1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

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Close up shot of a slice of three layer Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

When I was in college I worked in a movie theater diner, and my absolute favorite part of my shift was when the restaurant closed. We got to turn up the music (we had a jukebox that had really good songs on it), dance around while cleaning, laugh with coworkers about the ups and downs of our shift, and finally eat some food after all the patrons left. 

My friend Katie was a server, and I managed the dessert counter (are we surprised?). And we both had a thing for the chocolate cake on our menu. It was three layers of rich, decadent, chocolatey goodness, and every once in a while, after a particularly long shift, we’d buy a slice, heat it up, top it with fudge, take two forks, and go to town. Ah, sweet bliss. 

One bite of this homemade chocolate cake sent me right back to that sweet moment in my adolescence. I don’t remember Katie’s last name or I’d absolutely look her up and tell her that she should make this cake so we could eat some together virtually.

I’m thrilled to have created a cake that stacks up to the decadent bakery versions to help us all celebrate and commemorate the special moments in our lives regardless of special dietary needs. 

The really amazing part? This EASY 1-bowl cake is 100% vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, and 1000% delicious. Yes, dreams do come true. Let us show you how. 

Applesauce, maple syrup, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, bananas, gluten free flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and dairy-free milk

For this recipe, we used banana and applesauce in place of eggs. They help give it a moist texture and also add sweetness. The banana taste is hardly distinguishable and the main flavor is definitely CHOCOLATE!

Vanilla extract adds a hint of vanilla flavor, while almond butter is used in place of oil to keep this recipe oil-free.

Whisking banana, applesauce, and vanilla in a mixing bowl

For sweeteners, we used a combination of maple syrup and coconut sugar to keep it refined sugar-free. The maple syrup adds moisture, while the coconut sugar adds substance.

For gluten-free flours, we went with a combination of almond flour and potato starch. This pairing gives this cake a fluffy yet crumbly texture!

Dairy-free milk adds moisture, and cocoa powder gives this cake its rich, chocolaty flavor.

Whisking dry ingredients into wet ingredients with a whisk

The batter is added to cake pans for baking. We like to use three 6-inch round cake pans for an impressive three-tier look. But we include options in the recipe for different size pans.

Three rounds of Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake on a cooling rack

Once your cake is baked, it’s ready for frosting!

We frosted it with our decadent, date-sweetened Vegan Chocolate Frosting (that’s also oil-free!). But our Vegan Chocolate Ganache Frosting would also be incredible. Or, if you’re not really a frosting person, this cake is still amazing without frosting!

Using a knife to spread Creamy Cashew Butter Chocolate Frosting onto a three tier Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

We hope you LOVE this cake! It’s:

Fudgy
Fluffy
Rich
Chocolaty
Naturally sweet
Easy to make
& DELICIOUS!

It’s perfect for special occasions (such as birthdays) and beyond!

Three tier Gluten Free Chocolate Cake topped with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

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Glass of almond milk next to a plate with a slice of Dairy Free Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

The most incredible chocolate cake that happens to be vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free. Just 1 bowl and simple methods required for this perfectly tender, moist, delectable chocolate cake that’s perfect for special occasions and beyond.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Partially sliced oil free Gluten Free Chocolate Cake on a cake stand
4.77 from 69 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 14 (Slices)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4-5 Days

Ingredients

CAKE

  • 2/3 cup mashed ripe banana (~2 small bananas as original recipe is written)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (sub dairy-free yogurt for richer texture // we love Culina plain yogurt)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter (or sub peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini, or sunflower butter)
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)
  • 1 ¼ cup dairy-free milk (we used boxed unsweetened almond milk // cashew or rice milk would also work)
  • 1 cup sifted cocoa powder
  • 1 cup potato starch (NOT potato flour // some readers have had success subbing 1/2 arrowroot starch, 1/2 coconut flour)
  • 2 ½ cups almond flour (not meal // we prefer Wellbee's brand)
  • 1-2 tsp finely ground espresso powder or dark roast coffee (optional // enhances chocolate flavor)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and lightly grease (avocado oil is best) two standard 8-inch round cake pans, one 9×13-inch pan, or three 6-inch round pans (our preferred) and dust with cocoa powder. Shake out excess and set aside. If making cupcakes, line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  • To a large mixing bowl add banana and mash (measure to ensure it’s the correct quantity). Then add applesauce (or yogurt), vanilla, almond butter, and whisk to combine. Next add maple syrup, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt (optional) and whisk to combine.
  • Next add dairy-free milk and whisk to combine. Then add sifted cocoa powder and whisk to combine. Then add potato starch and whisk to combine.
  • Next add almond flour a little at a time until the batter has reached a pourable, saucy consistency (see photo). It shouldn’t be thick like brownie batter and it shouldn’t be watery. If too thin, continue adding almond flour. If too thick, thin with a little dairy-free milk. We used about 2 ½ cups almond flour (as original recipe is written). Depending on your ingredients, you may need more or less. At this time you can whisk in some espresso powder to enhance the chocolate flavor (optional). Start with recommended amount and add more to taste.
  • Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pan(s) and bake on a center rack for 28-38 minutes (if baking cupcakes, bake time should be 18-20 minutes), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out free of crumbs (a little brown color is okay) and the edges appear dry / slightly pulled away from the pan. Be careful not to over-bake.
  • Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. To remove from pans, run a dull knife around the edge of the pans to loosen the cakes. Then place a plate or cooling rack on top and quickly invert. Let cool completely before frosting (~1 hour // expedite the process by cooling briefly in the refrigerator or freezer).
  • At this point you can enjoy your cake as is. But we recommend frosting with Vegan Chocolate Ganache Frosting or our Vegan Chocolate Frosting (Oil-Free) (pictured above).
  • Best fresh and within the first couple days after baking. The texture tends to become dried out after that (using dairy-free yogurt in place of applesauce adds more moisture!). Store cake covered at room temperature for 2-3 days* or in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Freeze up to 1 month (then thaw at room temperature).

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.
*Recipe adapted from our 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake and 1-Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.
*We found the texture of this cake to be best when consumed within 24-48 hours. The nature of potato starch is a bit drying, so keep this in mind if making days in advance for an event or special occasion.

