to share cake recipes! Hugs,
      Shirley

  25. Heidi @adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com on May 30th, 2011 10:03 pm

    Oh Shirley, this looks absolutely delicious!!! Have I told you lately how much I miss chocolate? And your cake, my dear, could definitely qualify as breakfast!! :-D

    I love Bill Cosby and have ever since the good ol’ Fat Albert days during Saturday morning cartoons, and of course, I grew up on The Cosby Show and now I watch it with my kids (The Muppets and The Carol Burnett Show too, LOL!).

    I also love your gluten free tea that you host, what an wonderful treat! Is that Mr. GFE I see wearing a hat too? I think he and Mike would get along fantastically!

    xoxo,
    Heidi

    • Shirley on May 31st, 2011 10:47 pm

      Hi Heidi, dear!–We all have an addiction to chocolate and Bill Cosby! I’m glad you introduced your kids to the classics. :-)

      No, that’s not Mr. GFE in the hat. That’s a friend and founding member of our group. We just thought it would be neat to show the backs of our hats. We also really enjoy our tea event. :-)

      xoxox,
      Shirley

  26. Holly on May 31st, 2011 11:23 am

    I remember that Bill Cosby bit! Heh!

    I will have to educate myself about nut and coconut flours. My kids and I are going to start the GAPS diet over the summer.

    • Shirley on June 1st, 2011 12:14 pm

      Hi Holly–Great to see you again! :-) I’m surprised and delighted how many folks do know that Cosby bit. ;-)

      Good for you on starting the GAPS diet with your family. I’ve heard really good things about it. Nut and coconut flours can certainly fill a void when it comes to grain-free diets. As I was saying in a comment reply earlier, one of my support group members saw this recipe and immediately made it grain free. She used 1 1/2 cups almond flour and the 2 tbsp coconut flour and 2 tsp chocolate extract vs vanilla extract. All the other ingredients were the same as my recipe. She raved over it! :-)

      Shirley

  27. Tracee on June 2nd, 2011 9:03 am

    This cake looks so flavorful and rich. The beauty of a good simple cake, it that it is so good it can stand on it’s own.

    • Shirley on June 7th, 2011 1:39 pm

      Hi Tracee–So sorry on the belated reply … your comment got “lost” in all the giveaway entries. ;-) Thanks so much re: my chocolate cake! It’s a great addition to the chocolate cake roundup here at gfe. :-)

      Shirley

  28. Vicky on August 4th, 2011 4:55 pm

    I make a very similar cake but mine doesn’t have the almonds and coconut flour which I think will make it much healthier! I’m going to try this!

    • Shirley on August 6th, 2011 12:24 pm

      Hi Vicky–I hope you enjoy it. I love using almond flour and coconut flour! A friend actually made a grain-free version, but I haven’t had success with that so far. Will post the recipe when I do! ;-)

      Shirley

  29. Amy on March 22nd, 2012 12:51 am

    Hey thanks so much for this recipe! My friend recently went off of sugar, dairy, gluten, eggs, and more due to a disease and i wanted to try and make her a cake so this is GREAT. Thanks so much!! (:

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2012 9:08 pm

      Hi Amy–It looks like you’re new here … welcome to gfe! :-) I hope your friend enjoys the cake. Believe it or not, there are actually lots of great blogs that have nothing but recipes that fit her needs. Really great recipes, I might add. FYI, one friend also uses this recipe to make cupcakes. ;-)

      Enjoy!
      Shirley

  30. Jenna on June 14th, 2013 1:06 pm

    Thank you for a great easy and delicious recipe!!! I made this for my husband’s birthday along with this frosting: http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2011/01/chocolate-date-frosting-book-signing.html
    and it was SO GREAT!!!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2013 1:52 pm

      Hi Jenna–That’s wonderful news! Thank you so much for sharing with us all! I love the idea of using Kelly’s frosting with this cake, too. ;-) Will share your comment on my gfe Facebook page so that others will know about the combo. :-)

      Thanks again!
      Shirley

  31. Vicky on June 15th, 2013 9:17 am

    I’d forgotten about this beautiful cake Shirley, I must make it soon :) I wish I had the coconut flour because I would be making it for Father’s Day tomorrow for my husband..

    Have a lovely weekend!

    • Shirley on June 15th, 2013 11:05 am

      Thanks, Vicky! I hope you enjoy it when you finally get to make it. ;-) Happy Father’s Day to your husband! I’m sure you will make him something very delicious to enjoy on his special day. :-)

      Hope you have a great weekend, too, dear! xo,
      Shirley

  32. Brenda on May 15th, 2014 6:50 am

    Why no egg? Would the egg make it more moist? Just wondering.

    • Shirley on May 15th, 2014 9:16 am

      Hi Brenda–Welcome to gfe! :-) After making this recipe, I learned that it was a depression-era cake, sometimes called Wacky Cake or Crazy Cake. It was designed to be made without butter and eggs, which tended to be scarce and costly if available at the time. That makes this an ideal recipe for the person who is out of eggs or the one who needs a dairy-free and/or egg-free recipe (or a vegan recipe as it’s naturally vegan). The baking soda and vinegar reaction creates the “lift” that normally eggs would provide. Adding an egg to this recipe would actually make it too heavy IMO, unless you made other changes. If you do, please let us know how it works out!

      Shirley

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