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Chocolate Cake

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Ingredients

NB a blender is essential for this recipe, but a simple handheld 'stick' blender as shown in the pictures below is good enough.

 

200g prunes or dates (dates are sweeter)

2 eggs

200 g ground almonds

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon orange flavouring/essence

1 teaspoon vanilla essence/flavouring

100g butter

50g cocoa powder

 

OPTIONAL

4-5 dessertspoons coconut milk/kefir

1 or 2 blocks of sugar free chocolate (see snacks sections)


Method

1 Blend the dried fruit to a paste. NB if you are using a handheld stick blender, soften the fruit first by soaking it in hot water for 5 minutes, then blend in a tall container, as bits will fly out a little way.


2 Add the eggs, blending in one by one:


3 Blend in the ground almonds:


4 Melt the butter and the cocoa in a pan, and add the orange and vanilla essence:


5 Blend this mixture into the main cake mix:


6 Now taste it. It will be heavier than the consistency of 'normal' cake mix. Add coconut milk or kefir to taste.

 

 

7 Cook at 150 degrees for about 35 - 45 minutes.

 

8 OPTIONAL: When cool, melt 1 to 2 bars of the chocolate, bain marie style (bowl in hot water). I find these types of chocolate do not melt quite as well as mainstream - they solidify faster in the heating bowl. Also because the cake itself is satisfyingly sweet, I tend to use only a little chocolate to cover the cake on special occasions. Usually I skip step 8.











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