Chocolate Mud Cake
A perfect cake to bake for someone's birthday or other special occasions.
Rich, filling, chocolaty, delicious and nutritious!
1 cup blanched almond meal
1 cup green banana flour
3/4 cup pure organic cocoa powder
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 cup coconut sugar (swap for up to 3/4 cup raw honey if you prefer)
1 tsp bicarb soda (aluminium-free)
1 tsp baking powder (gluten and rice-free)
1 cup pumpkin puree (peeled pumpkin pieces, boiled or steamed, drained then mashed fine)
3/4 cup liquefied coconut oil (refined, not raw)
1/2 cup pure coconut cream
3 large or 4 small eggs
1 small punnet fresh strawberries
1 tbsp cacao nibs
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp pure organic cocoa powder
2 tsp raw honey
Handy items to have
2 mixing bowls
small round cake tin
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Sift the flours, cocoa, bicarb soda and baking powder into a large mixing bowl
Add remaining dry ingredients and stir
In a separate bowl add all wet ingredients and whisk to combine
Pour wet ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined
Transfer mixture to a round non-stick or paper-lined cake tin and place in the oven turning the timer to 20 minutes to check on the progress
Test the readiness by inserting a wooden skewer into the centre of the cake to the bottom then pulling it out. If it comes out with a lot of wet mixture on it then the cake needs to cook longer. Keep in mind it's a moist cake, you will end up with some cake mixture on the skewer. You don't want it to be too wet (i.e. raw) though
When the cake is cooked properly, remove it from the oven, carefully turn it onto a wire cooling rack and allow it to cool down completely
In a saucepan on the stove on very low temperature add coconut oil, cocoa and honey and stir until well combined and no lumps remain, then remove from the stove
While allowing the chocolate mixture to cool down slightly, prepare the other topping ingredients by slicing the strawberries in half, leaving the green tops on if you wish, placing the strawberries around the outside edge of the top of the cake (as pictured) then drizzle the chocolate mixture over, using a spoon. If some chocolate drips down the sides that's okay, it's a nice effect!
Sprinkle the cacao nibs over the surface as you wish then your cake is complete and ready to serve for a special birthday celebration!