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Grain Free Black Forest Cake Recipe

What German-inspired meal would be complete without Black Forest Cake? The absence of gluten allows you to enjoy traditional German fare without grains and refined sugars.

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Grain Free Black Forest Cake Recipe

The absence of gluten allows you to enjoy traditional German fare without grains and refined sugars.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 591kcal
Author: AndreAnna McLean


For the cake:

  • 10 ounces dark red cherries frozen
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 heaping tablespoon dark roast instant coffee secret ingredient!
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond butter
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ - ¾ cup 80-90 percent dark chocolate roughly chopped

For the topping:

  • 4 cups dark red cherries frozen
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup almond liqueur optional but ah-mazing!
  • Large fresh dark cherries for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a saucepan on medium, add cherries, vanilla, honey, coffee, and cocoa powder. Bring to a low boil. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Using a blender, blend until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the almond butter, eggs, baking soda, and baking powder. Pour in the cherry mixture and stir. Gently fold in the chocolate. The batter will be thick.
  • Pour into two 9x9 square or two 9-inch round baking pans (use nonstick pans or line with parchment paper). Spread the batter to about ½-inch thick in each pan. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, bring all the topping ingredients, except fresh cherries, to a slow simmer in a pan until thickened.
  • Remove the cooled cakes from the pans. Place one cake on a serving platter, top with half the topping mixture, place the other cake layer on top, and pour on the remaining half of the topping mixture.
  • If desired, garnish with fresh cherries.


Nutrition Facts
Grain Free Black Forest Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 591 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 170mg7%
Potassium 787mg22%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1540IU31%
Vitamin C 13.6mg16%
Calcium 261mg26%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* 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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Tags: Almond Butter Black Forest Cake Cherries Chocolate Dairy Free German Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Magazine Optionally Refined Sugar Free

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