Chocolate Cherry Slice

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Slice Recipe

Imagine plump, juicy, seasonal cherries encased in a beautifully moist chocolate coconut cake and topped with luscious chocolate ganache and a sprinkling of shredded organic coconut. This cake is a collision of delicious sweet and sour ingredients and contrasting textures. Great for those new to baking, as it does not require much skill and you really can’t get it wrong!

4.50 from 2 votes
Chocolate Cherry Slice
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Slice

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 521kcal


For the Cake:

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter chopped
  • 250 grams 70% dark baking chocolate chopped
  • 1 cup superfine granulated sugar or caster sugar
  • 6 large eggs lightly whisked
  • ¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour sifted
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut sifted, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder sifted
  • 2-3 cups fresh cherries pitted

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 7 tablespoons half-and-half or pouring cream
  • 150 grams 70% dark baking chocolate finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup or glucose syrup


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Combine butter and chocolate in heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave. Stir to combine.
  • Add sugar, eggs, flour, coconut, and cacao, and stir to combine.
  • Add pitted cherries and stir to combine.
  • Pour into a lined rectangular baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • While the cake cools, make the ganache. Heat the half-and-half in a saucepan until it simmers. Remove from heat, add chocolate and corn syrup, and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until just combined to avoid splitting.
  • Spread ganache on the cake and decorate with extra coconut.


Tip: You need fresh, juicy cherries for a deep cherry flavor and extra moistness, so I would suggest only making this cake when cherries are in season. Frozen cherries won’t work.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Slice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 521 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 409mg12%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 645IU13%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Chocolate Cherry Slice Recipe

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  1. Michelle Yip
    November 6, 2022

    Delicious cake. I halved the dark chocolate quantity for the cake and still found it very rich. I used a 20cm x 20cm pan and cooking time was 35 mins at 175 degrees Celsius. Easy cake for beginners.

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