Healthy Chocolate Cake

by Erin @ Food Doodles on June 6, 2021

This healthy chocolate cake is super moist, and chocolaty. It’s made a little healthier with whole wheat flour and sweetened with honey or coconut sugar. It can also easily be made gluten-free and vegan!

This chocolate cake is seriously moist and because it’s whole grain and honey- or coconut sugar-sweetened, it’s healthier than your traditional chocolate cake, but you won’t miss out on taste!

It’s every bit as delicious as the best chocolate cake you’ve ever had.

healthy chocolate cake slice on white plate

Traditional or a healthy version?

You have options with this terrific cake. You can make a classic non-healthy cake or a healthier cake that tastes just like a traditional one. But why not make it as healthy as possible when it tastes just as great?!

You can use:

  • Regular flour, whole wheat or gluten-free flour
  • Regular eggs or chia eggs
  • Regular sugar, coconut sugar, or honey
  • Whatever neutral tasting oil you like

In this recipe, I have listed a lot of options for flour, sweetener and eggs. Each version is just as delicious, but you can tell a difference between the version with 1 cup of honey versus 2 cups of granulated / coconut sugar.

ingredients for making healthy chocolate cake

The honey version is clearly less sweet than the other one but covered with the frosting, I think it’s still sweet enough!

In case you’d like to make this cake egg-free or vegan, you can make this healthy chocolate cake with chia eggs. It works great.

Additionally, you have several choices for flour: whole wheat, white whole wheat, whole spelt or all-purpose flour. I’ve tried them all, and they all work.

For a gluten-free version, I used my favorite gluten-free baking mix, this one from Bob’s Red Mill. Other brands might work in this recipe, but I can’t guarantee it because I haven’t tested it.

cake being lifted up on cake server

There’s a huge difference in baking times depending on which combination of flour, sugar and egg you use. 

I was so surprised and sure that I was mistaken, I baked another round of cakes that same night. The different baking times for the cakes were correct, and I had a lot of fabulous cakes to eat. It’s a good thing they freeze well. 😉

healthy chocolate cake with chocolate curls on top

The Frosting

When I originally posted this recipe, I posted it as a 9″x13″ cake with a different frosting recipe. It was a mix of cocoa powder, honey or maple syrup, coconut oil, and nut butter to create some healthy chocolate fudge frosting.

Chocolate Avocado Frosting Option

But it was too runny to fill this layer cake, so I went with a different option. What you see on this cake is my Chocolate Avocado Frosting.

You can find the recipe along with the cake recipe below, but be sure to check out the post about it on my other blog for more details and substitution questions. Read more here → Chocolate Avocado Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting Option

If you don’t mind some powdered sugar, this Healthier Cream Cheese Frosting is amazing on this cake! The yield is perfect for this healthy chocolate cake if you want to fill just the middle and slather some on top, like you see in the photos. 

If you want to frost the sides as well, use these amounts:

  • 16 ounces (450 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups (160 grams) powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extractclose-up of healthy chocolate cake

Chocolate Fudge Frosting Option

I’ve also made this cake with my Paleo Vegan Chocolate Fudge Frosting and it so rich and luscious! It uses chocolate chips so it’s not refined sugar-free but still not terribly unhealthy, in comparison to other recipes.

Double the recipe if you want enough to fill the middle + the top. Triple it if you want to have enough for the sides.

3-ingredient Whipped Ganache Option

This Vegan Chocolate Frosting just uses chocolate chips, coconut milk and salt. That’s it! It’s really easy to make. It yields enough to fill the middle, top and sides and looks like this.

chocolate fudge frosting

Topping Ideas

I went with chocolate curls for a classy look. Some other natural topping ideas would be fresh berries or even crushed dried raspberries.

I’ve read about ColorKitchen Rainbow Sprinkles from Nature, but I haven’t tried them (we don’t have them in Germany, so I’d have to order them from the US). If you have tips on good naturally colored sprinkles, please send them my way!

Chopped nuts are also a nice choice.

The Piping

If you want to get fancy with the frosting and want to make some designs, you’ll need about 1.5x the frosting. You won’t use all of it, but you can freeze it without a problem. You’ll also need to chill it long enough so that it’s firm enough to pipe.

