Christmas series: Chocolate cake!

Tonight, I am finally, officially on Christmas break! Hooray! What better way to start the break than to share my newest chocolate cake recipe! Yay!


This cake is quite dense, which makes it perfect for a layered cake. For this, I used cranberry sauce and coconut frosting: perfect match!


Here is what you need:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 cups rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cups or 250 g of hazelnuts
  • coconut oil for greasing the mold

Here is what you need to do:

  1. In your food processor, grind the hazelnuts until you have a fine powder. If you want hazelnut chunks in your cake, you can put some aside and add them in the food processor when you already have a nice powder. Pulse for a few seconds.
  2. In your blender or food processor, mix the bananas, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and milk. Blend until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, pour your chocolaty mix, the flour and hazelnuts. With a wooden spoon, mix until all the flour is incorporated.
  4. Grease your cake mold, pour your cake mix in and put in your preheated oven at 350F. Let cook for 30 minutes or until a dry toothpick comes out clean and dry.
  5. Let the cake cool before you put the cream on. You can also cut your cake in two to make a layer cake.


This cake is very chocolaty and has a very nice texture because of the hazelnuts.


The cranberry sauce really balances out the sweetness, and the coconut cream adds a little bit of freshness to the ensemble.


Please try it out and let me know what you think!



22 thoughts on “Christmas series: Chocolate cake!

    • The Lighthearted Kitchen says:

      hum… I never tried it! Sounds like you might onto some experimental cooking! 🙂 Maybe tapioca or potato flour would make the cake lighter? You’ll have to try it out and let me know how it goes! 🙂

  1. Ed Beilin says:

    Hi, at the end you mentioned to put “cream” on top, but I don’t see that ingredient your list. Did you refer to the Coconut milk? ( 1 cup) Thanks

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