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Gluten Free Black Forest Trifle


5 from 2 votes
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Gluten Free Black Forest Trifle

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


For the chocolate cake:

  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened plain or vanilla soy , rice, flax, or almond milk
  • ¼ cup nut or vegetable oil (I used macadamia; walnut or almond would be nice, too)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee or 2 teaspoons caffeine-free instant coffee substitute
  • 30-40 drops plain or vanilla liquid stevia , to your taste
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons Ricki’s all-purpose gluten-free flour mix
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

For the chocolate mousse:

  • 1 can (14-ounces/400 ml) full-fat coconut milk (I prefer Thai Kitchen)
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup plain or vanilla rice milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 15-30 drops plain or vanilla stevia extract , to taste
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract , optional
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum

For the cherry filling:

  • 3 cups frozen unsweetened cherries
  • 2-4 tablespoons coconut sugar , to your taste
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract , optional
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Make the cake ahead of time: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray. In a coffee grinder, grind the coconut sugar until powdery. Transfer to a small bowl and whisk in the milk, oil, vinegar, vanilla, coffee, and stevia. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients and whisk just to moisten—do not over-mix! Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until a tester comes out clean, rotating the pan about halfway through. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a rack to cool completely. When ready to use, cut into small cubes.
  • Make the mousse ahead of time: Place all ingredients except xanthan gum in a high-powered blender (such as a Vita Mix) and blend until silky smooth. Add the xanthan gum and blend again. Refrigerate until ready to use, at least 6 hours.
  • Make the cherry filling: Place the cherries, coconut sugar, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Allow to cook, stirring frequently, until the cherries give off enough juice to cover the bottom of the pot and prevent scorching. Add the lemon juice and almond extract. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the cherries are completely cooked and soft, 20-25 minutes (there will still be quite a bit of juice in the bottom of the pot). Turn the heat to low. Remove 3-4 tablespoons of the cherry liquid to a small bowl and allow to cool down for a couple of minutes. Add the cornstarch to the bowl and stir vigorously until combined and there are no lumps remaining. Slowly pour this liquid back into the pot, stirring constantly, until the cherry filling thickens, about 1 minute. Turn off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • To assemble the trifle: In a decorative bowl or 6 small individual serving bowls, spoon a thin layer of mousse. Top with a layer of cherry filling, a layer of cubed cake squares, more mousse, and more cherry filling. If desired, top the entire thing with coconut whipped cream. Chill until ready to serve, at least 4 hours.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Black Forest Trifle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 499 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Sodium 199mg8%
Potassium 549mg16%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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  3. Deanna Paglia
    November 21, 2020

    This is one of the most delicious and decadent desserts that I have ever made! Granted, it is a bit time consuming, but absolutely worth it!

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