Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8-inch spring-form pan and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl sift together your dry ingredients including your pastry flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set the bowl aside.
Next, whisk together your almond milk, olive oil, sugar, blood orange juice, applesauce, vanilla bean paste/extract, and orange zest in a separate mixing bowl.
Once evenly mixed, slowly incorporate the bowl of sifted dry ingredients until a smooth chocolate cake batter has formed.
Add the batter to the greased spring-form pan. Before putting the pan into the oven, tap the cake pan on the counter to release any large bubbles. Add to the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. If you are using a larger pan, check the cake at the 25 minute mark as it will cook faster.
Remove the cake from the oven and let cool to room temperature.