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The start of a chocolate cake
I started making dairy and gluten-free chocolate cake to show a man I liked him – I confess a little stereotypical. I met Matt kayaking grade 3 rivers. As we dated, I learnt he couldn’t have dairy or gluten and loved chocolate cake. I love eating and making cake, so I took to the kitchen to experiment, making a cake that didn’t compromise in taste. It must have worked as we now have two sons!
As it turned out, my oldest son was diagnosed with dairy intolerance at a young age. Luckily, he didn’t have to miss out on eating at birthday parties or family get-togethers. I must say, over the past four years, thankfully, many supermarkets in the UK have stepped up with their dairy and gluten-free products. I can hear the sigh of relief, knowing you will be able to find the ingredients easily.
Unless you pay a fortune for a specialist cake maker, I think homemade cake taste different to shop-bought dairy and gluten-free cake. The ones we have tried from supermarkets have been disappointing – the texture is dry, crumbly and tastes overly sweet. By the time you’ve made this recipe a couple of times, you can tweak it to your preferences. For example, depending on how sweet your tooth is, you can potentially reduce the sugar slightly.
What about this cake?
This cake is so simple to make that my 11yr old niece bakes it with ease. All you need a hand mixer, weighing scales and cake tin. I have no finesse in the kitchen. I usually measure and throw the ingredients together, so if I can do it – anyone can.Print
Shopping List for the Dairy & Gluten-free chocolate cake
- Vitalite dairy free marg
- Caster sugar
- Doves Farm gluten-free flour
- I prefer dairy-free Moo milk chocolate
- Sainsbury’s pitted black cherries in light syrup
- Any dark chocolate, dairy-free cocoa powder, chocolate chips and baking powder that are on offer
*TIP* Our family have intolerances. We do not need to ensure the factory is also gluten-free. If this is the case for your family, check the ingredients as many supermarkets like Aldi has gluten-free products without advertising them as gluten-free.
The cake is very moist and doesn’t need anything else, but you can serve it with dairy-free ice cream. Make sure you hide a piece if you live with hungry loved ones. Enjoy x
Thank you Jen for this recipe – it sounds oh so yummy and the fact that it’s also gluten free is a plus! Cristina has developed a slight intolerance to it so she avoids it at all costs. But in a house of bakers, it’s quite the challenge!
Alas, there will be more recipes we will develop around the gluten-free and vegan concepts, so stay tuned as well!