Friday, February 17, 2012

a valentines birthday cake

This Valentines Day I made a birthday cake for my best friend. I feel so lucky to have her in my life.  It is so fitting that she be born on a day filled with so many expressions of love. I truly  poured my heart into this cake for her and I was so pleased that it turned out as sweet and delicious as I had hoped. 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache Cake

2 cups maple sugar
1 cup amaranth flour*
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 large eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup warm water

Coconut Ganache:

Melt chocolate over double boiler and mix in cocnut cream. Let cool just a bit before icing. 

*How I prepare my amaranth flour:
I sprouted whole grain amaranth by soaking in a bowl of water over night. Then I rinsed well and soaked an additional day in water and the juice of one lemon to ferment the grains. I then strained it and put it in the dehydrator until dry and ground it into flour in my grain mill. Benifits of soaking grains, seeds and nuts: Increases Absorption of Minerals and Activates Enzymes. 

Cooking Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Butter two cake pans and sprinkle with coco powder. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Making sure that all dry ingredients are mixed well will ensure there are no clumps in your cake. Add wet ingredients. Mix until a smooth batter forms. Divide batter evenly between 2 buttered cake pans. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. A fork inserted into the center of the cakes should come out clean. Once the cakes come out of the oven, allow them to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool.  Once cake is cool, spread with ganache icing between layers and all over the outside. Let cool  and decorate with fresh strawberries or your favorite berry. Enjoy!


Kim Corrigan-Oliver said...

Wow, looks delish!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

patamathis said...

This was an absolutely delicious cake, sweet and moist - and so chocolaty. Thanks for including me in the party. Pat

Priscilla said...

I have to admit, chocolate cake is not my favorite, but this one might just make me a convert. :)

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