If you are new to piping and want to learn more, I found this Piping 101 Manual that I thought would be pretty helpful.

cut into healthy chocolate cake

Questions about this cake?

Can I use a different egg replacer?
I’ve only tried chia eggs in this cake, and I was quite surprised that it worked. I often have problems with egg subs in cakes. It’s possible that other egg replacers would
work if you’ve used them in other cake recipes with good results, but I can’t be positive as I haven’t tested it.

Can I really use any type of oil for the cake?
You can use any neutral-tasting oil like light olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, or grapeseed oil, etc. If you use unrefined coconut oil, you will likely taste some coconut in your cake. If you use refined, you won’t taste the coconut at all. So, I recommend refined coconut oil (but you should definitely melt it).

If you use olive oil, can you taste it in the cake?

I used extra-virgin olive oil, which you can taste in the batter and when the cake is hot out the oven. But once the cake cools, you won’t taste it at all. I used Aldi or Lidl extra-virgin olive oil, it wasn’t a super expensive or strong one. If you’re worried about it, use light olive oil (the light refers to the taste and not calories).

Can I use butter?

You probably could, but know that the cake won’t be as moist because butter is 80-82% fat and oil is 100% fat.

If I make the GF version, can I use a different gluten-free flour mix?

I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, and the cake was fabulous. If you have found a different brand that works as a sub for all-purpose flour, then it could work here. But I can’t guarantee it’d be as perfect both in texture and taste as Bob’s version.
You cannot use almond flour, coconut flour, or any other grain-free flour for this recipe. It’s just totally ridiculous that I haven’t got a paleo chocolate cake recipe, but I’m working on it!

full healthy chocolate cake on cake stand

Does the GF version taste gluten-free?

Not at all! This cake tastes just like it was made using regular all-purpose flour. At least that’s true with the gluten-free flour mix I used and after the cake has cooled off.

Does the whole wheat version taste like cardboard?

Absolutely not! This whole wheat chocolate cake tastes like it was made with regular all-purpose flour. The cocoa powder, oil and sugar cover-up that wheaty taste that makes most whole wheat cakes a little less exciting. No worries with this one if you follow the recipe and use the recommended ingredients.

Can I reduce the sugar?

Reducing sugar also reduces moisture, so unless you prefer a dry cake, don’t go overboard. Don’t try reducing the sugar to 1/2 cup or some absurd small amount, because it won’t be terrific like the cake we have here today. I think using 1 1/2 cups of sugar would be fine, but I don’t recommend stretching it beyond that.

The honey version already has a reduced amount (1 cup of honey instead of 2 cups of sugar), so I don’t recommend reducing it more than that!

step by step process shots of how to make healthy chocolate cake

Can I use something other than the listed sweeteners?

I’ve only made this cake with the listed sweeteners and haven’t tried anything else. So those are the only ones that I know will work 100% of the time.
I’m guessing that any liquid sweetener that you’d normally use in place of honey would probably work. And any granulated sweetener that you’d usually use in place of granulated sugar would probably work as well. If you decide to replace the sweeteners, then I would love confirmation that it went well so I can add some suggestions.

Can I freeze the cake layers or the whole cake?

Yes, you can freeze the unfrosted layers or even the whole cake! Let them thaw in the fridge overnight, so the cake is ready to frost when you are about to serve.
This healthy chocolate cake has the perfect chocolate flavor and is so insanely moist that you may never bake a traditional chocolate cake again.

That’s it! I hope you enjoy this scrumptious cake. Should you try it, I’d love to hear how it goes. 🙂 Just tag #fooddoodlesrecipes so I can find them easily and I’d love to see your pics 📸, too!

5 from 5 votes
Healthy Chocolate Cake (whole wheat, gluten-free, vegan options)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins

This healthy chocolate cake is super moist, made a little healthier with whole wheat flour and is honey-sweetened. Can also be made gluten-free or vegan!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy chocolate cake
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Erin @ Food Doodles
  • 1 cup (320 grams) honey* or 2 cups (375 gram) coconut sugar or 2 cups (400 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups (210 grams) whole spelt flour, whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour or 1 3/4 cups (236 gram) Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-free baking flour for a gluten-free version
  • 3/4 cup (85 grams) cocoa powder (I prefer Dutch-process)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs (50 grams each, out of shell) or 2 chia eggs** for vegan
  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) milk of choice***
  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) olive oil (or another neutral-tasting vegetable oil that's liquid at room temp)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) boiling water (this is not a typo!)
Frosting: (see post for different options)
  • flesh of 1 avocado (155 grams)
  • 1/2 cup cup + 2 tablespoons (72 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons, maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) refined coconut oil
  1. If using honey, preheat your oven to 325 °F (167 °C). If not using honey (which bakes quicker than sugar, hence the lower temperature), preheat to 350 °F (175 °C).

