This past week we celebrated my husband’s birthday! He had to work that day, so Judah and I got busy in the kitchen whipping him up a delicious homemade chocolate cake. With both males in my family with their very own food allergy (anaphylactic to dairy and the other with immune aggravation to starch) the cake has to be pretty fantastic with none of those elements in there.
Before I get into the recipe, let’s just spend some time talking about what it is like to make a cake with a 2 year old. He is learning to be independent and understand that he can do things without “mummy’s help!” so that was interesting right from the get go. I’ve learnt through trial and error to let him crack the eggs one-at-a-time into a separate bowl, to hand him the almond flour and cocoa powder already measured and in the measuring cup, to pour the liquid from the cup (not bottle!) and to mix the ingredients just slightly before he takes control of the beater…oh and to teach him to keep the better whizzing in the bowl and not to lift it out. Yeah, that.
Actually, Judah is pretty good for a 2 year old in the kitchen. He absolutely loves to cook alongside me no matter what it is and taste everything (raw onion??). He loves the whole process, but isn’t too happy about putting the cake batter in the pan and into the oven. He’d much rather eat the batter raw…I hear you buddy, I hear you.
So here is the recipe for those after a very moist, delicious, dairy-free and starch/gluten-free chocolate cake with icing!
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 TBS vanilla extract
- 1/2 TBS cinnamon
- 5 TBS chia seeds (soaked in 1 cup of water)
- 125g Nuttelex (dairy-free butter)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp bicarb soda
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 1/2 cup of almond flour
Mix it all together…simple. I use a thermomix for this.
- 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- Nuttelex butter (I keep adding until it is the right consistency)
All ingredients in a bowl and mix with an electric beater on medium-high speed. Keep adding a tablespoon at a time of Nutlex until it is cake icing consistency.
Wait until the cake has completely cooled before icing.
So there you have it! A really simple, yummy chocolate cake…just don’t forget to put the candles in right way up!