⅓cupwhite whole wheat flourCan sub spelt, all-purpose, or a 1:1 gluten-free blend.
½teaspoonfine sea salt
1 ½teaspoonsbaking powder
1cupplus 2 tablespoons light coconut milk The type of coconut milk that comes in a can.
⅔cupcoconut sugarSub light brown sugar, if desired.
⅓cupdairy-free chocolate chips, optionalOmit for a less sweet, refined-sugar-free cake.
10 to 12med/largestrawberries, hulled and halved
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and locate a 9-inch non-stick springform pan. Parchment paper isn't necessary to prevent sticking, but placing a circle of paper in the bottom of the pan does make it easier to move the cake to a serving platter, if needed.
Use a scale to weigh the flours if possible (see Notes). Add oat flour, wheat flour, and salt to a mixing bowl. Sift in the cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda to ensure their are no clumps. Whisk to combine.
In a medium bowl stir together the coconut milk, balsamic, coconut sugar, and vanilla.
Pour wet ingredients into dry, stirring just until combined. Fold in about ¼ cup of the chocolate chips, reserving some for the top of the cake. Pour batter into springform pan, and arrange strawberry halves on top. Arrange reserved chocolate chips in between strawberries.
Bake for 30 to 34 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before removing sides of springform pan. Let cake cool completely before slicing.
I highly recommend using a kitchen scale for weighing flours. It leads to the best, most consistent results every time and is actually easier than using measuring cups. But if you're preparing to bake this cake and don't have a scale, whisk the flour to fluff it up before lightly scooping up with a measuring cup and leveling off the top.
Store cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Can also be kept at room temperature for a day or two without issue.Due to the moisture of the strawberries, this may not be the most suitable cake for freezing, though I haven't tested it yet (other than the strawberry issue, it should be fine). Since it's a light, single-layer cake, we've managed to devour each test batch in just a few days!