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Chocolate Matcha Cake (Gluten, Dairy & Refined Sugar FREE)

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Chocolate Matcha Cake (Gluten, Dairy & Refined Sugar FREE)

How festive (and cute) does this Chocolate Matcha Cake look?! During the holidays we all want to feel cozy and enjoy some quality time with our families sharing a home cooked meal. The problem is that most of the times, we get a little carried away with our favorite Christmas treats…

Trust me, I know what that feels like! I used to spend my holidays in Italy feeding myself with Panettone and mascarpone cream, ending up feeling sick and munching on carrot sticks to get back in shape

To give this healthy chocolate cake a bit of a festive twist, I decided to bake it in a gingerbread man mold and to give it a snowy effect by dusting the mold (previously greased with coconut oil) with a sprinkle of rice flour.

Whether you are on a gluten free diet or you simply want to eat gluten free, this little guy will make you drool.

He has a dark chocolate body, an apricot jam heart and some delicious matcha green tea buttons…

What more can you ask for??!!

Here below you can find the recipe for my Chocolate Matcha Cake, and if you are looking for more healthy gluten free recipes, check my EBook “Healthy Italian Desserts Made Simple” that collects all of my most delicious recipes, all gluten, sugar and dairy free!

Chocolate Matcha Cake





No. of


    • 150 gr Rice Flour
    • 25 gr Tigernut Flour (or Hazelnut Flour)
    • 25 gr Sweet Potato Starch (or Potato Starch)
    • 20 gr Cacao
    • 2 Yolks (or 2 egg replacers)
    • 220 ml Coconut Milk
    • 15 gr Honey
    • 20 gr Coconut Oil, melted
    • 1 tbsp Sweet Dessert Wine (Moscato)
    • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 15 gr Baking Powder

For the Matcha Cream

    • 4 gr Green Tea Matcha Powder
    • 1 tsp Honey
    • 1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Milk

For the Toppings

  • 30 gr 100% Dark Chocolate
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free Apricot Jam
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Sift all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add in the yolks and the wet ingredients, mixing well in order to avoid lumps.
  3. Lastly, add in the baking powder and fold it in gently.
  4. Pour the batter in a cake mold (grease it with coconut oil and sprinkle some rice flour over it to prevent from sticking)
  5. Bake for 40 minutes and let it cool in the oven for 10 more minutes.
  6. Melt the dark chocolate in a bain-marie and, helping yourself with a spoon, shower it over the cake with a spoon. Add some coconut flakes
  7. Mix all the ingredients for the matcha cream in a small bowl, transfer it in a pastry bag and decorate the cake to your pleasure
  8. Slice the cake and enjoy it with some apricot jam!

This recipe was linked to “Gluten-Free Wednesdays”, “Only Taste Matters” “Miz Helen’s Country Cottage“ and  “The Better Baker“.

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Ambra Torelli
Born and raised in Italy, Ambra visited over 20 countries and now she divides her time in between Italy and the US, where her husband is from and where she moved in 2011 work as university professor of Italian Literature. She writes about food, travel and things that inspire her! more about ambra

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  • Miz Helen December 13, 2016 7:17 pm

    What a great idea for the holidays, this is adorable! Thanks for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    • ambra December 13, 2016 8:34 pm

      Thanks so much Helen! I am so glad you liked this… it’s such a delicious festive cake!!

  • Elle @ Only Taste Matters December 14, 2016 11:24 am

    This looks delicious! I am featuring it tonight on Allergy-Free Thursdays. Can’t wait to see what you share this week!

    • ambra December 14, 2016 1:02 pm

      Oh wow! Thanks Elle! I am super excited about that! Can’t wait to see it love and I am already starting to think about new dishes to share!!

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