Nutrition (1 of 14 servings)

Serving: 1 slice Calories: 266 Carbohydrates: 38.8 g Protein: 6.1 g Fat: 12.4 g Saturated Fat: 1.4 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.8 g Monounsaturated Fat: 7.6 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 208 mg Potassium: 349 mg Fiber: 5 g Sugar: 19.9 g Vitamin A: 53.68 IU Vitamin C: 0.98 mg Calcium: 153.9 mg Iron: 1.8 mg

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  1. Katie says

    Has anyone tried this with rice flour? I’d like to bake this for my birthday this weekend, and I have King Arthur brand 1:1 in my pantry. Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Katie, we aren’t sure that would work in place of the almond flour as they have a different texture. We’d suggest searching the comments to see what other have tried. If you press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words in the post and comments. Hope that helps!

  2. tracy ostrom says

    This cake is amazing! I used what I had on hand, Used combo of coconut flour, arrow root flour and a skosh of Bob’s Red Mill GF Flour, sweet potato instead of AS. Made the vegan chocolate frosting with almond butter and a skosh of peanut butter. I am shocked at how good this cake is!! You are a queen. Thank You!

  3. Leticia says

    I’m a dorm parent at a boarding school and have quite a few gluten free/vegan students so I was excited when I came across this recipe. It was a huge hit! My bananas were beyond ripe (had turned dark brown and were mushy) but I didn’t notice a banana flavor. I also added 1 tsp of instant coffee to the batter. I baked the cake in two 9″ round pans at 350 degrees for 22 minutes and it was perfect. I used the Vegan Chocolate Ganache recipe and my only issue was I didn’t melt the chocolate completely but the bits of chocolate in the frosting were an added treat.
    Next will try it with something other than almond flour to be nut free. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad it turned out well, Leticia! Thanks so much for sharing! We’d love to hear back if you experiment with a nut-free version.

      • Jared says

        I forgot to mention I finished the cake with the “Vegan Chocolate Frosting (Oil-free) and the cake/frosting combination was AMAZING! And because the frosting is made with dates and cashew butter, it’s pretty guilt-free with no added processed sugar.

  4. Jenna says

    I was so impressed with this recipe. I’ve been struggling to find a homemade cake recipe I like. This was delicious! I’m glad I read the comments first. I halved the amount of banana and made up for it in apple sauce. Came out great! I’m gonna make the recipe for cupcakes later today. Excited to see how those turn out. Thanks!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad it turned out well, Jenna! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Not in a 1:1 ratio. It’s too dense and gummy in baked goods. Scan the comments for some other substitution ideas!

  5. Jessie Owens says

    This recipe looks amazing and I think I’d like to try it, however the gluten-free aspect is not a requirement for me. Do you think it would have a similar outcome with regular flour instead of almond and potato starch, or using all almond flour instead of potato starch?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I believe some other readers have tried those subs but had to add much less flour since all purpose is much more absorbent and drying than almond flour. If you try it, let us know how it goes!

  6. Ruth Abela says

    I was really sceptic at first about making a vegan chocolate cake. It is incredible! I think most people would not even realize it’s vegan and gluten free. The taste and texture both perfect. Will make it again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear that, Janice! Is it possible the bananas you used were too ripe? If not, you could try subbing sweet potato purée.

      • Janice says

        Actually they weren’t too ripe. It’s okay though. We all have different tastes. I still love you and your recipes. You have some of the best plant based recipes on the internet. Keep up the good work!

      • tanya says

        Do we cook the sweet potatoes and then puree them? Wanted to know how is banana helping with the texture here? So that I can maybe look for alt. This recipe looks bomb! I will be making it for my anniversary but Im allergic to banana. So wanted to know what can i use instead.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Yes, you’d cook the sweet potatoes then mash. The banana adds sweetness and moisture. Also helps bind. Let us know if you try!

  7. Annalisa says

    Hi, could you let me know what I could substitute the banana for? I am intolerant.

    I thought coconut yogurt or aqua faba? But I don’t know the quantities.

    Thank you, also I love your recipes!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Annalisa, we think you could try subbing a little more applesauce + sweet potato purée. Let us know if you try it!

  8. Pavitra says

    I wanted to try a chocolate cake for my daughters birthday and I am so glad to have found this recipe. It was everything I was hoping it would be …moist and decadent!! The date ganache is just heavenly!! I disagree with some of the comments. There is no smell or taste of bananas. We loved the recipe so much I cannot wait to make it again for my husbands bday! I will be baking this regularly regardless of any occasions, it is that good!! Thank you Minimalist Baker for all the wonderful healthy recipes you share! I do not miss out on store bought unhealthy treats at all ..thanks to you! God Bless!

    • Ena says

      I have made it for my birthday with the oil free chocolate frosting and it turned out amazing! Fluffy and moist, intense chocolate flavour but not too sweet or heavy.
      I ended up needing slightly less then 2 cups of almond flour to reach the desired consistency.
      I am definitely not experienced in vegan and gluten free baking, which means that this cake is very easy to make.
      This could be my new favourite cake :)

  9. May says

    hi! does it matter that I only have sweetened applesauce and also would a mix of apple sauce and yoghurt be okay? thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi May, you may want to reduce the other sweeteners if using sweetened applesauce. A mix of the two should work well!

  10. Deanne Duraes says

    Tried this following the exact recipe but used 0.25 cup of maple syrup. Texture – beautiful, colour – rich and dark, taset- I just can’t shake the banana flavor being so prominent. My banana was not even that ripe. If I try again I am going to sub with sweet potato puree.

  11. DB says

    All I taste is banana. All I smell is banana. And not just me. Everyone who ate it was like hhmm it’s good but banana ?? gross. My bananas were ripe. I measured. I don’t know how others haven’t had the same experience. Not my favorite recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear that was your experience! Is it possible the banana was too ripe? If not, you could try subbing sweet potato purée.

  12. Amb says

    Has anyone had success using a DIY almond flour? I was thinking of using the raw almonds I have (not blanched) and making them as fine as possible in a food processor…….. Just curious!

