Indulgent Jaffa Celebration Cake


This would have to be my most favourite gluten-free chocolate cake in the world. I share a slight adaptation here of beautiful functional nutritionist Sheridan Austin’s ‘Incredibly Decadent Chocolate Cake’ available on her website. With a love of celebration – and essential oils – you can see what I have done to create the most indulgent gluten-free jaffa celebration cake in the world! Now I DOUBLE this recipe to create an exquisite four-layered celebration cake that will have everyone talking!

3 cups almond meal
¼ cup coconut flour
½ cup arrowroot (or ½ cup cacao powder for more chocolate flavour)
4 eggs
3 tsp vanilla essence
2 drops organic orange essential oil
1 tsp bi-carbonate soda
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
½ cup coconut oil
1 cup coconut cream
¾ cup maple syrup
Pinch of salt

Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Combine all ingredients in your blender or bowl and mix well until fully combined.
Scoop into a lined cake tin (I also lined the edges), and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer or knife comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on your bench top.

1 cup thick coconut cream (I use the Ayam brand)
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup cacao butter
4½ tbsp cacao powder
110g avocado flesh (1 medium avocado)
Roughly 1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 drops organic orange essential oil

Melt down the coconut oil and cacao butter, and then blend all ingredients together until well combined.
Taste the mixture to ensure there is enough sweetness for you and your audience, and adjust if required.
Allow to cool just slightly before drizzling it over the cake. This will allow it to thicken slightly and to ensure it does not drizzle all the way off.
With doubling the recipe, I like to cut each cake in half so I have 4 layers and then drizzle over each layer. Set in the fridge and then remove half an hour before required.
Enjoy every incredibly indulgent and delicious mouthful!


Vanessa Finnigan is the founder, editor and publisher of Holistic Bliss.
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