Don’t you feel like these days are the worst of the entire year? You’ve celebrated Christmas with your families and friends, eaten way over your belly capacity, received wonderful presents – books, clothes, unidentified objects or money – as well as touching words & wishes, all of this with glitter on your face and dancing shoes on your feet. And now what? We’re crawling out of bed, wearing sunglasses to hide our lack of sleep, walking (and not tiptoeing) with a coffee in one hand and a glass of lemon water in the other, trying to flush out all the dirt we’ve accumulated in out bodies, crying because we’re not being offered gifts anymore, waiting for it to start all over again on New Year’s Eve. (Well ok, I am pushing things a little too far, but I am sure every one of us felt at least one of these things haha!).
After paint a exaggerated picture of what our the days that follow Christmas look like, I sincerely hope that you all had wonderful times, celebrating with loved ones and spending some time with people we’re not spending much time with throughout the year. May you have gathered a whole lot of glitter and are now sprinkling your life with beauty and positivity (that sounds better right?!).
Chocolate cake is something very easy to come up with. Whenever you’re invited or receiving, you know that this is one of the only thing that will satisfy every single one round the table. Besides, chocolate cake is a kind of family tradition for Christmas; my grandmother used to make it and it was simply fantastic. But now that she’s not able to do it anymore, I wanted to create my own healthy version, as I’ll soon be the one who will be in charge of the desserts for Christmas (it’s not the case for now cause my father’s preventing me from cooking at Christmas…I still do not really get it but when it comes to food – he’s a conservative…). Anyway, a piece of this cake is like biting a piece of heaven; it has all the characteristics one’s looking for in a cake – chocolaty, gooey, soft and moist. And crowned with that chocolate hazelnut spread, so earthy and creamy – an achingly fabulous dream.
Chocolate & Hazelnut Dream Cake
Portions: 12 servings.
Preparation time: 30 minutes.
Cooking time: 45 minutes.
For the dry ingredients:
- 150g of buckwheat flour or spelt flour
- 125g of ground almonds
- 1 ½ tsp of baking soda
- 4 heaped tbsp of raw unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 – 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of vanilla powder or essence
- A good pinch of salt
For the wet ingredients:
- 100g of coconut oil
- 150ml of maple syrup
- 8 to 10 Medjool dates, pitted and mashed
- 100ml of plant milk (rice, oat,…)
- 2 tbsp of milled chia + 7 tbsp of water, set aside to absorb
For the ganache:
- 150g of chestnuts
- 1 – 2 tbsp of raw unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 – 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- 50 – 100ml of water
- A pinch of salt
(1) Start by preheating the oven to 160°C. Then in a large mixing bowl, stir all the dry ingredients in. Set aside.
(2) Melt the coconut oil in a bain-marie, then add the maple syrup, plant milk and date paste. Whisk until obtaining a thick, creamy and brown liquid. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Add the chia egg and incorporate completely.
(3) Parachute that chocolaty dough into a cake tin layered with parchment paper and greased with coconut oil. Bake in the middle of the oven for 40 to 45 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean.
(4) When out of the oven and put out to cool, make the frosting. Bake the chestnuts for 10 minutes in the middle of the oven at 150°C. Blend in a food processor until thinner than flour. Add the remaining ingredients while running, until obtaining a thick spreadable cream.
(5) Cover the cake when cold with the frosting, or cut the cake in half and spread it in the middle, covering with the top cake layer. Enjoy that festive cake!