Rich Chocolate and Coconut Cake – Gluten Free
A chocolate and coconut cake that is rich and deeply comforting allowing you to shut out the world and indulge in the art of doing absolutely nothing at all. It’s also gluten free.
When the weather takes a turn for the worst and you have no choice but to be housebound for the day is when I get the urge to bake. Plus we are all nursing colds and achy limbs, a homemade cake will heal us surely?
I’m not much of a baker, I can and I love baking but I’m far too lazy and want instant success and present it to the table with a tad-ha as soon as it comes out of the oven. I am rubbish at icing and my layer cakes are always on the tilt. Taste good but have that look of a child’s first baking attempt. Every time.
This cake doesn’t have that rise thing going on but gains more moisture and richness a day after baking if it’s not all eaten before then. You could add a little orange zest or booze to the mixture if you wanted a more grown up taste and would work perfectly for an easy dinner party pudding. Or you could top it with a cream cheese frosting if you wanted it to go further for a party cake. It’s a do-er of a cake but it’s quite happy to just sit on undecorated in a tin ready for you when you are and when you are in need.
So TV on, feet up and all snuggled up on the sofa eating nothing but cake all day is the best way to cope with those pesky summer colds and shivers. Might even put the fire on.
A rich and decadent chocolate cake made with ground almonds, desiccated coconut and dark chocolate. It’s also gluten-free.
Rich Chocolate and Coconut Cake
200g dark chocolate, broken into squares
130g unsalted butter, softened
130g golden caster sugar
200g ground almonds
80g desiccated coconut
Preheat your oven to 180°C and great and fully line 20cm cake tin.
Melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water and remove from the heat while you cream the butter and sugar.
In a food mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until well mixed (they don’t have to be light and fluffy as the mixture is too dense for that) then add the eggs on at a time, followed by the ground almonds and the coconut.
Once fully mixed, pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes. It’s a dense cake so might take another 5 minutes or so here and there.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for a good 30 minutes and then you can eat whilst still warm but will keep for a good 4 days in your cake tin.
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This looks so delicious – I love that it is gluten free too!
Thanks Katy, it’s so moist and rich so a little goes a long way. Elinor x
Coconut and chocolate is such a nice mixture and it’s good to see more gluten free recipes x
Thanks Rhian, Elinor x
Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely delicious! I’m a huge fan of chocolate but find that many of them are layered heavily and end up being too rich. This seems perfect though, will definitely try and make this myself.
Chocolate and coconut what more could you ask for. Next I’m baking I will definitely try this
I have a wheat allergy so will definitely give this a try (have pinned for later). I’ve not tried chocolate with coconut except in Bounty bars!
Chocolate and coconut cake sounds amazing! Definitely one for eating while curled up in front of a fire under a blanket. xx
A fellow snoozer, yay!
What a lovely way to use my remaining desiccated coconut!! This cake sounds like an absolute heaven! Thanks for sharing!
Good idea on using up storecupboard ingredients. I do feel pleased with myself when I do this! Elinor x
oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I find my chocolate cakes always come out too dry. I’ll give this a go at the weekend though.
It’s super moist and stays good for about four days. Top cake! Elinor x
Oh my, I love coconut and who doesn’t love chocolate? This sounds like the perfect cake. Commenting as BritMums Baking Round-up Editor.
Oh wow this cake looks and sounds so good! I love anything with coconut in and combined with chocolate I can imagine how good it tastes! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
I am starting to go GF as I’ve bene having some problems with bloating of late so this is the perfect sweet treat for me.
Love the sound of this Elinor, definitely perfect for when the you get a cold 😉 #CookBlogShare
What a fabulous cake, so many delicious ingredients it’s bound to be a big success.
Aw! The 14th is my birthday, and I knew somebody somewhere had made me a delicious cake. I did love the cake I got, but it was made by the children, slightly underbaked, and actually covered in pencil (underneath the icing!) where they had designed on it! 😀 This recipe sounds wonderful!
I am loving the sound of your birthday cake. Made with love xx
Oh that looks good. I am always up for chocolate cake and I love the idea of adding coconut into the mix. YUM! Shared!
Thank you Jacqueline, it’s a cake that just works every time.
This sweet and simple recipe reminds me of something my mum used to make when we were kids. I didn’t like coconut at the time but I appreciate it now. I think I will have to make this. Possibly today! True!
Thanks Kellie, it’s a simple cake but so rich and delicious. I am so pleased with it. Elinor x
Oh this looks amazing! Im a sucker for a good old chocolate cake x
This isn’t helping my attempt to eat healthy! Once again, a delicious looking recipe – can’t beat chocolate and coconut together 🙂
Sounds delicious! Love the idea of adding coconut to make it a bit different 🙂 x
Thanks, yes that Coconut is lush. Even our eldest who isn’t too keen on Coconut loves this cake! Elinor x
I love adding coconut to cakes! and yours looks so rich and spongey!
I love chocolate cake and love coconut cake but never had a combination of both, this looks really rich and delicious
This looks great, fantastic that it’s gluten-free too.
This looks so delicious and the fact that it is gluten free makes it super accessible too! I quite like the idea of the coconut combo as well.
This chocolate cake looks so good and moist, a perfect weekend treat.
I look after someone with a wheat allergy so am always on the look out for gluten free recipes, this looks delicioius
Oh my days! That looks delicious. My husband would be a big fan of this x
I much prefer cakes that look properly homemade, so I’m all for lopsided and rustic. Just as well as that’s what mine all turn out like too 🙂 Sorry to hear you’ve all had colds, but the cake sounds delicious and must have gone some way to cheating you up. Thanks for sharing with #WeShouldCocoa. Pinned.
You are welcome, always love to see those delicious chocolate recipes in your round up.
Ooohh, I’ve just recently gotten into baking.. well.. trying. I just attempted sugar cookies the other day and they tasted more like flour cookies, but the bf liked them anyways! This looks delish, I love coconut, perhaps I need to take a stab or slice at this haha!
Looks delish, and I’m GF so that helps. I think I would do like you said – add some orange zest to liven it up!
Everything taste better with coconut !! and I love the fact that this is a gluten free recipe