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Amaretto Chocolate Cream Cake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Is alcohol raw? Probably not. But that’s the only not raw ingredient in this cake, sooo … that does count, right? I see raw vegan desserts being promoted as ‘healthy’ all the time. Compared to all traditional desserts — laden with dairy, eggs, oil, sugar, white flour, preservatives and chemical food colorings — they arguably are. But dessert is still dessert, and for me, that means it needs to be indulgent, moreish, and 1000% hit the spot. Cue the alcohol.

Amaretto Chocolate Cream Cake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




For the crust:

  • 2/3 cup dates, pitted and soaked for 2 hours
  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight

For the filling:

  • 3 cups cashews, soaked for 2 hours
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder, or cacao nibs ground into powder
  • 2/3 cup dates, pitted and soaked for 2 hours
  • 1 cup minus about 1 tbsp warm water
  • 3 tbsp Amaretto liqueur
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted


  1. Blend the dates and raw almonds in a food processor until they turn into a sticky ‘dough’. Press this into the bottom of a 8 inch springform cake tin. Refrigerate until needed.
  2. For the filling, prepare a date paste first: blend the dates with 2/3 cup of the water, the melted coconut oil and Amaretto into a smooth paste.
  3. Now add the rest of the water, the cashews and the cacao powder. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the filling into the cake tin, over the crust. Smooth over the top with a spatula, and refrigerate to set for at least 4 hours. Place in the freezer to speed up the process.
  5. Release from the tin and top with extra cacao nibs or chopped dates. Enjoy!


After soaking the dates and nuts, discard the soaking water.

I use regular dates, but Medjool are always preferable; they’re also much, much stickier, so you may not even need to soak them.

This cake freezes really well; simply slice it and keep it in an airtight tin for up to a month in the freezer. Leave to thaw for 10 minutes before eating, and it’s like an ice cream cake. You’re welcome.





After turning vegan, I discovered a particular talent for baking delicious cruelty-free cakes and cookies. It was then that my friends named me ‘The Vegan Cookie Fairy’ and my blog was born. I find happiness in preparing and eating food that is good for my body and soul — but cats and yoga help, too.



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3 Years Ago

Hello, in the photo there are orange, beige and dark brown colored items. What ever they are, have not been included in the ingredients. What are they?


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