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.

Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Check out this Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe.  Made with organic dark chocolate and hazelnut meal, each heavenly bite will melt in your mouth.  I originally found this recipe by Katrina Woodman of Taste, although I have adapted the original recipe to make this cake with the particular flavors that I prefer.  The overall balance of chocolate and hazelnut flavor is perfection.  Photo by Mark O’Meara.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder (OR 2 to 3 shots of espresso)
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 180g dark chocolate, chopped (I use an Organic Dark Chocolate)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 cups almond meal (ground almonds) OR I prefer to use Hazelnut Meal (I find Hazelnut & Chocolate make a perfect pair for flavor)
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Double cream and strawberries, to serve (or see Chocolate Sauce Recipe)
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 22cm round (base) spring-form cake pan. Line base and side with baking paper.
  2. Place coffee powder and boiling water in a heatproof jug. Stir to dissolve. Place butter, chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee mixture in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until melted and combined. Remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl to cool slightly.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar for 5 minutes or until thick. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form (see Cooking class, below).
  4. Add chocolate mixture and almond meal to egg yolk mixture. Stir to combine. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold half the egg whites into chocolate mixture. Repeat with remaining egg whites. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool cake completely in pan. Dust with cocoa.   The original recipe suggests to serve with cream and strawberries but I like to serve with a chocolate sauce (Yeah, I’m a sweet tooth!).  I use this Chocolate Sauce Recipe.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis

This deliciously clever chocolate recipe has double the versatility as it can be made as a Flourless Chocolate Cake OR as a yummy Chocolate Slice. Either way you decide to make it, it looks and tastes absolutely divine!  Check out the original Recipe and amazing photos at Vegan in Cleveland.