  13. Linda Schwandt says

    Thank you so much for this cookbook! My husband is on the Dr. Dean Ornish diet for heart health. He is limited to 25 fat grams per day. There are so many good ideas and options here. I haven’t made any of these recipes yet, but we have been enjoying some of your other recipes like the watermelon ice dream. Thank you for all you are doing.

  14. Holly says

    This recipe was so easy to follow. The texture of the cake is moist and not too dense. I used Costco/Kirkland Almond Flour. 28min was perfect for me. And the vegan chocolate ganache was the perfect accompaniment. I even had to improvise as I didn’t have enough mashed banana. I was just shy of the required amount so I topped up with more applesauce and luckily it worked. My non GF/vegan brother was skeptical but he loved it and said it tastes like regular cake. And my 13yr daughter who hates cake (weird right?) also licked her plate clean.
    Next time I will follow your suggestion and try this with beet puree to see if I can make a red velvet version.

  15. Jen says

    I have made this cake and adore it! I’d love to be able to make it for some good friends who also happen to have severe allergies to tree nuts and potato (in other words, the flours in the original recipe could actually kill them). So..in the interest of doing no harm I’d love to know if there’s any way to make this nut-free? I imagine I could substitute potato starch for arrowroot. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jen, maybe a seed meal such as sunflower? We haven’t tried it though and can’t guarantee results. Let us know if you do some experimenting.

  16. Holly says

    Is there a way I could make this a red velvet version? Maybe sub in some beetroot powder for some of the cocoa powder?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Holly, maybe? But we think beetroot powder might make it too bitter. You might be able to sub some of the applesauce/banana for beet purée. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  17. Cassie says

    I made this cake, and it is the closest gf cake recipe I’ve come across that mimics the fluffiness of a wheat flour cake. The chocolate ganache icing is pretty darn amazing and my only tweak was to add a tablespoon of almond butter to the ganache that went between my cake layers for an added flavour dimension. It is soooo good. Thanks!

  18. Kirstin says

    Phenomenal! I have made this twice for my kids birthdays and it’s been a huge hit. No one had any clue it was vegan. My dad is very particular about chocolate cake and said it’s one of his favorites. I will definitely be making it again. Thank you for another fantastic recipe, huge fan of minimalist baker!

  19. Sofía says

    Hi! Can I replace the potato starch with cornstarch or something else?
    Thank you! I love your recipes! I’m from Argentina :)

  20. Monica says

    Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes!
    Can I use Tapioca flour (which is starchy) instead of potato starch?
    Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Monica, Tapioca can make things gummy. We’d recommend a blend of coconut and arrowroot, but we haven’t tried it so we aren’t sure! Let us know if you try

  21. Michelle Duncan says

    SO good. Made this for a friends birthday into cupcakes, it made 28 but I could have filled the tins a little fuller and made 24. I am at high altitude and the only thing I did differently was bake for 14min. I also use Costco’s almond flour and it works great. My friend loved them and ate 4 in one sitting!! Will make again for sure!!

  22. Julie says

    Tasty! I’m new to vegan recipes and this recipe is really good. I subbed brown sugar for the coconut sugar as well as all-purpose flour for the coconut flour (couldn’t find them). I also added about 2 tbsp of instant coffee and 1/2 bag of dairy-free chocolate chips. YUM! Going to try this in a trifle with whipped coconut cream and cherries. Definitely a repeat recipe! 👍🏼👍🏼

  23. Alpha says

    I love your recipe easy and so good. I used arrowroot as a substitution of potato flour and it still good. Thank you so much for the recipe

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Anne, we haven’t tried it, but we think the best alternative for the banana would be subbing more applesauce. Let us know how it goes!

  24. Amanda Fullam says

    I was sceptical that I would stuff this up.. had sweet potato starch not potato starch and made oat flour to sub for almond flour and it worked out beautifully. Very chocolatey. Added vegan ganache and some raspberry/apple sauce and it was magic. I’m so impressed with myself (and this recipe).

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad it turned out well, Amanda! And love the raspberry addition. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Della Nicole says

      This is such a great recipe! But for some reason mine is always crumbly when we go to cut it ( I have the same problem with the vanilla version ) any ideas what could be going wrong? Over baking? Needs more moisture?

  25. Audrey says

    Hi,
    I love the recipe and will make it soon, but right now I am looking for a chocolate cake recipe for a nut-allergic friend. Do you have anything? I considered switching the almond butter for tahini, and the almound flour for ground oats… but maybe you have some tested-and-tried recommendations instead?
    I would love your help!
    And I do love your blog!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’m wondering if you could do a blend of GF flour and a seed meal, such as sunflower? You could also try light (untoasted) buckwheat flour perhaps?

      • Tara says

        Hello!

        Could you sub oat flour for the almond flour?
        My friend cannot have almonds, so I would replace almond butter with cashew and use cashew or oat milk?

        Thank you!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Tara, we haven’t tried it with oat flour, but it looks like another reader did so with success. And yes, those other subs would work well. Let us know how it goes!

  26. Abby says

    This looks wonderful! I want to have it for my birthday party this weekend :) I am not gluten free and don’t have some of those flours on hand could I use white whole wheat flour instead of the almond flour and potato starch? Usually I use less whole wheat flour because it tends to create a denser crumb, or I increase the applesauce or liquid. Would you recommend doing either of those things? Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Abby, Happy birthday! We haven’t tried this recipe with those modifications so we aren’t sure whether they would work. We’d suggest checking out this recipe instead. Hope that helps!

      • Shweta Bajee says

        I tried this recipe today, only modification was honey instead of maple syrup. (There’s none on the market, go figure covid)
        The cake was moist and came out beautifully. My only concern was it was really heavy, good thing I paired it with a light vanilla whipped cream. A ganache would have made it even heavier. Any idea where I might have messed up?

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Really heavy as in dense? It is a dense cake for sure. Gluten-free cakes don’t rise quite as much so they are more dense. However, how did it taste?

        • Latifa A. says

          I’m on an ultra restrictive low fodmap diet right now and unfortunately apples and ripe bananas are a no-go. Any ideas for something that would act similarly? Pumpkin maybe?

