I originally posted this recipe November 23rd, 2010. Often times, recipes get pushed down (by the latest and greatest recipes) and therefore, get lost in the shuffle. Which is really a shame because regardless of their “age”, they are still wonderful recipes.
I love it when Nouveau Raw visitors ask me questions and make comments when they try recipes. It gives me a chance to revisit them myself. And that is when I notice my “early day” photography. *shudders* hehe I am not a professional photographer by any means, but when I look back to my first post releases, I can see such a huge different in my photos. So, I felt it was time to give this recipe a makeover. With that said, if things look a little different, that is why. But don’t worry, I didn’t change the ingredients, the recipe remains the same.
So, on to the cake, which is super-duper easy to make. In fact, it took longer to do the dishes than it did to make the cake! If you are new to raw or at least new to dabbling with making raw desserts… you should know that raw cakes are not light and fluffy like baked cakes. They are dense, thick, rich and a little piece goes a long way.
When I serve raw desserts, I dish up small pieces. Most people will have a look of disappointment on their face and say something like, “Really, that’s all I get?” To that I reply, “Trust me, it is rich and should you want more, you are more than welcome to it.” Nine times out of ten, they walk away totally happy and satisfied with what they were served. This prevents waste and belly aches from eating too much. Eyes are always bigger than the tummy and we have become conditioned to eat large quantities of food.
Not only is this cake delicious, it is a wonderful blank canvas just waiting for your creative touch. Below, I shared a few ideas in how to decorate the cake, but the sky is the limit. Enjoy and have fun in the kitchen.
Ingredients: yields 6 x 3″ cake
Chocolate Ganache: yields 1 cup
- 3/4 cup dark agave syrup or maple syrup
- 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
- 1/8 tsp plus a pinch salt
- 3 cups raw walnuts (soaked & dehydrated)
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 2/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 1/2 cups (16 large) medjool dates, pitted
- 1/3 cup chocolate ganache (below)
- 2 tsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Unsweetened shredded dried coconut
- Fresh berries
- Dried or fresh edible flowers
- Crushed nuts
- Dust with cacao powder
- We will start by making the ganache first since we need a 1/3 of a cup for the cake batter. The remaining ganache will be used for frosting the cake.
- In a high-powered blender, combine the sweetener, cacao, oil and salt. Process until smooth.
- If needed, stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender jar with a rubber spatula. Set aside.
- Place the walnuts and salt in a food processor fitted with the S-blade process until finely ground.
- Be careful that you don’t over process the walnuts or they will get too oily.
- Add the cacao powder and pulse until the cacao is well mixed.
- Sprinkle the dates around the bowl of the food processor, add 1/3 cupganache, water and vanilla. Process until the mixture begins to stick together.
- Again, I can’t stress enough to not over process the batter. Walnuts are high in oil and when over worked they can release too much of their natural oils.
- Line a 6″ cake pan with a parchment-paper or plastic wrap.
- I like to use a spring form pan for my cake but isn’t required.
- Transfer the chocolate cake batter into the pan and distribute it evenly.
- Press down with your hand to compact.
- If the cake batter is sticking to your hands, lightly dampen them.
- Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake. Or if using a spring form pan, remove the outer ring.
- Place a serving plate upside down on top of the cake pan.
- Invert, then lift the pan off.
- Remove the parchment round.
- Using a small offset spatula, frost with the remaining chocolate ganache.
- Allow some of the ganache to drizzle down the sides of the cake if you like that look.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Be creative when decorating your cake. It’s a beautiful blank canvas just waiting for your special touch!