Overview

This raw chocolate cake recipe is a perfect base for a simple, moist chocolate cake. Walnuts, pecans, dates, raisins, cocoa and vanilla combine in a food processor for a dense, raw chocolate cake. Don't forget the icing!
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    1 hour 5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    10 servings
  • Yield

    1 cake
  • Shelf Life

    5 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. In a food processor, process nuts until they are very well blended, so that they look like chunky flour. Basically, you should just see little chunky bits of nuts.
  • 2. Then, add everything else to the food processor and continue blending. You'll probably want to add the ingredients one at a time otherwise your food processor might get all munged up.
  • 3. Keep on processing until your mixture looks like a big ball of dough, like you can see in the picture. There shouldn't be big chunks of anything. You will probably see small flecks of nuts though. Once you've got a giant raw chocolate cake dough ball, then the fun begins. You do not need to dehydrate this or anything, the cake is basically done now you just need to figure out the presentation (shape and icing or whatever you want).
  • 4. Just press the dough into the desired shape for whatever you want to make. For example, just take a nice cake plate and press the dough into a cake shape. Ice it using your favourite icing, like in the picture above.
  • 5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the cake to firm up.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw chocolate cake recipes are a dime a dozen. But this raw chocolate cake recipe is a perfect base for a simple, chocolate cake.

I think of this recipe as my base for being creative. I'll make up a batch of this raw chocolate cake recipe and then get creative by layering it with fruit, making cookies, or doing whatever I feel like.

This recipe does not have to be dehydrated. Just use your food processor and it's ready to go.

If you're looking for something sweet but don't want something as time consuming to make, try raw chocolate truffles instead. They taste rather similar.

You could also split the dough in half and press half of it into a cake shape, add some fruit or icing or whatever on top of the first half, then put the remainder of the raw chocolate cake recipe on top to make a layer cake effect.

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories, and Carbohydrates.
  • This recipe is a good source of Dietary Fiber.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Iron, and Vitamin B6.

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Can the pecans be substituted with something else?
Thanks!

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Hi Gilly, it's the oil in the nuts :) You probably spun them in the food processor for a bit too long... and released the oils :) Not bad for you or anything, just a bit oilier than you would have liked, as you discovered :)

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Hi!! I just made this chocolate cake and i halved the quantities so as to make mini cakes and when i mixed all the ingredients together and then pressed it into the cake tin, some kind of oil is oozing out of the cake! Is that normal? Did i do something wrong? It takes very rich and delicious i'm just a bit considered of what the oil like substance is!!
<3 Gillycat

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Simple and yummy. Made it with your raw chocolate icing (which was divine by itself) and got really good comments.
Thank you very much for these recipes! :-)

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You are most welcome, Lilac! :)

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I made this last night! I haven't tried it yet but it seems delicious! I had to substitute the walnuts for almonds. And I made an icing with dates, water and cacao powder.

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Love!so easy to make and even my kids love

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Thank you, Emma! I'm glad the kids love it, too!

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SO good! And versatile, too. I've also made little balls and rolled them in coconut. Such a good little treat.

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Mmm, love the coconut ball concept! :) Good one, Prudence!

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Hi. What is the spread on top. I Mean the creamy later on top? How can i make it. ???recipe please. :-)

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Hi Gab, that is Raw Chocolate Icing! https://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-icing

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Just made this cake and it's a huge hit. Great combination of nuts and also sweet fruits. Next time, I'd put the chocolate in before the dates and raisins, as it got sticky before it could mix, but I just mixed it in by hand. This will be my go-to thank-you gift!

So simply and yet startlingly tasty. Thanks again for another winner!

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Nothing better than finding a great go-to recipe! :)

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Im looking forward to make this cake in my birthday :) I usually have 15 guests. Do you think I´ll have to double the recipe? Thank you!

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Suggested servings = 10, so best to double it to be on the safe side!

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Can this cake be frozen?

