Head Pastry Chef Ellen de Jager-Smith at Michelin Starred Bohemia has shared her recipe for her delicious, healthy, gluten-free chocolate cake – which includes no cream, butter or sugar!

Guilt Free Dark Chocolate Cake

Ingredients (To make 10 cupcakes or 1 small cake)

  • 100g Ground almonds
  • 45g Cocoa powder
  • 5g Baking soda
  • 5g Gluten free baking powder
  • 3 Eggs
  • 140g Maple syrup
  • 200g Almond milk
  • 200g Pitted dates
  • 50g Grated courgette
  • 200g Olive oil
  • 150g Dark Chocolate


  1. Sieve all of the dry ingredients together
  2. Whisk the eggs and add the maple syrup
  3. Blend the almond milk, dates, grated courgettes and olive oil together
  4. Melt the dark chocolate
  5. Add the dry ingredients to egg mixture to create a smooth batter
  6. Fold the almond milk mixture carefully into the batter and pour in the dark chocolate
  7. Preheat the oven to 160°C
  8. Pour the mixture into a lined tin
  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes for cupcakes and 40 to 50 minutes for a cake

Ingredients – Chocolate, avocado and date icing

  • 2 Avocados
  • 250g Dates
  • 15g Cocoa powder
  • 60g Maple syrup
  • 350g Almond milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • 400g Melted dark chocolate


  1. Blend everything (except the dark chocolate) in a food processor
  2. Add the dark chocolate carefully whilst blending
  3. Decorate as you please

Bohemia was the only restaurant in the Channel Islands to be listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants. The 4AA Rosette restaurant also received the highest score in the Channel Islands in the Good Food Guide with a glowing score of 7 and was listed as the best restaurant in Jersey in the guide’s ‘Top 50 Restaurants in the UK’.