So you can have your cake and eat it too! This is a delicious, moist and decadent chocolate cake that is gluten, dairy and egg free and suitable for vegans. The perfect birthday cake for kids parties!

Serves 12

500ml water
500g golden caster sugar
250g coconut oil
35g cocoa
1 tsp bicarb
450g gluten free self-raising flour (we used White Wings with great success!)
3 tbsp flaxseeds blended with 150ml water until smooth paste

340g dark choc (make sure no milk solids)
120ml almond milk
110g coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
Generous pinch salt
1 tbsp icing sugar (optional)

Combine water, sugar, coconut oil, cocoa and bicarb to a large, deep saucepan. Stir over heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves then bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 5 mins. Pour into large bowl and allow to cool completely to room temperature.

Preheat oven 180°C (160°C fan).

Add flour and flaxseed paste, beat with electric mixer until smooth and pale in colour. Divide between two greased, 15cm round baking tins and bake 50-60 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean (you can also use one, larger tin but you will need to increase baking time by approximately an extra 20 mins). Allow cakes to sit in tins for 10 mins before turning out onto a cake rack to cool completely. If you used one single tin, use a serrated knife to cut the cake in half horizontally.

Add all except icing sugar to a medium saucepan over low-med heat. Stir until melted then remove from heat and allow to sit at room temp for 15 mins before refrigerating, whisking every 10 mins until icing is thick enough to spread/pipe onto cake (to accelerate this process, transfer mixture to a large glass bowl and place over a bowl of ice, whisking constantly until thickened). If the ganache becomes to hard simply allow to sit at room temperature for a few mins to soften.

To decorate, spread/pipe ganache onto the top of one layer of cake. Sandwich the remaining later on top, then spread/pipe ganache on top. We decorated with edible gold leaf, but feel free to get creative here! Fresh berries is also a yummy option.

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