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Sure thing Alicia! Just defrost in fridge for at least 1 hour before eating

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this is the BEST. today is my granddaughters birthday. she asked me to make this cake for her class at school today. i made three batches and am taking it to her. she is 11 today. thanks laura for the wonderful recipes! we love them. BUY THE APP. its well worth it!

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Thanks, Ingrid! Glad the cake met your granddaughter's approval! :)

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Do you reckon I could sub some of the walnut / peacans for almonds / almond pulp? Again with the trying to use up the almond pulp.....?

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Hey Rach! Yes, but maybe keep it to half almond pulp, 1/2 regular nuts so you still get some oils

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would hazelnut meal also help. May turn it into a nutella cake ;)????

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lol yum!

Never used it myself - if you do try it, I'd use half hazelnut meal and half walnuts/pecans so that you get enough oils from the walnuts/pecans. (if there's not enough oil in the recipe it will be too dry to stick together)

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how many does this serve roughly / what size tin? Am thinking of tweaking with some hazel nut chocolate type icing and doing a layer cake with cashew cream so will only need small slices anyway.

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Hi Rach,

10 small servings :)

Re: size dish, perhaps an 8x8 dish? Here I have split the recipe into 4" springform pans

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Just made a batch of the dough and pressed it into the bottom of 12 deep cup cake cases (filled approx one third-half of depth) then made a 'topping' from apricots, almond meal, orange juice and coconut - whizzed in processor to a soft consistency (have made balls with similar mix plus tahini)- pressed on top of chocolate base to fill case then sprinkle of cocnut on top. In fridge for the night so will see how they taste tomorrow. My 3 and a half year old Daughter helped with pressing the mixtures into the cases, sprinkling the coconut and sticking in some Easter bunnies and egg sricks left over from last Easter - may be on teh list for Easter this year instead of baking!! Will let you know how they turn out!
Good to read re; liquid as I was surprised with soem liquid generated but thought would most likely firm in fridge anyway.
Just discovered your website - lots to experiment with - Thanks!

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Sounds absolutely delicious Dawn! Especially the apricot topping. Apricot + chocolate = yes!

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Amazing!!!! I have dinner party tonight and my friends specifically requested this cake for desert!!!!

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You've impressed them before with this cake, I take it! :)

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Hi - just made this. I read the comments first (always read the comments, they are so useful!) and mindful of my ancient food processor, I did each ingredient separately. Then I combined them by hand in a bowl and food processed them again in about four batches. Then I FPd those in two batches. it didn't form a dough but it was nearly there, so I pressed it down very hard into a pie dish and put it in the fridge. The drawback with this method was that the mixture tastes GREAT - so there was a considerable amount of 'spoon for the mixer, spoon for me, one for the mixer, one for me, one for...' well, you get the idea. I am bowled over with how good this tastes. I am not raw, but our oven has packed up and I am deliberately not replacing it for a while to wean the family onto healthier stuff. I can't wait to give a slice to my mum who has been diagnosed coeliac. By the way, the mixer - which cost about thirty British pounds (45ish dollars?) ten years ago is absolutely fine!! Many thanks.

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Excellent, my food processor is very small and I did the same Karen,mixed nuts with sultanas and dates in two lots, then mixed in a big bowl and put them back into the food processor a second time!!!

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:) Sounds good!

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Lol -- aah, the ol' spoon trick ;) So glad you're making it work without your oven!

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Hi!
I don't have a food processor but I have a Vitamix, can it do the job?
Thanks!

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Hi Loora, no sorry, it won't work in a Vitamix. I encourage you to pick up an inexpensive food processor ($50) and it will open up a whole new world of food options -

blender = liquidy recipes (smoothie, soup, sauce)
food processor = dry, chunkier recipes (cakes, cookies, brownie bars, nut pate etc)

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Me again!
I made this as a Yule log for Christmas. I iced it with your raw chocolate icing.
Seriously, it was so yummy. Sweet, but not too much, pretty easy and cheap, just a couple ingredients. Also, it's satisfying and it doesn't weight you down like a cake made with shortening, sugar and flour (and it's way less trouble to make!).

