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!😊
- 3 3/4 cups almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1/4 cup potato starch (not potato flour) or tapioca starch
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (Hain brand is grain-free)
- 4 oz package of Unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2/3 cup milk or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup cherry purée (we thawed frozen cherries + puréed).
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- CRANBERRY GLAZE:
- 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries (1 more bag for decor)
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup honey
- FROSTING: (Paleo frosting recipe in post)
- 8 cups powdered sugar, Wholesome! brand is grain-free. (Halve the frosting recipe for the sheet cake)
- 2 cups butter (or Earth Balance Spread)
- 2 tablespoons milk (or almond milk)
- 1 tablespoon cranberry glaze (or cherry juice)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- food coloring (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, potato starch, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.
- In a separate microwave safe bowl, melt Baker’s chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals. (Alternatively, you may use a double broiler).
- When chocolate is melted and smooth, stir in honey until combined. Slowly blend in coconut milk and vanilla.
- Pour chocolate mixture over dry mix and combine thoroughly. Blend in eggs and cherry purée until batter is smooth and evenly combined.
- Pour batter into greased cake pans (you can make a 2 layer, a sheet cake or 4 thin layers, refer to Tips section in post above for detailed recommendations).
- Bake at 350 degrees 20-25 minutes for the thin layers and sheet cake, about 30 minutes for 2 layers. 20 minutes for cupcakes. Every oven is a touch different, so start checking in at about 18 minutes.
- Remove cake from oven and cool and flip over carefully onto cooling rack.
- While cakes are cooling make your Cranberry Glaze. In a medium sized pot, add cranberries, water and honey. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 12 minutes. Cranberries will start to pop and sauce will come together. Reduce heat to low and cook sauce down for another 15 minutes, sauce will thicken.
- Place hand held strainer over a medium bowl and strain cranberry sauce. Solids will remain in the strainer. Let sauce cool completely in bowl. Set aside or refrigerate.
- Next you’ll want to blend together your frosting. In a very large bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and salt. With a hand mixer, blend in softened butter, almond milk, vanilla, cranberry glaze and or food coloring. You can replace the vanilla with cherry extract if desired for extra cherry flavor. Blend until smooth, light and creamy. (Add more powdered sugar for thicker consistency, or more almond milk to thin it out).
- Place icing into piping bags and assemble your cake. For the sheet cake, just spread a layer of the cranberry glaze then pipe and spread frosting over top. For layer cake, spread frosting on each layer, adding cranberry glaze over top–use photo above as guide. Wrap leftovers in saran wrap. Enjoy!
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