          Toying with the idea of using eggs…my stomach hasn’t been tolerating eggs scrambled/fried/etc. but it’s seemed to be okay in baked goods.

          Thanks for the help. You’re my go-to for recipes of all kinds.

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hi Latifa, Maybe? But we think this recipe might be a better fit. A few readers have subbed pumpkin purée in it with success. Let us know if you try it!

  27. Ana says

    I forgot to add almond flour but I’ll let y’all know how it turns out. Next time I won’t try to multi-task while baking but I did sub coconut flour and arrowroot starch for potato starch. It just won’t be as fluffy as it could have been if I remembered the almond flour. It looks like a brownie but I could still work with it and it still tastes great.

  28. Wakami Hagiwara says

    I made this and was amazing result. I didn’t bake for so many years because of my family’s Different diet restrictions . Yesterday we could Enjoy all together to celebrate my son’s birthday. Thank you,thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad everyone was able to enjoy it! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Wakami!

  29. Kim says

    Thank you for this recipe! It was very easy, love the one-bowl, and the texture is amazing. I was bummed I could still taste the banana. I did read another reviewer could taste it, too so I made sure to use a banana with no yellow spots and even added a little extra vanilla and some espresso powder to help mask the flavor. That pesky banana still came through. Maybe I’m just extra sensitive to the taste… or maybe it’s just in my head ;) Either way, I’ll still eat it (and probably share) and am determined to try again, maybe with the sweet potato substitution next time.

  30. Dominique says

    Making this cake tomorrow for my sons birthday! The only thing I don’t have is applesauce. Is there a substitute you recommend or am I able to use more banana?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think more banana would work! Either that or sub finely grated apples. Or even beet or sweet potato purée. Let us know how it goes!

    • Zuzana says

      The cake is very lovely! I used the vegan ganache icing and it was great together :) I like less sweet things, so I used bit less sugar and maple syrup, (not much, I was worried it would mess up the cake structure), but still found it bit too sweet. I will try to cut some more next time (yes, there will next time :P ) Any recommendation how much is safe to cut??

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Zuzana, we haven’t tried reducing it, so we’re not sure! But we’d say probably not less than half. Let us know how it goes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh that should work well! We’d suggest the whisk attachment to start and then switch to the paddle. Let us know how it goes!

  31. Jeanette says

    OMG!! This cake is amazing! So moist, and so healthy too!
    Will make again, and again.
    Thanks for such a fantastic recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sheree, Tapioca can make things gummy. We’d recommend a blend of coconut and arrowroot, but we haven’t tried it so we aren’t sure! Let us know if you try.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Valeria, we haven’t tried that and can’t guarantee results. Potato starch is pretty unique in its texture so we would recommend using it if at all possible!

          • Hannah says

            I was SO excited to make this but was disappointed by how much money tasted like banana. Did anyone else notice the same with theirs? I’m wondering if my banana was too ripe, or if I should substitute it for sweet potato purée next time.

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hmm, the banana here should be subtle, as the chocolate is definitely the star flavor. Next time I’d recommend a slightly less ripe banana! We’re not sure if sweet potato works but if you try it let us know!

  32. Lisa Fiorello says

    What a wonderful cake! I made this for my daughter’s birthday. It was so delicious. I did substitute the potato starch with arrowroot starch and coconut flour as suggested in the recipe. I used the vegan ganache frosting recipe and topped the cake with fresh berries. My vegan and non vegan family members all loved it. Thank you Dana. We love your recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thanks so much for the lovely review, Lisa. We are so glad everyone enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  33. Sheree says

    Hi! I don’t have store bought apple sauce so is there a replacement for that or an easy way to make applesauce. Thank you!

  34. Jamita says

    I don’t usually write comments, but felt inspired by the flavors to do so. There were many comments about using other flours due to nut allergies. I used 1 cup brown rice, 1/2 c ground flax, 1/2 c ground pumpkin seeds, and 1/2 c teff. I loved them. Texture and taste are amazing. Thanks for sharing your tricks of this sweet and sometimes sticky way. Oh also did cupcakes bakes for 20 minutes

  35. Julia says

    I made this cake for my birthday and it was a-mazing!!! I did the substitution for the potato starch and it turned out great. Can’t wait to make it again – but will have some self-control and wait a bit :)

  36. Sherri Neil says

    Hi Brandi, I just realized this called for potato starch. I did find arrowroot powder, but is that the same as arrowroot starch? I was also wondering if I could sub coconut milk for almond since I just made some for the frosting, which by the way is delish? If the arrowroot won’t work is there another sugar free cake recipe that would go good with the frosting? I’m making this for my friends birthday tomorrow. Thanks so much for your help
    Sherri

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sherri, yes, arrowroot starch and powder are the same. We haven’t tried this one with coconut milk, but it should work. Depending on the fat content of the coconut milk, it may end up more rich. Let us know how it goes!

  37. Lilian says

    Hi, for the potato starch, when you indicated that it’s possible to sub 1/2 arrowroot start, 1/2 coconut flour.

    Do you mean I can sub the potato start for 1. 1/2 arrowroot starch + 1/2 coconut flour or
    2. Sub it with either 1/2 arrowroot start OR 1/2 coconut flour ?

    Thanks for the clarification in advance !

  38. Robin Dryden says

    I made this cake as a three layer cake. I used home made raspberry jam and vegan vanilla cream cheese frosting between the layers and vegan chocolate ganache on the cake exterior. The cake looked and tasted wonderful but it was impossible to slice. Every slice crumbled, it was terribly disappointing as it’s not a cheap cake to make.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Robin, we’re so sorry to hear that! Did you make any modifications to the cake ingredients? Or is it possible it was baked too long?

  39. Md says

    Can you make this without the banana? Or is the a sub for it? My son is allergic to bananas. Also, can you use regular sugar instead of coconut sugar as he is also allergic to coconut. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried with these changes so can’t guarantee results. But we think the best alternative for the banana would be subbing more applesauce and regular sugar should be okay. Let us know how it goes!