  2. Line 2 round 8" cake pans with parchment paper on the bottom and then grease the sides of the pans.

  3. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar (if using honey, don’t add it yet), flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  4. Add eggs, milk, honey (if using), olive oil and vanilla. Mix for 2 minutes on medium and then stir in the boiling water. The batter will be almost as thin as water. If you taste it, it will NOT taste good! But don't worry. It tastes great after baking.

  5. Divide the batter between the two pans.

  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with some moist crumbs, but no uncooked liquid. The bake time will vary widely depending on what combination of sugar / eggs / flour you use. The whole wheat / egg / honey version is on the longer side. The gluten-free / chia egg / honey version is on the shorter side.

  7. Let cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Avocado Frosting:
  1. Put all the ingredients (using 1/2 cup maple syrup) in a high-speed blender (or a small food processor) and blend until smooth. Taste and add up to another 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (I always do).

  2. The frosting yields 2 cups + 1 tablespoon. That's enough for a two-layer 8" cake if you use about 3/4 cup to 1 cup for the middle and the other remaining cup on top.

  3. The frosting will harden in the fridge but you can still cut it once it's on the cake. It will be too firm to spread once cold, so just gently reheat it if you need to spread it after it's been chilled.

  4. It's best used on the day of making but can also be stored for up to 2 days in the fridge. The longer it sits, the more avocady it gets (it doesn't taste at all like avocado when you first make it). I only notice it after about 1 day.

Recipe Notes

* If using raw honey that's crystallized, you can just measure it out into the bowl where you're mixing all the liquids, and let it sit for 5 minutes. That worked for me.

** To make the chia eggs for this recipe, mix together 2 tablespoons of ground chia seed with 6 tablespoons of water until well combined. Let sit for about 1-2 minutes or until goopy like regular eggs.

*** You can use whatever type of milk you'd like. If you use canned coconut milk, water it down using 1/3 cup coconut milk and 2/3 cup water so that it's runny like regular milk.

To make this cake vegan - use coconut sugar or granulated sugar (so - not honey!), dairy-free milk and the chia eggs option.

To make this cake dairy-free - use dairy-free milk.

To make it gluten-free - use the gluten-free flour listed.

Adapted from Hershey's One Bowl Chocolate Cake.

The recipe below was the frosting recipe originally used for a 9″x13″ cake. It is too runny for a layer cake. Use the chocolate avocado frosting recipe above or see the post for several more options!

5 from 5 votes
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) refined coconut oil*
  • 1/2 cup (128 grams) natural peanut butter or another nut / seed butter (use the kind with just nuts / seeds and salt)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (72 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt to taste (be sure to add this! It really brings out the flavor)
  • 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • if using sunflower seed butter: coconut sugar to taste (I used 5 teaspoons)
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a small pot or pan over low heat. Add the nut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and salt and stir together. When it’s completely smooth, take it off the heat and add the maple syrup and stir until well combined.
  2. If using sunflower seed butter, add coconut sugar to taste. Put the pot back on the burner and set to the lowest setting. Stir until the coconut sugar is dissolved.
  3. If using another type of nut butter, you don't need additional sugar. Let cool until room temperature and then spread over the cooled cake.

  4. Store the frosted cake in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

* If you use unrefined / extra virgin coconut oil, the frosting will probably have some coconut flavor to it. With refined coconut oil, there's no coconut taste at all. You can't taste the olive oil once the cake is baked! 

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1 Lily October 10, 2021 at 09:31

This cake was amazing, so moist and decadent, I could not stop eating it!! I will be making this recipe again!


2 Stephanie October 10, 2021 at 05:14

I learned so much new information while making this cake! It was so delicious and I love that it is so healthy!


3 Lisalia October 9, 2021 at 20:09

I’m here for anything that’s chocolate AND healthy! This cake was incredibly delicious. thank you!


