Last month, for me, was full of birthdays. My sister and my niece have their birthdays just two days apart. My niece chose a pavlova for her cake and my sister wanted a chocolate cake. Well more accurately, her little boy wanted a 'brown cake', which is his term for a chocolate cake.
So I searched the net and cobbled together this recipe with a few variations.
Adapted from Raw Chocolate Cheesecake
Raw Vegan Chocolate Cake.
Preparation time: 40 mins
Setting time: 8 hours
- ¾ cups well packed medjool dates
- 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla paste
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 ½ cups of ground hazelnut meal
- ½ cup dried coconut
- ½ cup cashews
- 2 tsp. cacao nibs
- Add a little coconut syrup/pure maple syrup, if mix is too bitter for your taste.
- Blend the dates in a food processor until a smooth paste forms. If it turns into a hard lump add a little water and blend. Repeat if required.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
- The mixture should be fairly wet. Press into a lined/greased 20cm spring for tin and refrigerate until ready to add filling.
- 2 cups cashews (soaked for at least 4 hours)
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- ¾ cup water
- 2/3 cup cacao powder
- 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup melted coconut butter
- ½ mixed berries approx.
- Blend all of the ingredients but the oil, butter and berries until smooth and creamy in a high speed blender.
- Add the butter and oil and blend again to incorporate.
- Gently stir in the mixed berries.
- Pour over the crust.
- Set in the fridge for at least 8 hours.
- Decorate with more mixed berries.
Process dates until a paste forms
Add the remaining ingredients
And process again.
Press into tin. Flatten with a glass tumbler if desired.
Pile in the ingredients,
except the butter,oil and berries, then process.
In goes the coconut oil and butter.
Once combined, stir in the berries. Fresh or frozen.
Pour on top of the base.
Pile on more berries to serve!
The cake was perfect. The base was nice and fudgy and the berries mixed through it added a nice combination of sweet and tart to compliment the richness of the cake. I am starting to really enjoy making raw cakes and I can't wait to be more daring with my next one!
Until next time.
Love, love Elle.