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Autumn Chocolate Cake (Vegan and Common Allergen Free)

This cake is an adaptation of the Sachertorte that Hana created for us last year. It’s a really lovely moist cake and you will never be able to tell that it’s vegan and gluten-free. It’s that good.

As with all of Hana's cakes it’s minimally sweetened, just enough to enhance the flavours of other ingredients and to bring out the beautiful decadent flavour of the dark chocolate. This cake is coated with a fig jam, please feel free to use any of your favourite jam.

See our instructions here for making chocolate leaves.

Choose seasonal fruit for the topping and some fresh flowers to add touch of color.

Visit Nirvana Cakery to see all of Hana's plant-based, gluten free creations.

Visit our store for our Gourmet Dark Chocolate Bulk Bar.


  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour (70g)

  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour (35g)

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (70g), ground into flour consistency

  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour (30g)

  • 1/2 cup rapadura sugar (75g)

  • 1tsp baking powder

  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • pinch sea salt

  • 3tbsp ground flaxseed + 9tbsp water

  • 1/3 cup olive oil (80ml)

  • 1/3 cup plant milk (80ml)

  • 2tsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1tsp vanilla extract

  • 6 oz Amore di Mona chocolate (150g)


  • fig jam or jam of your choice

  • 4 oz Amore di Mona chocolate (100g)

  • fresh figs and blackberries

Chocolate leaves

4 oz Amore di Mona chocolate (100g)

  • selection of fresh autumn leaves


  1. Mix 3tbsp ground flaxseed with 9tbsp water and set aside to thicken.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350F)

  3. Grease and line the base and dust the sides of 8" round cake spring form baking tin.

  4. In a large bowl whisk together brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, ground sunflower seeds, tapioca flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

  5. In a small bowl whisk together flax eggs, olive oil, plant milk of your choice, apple cider vinegar and vanilla.

  6. Roughly chop the chocolate, place into heatproof bowl and gently melt in a double boiler.

  7. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix until well combined. Fold in the melted chocolate.

  8. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and level out the surface.

  9. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out with just few crumbs left on.

  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool down for 20 minutes before carefully moving onto a wire rack.

  11. Once the cake is completely cooled use brush or spatula to coat the whole cake with a very thin layer of jam. Leave to set.

  12. Roughly chop the chocolate for coating, place into heatproof bowl and gently melt in a double boiler. Stir until smooth. Pour over the cake and use spatula to gently smooth the chocolate over the edge and around the side of the cake.

  13. Carefully transfer onto serving dish.

  14. Gently melt the chocolate to make the chocolate leaves. Wash and pat dry the leaves. Line a baking sheet with some greaseproof paper. Using brush coat the bottom part of the leaves with a layer of chocolate and place onto the sheet with the chocolate side up. Place into freezer until set. Very gently peel the leaves off.

  15. Carefully arrange your chocolate leaves, figs and blackberries on top of the cake. Decorate with flowers if you wish.

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