Everybody loves chocolate cake. I mean, name one who does not eat chocolate cake, right? It is rich in flavor and is gluten-free.
I, for one, am a choco cake fanatic. Moist cake and a semi-sweet frosting is heaven for me. It all started with my mom’s hand-me-down cake recipe from my aunt. The cake she bakes is heaven in every bite.
The Popular Chocolate Cake
It is either made of melted chocolate, cocoa powder, or both. Others use fudge, vanilla creme, and other sweeteners. Its history goes way back to 1764. It was Dr. James Baker who discovered chocolate cake. He made it by grinding cocoa beans between two massive circular millstones.
There are variants of chocolate cake. This includes black forest cake, devil’s food cake, molten chocolate cake and others.
You may ask why gluten is so popular these days. It is controversial because of the negative effects it has to people with Celiac disease. It is safe for most of us, but those with a digestive disorder, it may have negative effects.
But, what is gluten? Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains, like wheat, rye, spelt and barley. It has glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin is responsible for most of the negative effects.
It can be bad news for some people with health conditions, like celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, and others.
Gluten Is Not For Everyone
Gluten is fine for people who can tolerate it. Those with certain health conditions can cause problems.
- Celiac Disease – This is the most severe form of gluten intolerance. It is an autoimmune disorder and involves the body treating gluten as a foreign invader. The immune system attacks the gluten, as well as the lining of the gut. This damages the gut wall and may cause nutrient deficiencies, anemia, and severe digestive issues. Symptoms of celiac disease are digestive discomfort, tissue damage in the small intestines, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headache, tiredness, skin rashes, depression, weight loss and foul-smelling feces.
- Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity – Many people who do not test positive for celiac disease, but still react negatively to gluten. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include diarrhea, stomach pains, exhaustion, bloating and depression.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Wheat Allergy and Others – Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition, but many people are able to manage their symptoms with diet, lifestyle changes, and stress management. Some causes are abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas and diarrhea. A gluten-free diet may benefit individuals with this disease.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe
Some people are unable to eat the food that most people can enjoy. Here is a recipe from Dr. Axe that even those with gluten-sensitivity can enjoy.
It uses ingredients that are gluten-free.
Try it and enjoy:
- 2 cups gluten-free flour
- 2 cups coconut sugar
- 3/4 cup cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1–1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 spiced chocolate frosting recipes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
Mix flour, sugar, cacao, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
Add coconut milk, oil, eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
Distribute batter evenly between cake pans and bake for 30–35 minutes or until cooked through.
Allow to cook through. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing from cake pans.
Spread cold frosting evenly over one cake and then stack other. Cover with frosting again and serve.