My recipe uses an organic flour, organic coconut sugar sugar and "butter" aka dairy-free butter (or you can use grass-fed butter or even oil just see notes below) because let's be real... it's okay to have cake every once in a while if you're really craving it, you know what I mean? These ingredients can be considered a healthy option compared to most cake recipes. I used a sprouted-spelt four because I didn’t want to compromise the texture and prefer butter over oil to provide a rich flavor. Feel free to use equal parts oil to replace the butter if you’d prefer. Look below the ingredients for more tips and notes! Lets get to the recipe shall we?!
This recipe makes ONE 9" round cake layer or two 6" round cakes
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup coconut sugar + 1/4 cup lakanto sweetener*
1.5 cups sprouted spelt flour*
6 Tablespoons plant based butter (or organic grass fed butter oil)
1 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water
*You can omit the lankanto and just use 1 cup coconut sugar or even any organic cane sugar if you prefer. p.s. I don't recommend doing all lankanto because it will give the cake a "crunchy" outer texture when cooled.
* Don't "pack" the flour in your measuring cups but spoon it in lightly! This will avoid having a dry cake.
Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk then add your wet ingredients and stir with a spatula until all the lumps are gone. Try not over mixing. Prepare cake pan, I like to add a light coating of non-stick and a round piece of parchment paper to ensure that my cake will come out easy!
Pour in 9inch round cake tin and bake at 350 for 25-30 min. Once a toothpick comes out clean you'll know they're done. Set on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing from cake tin.
Frost your cake when it's reached room temperature. I have a super HEALTHY and DELICIOUS frosting recipe below!
Healthy Chocolate Frosting recipe:
2 cups of steamed sweet potatoes
1 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup
2 TBL avocado or just 1/4 of an avocado
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
If you need it sweeter try adding in liquid vanilla stevia drops or maple syrup until your sweet tooth is satisfied.
Add sweet potatoes and avocado in food processor and run until everything is smooth.
Then add the rest of your ingredients and taste! adding in a small amount of liquid stevia as needed.
I've made this simple plant based cake for many birthday celebrations and it is adored by all ages! This recipe uses simple ingredients making is easy to bake and still taste absolutely scrumptious.
I receive many request from different friends and family members (who are not plant based) that want this cake served for various occasions. The good news for you, me and my friends is this recipe produces a relatively healthy chocolate cake. Hope you enjoy!
CLICK this image above to watch a video of baking this cake
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