4 Ilana Ostrovsky October 8, 2021 at 23:18

I haven’t tasted yet but cakes came out awesome and smell divine! I used whole wheat flour, olive oil, dark brown moscavado sugar and coconut milk.
I am going to frost using Chocti; a dairy free chocolate, date and ghee spread that tastes better than regular frosting!
Thanks for a wonderful wholesome recipe!


5 Erin @ Food Doodles October 9, 2021 at 12:50

I’m so glad that it came out well! I hope that the cake was as tasty as it smelled. 🙂 Thanks for the tip on the frosting! I’ve never heard of it but it sounds perfect for me. You’re welcome for the recipe and thanks so much for your feedback!


6 Jess September 13, 2021 at 16:55

I used flaxseed instead of chia for eggs and it is more like a soft brownie but still gorg ,not sure how much will be left after we’ve ate tea and start in this. 🤣 Also used coocnit flour and coconut sugar and honey in replacement of maple syrup.


7 Erin @ Food Doodles October 9, 2021 at 12:53

I’m sorry for just now seeing your comment! I hope it was tasty. 🙂 It shouldn’t be like a brownie. Next time I recommend using a scale so that you make sure you don’t use too much flour. Thanks for your feedback!


8 Mariana C August 30, 2021 at 11:16

Hi Erin,
Thanks for sharing your recipe. Is there any difference between using cacao powder instead of cocoa?


9 Erin @ Food Doodles September 1, 2021 at 15:12

I haven’t tried it but in general, I find cacao to be more bitter. So perhaps the cake will be less sweet, but I can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried it. Please let me know if you give it a try, anyway!


10 Ashita August 8, 2021 at 17:37

The best recipe ever!!! Made the whole wheat-Honey- Egg version for my health conscious husband.. it was a super super hit. Thank you so much. I’m going to try the Flax egg version now. Everything is so systematically explained with reasons and many alternatives with ingredients. Thanks a bunch once again


11 Erin @ Food Doodles September 1, 2021 at 15:13

I’m sorry for just now seeing your nice feedback! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. 🙂 I hope that you’ll enjoy the egg-free version just as much! Thanks again for your nice comment. 🙂


12 Ashita September 21, 2021 at 20:58

Hey Erin, I made the version with flax egg and it was too good. Unbelievable how a cake turns so moist without eggs!


13 Allie Rose July 26, 2021 at 16:34

Hello, I was wondering if I could use date syrup in replacement to honey? Excited to give this a try as I would love for the kids to have less refined sugar in their bakes!


14 Erin @ Food Doodles July 27, 2021 at 11:58

Hello! I’ve never used date syrup in something baked so I’m not quite sure. Sorry about that! If you do try it, please let me know how it goes. 🙂


15 SWATI GUPTA July 16, 2021 at 03:27

Hi Erin,

Thanks for the recipe. I had 2 questions before I try out the recipe 🙂

1. What if I use 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 all-purpose flour? Would I need to adjust any measurements per ingredient?

2. I am planning to make a 6 inch version (can also go for 6 inch 2 tier, instead of 1 tier). In either case – how should I adjust the quantity of each ingredient?


16 Erin @ Food Doodles July 27, 2021 at 12:07

Hi there! I’m so sorry for just now seeing your questions. I somehow missed them. 🙁 1. You don’t need to make any adjustments if doing that. 2. Here’s a pan size chart. It looks like you’d need 66% of the full recipe for two 6″ pans. It might be easier to make the full recipe and make some as cupcakes. 🙂 Sorry again for my slow reply!


17 Annie July 3, 2021 at 02:25

Amazing. I used maple syrup, whole wheat and olive oil in cake. Olive oil in avocado frosting. I’m a refined sugar free gal. 10/10. I can now indulge in chocolate cake goodness.


18 Erin @ Food Doodles July 27, 2021 at 12:00

I’m sorry for just now seeing your review! I’m really glad that you enjoyed the cake. It’s great to know that maple syrup works well. 🙂 Thanks a ton for your feedback!


19 Michelle Phelan June 22, 2021 at 20:20

Excellent sugar free cake, tastes like the real thing, and so so moist!
Piping the frosting on top have it the WOW factor!
Thank you


20 Erin @ Food Doodles July 27, 2021 at 11:59

I’m so sorry for just now seeing this! I’m really glad that you enjoyed the cake. 🙂 Thanks a ton for your feedback!


