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Cauliflower Chocolate Cake

cauliflower chocolate

A cauliflower chocolate cake that uses cooked cauliflower as you would a carrot cake.  It’s a healthy, creative way to make a dessert with cauliflower.

Cauliflower in a cake? Madness I hear you cry!  I thought so too when I came across a few cauliflower brownie recipes and just had to give it a try.  So baked a cake out of it.    The cauliflower cannot be tasted (thankfully in this case!) but helps give a moist and delicious cake.   You could bake this in another tin and serve it as brownies too.

cauliflower chocolate


Your first question may be “does it taste like cauliflower?” but the answer is no.  The cauliflower gives an added moisture to the cake as well as a conversation starter.    If you can bake a delicious cake out of carrot and zucchini why not cauliflower?  It is the versatile vegetable after all.

cauliflower chocolate

I took this cake into work, offered it, watched everyone eat it, then told them of the mystery ingredient.  No-one guessed.  Then again my office is cake hungry and come 4pm it’s a sugar rush of angry tigers. 

I thought about spreading a chocolate topping over this, but I think it would be too rich.   The cake was just moreish warm and the Chief taster was very surprised about the mystery ingredient.   No one will guess it!!



cauliflower chocolate


cauliflower chocolate
Cauliflower Chocolate Cake
Course: Cake
Servings: 8 Slices
Author: Angela Coleby
  • 1 cup Cauliflower grated
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 50 grams Dark chocolate
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 3 tablespoon low carb sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F degrees.

  2. Lightly oil a 7 inch springform cake tin.

  3. Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

  4. Place the raw cauliflower in a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. Add the coconut milk and blend thoroughly.

  5. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a Bain Marie (bowl over simmering water).

  6. Add the cauliflower mixture and add the eggs, vanilla, sweetener and cream cheese. Blend well.

  7. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

  8. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 30 minutes.

  9. Eat and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Serves 4-8.

Nutrition: Per Slice (based on 8 pieces) : 476 Calories; 45g Fat; 8g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 9g Net Carb

cauliflower chocolate






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    February 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Brilliant recipe! Thanks! Just wondering though: any ideas on how to substitute the cream cheese? I don’t do too well on diary..

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      Angela Coleby
      February 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Hi Sarah. Perhaps some avocado? Hope you enjoy it!

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    I just tried to make a frozen strawberry and coconut slice and I did not enjoy it. But I am tempted to try it in a cake… Is it worth the effort?

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    Hi cake did not rise much and did not have much depth! Any ideas what I did wrong.



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      October 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Hi Barbara, I’m not too sure. Perhaps it’s the oven temperature? (I swear they vary from oven to oven). Hope it tasted okay though!

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    August 15, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Hello again Diva! Can you tell me what kind of chocolate you use? (Sweet, semi-sweet, unsweetened?) Thank you!

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      August 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Hi there! I use a very dark chocolate with 80% solids because that’s my personal taste. Hope you enjoy it!

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    April 15, 2014 at 1:57 am

    What would be a good substitute for the ground flax in this recipe? Chia seeds, wheat germ…?


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      April 15, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Hi Natalie, chia seeds would be a great alternative! Hope you enjoy it!

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    Nandini G
    October 19, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Cauliflower in cake sounds like a great idea, specially since I am trying to loose weight and have a sweet tooth.

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      October 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Nandini and thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy it!

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    October 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Good morning! This is a recipe I definitely plan to try. Just wanted to check on one ingredient, the flaxseed. You do mean the flaxseed & not flaxseed meal? I have both & want to make sure I use the correct ingredient. Thank you!

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      October 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Debbie! Thanks for popping by! I use flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed). Hope you enjoy it!

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    October 4, 2013 at 5:02 am

    What is “mixed spice”? Is that allspice?

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      October 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Laura, yes it is. Hope you enjoy it! Or just go nuts with the spice of your own choice!

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    the vegan kitchen of dr caligari
    September 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Cauliflower in a cake? That’s simply brilliant! Cannot wait to try it!

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      September 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

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    September 16, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Sounds fantastic. I live in Ethiopia and can’t always get the ingredients I need for all the great recipes, but cauliflower is abundant! Do you need to steam it first or just blend raw? Thanks!

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      September 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Wow! Welcome and glad you stopped by! Abundant cauliflower! I would be in veggie heaven! You grind it raw first. Hope you enjoy it!

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:40 am

    What’s the carb count?

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    Gana GS
    September 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Is the cauliflower cooked before the food processor ?

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      September 16, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      No, the cauliflower is raw. Just make sure that it is ground well, and when mixed with the coconut milk, you blend it until there are no lumps.

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    September 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    some of your measurments are in grams. could you give the liquid eqivalent? i dont know what 50 grams is equal to in a measuring cup

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    September 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I’ve made brownies with beans, but cake with cauliflower? Very interesting!! Celeste 🙂

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      September 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      It makes a very moist cake and thankfully does not give the cake a cauliflower taste. Kinda like how zucchini works in cakes I guess. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for popping by!

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