  40. Sparrow says

    Could you bake this cake in two 2 1/2- 3 inch circular cake pans? I only have two, and I’m wondering if this cake would be to wet if it’s baked in to deep of a pan/pans.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sparrow, are you referring to the height or diameter of the pans? If diameter, those would be too small. We’d recommend two standard 8-inch round cake pans, one 9×13-inch pan, or three 6-inch round pans. Hope that helps!

  41. Melanie says

    That looks so gorgeous! I am looking for a gluten free devil’s food cake, and I know the devil’s food distinction vs just regular chocolate cake can be kind of subtle. Does this cake have a red tint in real life as it does in the photos? I imagine the type of cocoa you use makes a difference (I believe Dutch process would not produce a red tint but “natural” cocoa might). Also if anyone has tried substituting more applesauce for the banana I would love to hear how it went.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It doesn’t have a red tint in real life. It’s a rich chocolate brown color. But yes, dutch process will naturally have a more red hue. You could also try adding some beet purée for that affect!

  42. Alex says

    I don’t have potato starch could I just sub cornstarch? I read the comments about using coconut flour and arrowroot starch but don’t have the arrowroot starch either! Thanks

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alex, we haven’t tried that and can’t guarantee results. Potato starch is pretty unique in its texture so we would recommend using it if at all possible!

  43. Simone says

    Hi there, going to make this on Friday for a going away party.

    If I plan to use normal all purpose flour, do you think it’s a 1:1 substitution? I have a lot of AP flour on hand, and would prefer to use instead of buying almond flour (which is quite pricey and the ‘fineness’ of the product seems to vary by brands here in Australia). I do plan to use the potato starch as instructed.

    Many thanks in advance,
    Simone

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Simone, we’re not sure about using all purpose flour for this (we haven’t tested it not gluten-free). If you try it let us know how it goes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mai, we haven’t tried with other sweeteners, but maybe agave (or honey if not vegan). Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  44. Sarah says

    Amazing recipe! Fantastic texture! I’m just wondering if anyone else felt that the bicarb was a little bit too much? I could feel it in the final product even with a frosting on top.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sarah, sorry to hear that! We didn’t notice it, but we’ve heard some people can taste it more than others. Let us know if you experiment with the amount!

  45. Emmeline says

    Wow! Not only was this delicious, but even more importantly it was easy enough to make with my 3, 5, and 6 year olds “helping.” This will definitely be a repeat dessert in my household!

  46. anna says

    I made this with the kids and it came out GREAT! It is dense and moist. You need to drink water with it or use a whipped cream but since we are trying to avoid dairy, I mixed together coconut from the can and coconut sugar and smeared a little on top and then paired it with a juicy plum. I’m thinking coconut with frozen berries in the processor may be good, too, but haven’t tried that yet. the no-oil frosting tasted badly – too much peanut butter taste. I tried again without pb and a little coconut oil and it came out wrong again. I’m new to the vegan/plant-based world.

    But anyway, the recipe came out awesome and we tried it in ramkins and also as cupcakes. just less baking time. I think it was 20 min. I cook/bake by smell, taste most of the time. I put unsweetened shredded coconut on mine with a pinch of coconut sugar over it and it was great. totally recommend this recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Anna! We’re so glad the cake turned out well. Sorry to hear the frosting wasn’t as successful. We’d recommend a creamy cashew butter for best results next time. But coconut whipped cream also sounds like a lovely alternative =)

  47. Melissa says

    Best recipe for GF vegan cake I’ve come across. The cake is so flavorful and moist; the ganache frosting is out of this world! Thanks for another amazing recipe. I’ll definitely be making this again soon.

  48. Raiza Hammoud says

    Oh man oh man oh man! What a cupcakes!! I made them for a friend who eats gluten free and man oh man! These are the most amazing chocolate cupcake I ever did eat. Pff!! Will DEFINITELY remake them over and over and over and over and….well you get the point. If I could, I would give it 35 stars.

  49. Lisa Rutigliano says

    This cake came out great. I used more applesauce in place of the bananas just because that was on hand. I read that the starch may cause it to dry out after a couple of days. Would xantham gum help the moisture or would it hurt the texture of the cake?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lisa, we’re so glad it turned out well with the applesauce! Hmm, we’re not sure about xanthan gum helping with moisture as it’s more for binding. But let us know if you try it!

  50. Amy says

    This cake, paired with your vegan ganache, was outstanding! I used coffee instead of milk. I am wondering how to eliminate the taste of the banana. It’s subtle but it’s there. I will definitely make this cake again! Delicious!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amy, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! You could try using a less ripe banana or maybe subbing applesauce? But we haven’t tried that, so not certain it would work. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  51. Abby says

    This recipe is perfect, it made the BEST chocolate cake I have ever eaten. My non-allergy/vegan family and friends would not believe me that it was gf/vg. 10/10!
    Living in the UK I had to get some of the ingredients from Amazon, but it is totally worth it as I don’t believe it would have worked this well with substitutions

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad everyone enjoyed it, Abby! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  52. Nora G. says

    Stopppp. Are you joking with how amazing this cake is? Made it for my harshest critics, who have been spending all of quarantine perfecting their baking skills. And everyone loved it.

    I subbed out the almond products for an allergy – used coconut flour, peanut butter, and oat milk (dark chocolate flavor!). Came out so so so so so so well. Thank you for this.

  53. amanda says

    This is my very first vegan cake making experience. With that being said, it was way more moist than I had expected – and the consistency was extremely close to that of any normal chocolate cake I’ve made. And – I loved the fact that it was just one bowl! Great directions – well written recipe.
    With all being said, this cake does have a very strong banana essence in the overall taste. And that just might be the way vegan cakes taste?
    Note: I subbed corn starch for potato starch. Not sure how it may have changed the taste, but my cake was not faulted at all because of it. Also, I cut the coconut sugar in half. My four star rating is solely based on the strong banana taste since I changed the recipe slightly.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Amanda! Hmm, cornstarch is markedly different in baking than potato starch so that may have lent to a different flavor. But perhaps next time you could either use a slightly less ripe banana or sub something like sweet potato puree? In any case, thanks for sharing!

