Fudgy Almond Chocolate Cake

Vegan and Gluten-free Fudgy Almond Chocolate Cake recipe with Almond Flour

Fudgy Almond Cake Slice without Ganache

Soft moist and so yumm chocolate cake topped with kids favorite chocolate topping, so yumm that it will finish off as soon as it will be served!!

“Why are you not baking any  Chocolate cake for us?? The only thing you are baking these days is cookies or muffins with nuts, fruits or veggies. We want a Chocolate Cake, and just a chocolate cake, no nuts, no fruits, and yes we want some chocolate icing too!!” This is what my kids said to me this weekend when I was thinking about what to bake for my next blog post for Bake-A-Thon and Blogging Marathon where the theme is Baking Cake for Kids. I

I always tell my kids what veggies or fruits I sneak or use in their desserts or treats and breads and always take a suggestion from them about what should I make for my next blog post when it comes to baking.

Well, this time they just clearly told me what they want.. and I decided to go by their choice. Already, there is one Chocolate Cake recipe on the blog Chocolate Truffle Cake, so decided to change the ingredients and make a more nutritious version of it.

So here’s another Chocolate Cake from my blog…Fudgy Almond Chocolate Cake, gluten-free, sugar-free, butter-free, eggless and suitable for vegans!!

Chocolate Frosting for Fudgy Almond Chocolate Cake

I frosted this cake with Chocolate Ganache made with Almond milk and Chocolate chips. I didn’t have dairy-free chocolate or chips and ran out of cocoa powder also, so can’t tag my ganache suitable for vegans, but it can be a better option for those who want a light ganache not made with cream. The cake came out moist, soft with a good crumb.

It was finished within a few minutes of serving and left all three of them carving for more. I somehow took the pic of the cake with ganache and managed pic of just with a small bite of cake that was left for me. Hubby is not a fan of chocolate cake but he too indulged in this guilt-free treat and told me I should have baked a bigger cake so that they could have enjoyed it more!!

Ingredients for Vegan and Gluten-free Chocolate Almond Cake

Coming back to the Fudgy Almond Chocolate Cake, what I used here…

  • Skipped Wheat flour and All-purpose flour, used Almond flour, Almond milk instead of regular milk
  • Skipped butter and used olive oil.
  • For sweetness, I used Coconut sugar and it worked perfectly with my chocolate cake and made the cake more chocolaty and nutty due to its flavor and color.
  • Buttermilk made with Almond milk and apple cider vinegar was used as egg-replacer. I thought of using chia seed gel but the skipped the idea. Skipped yogurt too as I wanted a vegan cake recipe for the blog.

Check my Chai Spiced Whole Wheat Apple Cake where I have used Chia gel as egg-replacer.

Other Substitutions can you can do

You can substitute Coconut sugar with brown sugar or normal castor sugar.

Soy or coconut milk can be used in case you don’t have Almond Milk. Dairy milk(for non-vegan version).

Let’s see how I made this moist, nutty, fudgy chocolate cake and the light ganache!!

Fudgy Almond Cake Slice

Step-wise pics to prepare cake


Recipe Card for Fudgy Chocolate Almond Cake

Fudgy Almond Chocolate Cake

A gluten-free, sugar-free and eggless vegan chocolate cake with the goodness of Almond flour, the sweetness of coconut sugar. Frosted in a light chocolate ganache made with Almond milk, a perfect guilt-free treat for all ages groups!!
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 4 slices


  • 1 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Almond Essence optional
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil

To make Buttermilk

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

For Chocolate Ganache

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips/Chocolate Use dairy-free chocolate for vegan option.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence


  • Pre-heat oven to 350F or 180C.
  • Prepare buttermilk. Add apple cider vinegar to milk and let it stand for a few minutes.
  • In a bowl sift together almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a bowl, beat coconut sugar and olive oil and almond essence and vanilla essence.
  • Add the almond flour mix and gradually add the buttermilk and lightly fold the batter.
  • Transfer batter to a 6"round cake pan lined with butter paper, and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. 
  • After 25 minutes, check for doneness using a toothpick, there should be crumbs on the toothpick. Don't wait to come out clean, as it continues to bake even when out of oven.
  • Cool on wire rack. The cake is very soft, take care it doesn't break.

Make Ganache

  • Take milk in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it to 1 min, pausing midway then again heating.
  • Add the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate to milk. Let it sit in milk for a minute. 
  • Add vanilla essence and mix it vigorously to mix the chocolate well in milk. Beat it for 2-3 minutes. Once it cools, keep in refrigerator to set,. If you want pourable ganache, keep it at room temperature.

Frost cake

  • Pour the ganache over the cake and spread with the help of a spatula. Decorate the cake with some strawberry slices or the garnish of your choice. 
  • Keep cake in the refrigerator for few minutes before serving. Whenever ready to eat, just slice and enjoy the treat!!


