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“Even during the hot summer months, we still like to enjoy our sweet treats! While I typically reach for fruit, it’s also nice to have a decadent dessert as an option. This one is rich with flavor but without the heavy weight of dairy and cream,” says Poon.



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Healthy Decadent Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Serena Poon


2 1⁄4 cup coconut cream

4 1⁄2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips

2 cups water

1 1⁄2 cup non-dairy milk (nut milk is great)

1⁄2 cup + 1 tablespoons melted vegan butter or coconut oil 3⁄4 cup coconut sugar

3⁄4 cup grade A maple syrup

3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

4 1⁄2 cups gluten free baking flour

2 cups unsweetened organic cocoa powder 3 teaspoons baking soda

3⁄4 teaspoon himalayan salt


Melt chocolate chips until smooth. Gradually whisk in coconut cream. Transfer to refrigerator and chill for 3-6 hours or until mixture is firm, but pliable.

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans as follows: Coat with softened vegan butter or coconut oil, then dust completely with the cocoa powder. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients and set aside. Add water and non-dairy or nut milk to a small saucepan over low heat until warmed. In a medium bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. Gradually add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk. Pour batter into cake pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Place pan on a cooling rack to cool for 30 minutes. Remove cake from the pan and allow to cool completely before frosting.

When ready to frost, remove frosting mixture from refrigerator and allow to stand at room temp for 10-12 minutes. Frost cake and add vegan chocolate shavings or chips as garnish, as desired.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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