(Almost) Raw Chocolate Cake

raw vegan black cocoa cake

I don't really care what a lot of people say about Valentine's Day, I will never pass up the opportunity to celebrate. The more holidays, the merrier. The more holidays, the more reason to make cake. 

And man oh man is this cake worthy of a holiday of its own. It's rich and deep in flavor but light in texture, with a little crunch from our choice of toppings. (We went with dehydrated blood oranges we made ourselves.) I'll be sharing this with my boyfriend this lovely weekend for sure :)

This recipe comes from Shanna Jade from Kiss My Bowl. If you like this recipe you should also go follow her on Instagram (gorgeous) and Facebook for more beautiful food. Thanks Shanna! (btw, head here if you want to submit your recipe for us to publish here or in Chickpea Magazine!) 

Black Onyx Walnut Crust


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp black onyx cocoa powder (or, if you can't find this, dutch-processed cocoa powder will work well too!)
  • 1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 3-4 tbsp melted coconut oil


  1. In a food processor, blitz the walnuts to a small but chunky crumb.
  2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, adding in the remaining ingredients, then stir to combine.
  3. Prepare a 6" spring form pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper and coconut oil along the sides. If you don't have a springform pan, you can use biscuit cutters or circular cookie cutters on a flat sheet instead. Press the crust into the bottom of the pan and allow to set for at least 25 minutes in the fridge.

Cashew & Date Cacao Filling


  • 2 cups cashews, soaked at least 6 hours, preferably overnight
  • 11 dates, soaked
  • 1.5 cups non-dairy milk (such as hemp or almond milk)
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted


  1. Add all filling ingredients to a high speed blender except the coconut oil. Slowly pour in the coconut oil while blending, to fully incorporate it. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour cake filling into prepared spring pan and pop it in the freezer overnight to set. Serve chilled and with a couple of sweet toppings! :) 

To Serve

  • Melted raw chocolate  (1/2 cup coconut oil, 3 tbsp cacao butter, 1/3 cup cacao powder + a tbsp of maple syrup)
  • Dried fruit slices (such as persimmon, orange, or blood orange)
  • Fresh fruit slices (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, thinly sliced pear or apple) 


Enjoy! And thanks again for sharing, Shanna!