Lactose-free chocolate cake

Lactose-free chocolate cake

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Indulge in the ultimate dessert experience with our scrumptious lactose-free chocolate cake. Perfectly moist and rich in flavour, this delightful treat allows you to savour a timeless classic without the lactose. Made with carefully selected but simple ingredients, this recipe promises an unforgettable taste sensation that is sure to impress your guests. Dive into our delectable recipe and discover the joys of a simple lactose-free dessert that does not compromise on either taste or texture.


Lactose-free chocolate cake
  • Preheat the oven to 175°C (traditional oven).
  • Whisk butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and whisk well.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, cocoa, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  • Add coffee and milk and mix well. Fold gently into the butter mixture with a rubber spatula – the batter will be very runny.
  • Secure a piece of baking paper between the ring and the base of a springform tin (approximately 24 cm in diameter).
  • Pour the batter into the tin and bake the cake in the middle of the oven at 175°C for about 1 hour – it should be slightly underbaked. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  • Place butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder, and water in a pot.
  • Let the mixture melt over medium heat while constantly stirring until a smooth icing forms.
  • Spread the icing on the cake and serve.

When making a lactose-free chocolate cake, choose high-quality cocoa powder to achieve the best flavour. It is important to note that cocoa powders can differ significantly in taste. Natural cocoa powder has a strong, bitter flavour due to its acidity, while Dutch-processed cocoa powder undergoes alkali treatment, resulting in a milder and smoother taste. Aim for products with at least 20-22 % cocoa butter content for a richer taste and a smoother texture.

Questions about lactose-free chocolate cake

Who can resist a classic chocolate cake with a delightfully moist crumb? With this recipe, you will enjoy a lusciously spongy chocolate treat that is not only lactose-free but also packed with rich and irresistible flavours. This easy-to-make lactose-free chocolate cake recipe will quickly become a go-to dessert for all occasions. Read on to learn more.

How long does lactose-free chocolate cake last in the fridge?
Lactose-free chocolate cake can last up to 5-7 days in the fridge when stored properly. It is important that the cake is completely cool before storing it, as placing a warm cake in the fridge can lead to sogginess. Cover the cake with cling film or foil or place it in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out and absorbing other odours.
Can you freeze lactose-free chocolate cake?
Yes, you can freeze a lactose-free chocolate cake to extend its shelf life. Before freezing it, ensure that it has cooled completely to prevent condensation and sogginess. As for the icing, it is best to freeze it separately and add it after thawing it. To store the cake, wrap it securely in cling film or foil, making sure it is tightly sealed to avoid freezer burn. For extra protection, you can place the wrapped cake in an airtight container or a freezer bag. When stored correctly, the lactose-free chocolate cake can last up to 2-3 months in the freezer.
How to determine if lactose-free chocolate cake is done?
To determine if the lactose-free chocolate cake is done, insert a toothpick or a small knife into the centre. If it emerges with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it, the cake is perfectly baked and ready. Allow it to cool in the tin for a while before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.


Lactose-free chocolate cake
Soft lactose-free butter
200 g
Lactose-free whole milk
300 ml
200 ml
300 g
300 g
Baking powder
2 tsp
Cocoa powder
75 g
Coarse salt
½ tsp
Lactose-free butter
50 g
Icing sugar
250 g
Cocoa powder
1 tbsp
Hot water
3 tbsp

Make a spongy chocolate cake without lactose

A classic chocolate cake never goes out of style, and it can be enjoyed even by those who wish to limit their lactose intake. Making a delicious, spongy chocolate cake that is lactose-free does not mean that you are sacrificing taste or texture. With carefully selected ingredients and lactose-free alternatives, you can create a scrumptious chocolate cake that rivals any traditional recipe. By focusing on achieving a perfectly moist, fluffy crumb and rich taste, you can delight everyone with a delicious chocolate-flavoured treat that will have them coming back for seconds. For a final flourish, it is dressed with smooth, chocolate-flavoured icing.

For more sweet recipes, be sure to check out our lactose-free brownies and lactose-free cheesecake. If you are in the mood for something cool and creamy, you should try our lactose-free coffee ice cream.

Simple and delicious

Baking a lactose-free chocolate cake is a straightforward process that results in a dessert brimming with irresistible flavour. The key to this delightful treat lies in the use of high-quality ingredients. The combination of cocoa powder and coffee, along with other flavourful components, results in a rich, velvety treat with an intense chocolate flavour. The coffee acts as a flavour enhancer, deepening the chocolate notes and adding complexity to the overall flavour profile. This pairing adds to the delicate crumb and tender consistency that will have your guests raving about the delectable simplicity of the cake. With our easy-to-follow steps, creating a mouth-watering chocolate treat has never been easier.

Serve with a smooth and shiny icing on top

In a world where the phrase ‘icing on the cake’ signifies the ultimate finishing touch, it is only fitting that we create a shiny topping to adorn the chocolate cake that will have everyone swooning. This tempting icing not only adds an additional layer of chocolatey goodness but also enhances the overall presentation.

The secret to achieving the perfect consistency for this icing lies in the use of lactose-free butter, which provides a creamy base. The combination of icing sugar and cocoa powder gives the icing a luxurious, velvety texture that spreads evenly across the cake, creating a visually appealing finish. The addition of hot water helps achieve a glossy sheen while attaining a spreadable consistency. As you cut through the cake, the shiny icing acts as a sumptuous veil, revealing the spongy and fluffy layer beneath.

Make it your own

Once you have mastered the art of making a lactose-free chocolate cake, the fun does not stop there. You can get creative with a few personal touches and make your dessert truly unforgettable. Elevate the experience with a variety of delightful toppings and accompaniments, for example, by adding fresh strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. The berries add a burst of colour along with a natural sweetness and tartness that beautifully contrasts with the rich chocolate taste.

Serve your cake with a scoop of your favourite lactose-free ice cream, such as vanilla, salted caramel, or raspberry, for an indulgent treat. Or add an elegant touch with edible flowers like pansies, violas, or lavender, which also bring a subtle, fragrant flavour.

Finally, consider sprinkling chopped nuts, for example, almonds, hazelnuts, or pistachios, for a satisfying crunch and nutty flavour that complements the chocolate taste.