You certainly don’t need a celebration to bake this cake, but following an alternative diet definitely complicates things when it comes time to blow out your candles. Grain-free baking uses calorie-dense ingredients, so smaller slices are all that’s needed.
Celebration Chocolate Cake
This cake is smaller in size: I use three 15cm-wide cake tins, which is not uncommon for artisan-style cakes and it looks beautiful. Feel free to use whatever tins you have available, anything from a single bundt tin, two sandwich tins or three smaller artisan-style tins work well.
Heads up: make the icing a day before to allow it to set; it will save you a lot of stress making it in advance.
MAKES 12 PORTIONS
4 free-range eggs, separated
125ml nut milk
250ml black coffee, cooled
125ml avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
100g coconut sugar
200g almond flour
100g cassava flour
2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
½ tsp pink salt
For the icing
480g coconut cream
2 tsp vanilla extract1 tsp powdered grass-fed gelatin or ½ tsp agar-agar
250g dairy-free, dark chocolate chips
a pinch of pink salt
100g chopped hazelnuts (optional)
- Make the icing a day ahead to allow it to set. Heat the coconut milk and vanilla extract in a saucepan over a medium heat until it starts to steam, then whisk through the gelatin, add the chocolate chips and salt, then leave it to stand for a few minutes. Stir well, making sure that all the chocolate is melted, then stir in chopped hazelnuts, if using. Transfer to a glass bowl and allow it to cool uncovered in the fridge until firm.
- Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan oven) Gas 3 and prepare three 15cm cake tins (or two sandwich tins, or a single bundt tin) by either giving them a good wipe down with coconut oil or lining with baking paper. In a stand mixer or in a bowl using an electric or hand whisk, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then transfer to a smaller bowl and set aside.
- Put the egg yolks in the bowl and add the milk, coffee and oil, then beat well. Sift the sugar, cocoa, almond flour, cassava flour, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl.
- Spoon the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, one heaped spoon at a time, and mix using the mixer on slow or using a wooden spoon.
- Stop the mixer and fold through the egg whites (stirring in a figure-of-eight movement).
- Transfer the batter to your prepared baking tins and follow the schedule below for baking times (it changes depending on how many tins you use):
- 3 tins: 30 minutes
- 2 tins: 30–35 minutes
- bundt tin: 35–40 minutes
- The cake is cooked when a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. It will also feel firm when pressed. Allow for extra time if not firm. Leave on a wire rack to cool entirely before removing the cake from the tin. When the cake is completely cold, cover with the icing and let the celebrations begin!
Top with extra hazelnuts, fresh berries and edible flowers to add that extra wow factor.
dairy-free • gluten-free • Paleo
by Donna Crous
With A Healthier Family for Life, cooking healthy food that puts a smile on your loved ones' faces has never been easier.
This book is not about the latest diet fad or trendy way of eating; it's about creating wholesome, nutritious dishes that delight the whole family without feeling restricted. Whatever diets, health conditions or food intolerances you need to cater for, this book will help your family live a happier, healthier life.
Many families today have numerous health conditions and intolerances to consider, making the dinner table something of a minefield. In this gorgeous, practical book, health coach Donna Crous makes dinnertime less daunting and more healthy, with a wide range of delicious and nutritious recipes that are fully gluten-free, processed sugar-free and dairy-free, including many keto and vegan recipes.
A Healthier Family for Life inspires from the very start of your day with recipes including Breakfast Toad-In-The-Hole and Silver Dollar Pancakes, through to teatime family favourites like Crumbed Chicken Tenders, Kombucha and Miso-Roasted Spare Ribs and Walnut, Kale and Cranberry-Stuffed Butternut. Donna is best known for her grain-free baking and has included recipes for Vegan Christmas Pudding and a showstopping Pear and Coffee Loaf, as well as sweet treats such as Avocado and Almond Truffles and Gut-Healing Gummies.
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