My daughter wanted to make cake with me the other day, so I took my old gluten-free chocolate cake recipe and revamped it a little. I did not make the frosting this time around because it was just a little treat to have at home. However, this is a great chocolate frosting recipe that does not use nearly as much sugar as traditional buttercream. Frosting is optional! This turned out to be the best chocolate cake I have ever made from scratch--very moist and smooth. No one would ever know it was gluten-free AND vegan!
2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/3 cups coconut sugar
1 3/4 cups brewed coffee or non-dairy milk
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp pure almond extract
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup non-dairy, gluten-free chocolate chips (optional)
2 pckgs silken extra-firm tofu, patted dry
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups non-dairy, gluten-free chocolate chips
For the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, baking powder and soda, and sugar. In a large, glass measuring cup or bowl, combine coffee or non-dairy milk, vinegar, almond extract, and oil. Add wet mixture to the dry, and stir or use mixer until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips if using. Pour into lightly oiled 9" x 13" pan (wipe with a little grapeseed oil). Bake for 24-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
For the frosting: In a food processor or high-powered blender (a mixer won't smooth out the tofu sufficiently), combine tofu with maple syrup and vanilla. Puree until very, very smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a bowl fitted over a pot with simmering water. Pour melted chocolate into food processor or blender with tofu mixture, and puree again until mixed well.Refrigerate until cool to allow thickening. Once cool, spread on cake and return to refrigerator for at least a few hours to set (preferably overnight).