Gluten-free cake- Decadent Cherry Chocolate Cake

Thanks to San-J for providing me with a promotional item to conduct this recipe. All opinions are 100% my own. We are not a gluten-free household but when I was tasked with using San-J sauces in something other than a marinade I was a little nervous but curious at the same time. San-J recently came out with some holiday themed recipes using their gluten-free sauces. I was totally intrigued by the Gluten-Free cake recipe:  Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe they had featured. I normally don’t enjoy cooked cherries, but hey it is worth a try.

gluten-free-cake for holidays

Well the results were a success and the family loved it. I am not sure if mine was undercooked but it was gooey in the inside which made for a more decadent and almost lava like chocolate cake. I also purchased a 10 oz bag instead of the 12 oz since that is all my grocery store had and I think it was more than enough. (maybe I did not defrost the cherries long enough and thus the extra goodness?


This is starting off good don’t you think?

how to beat egg whites

This is what you want from beating your egg whites to stiff peaks.

chocolate cherry pie

Frozen cherries are available all year round.

decadent cherry chocolate cake

Ok here is the quick and easy gluten-free cake recipe (although I used regular flour because almond flour was too expensive)

I did make a little of the ice cream with Tamari, no one really thought it was much different but I think it sets off the cake.


Be sure to check out some of the other great Gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes With San-J’s line of premium, gluten-free Tamari and Asian Cooking Sauces.

Holiday Recipes for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner:

APPETIZER – Cranberry Orange Baked Brie: Baked brie topped with San-J Orange Sauce and cranberry sauce, decorated with chopped pistachios and served with San-J’s gluten-free crackers.
SALAD –  Persimmon Goat Cheese Salad: Tossed green salad with San-J Tamari Ginger Salad Dressing, topped with persimmons, goat cheese, walnuts and pomegranate seeds.
SOUP – Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Thai Peanut: Blended pumpkin with coconut milk simmered with San-J Thai Peanut Sauce.
MAIN – Roasted Cornish Hens with Orange Teriyaki: Cornish hens marinated in San-J Teriyaki Sauce, orange juice, garlic and ginger, roasted to perfection.
SIDE – Szechaun Noodles: Chopped red peppers, onions and cabbage tossed in San-J’s Szechuan Sauce and sesame seeds.
DESSERT – Cherry Chocolate Cake: A delightful dairy free and gluten-free cherry chocolate cake flavored with San-J Tamari Soy Sauce, served with your choice of ice cream.

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  1. Looks amazing! I love cherries and chocolate together

  2. Mmm this looks delicious!

  3. This looks great, but I’ve never heard of soy sauce in a cake! I would also probably use honey or some coconut sugar instead of sugar.

  4. This is perfect delicious sounding! We recently had 1 kiddo go GF, will have to try this for sure!

  5. I love that you added cherries! This is something I will be making for sure!

  6. That looks amazing! I would have never thought of adding cherries, I bet my family would love this!

  7. I am really trying hard to stick to a gluten free diet these days. This cake looks incredible!

  8. Wow. Never had soy sauce in a cake, that I know of. I’d be interested in trying their Mongolian Sauce!

  9. Cherry and chocolate are SO delish together! Yum!

  10. Sorry Had to grab a tissue. I slobbered on my screen/.

  11. Oh my goodness, I love cherries and chocolate. I do say that I have never heard of San-J Tamari Soy Sauce but totally will find it for this recipe

  12. I bet we’d love San-J Teriyaki Sauce! Although, your cherry chocolate cake looks amazing too!

  13. That looks amazing! I’d never guess it was gluten-free!

  14. I actually have some of this sauce in my pantry. Guess what I will be making soon. Thanks for this recipe, Maria.

  15. This looks delicious. Since my kids don’t like pie this may be good to serve for Thanksgiving dinner.

  16. You had me at chocolate!
    That looks so quick and easy to make and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser 🙂

  17. This sounds soo good! I love chocolate cherry anything. I have to make this!

  18. Oh my word! That sounds absolutely delicious!!

  19. San-J Tamari is my favorite but I really want to try the Tamari Ginger dressing…sounds delicious!

  20. Mmm… cake. But I’ve never heard of adding soy sauce to a cake! As for trying one – I love Terikayi sauces but the ginger salad dressing sounds interesting.

  21. I don’t think I’ve ever had cherries in a dessert, but this looks and sounds sinfully good!