Gluten-free, vegan chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting recipe

Many restaurants hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic have found new ways to serve their local community and hungry customers.

The team at Bam Bam Bakery in Portland, Maine, has turned to curbside delivery, started a GoFundMe to keep their ovens on and began baking for frontline workers.

Owner Tina Cromwell told "Good Morning America" that they are "bare bones staffed right now" and what they need more than ever is "people trusting us enough to keep our doors open and keep the orders coming in."

PHOTO: Tina Cromwell finishes off a gluten-free chocolate peanut butter cake with sprinkles at Bam Bam Bakery in Portland, Maine. (ABC News)

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As the bakery adjusts to a new normal, Cromwell has worked to give back to the community by providing pasties to health care workers. The exclusively gluten-free bakery teamed up with a local coffee shop to make sure all medical workers had a sweet treat during their shifts.

"We've been getting some people, some pretty amazing treats," she said.

Like many restaurants, the bakery has shared some of its beloved recipes with customers so they can make their favorite confections from the comfort of their homes while in quarantine.

Their top-selling item? Gluten-free, vegan chocolate peanut butter cake. Check out the full recipe below!

Gluten free vegan chocolate cake with vegan peanut butter frosting PHOTO: Tina Cromwell's gluten free, vegan chocolate peanut butter cake is a popular favorite in Portland, Maine. (Tina Cromwell)

Makes a 2-layer 8" cake

Gluten free/Dairy free/Vegan/TreeNut free/Soy free

Contains peanuts

Prepare two 8-inch cake pans with non stick spray.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Cake Ingredients

2 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry ingredients:

2 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon Xanthan gum

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 1/4 teaspoon egg replacer

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Mix wet ingredients until combined, add dry ingredients and mix for 5 minutes.

Divide batter between 2 prepared pans and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean

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Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup vegan butter

2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons coconut milk

Directions

Mix together until creamy.

Cromwell's cakes and other gluten-free confections are also available for delivery nationwide from Goldbelly.

Gluten-free, vegan chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting recipe originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com

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