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Chocolate Orange Lava Cake (raw, vegan, GF)

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True decadence at its best… deep, dark, and chocolatey… Oh, don’t let the simplicity of this recipe trick you into thinking that it is just a hum-drum cake.  I have yet to find a person who doesn’t just love it.  This cake will leave chocoholics with a smile on their face and empty plates for you to wash.

Tasting deeply of chocolate, with dark, almost bitter notes that penetrate the whole bite is beautifully balanced with the refreshing taste of orange.  Originally, I relied on the fresh oranges to bring in that brightness, but I have since started to add orange oil to the cake batter which brought it to a whole new level.

I don’t only want you to feel good when you eat this cake, I want you to feel good while you make this cake!  That is where the orange oil comes into play. The sweet fragrance encourages positive emotions of peace and well-being. So be sure to take some deep inhales when you remove the lid from the bottle.  Don’t confuse this with orange extract, the oil is cold pressed from the orange rind.  I hope you enjoy this cake!



  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts, soaked and dehydrated
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup chocolate ganache (see recipe below)
  • 1 Tbsp dried coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp orange extract or 10 drops orange oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch Himalayan pink salt

Chocolate ganache: yields 1 cup

  • 3/4 cup dark agave syrup or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt



  1. Place the walnuts and salt in the food processor fitted with the “S” blade and process until finely ground.
  2. Add the dates and process until the mixture begins to stick together.
  3. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, dried coconut, and chocolate ganache and process until it all well incorporated.
  4. Be creative – use different cake molds. Just press firmly into mold and pop in the freezer.  Once firm, remove from mold and decorate to your liking!

Chocolate ganache:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender jar with a rubber spatula.
  3. Pour your frosting over the cake allowing it to drip down the sides.  Once you place the cake in the fridge it will harden up but at room temperature it will get soft again.
  4. I decorated this cake with orange segments.  You could modify this recipe using any fruit of your choice.
  5. Store in a glass container in the fridge.  It is great to not only use on cakes but also on cookies, as a dipping sauce for apples … oh come on, do I even have to offer ideas as to what to do with chocolate!


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9 thoughts on “Chocolate Orange Lava Cake (raw, vegan, GF)

  1. Vicky says:

    Ahhhh, so sweet a cake in a heart shape that’s a lovely heartfelt cake idea, thank you for sharing Amie-Sue ♥

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Vicky,

      I love using different shaped pans. :) Whenever I go into a kitchen store, I always gravitate to the pan section just to see whats new on the market. :) I am a sucker for kitchenware!! Have a blessed day, amie sue

  2. Natalia says:

    Aloha Amy,
    Do you think I can substitute walnuts with almonds?My husband is allergic to nuts,except peanuts and almonds:)
    I’m truly enjoying your site and your creativeness with raw awesomeness!!!
    Thank you so much!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Natalia,

      I am sorry to hear that your husband is allergic to so many other nuts. I haven’t tried it with almonds but I am sure it will be fine. The flavor will be a bit different but that doesn’t mean it won’t taste good. :) Taste test as you go! Keep me posted ok? Have a great evening. amie sue

  3. Natalia says:

    Aloha Amie,
    I would like to know if I can substitute walnuts with almonds.My husband is allergic to nuts except almonds and peanuts;)
    I’m enjoying your site very much and trying some recipes,they all look so delicious!
    Thank you

  4. Daniela says:

    This is something that finally solved my cravings for chocolate:). I love it!!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh that is great Daniela! Satisfies the cravings and good for you… who knew! hehe Have a wonderful day, amie sue

  5. Constance says:

    I’m not a huge fan of orange so I changed that out with some fresh raspberries
    This thing is absolutely off the charts
    thanks again Amy

    • amie-sue says:

      Sounds perfect Constance. It is one of those recipes where you can always change up the flavor profile. :) Thank you for sharing. amie sue

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