I chilled the dough before rolling it so that it was less sticky and soft and I also dusted my work area with raw cacao and it was real easy to roll.
I kept the cake in the fridge before icing it and I also chilled the icing before using it so that it was easier to spread.

It'S just sad that I can't make it again, I almost killed my food processor.
I own a small KitchenAid food processor, almost new but it wasn't powerful enough.
For everyone making it : soak your dates and nuts before, and really add one ingredients after the other and be careful if you don't want to buy a new food processor!

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Stéfanie, you genius you!!!!!!! This looks sooooo beautiful and festive. I might have to steal your idea and do this next year!

Thank you so much for sharing this with us, especially the picture too, which really brings it to life. It's comments like yours that make this place great.

Hopefully your food processor will survive to live another day :)

For the choco icing topping, what did you use?

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I used your recipe of chocolate icing (the one you used with your brownie recipe)
It's a bit lighter because I soaked my dates before. But once chilled, it holds perfectly, so it's easy to spread.

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Oh, and I sprinkled some coconut sugar on top. I would have used coconut, but my sister hates it !

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Love it Stéfanie! What's next on your list? I want to see more of your creations :)

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Prachi's Review

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Lovely!!!
I tried this cake and it is was so rich ant yummy. Not only me but all my family members loved it a lot.
It was so easy to make.
LOVED IT!!!

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Awesome Prachi. Way to go!

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Hi,

I just made the cake, but it was really liquidy. I think it may be because the food processor heated up too much while processing? Not sure, but I'm guessing this isn't normal. Not sure what went wrong. It tastes REALLY GOOD! Just not sure what to do with the extra liquid. I have it in the fridge now and hoping that will fix it.

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Hi Sarah! Yes, I would assume that you over-processed, which released more oils etc.

I would discard the extra liquid, and also maybe you would want to add some more ground nuts to help absorb the liquid

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I cut the recipe in half. Also used a hamburger press to shape a small cake. Made two patties, iced them with vegan banana frosting, and then stacked them for a mini birthday cake! Primo recipe.

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Genius about the hamburger press. I bet it was beautiful stacked. Would love to see a pic!

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Grace Lyndley's Review

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This is delicious. Just made it for the second time to take to a party where everyone loved it and asked for the recipe BUT I overloaded my food processor while blending and it's costing £50 for the repairs - so a rather expensive cake! I'm a bit reluctant to make it again until I know what went wrong this time. I don't like walnuts much so used soaked cashews and also don't like the fact that raisins come coated in vegetable oil, so had poured hot water on them briefly before straining to remove the oil. Do you think it was too wet? I find soaked nuts more digestible so generally do this for all recipes but won't do it in future if you think that was the problem. Maybe I'll just mix in batches next time to avoid overloading. FP is a fairly new, top of the range Magimix that has always dealt with everything I've given it before.

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Hi Grace!

Bummer about your food processor :( Not sure what might have caused it other than letting it go for too long? I don't think too wet would be the culprit.

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what icing did you use?

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HI Jema, I used my raw chocolate icing: https://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-icing

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Over-thinking things a little, but is that 1 and 1/2 cups of nuts, dates, etc. or one 1/2 cup of nuts, dates, etc.

Thank you

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Hi Nefredia,

That would be 1 and 1/2 cups

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anje's Review

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I made this chocolate cake and not only me love but also my kids and they want this to be there everyday dessert, I top it with raw chocolate frosting

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That sounds fantastic! I am about to attempt this and it's feeling very daunting, everything I bake flops, wish I had one of you girls in my kitchen.. Wish me luck, here goes..

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Did it turn out? :)

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Hi Anje,
very delicious cake. I like your beautiful cake.
I will try to make the Raw Chocolate cake.
Thanks....

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Hope you love the cake, Asmita!

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Awesome Anje! Well done. Your family is lucky to have you :)

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Claire's Review

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One of the best raw chocolate cake recipes that I have tried. This one is a winner. Thanks for sharing!

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Dear Claire, I am so glad that you enjoyed it. Did you ice it?

