Not everyone loves cake as much as me. I know that much is true. Those who know me might say it’s almost an obsession. Probably fair, but it’s one I’m trying to put to good use. Today when the kids got home from kindy and school, we had prunes, blueberries, puffed amaranth, chia seeds, almonds, eggs, and yogurt. (Plus toast and fresh fruit). It looked like this (once the kids and a couple of friends had hacked into it)
That’s the wonderful thing about cake, in my opinion. It’s such a great vehicle for all this fabulous stuff. It’s not about ‘hiding’ stuff in cakes, it’s about utilising the power of cake. Yay.. cake power!
Now I do realise that in order to transform prunes, chia, almond, blueberry, amaranth and yogurt into something that looks like the above then you need a little bit of sugar and a bit of chocolate. Of course I also realize that getting the kids to tuck into a bowl of prunes and blueberries with yogurt, almonds , chia and puffed amaranth topping would be a healthier option…but it wouldn’t smell as good, it wouldn’t be as fun to bake, and it wouldn’t be chocolate cake. It’s about balance I guess. I have quite a bit more I could say about this but I might sound even more obsessive if I go into it now. Another day..
To make it, you stew half a cup of prunes and half a cup of blueberries in a little water with 12 sqs dark chocolate melting over the top , add 1/4 cup chia seeds to the chocolate. Whisk 3 eggs with about 1/2 a cup (you can get away with slightly less , in fact you could probably cut it out and rely just on the fruit and chocolate for sweetness if you’re that way inclined).
Pour in half a cup of natural yogurt ..keep whisking. Add a cup of ground almonds, 3/4 cup puffed amaranth, 1/2 cup brown rice flour, 1 tsp baking powder. Then blend the prunes, blueberries, chocolate and chia seeds and beat it in. Bake for about 20 – 30 mins at about 180. We made a ‘pink chocolate glaze’ which was more for fun than anything else (2sqs milk chocolate melted with some strawberry pulp which we made by defrosting some frozen strawberries and mashing them up and adding a little juice to the chocolate then spreading it on… eating the strawberry remains.