21 Jennifer June 9, 2021 at 12:37

This was AMAZING! I made the honey/egg version for my mom’s birthday (who doesn’t eat refined sugar) and was very surprised how good it was. Everyone loved it! Thank you so much!


22 Erin @ Food Doodles June 13, 2021 at 19:13

You’re welcome! I’m really glad that everyone loved it. 🙂 Thanks a ton for your feedback! I hope you mom had a great birthday.


23 Charlotte Moore June 7, 2021 at 01:29

This looks delicious! So moist looking.


24 Mary May 9, 2021 at 01:07

I was looking for exactly this recipe(moisture), I made it and loved it every one, I think does n’t need chocolate frosting because its taste is amazing ,The best cake for birthday! Highly recommend it.
5 stars


25 Erin @ Food Doodles May 28, 2021 at 20:42

I’m so sorry for just now seeing this! I’m really glad that everyone enjoyed it. 🙂 And wow, no frosting! I’m glad you think so. 🙂 Thanks a ton for your feedback!


26 Colette March 4, 2021 at 21:28

I made this recipe for my nephews birthday, It was a hit! Everyone loved it.
My sister now has a copy of the recipe.
Now a family favorite.
5 stars


27 Erin @ Food Doodles March 6, 2021 at 13:00

I’m so glad to hear that everyone loved it! I hope your nephew had a great birthday. 🙂 Thanks a bunch for your feedback! And thanks for sharing the recipe.


28 Donna October 5, 2020 at 15:22

Hi I will be making this today can’t wait!! Im just wondering for the frosting can I use butter instead of coconut oil? Thank you!


29 Erin @ Food Doodles October 6, 2020 at 20:21

I’m so sorry for just now seeing your question! Yes, that should work. I hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂


30 Erin @ Food Doodles October 6, 2020 at 20:21

Oh, and it should be melted.


31 keshel jeena October 1, 2020 at 13:54

I made the cake it was absolutely delicious. A perfect chocolate flavor.


32 Erin @ Food Doodles October 1, 2020 at 19:31

I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for your feedback. 🙂


33 Teresa September 18, 2020 at 17:10

I normally don’t read commentary with recipes but I really appreciated yours! I am always trying to make recipes healthier for my 3 toddlers but they don’t always turn out. I made your cake recipe for my daughter’s birthday and did 1/2 cup honey and 2/3 cup sugar and it turned out perfectly delicious!
I frosted it with a chocolate black bean spread (1 can of black beans, 1/2 cup cocoa, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup nut butter, and 1 scoop vanilla protein powder) and it was a huge hit! I put a thick layer of spread on and was happy letting the kids chow down.

Thanks for posting this great recipe!


34 Erin @ Food Doodles September 21, 2020 at 10:26

You’re welcome! And thank you for taking the time to read the post and for leaving feedback. 🙂 Your chocolate bean frosting sounds really interesting! I’ll have to try that. Thanks again!


35 Sonal R K September 17, 2020 at 07:30

The flavour and texture was nice thank you for the recipe


36 Erin @ Food Doodles September 21, 2020 at 10:24

You’re welcome! I’m really glad that you enjoyed it. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!


37 Chelsa September 12, 2020 at 16:26

Hi! I’m curious how this cake recipe would do if I used Agave in place of honey/sugar? and Can coconut flour be used or should I stick to spelt flour?
TIA excited to try!


38 Erin @ Food Doodles September 13, 2020 at 12:51

Hello! That’s an interesting question! I’ve never tried it but I’ve always found that agave is less sweet than honey (even though everything tells you that a 1:1 sub is possible). So I think it’d work structurally – it’d probably just be less sweet. Coconut flour isn’t at all interchangeable with wheat flour so definitely look for a coconut flour recipe if you prefer to use that. 🙂 I’d love to hear how the agave goes!


39 Louise Singleton September 9, 2020 at 03:28


Im thinking of making this cake for my sons 2nd bday, looks delicious and i love moist spelt choc cakes. Ive made some good ones before but I always forget my recipes and dont have time to stuff this up 😂 Just wondering if you think i can make it as nice without electric mixers cos I dont have any 🙁 only a handheld mixer/blender

Thanks in advance


40 Erin @ Food Doodles September 10, 2020 at 11:34

Hello! You can actually mix it by hand. There’s not really any need to mix for 2 minutes. It just needs to be totally combined. 🙂 I hope your son will enjoy it and have a happy birthday!