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LOVED this cake. Rich chewy delicious! Do you know how many calories are in it for those of us counting calories!

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You can't eat chocolate cake AND count calories ;)

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So true! lol

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Hi Heather, so glad you enjoyed the cake! Did you ice it with anything? Sorry, I am not able to provide caloric or nutritional info

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Hi, love your site. Just have one minor query - how big is a cup in the metric system, is it 250 ml? Have found some different sizes.
I'm going to try this for birthday cake in a couple of days ^^
Raw love from Sweden :)

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Hi Sofie, correct.  1 cup = 250ml :) Happy pre-bday planning!

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Hi!! I just made this chocolate cake and i halved the quantities so as to make mini cakes and when i mixed all the ingredients together and then pressed it into the cake tin, some kind of oil is oozing out of the cake! Is that normal? Did i do something wrong? It takes very rich and delicious i'm just a bit considered of what the oil like substance is!!
<3 Gillycat

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I think it is quite normal; it most probably is the oil from the nuts as you crush them. did you try keeping it in a cool place?

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Great suggestion Chantal

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Hi Gilly, it's the oil in the nuts :) You probably spun them in the food processor for a bit too long... and released the oils :) Not bad for you or anything, just a bit oilier than you would have liked, as you discovered :)

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Can the pecans be substituted with something else?
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Hi Cake Addict (cute name!)

Yes, you can use more walnuts or pumpkin seeds or cashews instead of the pecans. Hope this helps!

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That was an amazing cake! I love it and it's so simple to make.
Unfortunately my food processor didn't like it that much at all, so that is broken and that is why I have 1 question left.
Can you recommend me a good food processor which can handle all kinds of nuts... and... dates :-)

Thank you in advance and my compliments for your website and recipes :-)

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Hi Nancy, Bummer about your broken FP! Sorry about that heehee

Here is the cheap food processor that I own - it gets bad reviews on Amazon but it's cheap and it's the one I've been using for almost 4 years! I don't have a problem recommending it, it's the Black and Decker Quick and Easy: http://tinyurl.com/avdwva4

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wowee zowee! Adding water was not a great idea! Ho ho well I dont think anyone at the potluck has had much raw food before so I think Ill get away with it :) It still tastes amazing just has the consistency of concrete! Ah well I have learned something new and still have a gorgeous cake to show off with, assuming I can put it together still....

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Hi Jojo, Vitamix is awesome, but it is not the right piece of equipment for this recipe! You MUST use a food processor. A blender will not do!

Blender (vitamix) is for liquidy, wet stuff (soup, sauce, smoothie)

Food processor is for dryer stuff (cake)

Listen to my audio episode here for details :) http://www.therawtarian.com/rfp07-raw-appliances

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Oh I see! Thats what Ive been doing wrong :) OK thanks for clarifying that

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Hope that helps Jojo  :)

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Hello there from the west country England! Loving your fabulous site and half way through making this delectable cake as going to a pot luck tomorrow but Im so frustrated, as my mind numbingly expensive vitamix blender keeps overheating! I thought this expensive piece of kit would handle anything I threw at it. Should I add water? I did a little but that doesnt seem to be solving the issue completely. Sofar I'm scooping out larger bits to blend and then suppose I'll have to do the final bit by hand at the end...OR am I making some obvious mistake? Please share any pearls of wisdom re my blender or my technique? Thank you :)

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I just discovered your website and made the chocolate cake last night and absolutely loved it! My husband and I are vegan and starting to incorporate more raw recipes in our diet and this one is great! I plan to try the lemon bars next. So nice to have a dessert that's not filled with processed sugars and other things I can't pronounce!

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Hi Christa, glad to have you here! So glad you liked the cake. The lemon bars are a definite hit (surprising to me!) so I do recommend them as a good next step :)

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Hi!
I would love to try this but really don't like raisins. Can I leave them out entirely or should I replace them with something?
Thanks! Love your site :-)

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Hi Torri, glad to have you here! You can replace the raisins with more dates :)

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Is there an alternative to dates? I'm wicked allergic to them...

