Blog Hop: Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Icing

Chocolate Cake w/ Almond Brown Sugar Icing #glutenfree #grainfreeThis Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Almond Brown Sugar Icing may be the only chocolate cake you ever need!

Hi Everyone!

I just returned from 1 glorious week whitewater rafting down the Salmon and Snake rivers in Idaho.

I plan on sharing my photos and adventures with you next week, but today I’m talking cake!

Here’s why…

Shortly before my trip, I was invited to join a fabulous group of bakers to co-host a baking blog hop.

For our first baking adventure, we decided to make cake.

Immediately my cake thoughts turned to a delicious gluten-free chocolate cake my mom recently made for me {Thank You Mom!!!}

The recipe comes from a friend of my mom’s who follows a gluten-free diet.  My mom’s friend got the recipe form Wheat-Free Recipes and Menus by Carol Fenster, PhD.  The original recipe calls for pulverized slivered almonds and canola oil.  I adapted it slightly, by using blanched almond flour and extra virgin coconut oil.

Oh, and I made it just a little more decadent by topping it with a brown sugar icing that was inspired by a cake baked by Jimbo’s for my husband’s birthday.  {Enjoy an equally delicious, yet less decadent, version by omitting the icing and serving it with fresh berries!}

Here’s the recipe…

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Icing


  • 2 cups blanched almond flour {I used Bob’s Red Mill}
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 8- or 9-inch cake pan and line the bottom with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, brown sugar, coconut oil, cocoa, almond extract, salt, and egg yolks.  Mix thoroughly.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites using an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.  Gently fold the egg whites into the batter, adding one-fourth of the mixture at a time. {Note:  The batter will be very thick} Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  5. Run the tip of a thin knife around the edge to loosen the cake from the pan.  Invert the pan on to a serving plate and remove the paper.  Serve plain with fresh berries, or top with brown sugar icing {recipe below}.

Brown Sugar Icing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil {at room temperature}
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon almond milk
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sliced almonds

Combine all ingredients except almonds in a bowl and mix with an electric blender until smooth.  {This makes just enough icing to cover the top of the cake.} Top with sliced almonds if desired.



Chocolate Cake with Almond Brown Sugar IcingWant to join in on all the #cakelove fun???

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  1. This is…amazing E! I love it and the icing looks oh my delicious! You ask if I am a cake eater…I ask…do humans breathe air!? 😉 Yei for joining in the #cakelove

  2. Gorgeous cake, EA! That slice with the icing and slivered almonds is begging me to give it a bite. Wish we could do a cake swap and try each other’s cakes… Sending lots of #cakelove your way! Happy Weekend 🙂

  3. So happy to bake virtually bake with you! This is so beautiful and gluten-free! One of these days I will bake a gluten-free treat other than macarons ;-).

  4. I am a cake eater, lover, baker, taker, maker… you name it!

    I’m hoping to get a cake in and participate… You definitely inspired me 😉

  5. oh my goodness, i love this recipe. i love that is gluten free and simple – made only with almond flour! and i love the brown sugar icing and almonds. this is bookmarked. yay for #cakelove

  6. I’ve been looking for a good gluten free chocolate cake recipe YAY!

    Your cake looks gorgeous. Soo happy to be baking with you and spread #cakelove!

  7. lovely cake and wow great icing

  8. Oh wow! This cake looks amazing… the almonds on top look perfect! It looks pretty easy to make, i gotta make it =D


  9. I love that brown sugar icing! And almond flour in cake sound just perfect for one of my gluten free friends.

  10. That icing sounds incredible!

  11. Rebecca, Sanjeeta, Maris- Thanks so much for your comments. Glad you all like the icing 🙂

    Regan-So glad you joined the #cake love adventure!

    Junia, Nelly, Yuri, Annapet, Baker Street, Valerie-So happy to be hosting #cakelove with all of you fabulous bakers!

  12. Chocolate works for me no matter when or where! This cake looks delish and it’s on my list of must try!

    And you pictures make it so mouth watering appealing.

  13. This cake looks amazing! And your trip sounds like a blast! I’ve never been whitewater rafting, but have always wanted to try. 🙂

  14. Wow, white water rafting, I can’t wait to hear about that!

  15. Not much of a baker but we’ll see. I love the way you tweak recipes. I “follow” the first time unsure of the outcome. I too, like Sylvie, can’t wait to hear about your trip.

  16. Carol-Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you try the cake!

    Kristen, Sylvie, and Lauren-Thanks so much for you comments! The white water trip was a blast. Details coming soon 🙂

  17. EA, this cake looks simply divine!! It has one of my favorite combinations — chocolate + almonds 🙂

  18. You know how much I love your recipes, I adore them! I am a big fan of almond flour, so this looks so perfect to me! Beautiful cake:-) You trip sounds amazing, I just adore Idaho! I can not wait to see pics, I will live vicariously through you:-) Hugs,Terra

  19. Thanks Lisa and Terra!!!

  20. Mmmm, this looks wonderful! I LOVE brown sugar icing! I’ll have to try this. And I love whitewater rafting – so fun!

  21. I love love love baking with almond meal, so this cake sounds fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing it in my coconut oil linkup 🙂

  22. Oh my goodness! This looks so good, and who doesn’t love almonds or crushed nuts on cake!

  23. Nowadays, there are so many ingredients that we can mix with the basic ingredients that we use when baking, depending on our preference and if we want to make use of a healthier alternative. In this way, we still get to enjoy our favorite pastry minus the worry that we are consuming too much fat. thank you for providing a great recipe, easy to follow and the ingredients are not hard to complete.


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