41 Shonali Bose September 8, 2020 at 19:42

Hi Erin
Thanks so much for your prompt response. One more quick question. I am having trouble finding a 9 by 13 by 2 inch cake pan in India believe it or not! That is what you said in the recipe that one should pour the batter in. We are still in lockdown and shops are not fully open. On Amazon (India) there are mostly circular pans – 7inch/7.5/8 inch by 2 inches. That would probably be too small for the batter in your recipe? Rectangular I am finding 8.5 x 4.3 x 2 inches. So also much smaller. The 7 inch circular pans make 1/2 kg (1,000 gram) cakes.
I currently own 2 square pans – 8 by 8 inch pan and 7 by 7 inch pan.
A lot of math!
Any suggestions?
Thanks a ton.


42 Erin @ Food Doodles September 10, 2020 at 14:27

Ah, sorry for just now seeing this! You can divide the batter in half and bake each half for 20-25 minutes. Or maybe even more depending on the combination of ingredients! We don’t have 9×13 pans here in Germany, either. I have to order it all from the US so that 90% of my readers have the correct baking times. Ugh.


43 Fran September 8, 2020 at 10:41

Hoping to make this for my kid’s bday party! What do you think about using maple syrup instead of honey/sugar in the cake?


44 Erin @ Food Doodles September 10, 2020 at 14:10

That’s an interesting question! I’ve never tried it but I’ve always found that maple is less sweet than honey (even though everything tells you that a 1:1 sub is possible). So I think it’d work structurally – it’d probably just be less sweet. I’d love to hear how it goes!


45 Shonali Bose September 5, 2020 at 17:30

Hi Erin
I live in India and this will be my first time baking a cake ever! I’m excited to try this. I just had a quick question – is it okay to do a combo of spelt flour and whole wheat flour or should one just stick with one type of flour. I ask this – because i have 180 grams of spelt flour (Bob’s Mill) left over from making bread and would like to use it for this cake. (I successfully made my first loaf of bread ever following a recipe verbatim and am feeling empowered by that to try cake!)
Or can one halve your ingredients and bake a smaller cake?
I am only one person and since I might screw up the first time making a smaller one might be better!

Also I found this healthy recipe for the frosting. In your experience – would this be okay on this cake? Simply a mixture of cocoa powder, greek yoghurt and honey.

Thank youuuu.
And I’ll write a review once I make the cake. 🙂


46 Erin @ Food Doodles September 6, 2020 at 20:52

Hi Shonali! Yes, you can use that mix. It should be no problem. The healthy icing should work fine. 🙂 Halving the cake is also no problem. I have no idea of the baking time, though. Or you could make the whole thing and freeze the leftovers. It freezes great! I hope that you’ll enjoy the cake and I would so love to hear how it comes out. Thank you! 🙂


47 Katie August 7, 2020 at 15:00

Thanks so much for this Erin,.I have just made this for my son’s 2nd birthday. I split the mixture in 2 and made a 2 layer cake and will make some frosting for the middle.

My cakes did come out a little bit more soft than I’m used to so were a bit tricky to place on top of one another. I wonder if they needed longer to cook? I tested with a skewer and there was no liquid.

I used coconut sugar, normal flour, eggs and semi skimmed milk.



48 Erin @ Food Doodles August 16, 2020 at 06:14

You’re welcome! I hope that your son had a happy birthday and that he liked his cake. 🙂 Since the cake is so super moist, it’s pretty fragile, making it a little more cumbersome for layer cakes but I’ve done it often with good results. If there wasn’t any liquid, it was done. But if you thought it was too difficult to stack the layers, you could bake the cake a few minutes longer next time. Thanks for your feedback! 🙂


49 Erika August 6, 2020 at 04:01

Great easy to follow recipe and tastes amazing – made it for my wife and she loved it 👍🏻


50 Erin @ Food Doodles August 6, 2020 at 11:29

I’m so glad she loved it! Thanks for your feedback. 🙂


51 ROBYN August 5, 2020 at 09:02

It looks so great! One of the prettiest cake I’ve ever done! But I am even stop my son for it because he love it much.