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Hi A, in this recipe you can use raisins or prunes instead of the dates

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hi! can i use almonds instead of Pecan?

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Yes you can use almonds instead of pecans in this recipe

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OH. MY. GOSH!!!!!! Thank you for you dedication to all things raw AND beautiful!!! I am so excited about trying this! Thank you <3

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MY. PLEASURE. KatWoman!! <3

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Delicious! I soaked the walnuts because they're quite bitter and it turned out fine. Haven't iced it yet, I think I'll just drizzle some cacao powder mixed with coconut oil for a more chocolaty flavor ;)

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Yum! You may want to add a sweetener to your caco + coco oil combo :) Or try this icing instead: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-icing

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I made this cake yesterday with the chocolate frosting and its DELICIOUS!!! Im so amazed how Raw Food can be so delicious and addictive!! Thank you for your recipes!!

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I am so glad you liked it! It is fun discovering recipes that are both tasty and good for you :)

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I wonder if you can also substitute cacao nibs instead of cacao pawder. It is probably a silly question but I am looking for ways to re-use my leftover nibs from my brewed Choffy. Any suggestions? Much mahalo.

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I found another raw cake recipe that specifies not to soak the nuts. How do you think this would affect the consistency? Less moist?

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dry nuts - can be turned into flour in a food processor

soaked nuts that are wet - will NOT process well in a food processer - they won't turn into flour, they will just kinda bounce around and because they are wet they won't grind up properly

hope that helps

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Wait--so then are you saying, for the cake, you should NOT soak the nuts? I'm confused.

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Thanks for posting this- I'm going to try it for my daughter's birthday - it looks terrific- but how to you fluff things up with Lecithin in the icing?

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Wow! Looks so delicious! I am going to try that one...

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Awesome Lys - if you make let me know how it turns out

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Made this cake for my wife's birthday yesterday. It was my first time ever making a raw cake, it was so easy and came out great!
I made two layers, pureed some organic frozen raspberries and a little agave for the middle filing and placed the 2nd layer on top. Made your raw frosting (which was also very easy to make and took very little time), added 2 tbs of coconut flour to thicken it up. My wife (who has made a lot of vegan cakes), loved it! Thank You!

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You are a good hubs! :)

Not only did you make a good-looking sounding raw cake, it sounds pretty gourmet with all the layers!

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Hi Laura-Jane,
Just two days ago I made your raw chocolate cake and decorate with the raw chocolate icing as a birthday cake for my friend who is on a raw diet. I cut down a little bit of the dates and raisins as my friend does not take too sweet. Everyone at the party loved it. I have been making vegan cakes and special diet cakes for people for quite a few years. This is my very first attempt making a raw cake. I absolutely love it. The recipe is simple and easy. The taste is yummy!! I'm going to try your other recipes soon. Hope you will continue to share your lovely creations. Thank you very much and God bless.

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Juliana, all the best to you and may you make many more lovely raw cakes for friends and fam :)

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I just made this delicious cake (so easy!) and then decided to make it orange and chocolate flavored by adding the zest of 2 oranges and the juice of one. Gives it a lighter and brighter taste. I plan to use your Raw Fruit Dip as the frosting, which I dyed green with a bit of spirulina! Thanks! This will be the perfect cake for my friend's going away party (he's moving to a farm on Kauai).

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Awesome ideas Ayla!! Thank you for sharing - what a great idea to dye the icing green with spirulina!!

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What is the frosting in the picture on the cake?

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Try this choco frosting Sheri: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-frosting-recipe

 

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I'm a newbie raw foodist. Yesterday was my birthday I just couldn't go without a chocolate cake. Although I was skeptical I LOVED IT! I made a raspberry sauce to go over top (raspberries, agave syrup, and fresh lemon juice in a blender). YUM!!! Even my husband liked it. He thought it was a little like brownies.

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Congrats on even having hubs like it! That's the big challenge :)

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PS: Happy belated bday!

