Photo: Black Forest Cake

Raw Black Forest Cake

Raw Black Forest Cake recipe from Down to Earth Organic and Natural.

10-12 Servings

Updated: Mon, 09/24/2018 - 4:07pm

How to Make: Raw Black Forest Cake



  • 2½ cups raw almonds
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked 1-4 hours
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked 1-4 hours
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¾ cup raw agave nectar
  • ¾ cup fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup raw coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract* or ½ teaspoon raw vanilla powder(optional)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract* (optional)

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 avocado
  • ⅓ cup dates, pitted
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract* or 1½ teaspoons raw vanilla powder (optional)
  • ½ cup raw agave nectar
  • ½ cup raw coconut butter
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • Pinch sea salt


  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 dates, pitted, soaked 1-2 hours and finely diced
  • ½ cup grated raw chocolate
  • Fresh cherries, to garnish

*Not considered a raw product


  1. Prepare Cake: Place almonds in a food processor and pulse into a fine powder. Sprinkle a small amount in the spring form pan.
  2. Divide almond meal. Set aside one half for later use. Combine remaining almond meal with remaining Cake ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Pour evenly into spring form pan. Place cake in freezer until solid – overnight is recommended.
  3. About an hour before serving, remove Cake from freezer and let sit at room temperature.
  4. Meanwhile, combine all Frosting ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Prepare Topping: Combine reserved almond meal, cacao powder, dates, and grated chocolate in a mixing bowl. Crush with your hands until crumbly.
  6. Release cake from spring form pan and transfer to a large serving platter. Use a rubber spatula to frost cake with prepared Frosting. Sprinkle Topping all over and garnish with cherries. Enjoy!