Food for wholesome living

Gluten Free Brownie birthday cake with homemade ‘Choc’ shards

Apr 5, 2018

OOOO yes please! This beauty was something I whipped up for my Hubby’s birthday this year. It was such a winner! Its a combo of my homemade brownies, whipped coconut cream and homemade chocolate! You just can’t go wrong. Except if you over cook the brownies and dry them out, don’t do that!

For the brownie cake:

Here’s what you will need: 

1 1/2 cups of pure farm butter or cashew butter

3/4 cup of raw cacao/carob

2 large free range eggs or 2 flax eggs for plant based version (1tbsp flaxseed powder to 3tbsp water, per egg. Mix well and leave to gel for 15minutes)

2 cups of organic coconut sugar/xylitol

1 1/2 cup of gluten free self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder (gluten free). I use the FREEE range. 

1 tsp himalayan sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

How to:

Melt the butter/cashew butter, and remove from heat to stir in the cacao. Allow this to cool.

In a bowl, mix the eggs/flax eggs and coconut sugar/xylitol. Then add the flour and all dry ingredients. Mix well.

Spread evenly into a baking pan, so that it comes out in nice thick blocks.

Bake at 180 degrees for around 20-30 minutes.

Once you can insert a knife or toothpick in and it comes out clean, its ready! Allow to cool and then cut into blocks.

For the chocolate shards:

You will need:

1 cup melted organic coconut oil

1 cup raw, non-irradiated honey

1 cup nut butter/cacao butter

1 tbsp tahini paste

1 tbsp cacao powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp Himalayan sea salt

How to:

Blend all the ingredients in a blender or with an electric mixer until smooth.

Line a baking tray with wax paper and carefully pour the choc mix over.

You can add extras to the chocolate here, like cranberries or nuts. Even seeds work well.

Freeze as is for 3-4 hours. Cut into blocks and store in freezer in a tupperware. Break some into fun shapes for your cake.


In the meantime, refrigerate a can of coconut cream (choose one that has no bleaching agents in, yuck!)

Assembling your cake:

Use the cut brownie blocks to stack them in a cyclindrical pattern. Or any shape you like really. There are no rules!

Use The refrigerated coconut cream and whip it, whip it real good! hahah

I scooped my whipped cream into the centre of the cake and then covered it with more brownie squares. I Broke my chocolate into shards of different shapes and pushed them into the top of the cake and around. You can even grate some for added pretty!


Live wholesome!