Simple to make with only 8 ingredients (plus salt), this No-Bake Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cake is here to rock your dessert world. It’s intensely rich and fudgy chocolate perfection, that needs no baking and is gluten-free with a nut-free option too. Where’s my fork?
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You all know I love chocolate, right? Well, mine, and your, chocolate dreams are coming true right now with this rich and fudgy No Bake Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cake.
How is it even real that you don’t need to cook it? 😱
This my friends, is one of the many amazing recipes in Brandi Doming’s new book The Vegan 8.
Brandi is the creator of the blog The Vegan 8 and her book includes 100 simple, delicious recipes made With 8 ingredients or less.
I was sent a media copy of her book, and was given a list of recipes that I could choose from to share here, and this No-Bake Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cake was a no-brainer for me. I adore anything that involves chocolate and I’ve been so busy of late with the creation and writing of my own cookbook that the fact it was no-bake made it even more attractive. Plus it’s been a while since my Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread and I think we all deserve a chocolate filled dessert again!
HOW TO MAKE NO-BAKE ESPRESSO CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE
FOR INGREDIENTS & FULL INSTRUCTIONS PLEASE SEE THE RECIPE CARD AT THE END OF THIS POST
This cake is a breeze to make. Here’s what you need:
And here’s how it’s done:
Process all of the crust ingredients together and press into a tin.
Melt the chocolate and the non-dairy milk together then add to a food processor with the other filling ingredients.
Process until smooth, then pour/spoon onto the crust.
Level off the top then chill for a few hours or overnight.
Make some optional chocolate curls. Remove the cake from the pan and scatter them on top.
This No-Bake Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cake is:
- Rich and indulgent
- Very chocolatey
- Sweet, but not too sweet
- Decadent and really fudgy
- Super easy to make
- Pretty healthy a far as chocolate fudge cakes go
- Gluten-free with a nut-free option too
- Great for making in advance as it keeps really well in the fridge for ages.
It is absolutely perfect served alone, but would also be amazing with some fresh raspberries or other berries to cut through the richness.
I must say that I’m pretty fussy as far as chocolate cakes and raw desserts go, but this one is superb. We all absolutely loved it. Brandi has outdone herself.
If you want to try more of her wonderful recipes, be sure to check her book out. You can find find it on Amazon here, or everywhere else thats sells books.
No-Bake Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cake
For the crust
- 1 cup / 140 g raw, unsalted sunflower seed kernels
- ⅛ teaspoon fine salt
- 2 tablespoons / 12 g unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground espresso
- 2½ tablespoons / 50 g pure maple syrup
For the filling
- 1½ cups / 300 g dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon / 135 g "lite" canned coconut milk , or cashew milk, shaken first
- 3 tablespoons / 48 g creamy roasted almond butter , (see notes for nut-free alternative)
- 1 teaspoon / 5 g vanilla extract
- ½ to 1 tablespoon / 3 to 6 g ground espresso
- 1½ tablespoons / 9 g unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅛ teaspoon fine salt
- dairy-free dark chocolate curls for garnish
- To make the crust, add the sunflower seed kernels to a food processor, and process for about 30 seconds or until finely ground into a flour. Add the salt, cocoa powder, and espresso, and process until combined. Add the syrup, and pulse until it all comes together into sticky large clumps and holds together when pressed between your fingers.
- Line the bottom of a 6-inch springform pan with parchment paper and spray the sides with nonstick spray for easy removal later. Press the crust mixture into the pan, making a flat, even layer along the bottom but not up the sides. Wipe the processor completely clean.
- To make the filling, add the chocolate chips and milk to a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stir well, and then heat in 15-second increments until the chocolate is almost melted. Stir until completely smooth and no more bits remain. Add the chocolate mixture to the food processor. Add the almond butter, vanilla, espresso, cocoa powder and ⅛ teaspoon salt to the food processor, and process for 2 to 3 minutes or until completely smooth. Scrape the sides, and process once more.
- Pour the filling over the crust, and smooth the top. Chill in the fridge until completely solid throughout, at least 2 to 4 hours but ideally overnight. Garnish with thickly shaves chocolate curls, if desired. Store covered in the fridge.
- To make the chocolate curls, place a dark chocolate bar on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on HIGH for just a few seconds to soften it. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the edges and create long curls.