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[Photographs: Niko Triantafillou]

The Gluten-free Chocolate Cake ($6) from Vegan Divas is a rich layer cake that will satisfy your chocolate cravings. It will also leave you stunned that it's egg-, dairy-, and gluten-free.

The chocolate ganache frosting is thick, fudgy and sweet, giving up no ground to its non-vegan counterparts. And just because it's vegan, it isn't necessarily a food I'd eat if I were trying to lose weight—I'd wager there's as much fat in this slice as any butter cake.

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The cake's crumb is more coarse than, say, an Entenmann's pound cake or even Divas' own mousse-filled Chocolate Decadence Cake, likely thanks to a different kind of flour. As with any layer cake with a thick chocolate filling, allow the slice to come to room temperature before eating.

About the author: Native New Yorker Niko Triantafillou is the founder of DessertBuzz.com his photographs of desserts and pastry chefs have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Dessert Professional Magazine. He is an unabashed foodie nerdling. Follow him on Twitter at @DessertBuzz.

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