The inspiration for this chocolate cake come from a typical Bulgarian chocolate cake called Garash cake, which traditionally has multiple layers and is made with flour and lots of powdered sugar. My interpretation has no flour and uses coconut sugar!
The chocolate cake is gluten free, refined sugar free, and so darn decadent! The cake is super moist and will stay very fresh in the fridge for 3 days.
Using walnuts to replace flour
This recipe only uses walnuts for the sheet layer. Use a food processor to break the walnuts down into a rough meal consistency. If you break them down too much the cake will have more of a smooth texture, and if you leave them a bit more chunky, the cake will have more of a rough texture which I love. Both are good. It’s just a matter of preference. Nuts are a great substitute for the traditional wheat flour used in baked goods. I also like using almonds and macadamia nuts. Checkout my Gluten Free Chocolate & Orange Cake which uses almonds and is also dairy free.
Using coconut sugar instead of cane sugar
Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index (35) compared to cane sugar (60-65). But that’s not the only reason I like it as it also adds a really nice caramel flavor to the cake.
13 thoughts on “Chocolate Walnut Cake (GF)”
Is this recipe keto friendly? Can I swap out the coconut sugar for other keto friendly sugars like Erythritol or Stevia?
if you swap out the coconut sugar for Erythritol or Stevia then it is keto! Dessi is working on some keto desserts right now..stay tuned 😉
Great, I am looking for Keto desserts!
this one is not Keto Cynthia!!! But Dessi is working on a couple keto desserts now.
Your recipes are so inspiring, you need to have your own TV cooking show. You explain everything so well, I was actually giggling with happiness while watching??? I will be making the bread it looks delish , and so many other things from your site.
Thanks so much Fran, I really appreciate that! Let me know how the recipes go 🙂
Would this cake be ok for diabetics? Thank you.
i think you would need to replace the coconut sugar with stevia to make it ok for diabetics. We have some keto desserts coming soon, those will be right up your alley!
I’ll be giving this and your banana recipe a try. They both look amazing
Do you think it’d be ok to swap walnut flour for almond flour?
there is no almond flour in the recipe!
Is coconut sugar Keto friendly?
No, it is not keto friendly.