Alex’s Favorite Chocolate Cake

This is my go to dessert these days. It is delicious and easy. And it boasts being vegan, gluten free, soy free, and the cake is sweetened with maple syrup. Comment below if you have questions. Enjoy! xoxo, Alex

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 9 inch, round cake pans with parchment paper.


In bowl, mix dry together:

  • 2.5 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1to1 Gluten Free Baking flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa power (I use the brand Equal Exchange)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

In mixer, mix wet ingredients together:

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1.25 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup maple syrup

Slowly fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients in mixer. Mix until batter is completely smooth.

Spread evenly in two cake pans using spatula.

Bake on middle rack for 20 minutes. After keeping cakes in pans for 10 minutes outside of oven, let cakes completely cool on cooling rack.


In a double boiler set over simmering water, melt and mix all ingredients together. I use a large pot with a glass bowl.

  • 1/4 cup REFINED coconut oil (using unrefined changes the taste completely)
  • 9 ounces dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life Regular Size Morsels–they are dairy, nut, gluten free, and soy free. They do have cane sugar.)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Let ganache sit and cool for one hour, stirring really well with a whisk every 10 minutes.


When cakes and ganache are completely cooled, stack both cakes with ganache in the middle and on top. Serve and enjoy!

*Recipe adapted from “Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family by Jennifer Katzinger”

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Alex Winkelman
Alex founded Hello My Tribe not because she was an expert on motherhood, but because she was a mom who desperately needed support and community. During those tough first months of motherhood, Alex spent day after day reading and learning about motherhood. She learned: 1. She wasn’t alone in her feelings about motherhood. 2. Everything we could have ever dreamt of existed for the baby, but there was a lack of resources for the woman/mother 3. There are many maternal health issues in our country that need attention and need to be addressed. Hello My Tribe was built upon these needs. Previous to launching Hello My Tribe in 2016, Alex was a professional and volunteer fundraiser, raising millions of dollars for non-profit organizations. Alex lives in Austin, TX with her son and two rescue dogs.