  54. Judie says

    I baked this recipe into cupcakes and also made the Vegan chocolate frosting. OMG it was incredible and so yummy!. Note the past tense as my family devoured these cupcakes!! I did omit the maple syrup and just increased the banana and apple sauce to make up for the wet and the cake was moist and delicious! With the frosting the sweetness was absolutely perfect!

  55. Pauline says

    This cake came out perfectly! I was so surprised that a GF cake could be moist and fluffy. It had a subtle banana taste which was pleasant and the texture was on point. My family loved it and said it tasted store bought.

  56. Emily says

    I’m not the most precise baker, and I’m often too lazy to go to the shop to get specific ingredients that I don’t have. So I was thrilled that this chocolate cake turned out delicious anyway!

    I used a fork, as I don’t have a whisk (much less a mixer). I used coconut flour instead of almond (less than the recipe as coconut flour dries everything out). I used peanut butter instead of almond butter, and created a frosting from a hodgepodge of a dark chocolate bar, maple syrup, and peanut butter.

    No complaints! Probably heavenly following all of the instructions, but still delicious with my C- grade of an effort XD

  57. Sarah Pravato says

    So great! I love making gluten-free treats that taste delicious to trick my family and friends into tasting them and then seeing the shock on their face when I tell them theyre gluten free >:). Thanks for a great recipe! I’ll be making this again!

  58. Elizabeth says

    I hope to make this Vegan GF Chocolate Cake or your Vegan GF Vanilla Cake soon, both recipes look incredible. Can both recipes be baked in a 9×13 cake pan for a single layer cake? I searched the comments but didn’t find any tips. Would you recommend different baking time, temperature, or ingredient measurements? Thanks in advance, and thanks for all your amazing recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yeah that should work! Same temp, just watch bake time. The chocolate one, in particular, bakes pretty fast!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, they shouldn’t have been flat. Were your leavening ingredients fresh? Make any other modifications, even slight?

  59. Aaesha says

    Made it exactly as written and it was delicious. My picky teens had no clue it was vegan or gluten-free so thank you for this! Cake was moist and decadent. I may add extra chocolate chips next time just for fun.

  60. Sara says

    LOVE your recipes Dana and am so thankful of the time and effort that goes into the recipe development.
    With a pre diabetes diagnosis I need to eliminate sugars, so I left out the maple syrup, cut back the coconut sugar by half, + added fiber syrup (chicory root)
    Pretty darn good but next time I’ll cook it longer. Thx Again
    Sara
    New Zealand

  61. Ophelia says

    You did it again this is amazing!! Moist and so good it doesn’t even need frosting! This rivals your gluten free vegan vanilla cake (a staple in our family)… thanks again!!

  62. Fiona says

    This cake was decadent, rich, and so delicious! The frosting was perfectly sweet. My whole family loved it!

  63. Lee says

    This cake and frosting will become a staple in our house. Truly delicious!
    All your recipes are so well thought out and the taste is always amazing.
    Thank you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, sounds like it was slightly over-baked. What size pan(s) did you use and did you make any substitutions?

      • Fiona says

        Thankyou. Yes think you could be right. No substitutes 3 x 6 inch pans but not my oven so could of been that. I will try again, It still tasted good

  64. Laura E Currey-Taseva says

    Hi! This looks fabulous for my gluten-free/egg-free kiddo but she also cannot eat bananas. Do you think I could sub in more applesauce?
    Thanks so much! We love your recipes and they have been a life saver!

  65. Gary says

    I made this for my family last night. Mind blowingly delicious! This will be a new favorite. If you want to impress company with your culinary skills, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.

  66. Ella S says

    This cake looks so delish! I’m in search of a great GF vegan marble cake for my friends birthday. If I was to do a vanilla chocolate marble cake, using this recipe and your 1 bowl vanilla cake recipe, do you think it would work? Just combining the two batters in 6 pans (or halfing each batter for 3)?! Is there a possibility it may not rise well? Is there anything you’d recommend if I was to combine the batters?

    Thank you in advance,

    Ella

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ooh, I think that would work! This cake is fluffier than the vanilla one but it should rise OK. I’d say halve each batter and do 3 6-inch pans. Let us know how it goes!

      • Ella S. says

        Mixing the chocolate and vanilla batters turned out fantastic! Baked very evenly, very nicely levelled. I ended up making the full batch of both recipes, then split up between four 9” round cake pans. Each one is about 1” high once baked. I plan on using a round cutter to cut the centre from two of the cakes to fill with candy once stacked! Will decorate with vegan buttercream to finish it of. Should look very grand, with an awesome surprise in the middle!

  67. Shannan says

    This was delicious! I halved the recipe and baked it in a loaf pan. So good. Great texture and flavour.

      • Michelle says

        Hi! What can I sub for almond flour as I am making it for someone with an almond allergy?
        Also love love love all of your recipes I’ve made as does my husband.

        Thank you!!!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Aw, we’re so glad you both enjoy them, Michelle! What about subbing cashew flour? Or another nut/seed meal that’s light? Let us know if you try!

          • Michelle Higgs says

            Thank you! Do I just sub one for one if I am using something like A sunflower seed flour?

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

            We haven’t tried it, so we can’t say for sure! But yes, we’d say 1-1 and adjust from there until it looks like the photos.

  68. Julie says

    I just made this and it turned out so fluffy and chocolate-y! I didn’t have potato starch so I used what you suggested, which was a combo of arrowroot starch and coconut flour.
    I used your date chocolate frosting recipe that you linked as well, and it was perfect. Thanks!

  69. Karen Nesbitt says

    Made this cake today and I was so happy with how it turned out. It was amazing. I used two 8″ pans. It rose right to the very top, was so light and fluffy and tender. My non vegan husband loved it and said it was a keeper. I can’t wait to make it for my GF friends. It was an absolute hit! Thank you so much for such great recipes!

  70. Lori says

    Another great cake Dana! The only substitution I made was for the potato starch, because I didnt have any. I used half coconut flour half arrowroot flour as you suggested and it worked well.