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Laura-Jane,
I can't wait to mix up your raw chocolate cake, my mouth is just watering!

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Enjoy Connie! Let me know what you think :)

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I've heard that you can make an icing from avocados. :)

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Yes, it's true. There are tons of great sweet recipes that use avocado for creaminess. :)

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I don't know if it would work the same, but my FAVOURITE raw dessert is Chocolate Mousse:

1 avocado
1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2-3 tbsp agave nectar
A dash of vanilla essence
Splash of water

Blend it up to the required consistency.

I thought I'd mention it, as MAYBE, if it were really thick (TINY splash of water! Or mash the mixture rather than blend) it may suit to put on the top of a cake. I might be wrong though! But if it doesn't work out, it's still yummy!

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Have you tried blending a ripe avocado and mango together with cacao?!!! If not you should....no sweetener needed as mangoes are generally sooo deliciously sweet! This is my go to mock chocolate mousse!!! Let me know what you guys think!!!

Loads of love from Perth, Western Australia

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No I have never tried that combo but it sounds DIVINE! It is hard to get a good mango here. Can I come visit and you can feed me some?

Australia is somewhere I definitely need to go. Like, now!

Love from Canada right back atcha! :)

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Sarah,
While reading this post on Laura-Jane's raw chocolate cake, of which I can't wait to try, I came across your Avocado Mousse.
I just now ran to my kitchen and mashed up my Avocado & added the other organic ingredients and OMG! This is truly delicious and so quick to prepare.
I hope you don't mind me reposting your recipe to my website and I will be giving you full credit.
Thank you so much!

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Wow, that sounds awesome Sarah! I will have to pick up a nice fresh avo and give it a whirl. :)

Thanks for sharing, looks like a very nice, simple recipe--my faves!

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Yum yum yum.

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Yum!

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what is your favorite icing recipe?

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I haven't had much luck with raw icings, to be honest. I tend to dislike raw icing recipes that use bananas (even though I love bananas in general). Banana-based icings discolor and get kind of slimey after the first day, in my opinion.

I have a nice white icing recipe that I haven't tried yet that uses lecithin granules to make it fluffy. Once I make that, I'll review it. I don't tend to make many cakes because we are a small household and raw cakes are so dense.

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we like to use a very simple raw chocolate mousse recipe we found- just avocado, cocoa, and either honey or agave for the sweetner. i dont have the exact recipe handy, but i just wing it anyway. enough avocados to ice whatever size cake yoiu have, add cocoa to make it dark, add sweetener to taste. easy, nicely spreadable and pipable with a pastry bag, tastes great. =)

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Hi Onion - sounds so simple and yet so good!

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Hi from Perth,Western Australia. Is the raw cocoa powder you use for this yummy recipe actually raw organic Cacao or regular cocoa?

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Hi Helen,

Yes, I would recommend using raw organic cacao in this recipe. But if you don't have it at home, I'd just throw in the regular cocoa.

You could also use raw carob powder, but carob is not as flavourful as cocoa so you'd want to replace one part cocoa with 2-1/2 parts carob powder.

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Has anyone tried this delicious cake? Do you have a favourite raw chocolate cake?

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I'm new to the whole raw food thing but I just made this cake this afternoon. It's so gorgeous and easy to make and it tastes really rich too! Will definitely be making it for my boyfriend this weekend - he'll love it! Thanks for a brilliant website!

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I made this cake yesterday and it is super duper good!

Thank you.

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I made this as my birthday cake, I loved it so much!
I put raw chocolate icing on top and it became the perfect Raw mud cake.
so good!

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Yum!! Happy belated bday :)

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How long will this keep for? I would like to make it a day or two ahead.

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A day ahead is fine.

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But I wouldn't ice it until a few hours before.

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I tried this raw cake and it was soooo delish! I topped it with fresh raspberries. my boyfriend loved it to. thanks!

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So glad you liked it, Sarah! I bet it was absolutely delicious with raspberries. Anything that the boyfriend loves is a keeper! :)

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