Black Forest Trifle (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Nut Free)

So, I have been having a craving for a while… I have wanted Black Forest Cake!!! I have made a black forest ice cream cake which was great and regular black forest cake, but this time I wanted something a little bit different.

A trifle is a great dessert for a large crowd. So I made it to add to my granddaughter’s birthday party :) You don’t have to be really neat and your dessert still looks great!! I also love it when people say how good it tastes!!

Black Forest Trifle 2

This is a dessert that you have to prepare for the day before, because your coconut milk needs to be in the fridge overnight, before making.

Black Forest Trifle (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

You have three elements to this trifle. Chocolate cake, cherry filling, and coconut cream.

Coconut Cream:

2- 400 ml cans coconut milk (12-17%)

1/2 c. honey

2 tsp. vanilla

Place two cans of full fat coconut milk( I use 17%) in the fridge overnight. 

The next day open cans from the bottom and remove coconut nut water. You can save it for the cake. Take the thick coconut cream and place in a deep bowl. Whip together with honey and vanilla for five minutes. Place back into fridge while making rest of dessert.

Cherry Filling:

4- c. fresh of frozen cherries – cut in half and remove pits.

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

2/3 c. honey

2/3 c. water

2 Tbsp. tapioca starch

In a medium size pan stir all the ingredients together. Place on medium low heat, stirring constantly until cherry filling starts to thicken. Remove from heat and put in the fridge to cool.

Cherry Filling

Chocolate Cake:

2 c. gluten free flour mix
1 tsp. xanthan gum
3/4 c. cocoa
2 c. palm sugar (or desired granular sugar)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 eggs
2 c. almond milk (or desired milk)
1/2 c. coconut oil-melted (or other mild oil)
2 tsp. vanilla

Make a batch of my Chocolate Cake and pour batter in a greased 10″ by 15 ” jelly roll pan or cookie sheet(with sides) and bake it for 18-21 minutes or until toothpick come out clean when testing.

Let cool, then cut cake into one inch pieces.

Making your trifle:

Take a large bowl(clear always looks nice). Layer half the cake pieces, then half the cherry filling, then half the coconut cream. Repeat the layers. Top with shaved dark chocolate if desired.

Black Forest Trifle

Return to the fridge until serving. Lasts up to three days in the fridge. I do not freeze this dessert.


Shared On: Gluten Free Round UpMMM Party, Mix It Up Monday, In and Out of the Kitchen, Tasty Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Friday, Whole Foods Friday

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6 Comments on Black Forest Trifle (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Nut Free)

  1. Sarah
    January 19, 2014 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks really good! I haven’t had anything dairy free yet but I think this would be a great start :)

  2. heathergfc
    January 19, 2014 at 9:26 pm (2 years ago)

    My mouth is watering right now! Beautiful pictures of a lovely recipe!

  3. Marianne
    January 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my! This looks scrumptious :)

  4. cynthial1956
    January 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks absolutely delicious! And I love a dessert where I don’t have to be super neat. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  5. Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free
    January 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks wonderful, Sandi! Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it :)

  6. vegetarianmamma
    February 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

    Cindy from


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