Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Chocolate Devotion Cake

Recently I was asked by a colleague to contribute a unique cake for her daughter's wedding reception. Immediately this recipe came to mind. It's a delicious chocolate-lover's treat that I've made countless times. I perfected the recipe for the wedding of my dear friends Todd and Jeanett in 2003. Even though their wedding was vegan, they wanted a handmade groom's cake. I was happy to lend a hand.

Now, you can make this, too -- but don't wait for a wedding! It's good anytime and not hard to make!
2 ½ cups unbleached flour
1 ½ cups milled natural cane sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
dash of ground cinnamon
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 cup strongly brewed cold decaf coffee
¾ cup expeller-pressed canola oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ tablespoon vanilla
1 cup tempered non-dairy dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a fluted Bundt pan with baking spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together applesauce, coffee, oil, vinegar and vanilla.

Slowly add dry mixture until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan. Bake until a probe comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes.

Cool 10 minutes, invert onto a wire rack and cool completely.

To decorate, melt chocolate in a double boiler. Drizzle melted chocolate over cake. Finish with organic, edible flowers, if desired.


Anonymous said...

Wow--that looks amazing! Any tips on other pans to use besides a Bundt? I don't have one, but I really want to make this cake!


Jill said...

Courtney -- Thanks for your comment. I've not tried to make this cake in another pan but I don't think it would be a problem. Try it in a 9x13-inch pan. It may need to be in the oven less time, so check it after 30 minutes. Also, the glaze may not work on a flat surface but you can also dust it with powdered sugar or unsweeteend coco. YUM! Let me know how it turns out!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the advice! I will try it this weekend, I think...