Flourless frosted cocoa cake with avocado frosting

by purelytwins

Happy Friday luvs,

We are chocolate girls. You already know that. Lori is a chocolate cake girl all the way, whereas Michelle likes a good vanilla cake.

We’ve already made this cake twice. For a few weeks of Lori’s first trimester of pregnancy this is all she wanted. Luckily, we like to bake. Actually that might not always be a good thing. Then again we love homemade baked treats. They always taste better than store bought as they are made with love. Love is a very special ingredient, right? What is life without love?

Growing up our grandfather and mother loved chocolate. The darker the chocolate cake the better. And we agree. Even though this cake is not a super rich dark chocolate, when you mix it with a thick dreamy avocado chocolate frosting it goes together beautifully. Once you make it, you will see how the two were made for each other.

We could talk about this cake all day…and we probably would.  It’s Friday and  better way to end this amazing week than with some homemade frosted chocolate cake?!

Frosted cocoa flourless grain-free, gluten-free cake!

The only frosted cocoa cake recipe you will ever need 🙂

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Soft.

Light.

Delightful.

Creamy.

A delicious chocolate cake topped with rich whipped avocado chocolate frosting!

The perfect combination — chocolate cake mixed with avocado frosting. Oh so wonderful if we do say so ourselves.  Chocolate and avocado,  go perfectly together! Right?

the best frosted grain free cocoa cake with avocado chocolate frosting

The cake makes for a great base. The frosting is really the icing on the cake! Although any frosting would be amazing on it.

The cake flavors are so subtle that with this frosting it’s a luscious masterpiece that you will be back for more!

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Something about the creamy frosting mixed with the soft crumb of the cake that blends so perfectly together.

We told you it’s the only cake recipe you will ever need as it’s made from real ingredients! Nothing fake here.

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The best frosted cocoa grain-free, gluten-free cake recipe that is made from ingredients that you can recognize.

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How many chocolate cake recipes can you say that about?

Here are some substitution ideas for making this  delicious cake if you cannot get plantains. 

We have not tried making this cake vegan yet. If you would like to try we suggest doing 3 flax or chia gels and possibly increasing baking powder to 1/2 teaspoon.  Could try yogurt as a replacement for the eggs too. Also add in about 1/4 cup starch of choice.

Also, for those that can’t find plantains, here is what we recommend trying. Please note we have not tried these, so not sure how well they will come out.  Try doing 7 oz of a banana (more on the green yellow side) with 7 oz worth of a nut butter.  Or doing 7 oz banana with 1 cup of flour and 1/4 cup starch of choice.

For the frosting we used our avocado chocolate frosting from our purely twins classic cookbook, but if you don’t have our cookbook you can follow this frosting recipe.

And we get this asked every time we make a recipe using plantains — Why do we use them in our recipes?

Well, we use plantains as our flour, as to us it’s more of a real ingredient. Don’t get us wrong, we still use gluten-free and grain-free flours from time to time in our recipes. But the majority of the time we like to use plantains since to us they are a real ingredient. And an ingredient that our bodies do well with.  And a bonus is that it’s less processed, so we feel little less guilty eating this cake. We aren’t trying to bash baking with flours, as again we still do that.  Just when we can use plantains for a recipe, we do.

What to learn more about why we eat plantains check out this video here.

And if you love this recipe, which we know you will,  check out our many many recipes using plantains.

It’s as simple as that. Again we keep things as simple as possible around here when we can!

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Cocoa cake with avocado frosting (grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free)

Soft, cake-like grain-free gluten-free soy-free dairy-free cocoa cake with a rich creamy chocolate frosting. Made from real ingredients like plantains for the flour, eggs, coconut oil and coconut sugar. Easy to make. Perfect chocolate cake to serve at any party! The only frosted cocoa cake recipe you will ever need!

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Ingredients

flourless cocoa cake

  • 2 large ripe raw yellowish plantains (14oz once peeled)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa (we use raw cacao powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or any sugar of your liking)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or coconut nectar or honey)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid (or butter or oil of choice)

chocolate frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel plantain.
  3. Place all ingredients into food processor or blender.
  4. Start to blend until smooth.
  5. Pour cake batter into a 8 inch pan that is lightly oiled with coconut oil.
  6. Make for about 25-30 minutes. Or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake this cake.
  7. Let cake cool as your make the frosting.
  8. Place all frosting ingredients into blender.
  9. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  10. Adjust sweetness to your liking.
  11. Frost your cake.
  12. Slice and enjoy.
  13. Makes about 12 slices.

What can we say… we love our frosted cakes!

CLICK TO TWEET — looking for a delicious #healthy frosted cocoa cake recipe see this one via @purelytwins #fitfluential #grainfree

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38 comments

Jojo @ RunFastEatLots April 4, 2014 - 9:59 am

I’ve always been a chocolate cake kind of girl 😉 I love frosting, and always eat the frosting that other people don’t want!

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Susan April 4, 2014 - 11:00 am

Defiantely a vanilla girl who thinks that icing is the cat’s meow 🙂 I will absolutely give this cake a try since it looks delicious and healthy.

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purelytwins April 4, 2014 - 12:07 pm

thanks Susan 😉

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georgia April 4, 2014 - 11:08 am

YUM!! I love both chocolate and vanilla cake I’ll basically take what I can get, impossible to decide.
<3 Great recipe

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purelytwins April 4, 2014 - 12:07 pm

haha we are pretty much the same, we would never turn down a good cake – we would happily love both flavors!! xo

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Heather @ Better With Veggies April 4, 2014 - 12:55 pm

I don’t eat cake often, but it would always be chocolate!

