Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Orange Cake

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Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Orange Cake

Hubby and I are at a cafe in Spain trying to kill time until our flight back to the UK (which is in another eight hours!). I was meant to post this blog post before we left but didn’t get the chance. It’s way too hot (for me anyway) around mid-day to go out for walks here, so I’m taking this opportunity to blog. 

Every time I post a recipe that incorporates chocolate and orange, so many of you tell me it’s one of your favourite flavour combinations. So it only made sense that I create more chocolate orange desserts!


This vegan gluten-free chocolate orange cake recipe is so rich, moist and decadent without containing any refined sugar, animal products or wheat. Made with ground almonds for lots of moisture and sweetened with whole dates instead of processed sugars so it’s high in fibre and good fats as well as vitamins and minerals.


This recipe is high in omega-3, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus and vitamin E.

I used a coconut based chocolate pudding for the frosting. You can either use a mixture of melted chocolate and milk to create a ganache or you could always use the cashew chocolate frosting I made in this recipe instead and use fresh orange juice instead of milk and add in some orange zest.


This cake is so delicious and got a big thumbs up from everyone that tried it! Now it’s your turn to try it and let me know what YOU think πŸ˜‰

Chocolate Orange Cake (Vegan & Gluten-free)
Serves 8
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  1. 1/2 cup (75g) gluten-free flour
  2. 1/2 up (50g) ground almonds
  3. 1/2 cup (85g) polenta
  4. 1.5 cups (215g) soft dates
  5. 1/3 cup (35g) cocoa powder
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp (100ml) coconut oil, melted
  9. Zest and juice of 1 orange
  10. 2 flax eggs - 2 tbsp flaxseed mixed with 5 tbsp hot water
  11. 1/2 cup (120ml) milk of choice
  1. Preheat your oven to 180*C/160*C fan assisted/350*F
  2. Make the flax eggs by mixing 2 tbsp flaxseed with 5 tbsp hot water. Leave to set for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix the flour, ground almonds, polenta, cocoa, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
  4. Add the dates to a food processor and blend until you have a paste. You can add some of the milk to make the blending process smoother.
  5. Add the date paste along with the milk, melted coconut oil and flax eggs, orange juice and zest to the flour mixture.
  6. Transfer into an 8" cake tin lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  1. Nutritional information (estimated per slice without the ganache)
  2. Calories: 276 kcal
  3. Protein: 4.4g
  4. Fat: 15.7g
  5. Carbs: 35.8g
  6. Fibre: 5.5g
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Comments 43

    1. I’ve only made it using gluten-free flour. The texture may be more moist as gluten-free tends to absorb more liquid. If you try it let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚

  1. Chocolate and citrus are lovely together, but I think I love specifically when YOU do chocolate + orange because it is always completely stunning!! And not only beautiful, but it looks super fudgey and delicious too. I love adding cornmeal/polenta to cakes and breads, the texture is awesome. And you know I love everything date-sweetened πŸ™‚ But what I am really curious about is this pudding as frosting idea! I don’t know of any vegan coconut-milk pudding over here, but I’m guessing homemade pudding could work too! It looks so dreamy I really want to try it <3

  2. Spain is a beautiful country, isn’t it? I had the best Christmas holiday when I visited two years ago! This bakery had the best whole wheat croissants and baguettes. TO DIE FOR, just like this cake! The orange and chocolate combination can’t be beat!

  3. Since oranges are different sizes and vary in the amount of juice in them, can you tell me how much orange juice in terms of cups is used in this recipe? Looking forward to trying this. Thanks!

    1. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180*C/160*C fan assisted/350*F. You can tell it’s done by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cake – if it comes out clean, it’s ready!

  4. I can’t eat rice and usually end up using Bob’s Red Mill All-purpose GF flour, but have had some major failures in the vegan/GF cake category. I’m hopeful with this one but am wondering which GF flour you prefer to use? I’ve almost given up trying to find a GF cake that tastes like, well, cake!

  5. Hi, any idea how long the cake stays fresh for? I’m hoping to make it in advance of a party this weekend but want to check how far in advance i can make it! Many thanks, Linda

  6. Hi Nadia,

    Your recipe’s are so great! I was wondering how did you make the frosting? Sorry my English is not verry good, but most of the time with a little help from Google translate i understand everything😊

  7. I don’t have any flaxseed but can I replace it with chia seeds instead? Will this work the same with the same amount?

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  8. Hi Nadia. I’m happy to find your blog and instragram. There are many good choices. Thanks for sharing.
    But I live in Brazil and I don’t know what kind of gluten-free flour I can use. Maybe rice flour??
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  9. I’m with the other commenters asking about the chocolate pudding for the frosting, did you make it yourself (if so, recipe please!), or store-bought (if so, what brand)? Thanks!

  10. Hey,
    I came here via Pinterest, because I was looking for a birthday cake for my sister. This fits the bill perfectly, so thank you!
    On another, less pleasant note: Your picture has apparently been stolen and put on Pinterest by someone who is using it to get people to go to a very fishy looking site. You might want to report that to their support. Just search for “Gluten Free vegan chocolate orange cake” (that’s how I came across it). I thought I should let you know. Sorry this happened to you!

  11. I’m thinking of making this cake for my birthday, but I need to ask.. Do you put the polenta in dry raw form or you soak it or something? If not isn’t it feel a bit like sand in the texture?

  12. I want to bake this for my cousin who needs gluten free. It will be a Christmas present. Could I use a regular egg in place of the flax egg? Will it work?

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  13. Made this last minute at dinner party as had gluten free guest and so thrilled with result . They are store cupboard ingredients and it’s so simple to make and delicious strong chocolate flavour although I used a soft cheese mix with cocoa for topping
    Am going to make it again today thanks so much

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  14. Hi Nadia, I want to bake this for my parents who celebrate their anniversary this month. How did you make the frosting? It looks amazing and I did not find the recipe on the blog. Please help.

  15. How long should this cake keep and storage instructions. Just got feedback that it’s a bit dry. I followed recipe but thinking of leaving out polenta (can feel gritty to some) maybe that was reason for dryness. I think I will increase ground almonds. Your thoughts please?

  16. Hi Nadia, just made this today for my husband who is a big fan of choc orange flavour. It was very nice however mine had a bit of a gritty texture – is this the polenta? Any suggestions to avoid this? Topped the cake with a dark choc ganache (mixed in a splash of fresh orange juice).

  17. Hi, this cake really loos delicious and would like to try it asap!! Just one thing. Do I need to cook the polenta first (like putting it in hot water till it becomes consistent) or I put it without cooking it ? Dilemma!!

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