March 25, 2010

GF & Vegan Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to try out my fav recipes on my wonderful office mates. Today was one such occasions. Madhukar, or Madude as I love to call him, is flying to India tomorrow to get married! And since he is honestly one of the nicest guys I know, I wanted to bake him something delicious to celebrate the occasion.

I made three layers of this gluten free chocolate cake sans the orange rind by multiplying the recipe by 1.5 ,and baked each layer for 40 minutes. I then spread melted apricot jam between layers 1 and 2, and melted raspberry jam between layers 2 and 3. And finally,I frosted the cake with home made butter cream frosting make with real bourbon vanilla beans and decorated it with fresh strawberries. The cake was supposed to say "Congrats Madude" but I messed up the "Congrats" and had to scrape it off. Who knew cake decorating was so difficult?

Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting
3 sticks of Vegan unsalted butter (or regular if you're not going the Vegan route), softened
4.5 cups of Confectioners Sugar
beans scraped from 1 whole bourbon vanilla bean
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp almond milk (or milk substitute of your choice)

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl . Add vanilla, vanilla beans and almond milk and continue to beat until light and fluffy.

The frosting can be kept refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 days. Do not store next to strongly flavored foods like onions, garlic, tuna fish, etc... because it can absorb neighboring flavors and nobody likes onion frosting. If refrigerating, remove from refrigerator to bring the temperature down for at least 30 minutes before spreading to make the job a lot easier.


  1. um YUM! I think I'll take a slice of that! that was so nice of you to make him a cake, I bet he really appreciated it! have you been to soul cycle ? just wondering, I'm dying to try!

  2. That looks amazing! Is there a piece left for me? xoxo

  3. So nice of you to bake the cake for your friend! Looks delish! Who says gluten free vegan can't be awesome!!

  4. Sounds like the cake was a winner!

  5. Nicole- I've never heard of Soul Cycle. Let me know how it is!

    Dani- none left! But no worries... I'll be making plenty of gf Passover treats next week

    Thanks Christie!

    It was Noelle! Yum....

  6. Be still my beating heart---vanilla bean buttercream frosting??? This sounds SO very delicious. Wish you were my co-worker : )
    XO Katie