Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake [oil-free + no added sugar]

The ultimate healthy chocolate cake that tastes like a traditional German Chocolate Cake. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar, this dessert will be a hit with the whole family whether they’re vegan or not. It’s also oil-free and filled with nutty goodness!

Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake | The ultimate healthy chocolate cake that tastes like a traditional German Chocolate Cake. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar, this dessert will be a hit with the whole family whether they're vegan or not. It's also oil-free and filled with nutty goodness!

It doesn’t happen often, but when you nail a new recipe on the first try you HAVE to share immediately. That’s exactly what’s going on today.

Usually I am not much a cake person, but for some reason I’ve had the urge to bake a cake 100% from scratch. No, not some boxed or store-bought mix. A delicious, homemade cake. And with my dad’s birthday this month it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that. He requested a German Chocolate Cake.

Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake | The ultimate healthy chocolate cake that tastes like a traditional German Chocolate Cake. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar, this dessert will be a hit with the whole family whether they're vegan or not. It's also oil-free and filled with nutty goodness!

I realized I’ve never had (or made!) German chocolate cake before and didn’t even know what made it different from regular chocolate cake. It was time to do some research!

What’s German Chocolate Cake anyway?

I discovered that German chocolate cake isn’t German (from Germany) at all! It’s just called that because of the American chocolate maker and baker that invented it. Basically, it’s a standard chocolate layer cake topped with coconut pecan frosting. Coconut, pecans, and chocolate? Sign me up!

Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake | The ultimate healthy chocolate cake that tastes like a traditional German Chocolate Cake. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar, this dessert will be a hit with the whole family whether they're vegan or not. It's also oil-free and filled with nutty goodness!

But as always I had to put my own personal spin on the traditional recipe. Instead of making the frosting coconut and pecan flavored, I actually put coconut and pecans right in the chocolate cake batter to enhance the flavor even more!

The end result was more amazing than I had expected. A moist, soft, and fluffy cake studded with crunchy pecans and subtle coconut flavor throughout. Plus, the homemade chocolate frosting I made was the perfect complement to all the other delicious ingredients!

Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

Oh, did I forget to mention this cake is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, AND sweetened only with dates!? I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t made it myself! (the homemade frosting is also raw and vegan!)

Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake | The ultimate healthy chocolate cake that tastes like a traditional German Chocolate Cake. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar, this dessert will be a hit with the whole family whether they're vegan or not. It's also oil-free and filled with nutty goodness!

All you need to make this cake are simple, whole food ingredients including:

Healthy ingredients that make for one AMAZING Vegan German Chocolate Cake!

Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake | The ultimate healthy chocolate cake that tastes like a traditional German Chocolate Cake. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar, this dessert will be a hit with the whole family whether they're vegan or not. It's also oil-free and filled with nutty goodness!

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Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Kaila Proulx
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Instructions

For the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two round 8×1.5 inch cake pans with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. In a food processor, blend dates and water until pureed and smooth. Place date paste in a bowl and add yogurt, vanilla, milk, and apple cider vinegar. Add wet ingredients to try ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in shredded coconut and pecans and mix until evenly distribute.

Divide cake batter between the prepared cake pans and bake for 25 minutes on the middle rack.

Remove cake from oven and allow both parts to fully cool on a wire rack before flipping them out of the pans and frosting them.

For the frosting:

While the cake is cooking, blend together all frosting ingredients in a food processor. The mixture will not be thick like frosting at first, so pour it into a bowl or container and place in the fridge for about an hour to thicken.

Once cake frosting has thickened and cake is fully cooled, begin frosting cake one layer at a time and then stack on top of one another. Frost the entire outside of the stacked cake and decorate with extra pecans and chocolate chips if desired.

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Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake | The ultimate healthy chocolate cake that tastes like a traditional German Chocolate Cake. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar, this dessert will be a hit with the whole family whether they're vegan or not. It's also oil-free and filled with nutty goodness!

The ULTIMATE VEGAN CAKE!

If you’re down with chocolate, if you like nuts, if you’re cuckoo for coconut…this cake is for you! I highly recommend making it for a friend who has a birthday coming up, for Father’s Day, or frankly, anytime you want a delicious (good for you!) slice of chocolate cake.

Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake | The ultimate healthy chocolate cake that tastes like a traditional German Chocolate Cake. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar, this dessert will be a hit with the whole family whether they're vegan or not. It's also oil-free and filled with nutty goodness!

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19 responses to “Vegan Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake [oil-free + no added sugar]”

  1. German Chocolate Cake is one of our favorites! Your vegan and gluten free version looks like a winner. Thanks for sharing your recipe on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  2. I cannot get over how gorgeous it is!! My goodness you did a phenomenal job! ESPECIALLY since it’s VEGAN! THAT is no easy feat in the baked good department!!!

  3. Nicci Randall says:

    I am literally drooling while scrolling… this cake looks and sounds SO yum!

  4. I’ve never tried German cake before but this looks and sounds amazing! I am gluten & dairy free so I find a lot of shop bought cakes tend to still have dairy in them if they are GF so will need to try this to get my cake fix.

  5. Oh my, this looks perfect for me and my family, I have an intolerance to dairy and eggs and my daughter is coeliac I can’t wait to make this, thank you for all your hard work, what a lovely blog xx #RecipeoftheWeek

  6. Loving the sound of this. And it looks so pretty too #BrilliantBlogPosts

  7. Your German Chocolate Cake looks amazing! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  8. Shannon says:

    Can you sub vanilla extract for vanilla powder?

  9. Aarthi P Chandarana says:

    Hello,
    This looks amazing! Could I use all purpose flour in place of the oat flour? I am keeping it vegan the no added sugar, just don’t need the gluten free part. Thank you! This my dad’s favorite cake, and I want to make if his 65th birthday!

  10. Stephanie Tallent says:

    This is my husband’s all-time favorite cake! Now that we are mostly vegan and oil-free, I didn’t think I would be able to find a way to make a German Chocolate cake for his birthday. It was so delicious! Thank you!

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