52 Erin @ Food Doodles August 6, 2020 at 11:30

I’m really happy that you and your son enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment. 🙂


53 Juliana July 23, 2020 at 05:27

Hi! Do you know about how many slices this cake yields? Just wondering about calories and stuff.

Thank you for the recipe! It’s amazing


54 Erin @ Food Doodles July 27, 2020 at 21:47

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m sorry for just now seeing your question. It yields about 12-16 but it depends on how you cut it. 🙂


55 Fitria July 15, 2020 at 13:46

Hey. If I substitute the milk with greek yogurt, will it change the consistency? Thanks


56 Erin @ Food Doodles July 16, 2020 at 20:13

It would! I think it might make it a bit dense, but I’m not totally sure. If you try it anyway, I’d love to hear how it comes out.


57 Sonakshi Saxena May 11, 2020 at 02:02

Hey.. thanks for the recipe. Going to try it out! Can we use honey instead of maple syrup in the frosting?


58 Erin @ Food Doodles May 16, 2020 at 13:27

I’m sorry for just now seeing this! Yes, that should work but the frosting may have some honey taste to it. Not that that’s a bad thing!


59 Elizabeth McKevitt Perez February 1, 2020 at 16:35

I am SO very impressed!! This cake was fluffy and moist and with great flavor! The combo I used was regular flour, olive oil, honey and eggs. I used a food scale for the first time, instead of just measuring cups. Baked it at 325 for 40 minutes. To be honest I was a little thrown by the not so great flavor of the liquid batter, with the olive oil. But! After baking you couldn’t taste the olive oil at all. My high school sons gobbled up half the cake before I had even put the frosting on, they said it didn’t need any. I had to agree! We left the frosting on the side. I’m personally not a huge fan of chocolate with peanut butter (gasp – I know) so the frosting wasn’t my most favorite, but it still was pretty yummy. This surely will be a recipe I will use again and again! Thank you!!


60 Erin @ Food Doodles February 7, 2020 at 05:46

I’ve been meaning to add a note about how the batter doesn’t taste good. Thanks for the reminder! I just added it. I’m so glad that you and your boys enjoyed the cake! And how awesome that you’ll make it again and again. That’s always nice to hear! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. 🙂


61 Kristin January 7, 2020 at 05:06

I rarely comment on these recipe blogs, but I wanted to let you know I made this and it’s delicious! Used whole wheat flour and raw sugar. So satisfying, filling, moist, and chocolatey. Thanks for posting!


62 Erin @ Food Doodles January 13, 2020 at 12:34

You’re welcome and thank you for taking the time to leave feedback! I really appreciate it. 🙂 I’m so happy you liked the cake! Thanks again.


63 Holly November 9, 2019 at 17:57

Just made this last night. It is excellent! I didn’t make the icing and it doesn’t even need it. I used coconut sugar and avocado oil. SO GOOD!


64 Erin @ Food Doodles November 11, 2019 at 02:10

Yay! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks a ton (as always!) for leaving feedback. 🙂


65 Holly December 8, 2019 at 20:26

Hey Erin, I just made this for the fourth time and this is the first time I’ve done the vegan version. I don’t know what happened but I had to throw the whole thing out. I’ve used chia eggs so many times in different baked goods and have had great success. This was a suuuuper gummy and wet and just basically not edible. I know it’s not your recipe it has to be something I did although I’m a pretty experienced gluten-free/Paleo baker (but not like you 😉). I didn’t do anything different than I have all the other times accept losing the eggs and I always weigh everything in grams according to your recipe. I used BOB’s 1:1 for gluten free plus coconut sugar as I have the other times. Your recipe called for two eggs so I made two chia eggs. I used 4 TBS ground chia and 12 Tbs water doubling your instructions for one chia egg ( because the recipe calls for two eggs). Did I do something wrong there? It seemed like a lot of liquid to be adding. I’m so bumbed that I had to toss this 🙁 Hoping you can shed some light for me. By the way, I subscribed to food doodles but I haven’t received anything. I’m also subscribed to Texanerin but I don’t get emails for new recipes or anything from there either. It just dawned on me so I thought I would let you know so maybe you could check. Thanks so much and happy holidays! I made your gingerbread cookies and pecan bars from the other site for Thanksgiving and they were delish!!!