  71. Angie says

    I made this last night and tasted it with my co workers. Everyone thought it had wonderful flavor. I enjoyed the light, melt in your mouth texture but it didn’t hold together at all and wonder what I might have done as your picture doesn’t reflect that at all. Also made the delish Vegan frosting! I did have to add double the coconut oil for it to spread, maybe I needed more water, the dates were purchased that day. Anyway it was wonderful and I would love to make it again but want to have the cake hold together, Any suggestions? I made it as stated but in smaller loaf pans, maybe too much almond flour? Looked like the correct consistency

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Was it dry at all? Did you sub any other ingredients. Otherwise I’m not sure why it would be crumbly. Glad you enjoyed it overall!

  72. nicole says

    hi i wanted to know what size of baking pans to use and if i can use just coconut sugar instead of maple syrup thanks :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We have suggestions in the instructions. We used 3 6-inch pans, but 2 (~8-9″) standard pans, or 1 9×13-inch should work. I think maple syrup adds moisture so I’d recommend using it as well. If not, the cake will need far less dry ingredients, so keep that in mind when adding your flours.

  73. Kelsey Campbell-Dunn says

    This is the best chocolate cake ever. I can’t have a lot of refined sugar or dairy and this cake has none of that but ALL THE TASTE.
    Easy to make, will be making again!
    Love that you get a little banana flavor too, goes so well with the chocolate! I made it will her chocolate ganache- AMAZING.

  74. Rina says

    Thank you for sharing a wonderful light and airy chocolate cake! I have been craving something chocolatey and this hit the spot. I made these in a 12-lined muffin pan so I can control my urge to eat the whole cake! **portion control because they’re so yummy**

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Rina! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  75. Bee says

    Can’t wait to try this out! Can you sub normal flour for the potato starch and almond flour (if not GF) or would that mess with the consistency too much?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Bee! We haven’t tried that and aren’t sure how it will work. If you give it a try let us know how it goes!

    • Simone Briggs says

      Hi there, did you try subbing for AP flour (for the potato starch and/or the almond flour)? If so, how did it go and any tips to share?

      • Bee says

        I did try subbing all purpose flour for all the flour listed. It went well – the cake was dense (but I think it might be that way normally?), but delicious! I would make it again with the all purpose flour… just know it is thick for sure but that just made each slice taste extra rich in my opinion!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      They may act similar? We aren’t sure! Let us know if you try! My best suggestion would be a blend of coconut flour and arrowroot. Tapioca is OK in small amounts but can make things gummy and dense.

  76. Allison V. says

    Hi there! I’m SO excited to bake this for my son’s birthday this weekend! I only have cacao, not cocoa powder. Do you think a 1:1 ratio would be alright? Thanks so much!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think so! The chocolate flavor may not be as intense, but it should still work. Keep us posted!

  77. Hannah says

    Oh my word, this is beautiful! This is a big ask, so I’m SO sorry to do this…but is there a good replacement for the flours if my household has an almond allergy?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      What about subbing cashew flour? Or another nut/seed meal that’s light? Let us know if you try!

  78. Shamani says

    Hi, i am keen to try this. Unfortunately I don’t tolerate potatoes. Is there something else I could use? Thanks.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I’d suggest a blend of coconut flour and arrowroot starch for a similar result, but we haven’t tested it so I’m not sure if that will work. Let us know if you try!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried that but may suggest mixing coconut flour + arrowroot for best results. Let us know if you try!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It’s kind of a key ingredient, but the closest sub would be a blend of arrowroot + coconut flour?

  79. Dharma Mateu Carril says

    Hi!
    Loved the recipe! I was wondering though what could I replace the potato starch with? I still want it to be gluten free but it has been impossible for me to find potato starch anywhere…

    Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Our best suggestion is a blend of arrowroot and coconut flour! We haven’t tried it, though, and can’t guarantee the results!

  80. Caroline says

    This sounds great – is there something I could substitute for the potato starch like tapioca starch or arrowroot powder? TIA!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’d recommend a blend of coconut and arrowroot, but we haven’t tried it so we aren’t sure! Let us know if you try.

  81. Nechama says

    Wow does this look inviting. What can I replace the bananas with? Avocado or more almond butter? OR? (i’m not a banana lover, even tho they are very useful in recipes) Thank you.

  82. Elizabeth Maggio-Kotkowska says

    OH MY GOD. This cake is incredible and good for you! Currently having it for breakfast ;) thank you for the recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Perhaps trying some sweet potato puree? We haven’t tested other ingredients so let us know how it goes!

  83. Jenna says

    Does this recipe work with 1:1 gluten free flour? My son is allergic to nuts… but it just looks amazing so I might need to try regardless!

  84. Monica says

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I would prefer the protein from the eggs instead of the sugar from the applesauce and bananas. Do you suggest substituting two eggs for the above ingredients?

  85. Catherine O'Halloran says

    Hello! This looks amazing. I was just wondering – is it possible to just use a gluten free flour blend instead of the almond flour and potato starch? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Perhaps, but we tested it only with these ingredients / quantities, so let us know how your variations go!

  86. Charlotte Meadows says

    I’d enjoy a recipe that doesn’t use coconut sugar or potato starch-pretty high CHO load along with other ingredients. Eggs are ok with me as well.
    Thanks!

  87. Leigh says

    Hi! Just a question about the cake. Can I go ahead and use oil instead of the almond butter? I have a nut free kid. Also, any frostings that are vegan and nut free? Thank you!

  88. Liz says

    This looks delicious and easy, but I can’t eat apples. Do you know of a substitute? Doesn’t have to be oil or dairy free, or vegan… Cheers :)

  89. Marci says

    Hi there…this looks super great! Wondering if I could sub arrowroot or tapioca flour for the potato starch??

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried that but let us know if you do! Our best recommendation would be a blend of arrowroot and coconut. xo!

  90. Becky says

    Do You have any thoughts on substituting tapioca or arrowroot starch for potato?
    I can taste banana if someone else is eating it ;-) So what do You think avocado might do? May need offset sweetener but it looks like there is plenty to handle it. ??
    I want fudgy rich choc cake!! OH YEAH!
    TY for all You do to help us make positive changes and still have good eats!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      tapioca can make cakes dense and gummy, so I’d stick with arrowroot, though potato is still preferred.
      As for the banana I’d recommend a sweet starchy puree such as sweet potato or beet.
      Let us know if you experiment!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      The oat for almond milk should be fine. We haven’t tried regular flour – let us know if you do!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’d recommend a blend of arrowroot and coconut. But we haven’t tried it! Let us know if you do.

