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Decadent 5-Layer Raw Black Forest Cake


Why eat a Black Forest cake from the grocery made with refined oil, bleached flour and refined sugar when instead you could indulge your friends and loved ones with this whole foods, rich, 5-layer chocolate, coconut and cherry cake divine for any occasion?

It was my dearest sister’s birthday anniversary and to celebrate the joyous occasion I made her a raw and vegan version of her favourite cake: the Black Forest.

Why eat a Black Forest cake from the grocery made with refined oil, bleached flour and refined sugar when instead you could indulge your friends and loved ones with this whole foods, rich, 5-layer chocolate, coconut and cherry cake divine for any occasion?
Why eat a Black Forest cake from the grocery made with refined oil, bleached flour and refined sugar when instead you could indulge your friends and loved ones with this whole foods, rich, 5-layer chocolate, coconut and cherry cake divine for any occasion?
Why eat a Black Forest cake from the grocery made with refined oil, bleached flour and refined sugar when instead you could indulge your friends and loved ones with this whole foods, rich, 5-layer chocolate, coconut and cherry cake divine for any occasion?
Whole food sources of healthy fats and natural sugars.

“Real food doesn't have ingredients, real food is ingredients.” ~Jamie Oliver

So what’s in this cake? Only wholesome goodness. Here are the layers:

  1. Almond Cherry Crust: almonds, cherries, dates, cocoa powder

  2. Chocolate Cream Layer: avocados, dates, cocoa powder, cherries

  3. Chocolate Buckwheat Layer: sprouted buckwheat, cocoa powder, raisins, vanilla

  4. Coconut Cream Layer: coconut meat, shredded coconut, vanilla, cherries

  5. Chocolate Cream Layer: as above

… and then top the cake with loads of pretty toppings of your choosing; I kept it simple and used coconut flakes, frozen cherries and cocoa nibs.

Fun Fact: did you know buckwheat is not really a form of 'wheat' despite what the name may suggest? This seed is actually gluten free, and related to rhubarb. Sprouted buckwheat has a very nutty and earthy taste, which pairs wonderfully with the chocolate and cherry flavours. No sprouted buckwheat? No problem! Suggestions are in the recipe below for what to use instead.

And now for more pretty pictures of cake :

Why eat a Black Forest cake from the grocery made with refined oil, bleached flour and refined sugar when instead you could indulge your friends and loved ones with this whole foods, rich, 5-layer chocolate, coconut and cherry cake divine for any occasion?
Why eat a Black Forest cake from the grocery made with refined oil, bleached flour and refined sugar when instead you could indulge your friends and loved ones with this whole foods, rich, 5-layer chocolate, coconut and cherry cake divine for any occasion?

Happy Birthday, Anniversary, graduation or milestone!

… and in my case: happy birthday, big sis. Love you!

 

Decadent 5-Layer Raw Black Forest Cake

Recipe PDF

▸ ▹ Vegan, raw, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 30 min

Total Time: 6 hrs 30 min (includes freezing time)

INGREDIENTS: THE ALMOND CHERRY CRUST

2 cups (200 g) raw almonds

1 cup (120 g) dried tart cherries

1 cup (175 g) dates, pitted

2 Tbsp (15 g) raw cocoa powder

INGREDIENTS: THE CHOCOLATE CREAM LAYER

2 avocados

1/2 cup (85 g) dates, pitted

1 cup (225 g) frozen cherries

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (60 g) dried tart cherries

INGREDIENTS: THE CHOCOLATE BUCKWHEAT LAYER

1/2 cup (85 g) sprouted buckwheat, sprouted 2-3 days (or use cashews, walnuts, or almonds if preferred)

1 Tbsp (8 g) raw cocoa powder

3/4 cup (115 g) black raisins (or dates)

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

INGREDIENTS: THE COCONUT CREAM LAYER

4 baby coconuts, meat only (or 1 can full-fat coconut milk)

1/2 cup (40 g) unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract

1 cup (225 g) fresh or frozen cherries, pitted (optional)

INGREDIENTS: THE GARNISH