Grain-Free + Dairy-Free
We’ve got a real holiday treat for you today!🍒
So I know everyone says this– but this truly is the best cake I have ever had. And believe me, I’ve had A LOT of cake. What we have here are four rich cherry chocolate layers covered in a tart cranberry glaze and topped with a dreamy “buttercream” frosting. It’s moist, refined, decadent, and that kind of delicious that has you savoring each + every bite.
We first fell in love with this delicious flavor duo last Christmas season with our double crust cranberry cherry pie. And while that was exceptionally delicious, this recipe takes the cake. (Pun intended!😋).
We have several tips for you today, first of which is not to spread your cranberry glaze quite as far out as we did!! It will spread out beautifully when you place the layer overtop.❤️
-For the cake pictured, we used Wilton’s 4 Piece Easy Layer Pans. It helped to create 4 thinner, even layers. But you can make a gorgeous two layer or a sheet cake works beautifully as well, and less hassle!
-These would also make lovely cupcakes.
-If you are making the four layer version, I recommend making the layers ahead of time, cooling them completely, covering tightly with saran wrap and freezing overnight. I find that frosting and decorating is far easier when the layers are frozen solid.
-This cake + cranberry glaze are paleo if you use the tapioca starch alternative. Here is our paleo frosting alternative:
1 1/3 cup organic butter (or Earth Balance Coconut Spread)
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cranberry glaze
2 tsp cherry extract
3/4 cup egg white powder (Hoosier Hill Farms) or plain egg white protein powder will do.
2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Blend with hand mixer until smooth. Freeze for 10 minutes (butter will set up) and blend again and spread on cake.
-For the sugar coated cranberries– we just dipped some fresh cranberries in sugar water, rolled them in sugar and then let the sugar coating dry and harden.
-We used dill for our greenery, but mint could also work.
Enjoy the recipe + Happy Baking!😊