  91. Dee says

    this chocolate cake looks so delicious! My grandson has sensitivity to corn and baking powder has corn starch i believe, what can I substitute for the baking powder, please?

  92. Beth Ann says

    Hello!
    This looks wonderful!
    I would prefer to use regular flour, do you think it would work to replace potato starch with unbleached white.
    If so, Would it be best to keep some almond flour, instead of replace completely? Curious what the almond flour contributes to taste and texture.
    Thank you. 🙏

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I would keep some of the almond flour because it adds light / crumbly texture. We haven’t tried using regular flour but if you do, let us know how it goes!

  93. Nikki says

    What do you think about substituting tapoioca starch for the potato starch? Thanks for your time and amazing recipes – I NEVER go wrong with Minimalist Baker!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      xo! I’d say a blend of coconut and arrowroot flour would be ideal! Let us know if you try. We haven’t tested it ourselves.

  94. Cameron says

    I would love to make this! Is there anything that can be substituted for potato starch? I don’t have very many ingredients that are out of ordinary.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’d say either a GF blend, or coconut flour and arrowroot starch mixed together. Let us know if you try!

  95. Elyse K says

    Hi! This looks so great. Do you think I could sub in arrowroot starch for the potato starch, or would it be better to use an alternate flour (coconut?). Can’t wait to make this.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That could work? I’m suggesting to others to try a GF blend, or arrowroot + coconut flour!

  96. Brenda says

    This sounds amazing! I was wondering if the potato starch can be substituted with tapioca starch? Also, there is a substantial amount of maple syrup and coconut sugar. Is it possible to cut out the coconut sugar?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      You could try cutting the coconut sugar! Just compensate with more dry ingredients as needed. As for the potato starch, I don’t recommend tapioca as it can make things gummy. Try a GF blend, arrowroot, or coconut flour instead (or a blend of these). xo!

  97. Kiriakitsa says

    Any chance that this recipe would work without adding the maple syrup and coconut sugar?
    38 grams of carbohydrates for one slice is way too much for me.
    Thank you in advance for your reply,
    Kiriakitsa

      • Jennifer says

        Hi! I’m about to try this recipe and am wondering how much monk fruit sweetener to use in place of coconut sugar? Thank you!

  98. Alisha says

    Hi! Can’t wait to try this. If I only want to make one layer of this cake – do I use 1/3 of this recipe?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      As shown these are baked in 3 6-inch pans. So I’d say halve the recipe and bake it in a standard round cake pan for 1 layer!

  99. Yajaira says

    I’m not a diet, but do I like some clean recipes. I haven’t had a chance to go to the grocery store. Can I sub coconut sugar with regular sugar and potato starch with something else?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      regular sugar should work. As for potato starch, I’d recommend a GF blend, or arrowroot + coconut flour.

  100. Jess says

    My daughter has an insane food allergy and can’t have banana. Think more applesauce could be used? Or some Aquafaba to mimic egg?

  101. Autumn says

    What would you recommend as an amount of regular flour if you didn’t use potato starch and almond flour (I don’t need this to be gluten free)? Also, could you use the same amount of regular sugar in place of coconut sugar?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Regular sugar should work. And we’re not sure about using all purpose flour for this (we haven’t tested it not gluten-free). If you try it let us know how it goes!

  102. Claire says

    Hi
    What can I substitute almond flour with ? The recipe sounds great but I have an allergy to almonds .

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      How about cashew flour / meal or another nut or seed blend? That or a blend of GF flour and coconut?

    • Marta says

      Hi!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe…any chance I can omit the coconut sugar completely and reduce the amount of Maple syrup to perhaps 1/2 a cup instead of 3/4? Thanks!

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

        That reduction should work! Just play with the dry ingredients as needed to compensate for thicker batter.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

        Perhaps but we haven’t tried that. Know that it will affect the flavor, and the texture will be different so compensate with your dry ingredients as needed.

  103. Hannah says

    Can I freeze the batter in smaller portions to bake later? I live alone and surely do not need to consume this entire cake on my own in 36 hours 😅

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ha! I’d go ahead and bake it, then freeze! Perhaps bake into small cupcakes for single servings. You can also adjust the serving size with the toggle button in the recipe box to as much or little cake as you want.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It is from our experience, but we haven’t tested it otherwise. Let us know if you experiment!

  104. Star says

    Hi there, This sounds amazing!! I have a lot of allergies and sensitivities but so many of your recipes have added variety back into my meals and baking 😍
    A quick question, could I sub oat flour instead of almond flour? And if I did that would you still reccomend potato starch?
    Thanks so much!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’d still recommend potato starch and I’m not sure about oat flour. It can be dense and gummy. Perhaps try arrowroot + coconut flour instead?

  105. Meena Gehani says

    I made this cake for my daughter’s birthday. Everyone loved the cake. She and her husband became vegan a little while ago and has been craving for a god chocolate cake.

    Thank you so much for amazing vegan recipes! My kids and I are very grateful to you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay- we’re so glad everyone enjoyed it! Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review! xo

    • Rose says

      This looks utterly amazing! Do you know if the flours could be subbed for generic gluten free plain flour? My local store doesnt sell potato starch or almond flour (I’m in the UK) but there is plenty of gf plain and self raising flour options!
      TIA xx

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

        We tested the cake specifically with these flours and can’t speak specifically to others. But if you experiment, let us know how it goes!

  106. Deborah says

    Hello! Can I use oat flour instead of potato flour for this recipe? Also, can I sub eggs for the applesauce?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oat flour and potato starch are quite different. Let us know if you try. Eggs for applesauce should work. Let us know what you try!

  107. Blake says

    The cake looks fantastic. Do you think tapioca starch would work instead of potato starch? Or are there any other substitutes for potato starch? Thanks so much for the help!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I wouldn’t recommend. Tapioca can get gummy. I’d say a GF blend, or arrowroot + coconut flour? Let us kow if you try!