Indy Power: Dark chocolate espresso cake
This chocolate and coffee creation is the stuff of dreams.
This cake is a dream. It's basically a giant brownie but with rich coffee notes and a silky, mocha frosting.
Gluten-free, dairy-free & vegan
For the cake: 25g ground flax seed
160g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
75g coconut sugar
200g dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the icing:
50g cashew butter
30ml/2 tbsp of melted coconut oil
30ml/2 tbsp of maple syrup
45ml/3 tbsp of espresso
2 tbsp cacao powder
1. Preheat the oven to 180⁰C. In a small bowl, combine the flax seed and water and mix well, then set aside.
2. In a large bowl combine the ground almonds, baking powder and coconut sugar.
3. Slowly melt the dark chocolate on low heat until smooth. Pour it into the almond mixture and mix well. Add the vanilla to the flax seeds and give it another stir until it's thick, like the texture of a raw egg. Pour it into the chocolate almond mixture and mix really well until smooth.
4. Gradually pour in the coffee while mixing.
5. Grease a spring form cake tin with a little coconut oil and then spread the mixture out evenly with a spatula. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let it cool completely on a wire rack before removing it from the tin.
6. When the cake is cool, whisk together all of the icing ingredients until smooth. Ice the cooled cake and serve.
If you’re not into coffee or want to make this recipe for kids you can easily leave out the espresso in the cake and the icing.
Just replace it with nut milk and you’ll have a beautiful dark chocolate cake.
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