  • This recipe gives you a 6" cake (diameter) in a round cake tin. You can adjust the ingredients if you want a bigger cake, for an 8" (diameter) round cake, double the ingredients.
  • If not using Coconut sugar or if you want the cake on the sweeter side, use 3/4 cup of sugar. We like mildly sweet desserts so I lower the amount of sugar used when I bake for my family.
  • Let the cake cool down completely before frosting it.
  • Cake can be decorated with any frosting. whipped cream tastes awesome just like the Black Forest Cake..
  • Cake tastes equally delicious even without any frosting. 
Keyword Almond flour, Coconut Sugar, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Vegan

The light and nutty ganache, beautifully covered the cake. I decorated the cake with some strawberry slices to add some color to the pics. It was a delicious guilt-free treat for all of us!!

Fudgy Almond Chocolate Cake

Bake this Fudgy Almond Chocolate cake and cheer up your kids and loved ones. This cake tastes equally delicious without ganache also. Soft, moist and Crumbly and so chocolaty!!

Other Eggless Cakes/Breads and Muffins on the blog.. Double Chocolate Banana Bread, Zucchini and Carrot Chocolate Nut Bread, Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Choco chips Bread, Chocolate Mawa Thandai Muffins and Thandai Flavoured Mawa Mini Bundts

Taking this fudgy eggless, gluten-free cake to Dec’18 Bake-A-Thon Day 4 .


Check out the other bloggers doing this Bake-a-Thon An InLinkz Link-up

Also sharing at Blogging Marathon for Week 2 Day 1 where the theme for this week in Kid’s delight is Make them Cakes.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#95. You can read about#95 Blogging Marathon in detail and who all are participating in it and the various categories.. here.

Also, taking to Fiesta Friday #254 by Angie, co-hosted by Antonia @ Zoale.com and Kat @ Kat’s 9 Lives

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Author: Swati

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60 thoughts

  1. Excellent ingredients… Easy recipe. I followed it to the exact tee. Measurements …baking time everything …However it was only bubbling from the top. It did not rise at all. I used a 6 inch cake pan.
    It was a Total flop . I bake a lot of cakes …..with healthy ingredients but for some reason this one just didn’t work out. It became more like a Thick Chocolate Pizza Base.

    1. H!!! Thank you trying out the recipe and giving me your feedback.. I sorry the recipe didn’t work for you.. did you use almond flour or almond meal, as this kind of problem comes when we use almond meal as it more granular than the flour. also high oven temperature makes the cake bubbles, no rising and under baked cake.. I suggest you that use an oven thermometer as the oven may sometimes heat up more during the preheating time .. I have got some good reviews for the cake and I make it often for my kids.. I really don’t understand what cud have gone wrong..

      1. Hi ..I used blanched Almond flour . Oven temperature wasn’t too high .about 170 exact …
        It became very oily .
        So we just made it into a Fudge.

  2. Hi..
    I tried this receipe.. my my batter oozed out of the tin.. it was bubbling the whole time i donn know why.. later i removed that n baked again in a different tin.. tastes really good but want to know why did that happen.. i had increased the sugar quantity to 3/4th cup n instead of 1cup almond flour, i used 3/4th almond flour n 1/4th wheat flour

    1. Thanks for trying out the recipe Senha!! Your oven’s internal temp. must be a little high then required and batter starts rising quickly .. also check the tin.. maybe it had less depth, also other reason might be you must have added a bit more of leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder.. that sometimes we add a bit more … always use proper measuring spoons to add ingredients as per recipe… hope when you make it next time just avoid any of the reasons.. and cake comes out perfect for you.. if you are into regular baking or want to take it seriously you can invest a little in a good oven thermometer.. you can read online as to why one should have these.

      1. I am sorry that to know that something went wrong with the recipe. Did you use Almond Meal or Almond Flour? As the same recipe has been tried by a few of the readers on facebook also and they have given good reviews for the same..Almond Meal has more oil content than flour and so if we use meal in recipe than we need to add less oil. Also, the oven temperature can be an issue. Sometimes the oven gets too hot while preheating and the cake batter bubbles out. Please see if there has been an issue with that. If you are regular in baking pls invest in a good oven thermometer, you will see the difference in your bakes. Pls do try again and let me know if there has been any change.

      1. Hi Swati,

        I made the cake today it was absolutely delicious. I am a vegan and also on gluten free diet so this was a awesome cake for me. My family wanted more so I am going to make again this week I guess😁. Thank you so much for sharing! Will it be ok if I double the recipe and try.

      2. Hey Radha !! So glad to know that you and your family loved it!!Yes you can double the recipe.. use 1 tbsp of essence with 2 cups of flour and 1.5 tsp of baking powder with 1 tsp of baking soda. 1/4-1/2 cup cocoa powder will be good for medium to dark chocolate taste.. sugar you can double with flour.

  3. awesome, I am in love with your cakes back to back. Looking so delicious and melt in mouth chocolate cake. surely kids will go gaga over this drooling cake. Loved it.

  4. The cake is simply yum. Delicious and so so chocolaty. I love such cakes , can you please pass it over.

  5. Your cake looks delectable! Chocolate and almonds, and a healthier alternative to regular cake, wow! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

  6. The cake looks sinful dear! Love that gorgeous color it has got and that ganache makes it more irresisitble!!!

  7. That is such a yummy looking chocolate cake – love that you used almond flour and coconut sugar. Will have to try it out some time – it looks so moist and delicious.

  8. Am a great fan of gluten free cakes, such a beautiful chocolate cake with almond flour; Seriously i want a super huge slice of this cake rite now. Makes me drool.

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