Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dark Chocolate Cake

 When you need a special occasion cake, this deep rich chocolate one will really hit the spot.   Serve it layered with whipped cream and topped with a sprinkling of cocoa for a decadent treat.

Ingredients :

-  3/4 cup of coconut flour
-  1/4 cup of cocoa plus extra for sprinkling
-  1/2 teaspoon salt
-  1 tablespoon baking powder
-  10 eggs
-  1 tablespoon vanilla
-  1 cup of sweetener (honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar will all work)
-  1 cup butter, melted
-  2 cups of whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks

Directions :
  • Preheat your oven to 325'F
  • Grease two 9 inch cake pans with some of the melted butter
  • Sift the coconut flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder into a small bowl.  Set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, blend eggs, vanilla, sweetener and melted butter in a large bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, then blend to combine.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, then test the centre with a tooth pick.  If it comes out clean then the cake is done.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and cool on a rack until completely cold.
  • Place one cake on your serving plate, cover with whipped cream, and then place the other cake on top of it.  Using a sieve, sprinkle a bit more cocoa over the top of the cake. 

Variation :  Layer the cake  with sliced strawberries (illustration from sasoc.wordpress.com ) and top with more strawberries.

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