A showstopping holiday dessert that's a piece of cake? Meet this four-layer chocolate confection, which comes together from a one-bowl batter and three-ingredient frosting. Coconut oil gives it an especially tender crumb and keeps it so moist, you can bake it days in advance. A tangy raspberry jam between each layer makes it even more extraordinary. Not to mention it's dairy-free, too, with almond milk in the batter and coconut milk in the frosting, so it's a fabulous final act for a kosher meal.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2019


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

1 hr 40 mins
45 mins




Instructions Checklist
  • Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush two 8-inch round cake pans with oil. Line bottoms with parchment rounds; brush parchment. Dust with cocoa, tapping out excess. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk in eggs, almond milk, coconut oil, 1 cup warm water, and vanilla until smooth. Divide batter evenly between pans.

  • Bake until tops spring back when lightly pressed, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes, then turn cakes out onto a wire rack, remove parchment, and let cool completely.

  • Frosting: Place chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Bring coconut milk to a boil in a saucepan. Pour over chocolate; let stand 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners' sugar until smooth again. Refrigerate, stirring a few times, until thickened and cool, about 30 minutes. Beat in a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days; beat again before using.

  • Cake and Frosting: Trim tops of cakes flat; split in half horizontally. Brush jam evenly over split sides of layers. Spread 3/4 cup frosting evenly over split side of a bottom cake layer (reserve other bottom layer for top of cake). Stack with next layer; spread with 3/4 cup frosting.

  • Repeat with remaining cake layers, placing reserved bottom cake layer on top, untrimmed-side up. Spread remaining frosting evenly over top and sides of cake. Decorate top with raspberries and coconut. Cut into wedges and serve.

Cook's Notes

To keep this cake dairy-free, be sure to buy chocolate labeled as vegan.