66 Erin @ Food Doodles December 15, 2019 at 11:25

Hi Holly! I’m sorry for just now seeing this. That’s the amount for both eggs – I’m so, so sorry! You should have used 2 tbsp chia + 6 tbsp water. I feel absolutely sick about this. If I didn’t live in Germany, I’d try to send you a replacement cake. 🙁

I’m subscribed to both email lists with different accounts and always get them. Have you checked your spam? If on Gmail, you should check your Promotions tab because they land there. I’m glad that you liked the pecan pie bars and gingerbread cookies! Thanks for letting me know and a thousand times sorry about this cake. 🙁


67 Holly Sale November 7, 2019 at 17:37

Erin, I’m such a tastebuds would follow you anywhere! I checked this site from the link I received because I’m subscribed to Texanerin. Do I need to subscribe here to receive your new posts or will I get them because I’m subscribed to your other site? Looking forward to trying this yummy cake and all your other amazing concoctions!


68 Erin @ Food Doodles November 11, 2019 at 02:12

Thank you for coming over here to check out the site! 🙂 I’m so happy you’re interested. You won’t get posts from Food Doodles without signing up for the newsletter first. I should have mentioned that in my post on Texanerin Baking! Thanks for pointing that out. On the right side of any page on Food Doodles, at the top of the sidebar, there’s a place where you can put in your email address to sign up for the newsletter. Thank you! 🙂


69 heather September 13, 2019 at 09:48

I wonder if I could use almond flour in this…and maybe sub erythritol? I think I need to go to the store and get some ingredients here… It sounds amazing!!!


70 Erin September 17, 2019 at 04:29

Almond flour isn’t really interchangeable with non-nut flours / meals. :/ And I don’t have any idea about the erythritol. Sorry about that!


71 Zuzana September 13, 2019 at 09:10

Happy you are here Erin. Looking forward to so many wonderful recipes


72 Erin September 17, 2019 at 04:35

Thanks so much! 🙂


73 linda spiker September 12, 2019 at 17:10

What a gorgeous cake! I would drench it in cold milk!


74 jenna | the urben life September 12, 2019 at 11:41

I love chocolate cake!! Love the vegan options 🙂 Bob’s Red Mill products are the best!


75 paleoglutenfreeguy September 12, 2019 at 10:14

That looks like the perfect chocolate cake but what I really can’t wait to try is that frosting!


76 Cheryl Malik September 12, 2019 at 09:29

This is such a beautiful cake. Oh, wow! Yummy!


77 Hope September 11, 2019 at 18:27

Congratulations on taking over a new blog Erin! What better way than with a chocolate cake. Love how moist this looks and all the different options you have given – thanks. I will be trying the gluten free option!


78 Raia Todd September 10, 2019 at 15:16

Looks so delicious! I bet I could eat that frosting with a spoon, too… 😉


79 ChihYu September 10, 2019 at 12:41

Healthy chocolate cake that’s delicious and moist? Sold!!


80 Jean Choi September 10, 2019 at 10:39

Drooling over this cake! So moist and perfect. Also, your kiddo is so cute!!


81 Joni Gomes September 9, 2019 at 16:28

Omg the texture of this cake was amazing!! At first I wasn’t sure about the olive oil but it worked out perfectly!


82 Megan Stevens September 9, 2019 at 15:07

Wow, super excited for your recipes and congrats on the new blog. Your photos are gorgeous, and I can tell your recipes are indeed tested and tested and perfect! Cheers!


83 Charlotte Moore September 9, 2019 at 07:33

WOW!! What a surprise! I am so surprised it is someone I already follow. CONGRATULATIONS!!!


84 Erin September 9, 2019 at 12:30

Haha. Hi Charlotte! I was betting I’d hear from you. 😉 (I’ve seen your comments over here before!) Thanks so much! I’m glad you’re still reading. 🙂


85 Heidi September 8, 2019 at 20:07

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Perfect celebration cake ??. Your little guy is so cute! I can hardly believe he’s almost 2 already! That’s a great picture of you two ? ❤️


86 Erin September 9, 2019 at 12:29

Thanks so much! I’m so happy you like my first post. 🙂 Thanks again for everything! <3


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