Mexican Chocolate Cake (Vegan)

Mexican Chocolate Cake Vegan

Check out this super rich dark chocolate cake (perfect for vegans) which has a bold kick of cayenne pepper.  It is also perfect for people who maybe have particular allergies as this is not only gluten free, but is also dairy free, egg free and free of sugar!  This is a perfect chocolate cake recipe for vegans.

Handy Tip #1:  You will need a 22cm springform tin.
Handy Tip #2: Where to buy Himalayan Pink Salt? You should be able to find it at a reputable health food store or organic market.

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Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cacao powder, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups coconut nectar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (to grease the baking tin)

Frosting:

  • 1 cup raw cacao powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • Pinch Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest, to serve
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, to serve

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180° fan-forced).

  2. Prepare the springform cake tin by greasing with coconut oil and lining base and sides with baking paper.

  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, whisking as you go, until thoroughly combined and smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool completely at room temperature and turn out onto a serving platter.

  4. In a large bowl, whisk all ingredients for the frosting until smooth. Pour over cooled cake and spread evenly with a spatula. Top with orange zest and slivered almonds.

Bon Appetit!

This original recipe is by Maz Pugoy and photography by Andrew Young.

Vintage Chocolate Chip Cookies / Biscuits

Vintage Chocolate Chip Cookies

Check out these Vintage Chocolate Chip Cookies.  So simple a recipe,  the kids will have a stack of fun baking them.  Great for the lunchbox or with morning/afternoon tea.  Fantastic little snacks!

Photography and Recipe by Valerie Barrett is from: BBCgoodfood.com

Ingredients

  • 150g salted butter, softened
  • 80g light brown muscovado sugar (or just brown sugar)
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200g plain chocolate chips or chunks

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan-forced/gas 5.  Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the butter and sugars into a bowl and beat until creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract and egg. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt over the mixture and mix in with a wooden spoon. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.
  3. Using a teaspoon, place small mounds of the mixture well apart on the baking trays. Bake in the oven for 8–10 mins until light brown on the edges and still slightly soft in the centre.
  4. Leave on the tray for a couple of minutes to firm up and then transfer to a cooling rack.

So simple and so yummy!