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purelytwins April 4, 2014 - 2:09 pm

wise choice 😉 haha

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ramblingcreations April 4, 2014 - 4:33 pm

About to stick this cake in the oven:-D I can’t wait to try it tonight with my in-laws. I’m using Heather Pace’s chocolate sauce as the frosting ( my brother-in-law doesn’t like avocado).

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purelytwins April 4, 2014 - 5:35 pm

awesome! I hope everyone likes it! wish we could join you!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 4, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Chocolate cake is my favorite thing in the world! I couldn’t be trusted alone with this. 🙂

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jill conyers April 5, 2014 - 5:35 am

This looks amazing and bonus that it’s gluten free! I don’t have to tweak the recipe 🙂

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables April 5, 2014 - 8:40 am

YUM!!! I recently made chocolate avocado pudding and it was amazing! I can’t believe how you can’t taste the avocado! I bet this would be delicious 🙂

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables April 5, 2014 - 10:12 pm

I’m not usually a cake kind of girl, but THIS cake I could go for!

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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast April 6, 2014 - 7:46 am

I’m always trying to find healthier birthday cake options, especially for my daughter who still doesn’t know the difference. Pinned this to try!!

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Heidi April 7, 2014 - 12:18 am

I made this for my husband today using a greenish banana, 1/2 cup coconut flour, 1/2 cup sweet potato flour, and 1/4 cup arrowroot…HOME RUN!!! He didn’t even wait for me to make the frosting. Came out wonderful!!

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purelytwins April 7, 2014 - 9:15 am

Heidi, awesome!! yay!! so happy to hear this 🙂 xoxo

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Heather@ Cook It Up Paleo April 8, 2014 - 7:19 pm

I love the idea of using plantains for chocolate cake! And plus nourishing fats from the avocado frosting! Practically healthfood 😉 Looks amazing 🙂

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catherine April 12, 2014 - 8:11 pm

I have tried several of your plantain recipe, and this one has fooled all guests!
I used only 1/4 cup of coconut sugar and 1/4 tsp uncut stevia, as I knew it would be my daughter’s fun to generously sprinkle tiny candies on top to decorate the cake to her taste! I am glad the kids liked it. For the icing, I used date paste mixed with coconut butter and carob, because I find the taste of avocado is still strong even with chocolate.

You should keep this recipe for your baby to be birthday party 🙂

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purelytwins April 12, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Catherine this comment made our evening! THANK YOU!!! and we are sooooo happy everyone was fooled by this cake 😉 yay! a
and oh yes – this will be a keeper birthday cake for my little one hugs xo

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Colette April 12, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Can I substitute the bananas/plantains for anything?
My son has food allergies and this recipe is perfect, other than the plantains. :s

Would pumpkin work?

Thanks.

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purelytwins June 25, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Colette you could try pumpkin, although it is not as starchy so might be very gooey inside. Maybe add in some flour to help. Or you could try yucca.

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dina May 9, 2014 - 10:19 am

looks great! you’d never know it was healthy!

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purelytwins May 9, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Thanks Dina

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Zandi Ndhlovu June 24, 2014 - 11:58 pm

Made these lastnite, soooo delicious and so healthy!! Thanks soo much**! Xx

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purelytwins June 25, 2014 - 8:52 am

Zandi so glad you enjoyed the cake!

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Carolyn July 11, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Hi there! Made this tonight for a dinner party tomorrow….replaced eggs with chia gel! Do you store in the fridge? I will let you know how everyone likes it! 🙂

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A very delicious chocolate cake this one. The perfect mixer chocolate cake combined with avocado frosting. It looks so much delicious then how much delicious to eat. I must say everyone likes this.

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rachel December 31, 2014 - 9:57 am

love this chocolate cake recipe! I love that all the ingredients are so clean and healthy but it looks like a normal and decadent cake! Yum!

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Tessa from NM August 8, 2016 - 4:50 am

This is my go to chocolate cake. For people like me who can’t do gluten and for everyone else. It’s so good and most cannot tell the difference between it and it’s gluten containing counterpart. Yeah, it’s that good. I sometimes make it with mint extract or top it with whipping cream but it’s great as just a plain cupcake or with a light dusting of icing sugar (unfortunately cannot do the frosting as I’m VERY allergic to avocado). Anyone who’s on the fence about it, try this cake. You will not regret it.

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purelytwins August 9, 2016 - 9:18 am

So happy to hear you enjoy the cake recipe so much!!! xoxo

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Grace August 25, 2018 - 12:00 am

OH MY GOODNESS!
Not new to making deserts the non traditional way…but…. never have I been this satisfied with a bite of cake mhmmmm. WOAH! so moist, so easy, so good, so approved for my daughter with gut issues.. I do however LOVE chocolate-So this hit the spot. I added a bit of instant coffee and chocolate chips on the top (; it was a nice touch. Seriously worth the 5 minutes of prep and 25 min of baking.

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Rohit Sharma January 18, 2019 - 2:03 am

Looking awesome cake. Can you please define ingredient of this cake. I want to make at home on special occasions.

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purelytwins January 30, 2019 - 9:33 pm

We don’t understand the recipes are listed on every recipe on our blog. So we aren’t sure why you can’t see them. Ingredients flourless cocoa cake
2 large ripe raw yellowish plantains (14oz once peeled)
3 eggs
1/2 cup of cocoa (we use raw cacao powder)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or any sugar of your liking)
1/4 cup maple syrup (or coconut nectar or honey)
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid (or butter or oil of choice)

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