Messy chocolate cake

imageIt had to be done. Chocolate cake. The ‘choclatiest’ of chocolate fixes. But to fit my diet? Challenge on.

This recipe is (almost- I added some homemade jam) sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, vegan.


For the icing:

200g cashew nuts, covered with hemp milk

Seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod

50g raw cacoa

20g stevia granules


To decorate:


Jam (if desired)


For the cake:

230g grated courgette (about 2)

250g gluten free self raising flour (I used Dove’s farm)

1tsp gluten free baking powder

1/2tsp xanthum gum

70g stevia granules

50ml maple syrup

65g raw cacoa powder

Seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod

200ml extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 170C
  2. Put all cake ingredients into a big bowl, sifting the dry, adding the wet and fold together until combined.

3. I put all of mine in one tin, but having found the cake crumbly, I would divide the mixture between two cake tins next time I make it. This will make putting the cake together at the end much easier.


Place in the preheated oven and cook until a knife comes out (almost) clean- this is a moist cake but you can judge when it’s ready using this method. The cake will also  spring back up when gently pushed on top when it is cooked.

Mine took an hour and 10 minutes to cook, but if the mixture is divided between two tins, it will take about 30-40 minutes.


Once cooked, leave to cool in the tins whilst you make the icing.


  1. Blend the stevia with the grinding blade of the nutribullet (this is what I use, but a high speed blender) to make ‘icing sugar’, remove and set aside
  2. Blend the cashews and hemp milk until smooth and place in a bowl
  3. Add the vanilla seeds and stevia powder to the cashew cream
  4. Sieve the raw cacoa powder into the rest of the ingredients and whip to combine
  5. Place the icing in the freezer whilst waiting for the cake to cool. Check every 15-20 mins and re-whip to ensure an even consistently. If it gets too thick, remove and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it


When the cakes are cool, spread the top side of the bottom cake with jam, a layer of icing and strawberries. Put the second cake on the top and add the rest of the icing and decorate with the strawberries

Seriously yummy and actually pretty good for you…winner! ❤️



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