14 May 2015

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE


This recipe is raw, vegan and low fat! I've been leaning towards low fat recipes more and more, but I had a freak out last night when I realized: oh god, my blog is based around raw desserts which kinda need to be high in fat cuz nuts and stuff make 'em creamy and rich. WELL, I SHOWED ME.


I had a reassuring epiphany: you don't NEED nuts and coconut oil, etc. to make rawkin' raw vegan desserts (eish too many puns on one blog). Instead, you can use dried and fresh fruit for creaminess and sweetness, and oats and buckwheat groats instead of nuts! I've done low fat raw dessert recipes before, but they were usually exceptions to the rule (that is, the Rule of Cashews). So look forward to more low dessert recipes, because they're comin'. I want to be able to enjoy the recipes I make, but I feel sluggish if I eat too many walnuts or whatever, so recipes like this one solve all the problems! Of course, if you do fine with higher fat recipes (our bods are all so unique, it's rad) then I have my handy adaptions / substitutions list at the end of the recipe.

This cake is ultra decadent and not too shabby to look at either. Hold on - what does shabby actually mean? Oh, apparently this ("wearing worn clothes or having a slovenly or unkempt appearance"). Not the best description anymore but I'm goin' with it because "delete" is so far away. Don't argue with my lack of logic. Of course it's taking me way longer to keep writing about this then it would have o simply backspace this nonsense away, and "W" is equally far away as "delete"... but what am I EVEN TALKING ABOUT NOW? Honestly, I don't know why I am allowed to write a blog. Moving on.

This cake is YUMMY. It's sweet, rich, creamy, and quite a treat. Except for the fact that everything in it is perfectly great for you. So eat the whole thing if you want. Really. I'm going to.


DOUBLE CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE 

Cake:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup gooey dried figs
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
Water, if needed
Pinch of himalayan salt

Frosting:
1 cup gooey dates
1 tablespoon cacao powder
Water, as needed
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/8 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/8 teaspoon chili powder (optional) 

Garnish:
Raw chocolate sauce (use this chocolate chunk recipe)
Mint leaves 

To make the cake: grind the oats into flour. Then in a food processor, blend the flour with the rest of the ingredients, adding some water if you need to, until you get a heavy dough-like mixture that holds it's shape when you press it between your fingers. It should also be easy to the whole thing into roll into a giant ball. Roll out flat, about 1/4-inch thick, and cut into large circles with a cookie cutter: cake layers! The once I used was about 4 inches across. Put the cake layers in the fridge until they have hardened up.

To make the frosting: blend everything until smooth and thick, adding water as needed. You want it to have the consistency of frosting (duh).

Assembly: frost a cake layer, then add another on top, and so on and so on until you've used up all your cake or all your frosting. Decorate as you like (I threw on some hazelnut butter instead of chocolate sauce since I used up all my cacao) and enjoy! This would be terrific with banana ice cream.

ADAPTIONS / SUBSTITUTIONS: use buckwheat groats, almond flour or any nuts instead of oats; use any other gooey dried fruit instead of figs and dates; use cocoa or carob instead of cacao.

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34 comments:

Cassie said...

I LOVE chocolate cake. Just about to make one tomorrow!

Alexa [fooduzzi.com] said...

Stop. I NEED this in my life! This looks so decadently rich - pinned!

erica said...

Emily. Come on. This looks FABULOUS. You've outdone yourself.

Megan Wilcher said...

Yay! For more low fat recipes!!

valentina | sweet kabocha said...

Sounds amazing!!

Anca said...

It looks amazing, I have to save this recipe.

Anna said...

looks amazing!! can't wait to try it at homeee :)

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Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation said...

Simply YUM!

Jessica DeMarra said...

This cake is looking so divine! I have never tried a low fat vegan diet since I am a devote believer in the Rule of Cashews. Will definitely have to try it out and see for myself and eat my cake too :)

Tiasha Slana said...

It's so great that you started to post more LFRV recipes. Go Emily! :)

born4apurpose said...

i might make this one for our meet up group - raw potluck on sunday.

Marissa said...

That looks so ooey gooey delicious!

Iselin Amanda St√łylen said...

This looks perfect! Thank you Emily, you are such an inspiration ☺️

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Helyn said...

You ROCK!!!! This is seriously awesome. I am trying it for sure. Thank you!

Buffy Gill said...

Yum Emily this looks amaze! Did it taste overly sweet with all the dates/figs etc? I often find adding a bit of the ol' Cashew Rule balances out the sweet with the fats. Anyway, must try sometime. Hope you're well!

x Buffy

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Katy said...

Beautiful. Besides looks, does this taste much different from the recent chocolate recipes (freezer fudge bites, gooey caramel bars, etc). The ingredients are all so similar.....

Christine (The Raw Project) said...

This looks fabulous, never get tired of chocolate cake and all it's amazing variations. Thanks!

Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ said...

So beautiful! Would like to make this for my bf's birthday. Just a couple of question: you mentioned a frosting... where is it? How big the baking tin must be? Thanks!

Jessica said...

Beautiful, Emily! Love using oats instead of nuts -- nuts just don't agree with me. Looking forward to your new creations!! XO:)

Ana's Rocket Ship said...

I don't care if it is vegan/raw/low fat/made completely out of pesticides and chemicals (well, only slightly...) - this is one spectacular cake!!! Who knew so many layers were possible?

Breanna said...

Oh my gosh YUM!

Anonymous said...

This looks great, can't wait to make it!

Dana said...

Awesome, could I replace the figs with more dates?

June Burns said...

Such a cute cake!! I love it :)

S said...

Are gooey dates an actual thing or do you mean regular dates and you find them to be gooey?

Lucie said...

OMG! This cake looks INCREDIBLE! You must be reading my mind though - I just bought a pack of dried figs and was craving something chocolatey :) love how these things happen

Dayna Scandone said...

This looks so decadent! Your photography is on point and I LOVE how simple your recipe is, the whole thing is very artful (:
But as a recommendation, you should really proof read your posts, this was a bit difficult to read. (typos, broken sentences etc)
Still a huge fan of this overall! xoxo

Saleena Cerrillo said...

Hi, Emily!!
I have switched to the vegan lifestyle for about 2 in a half weeks or so now, and I am LOVING it. But, as I have continued my research, I have had some questions. Is it best to just stick with fully raw, or to do the "Raw Till 4"? I have a friend (whom I go to for vegan advice), but she was FULLY raw, so she doesn't know much about "carbing up". Can you help me please?! I'm a confused vegan in need! haha
Thank you (: Hope to hear from you!!

Also, my email is saleenacerrillo@yahoo.com (if I don't get your response)
Thanks again!

Saleena Cerrillo said...

Hi, Emily!!
I have switched to the vegan lifestyle for about 2 in a half weeks or so now, and I am LOVING it. But, as I have continued my research, I have had some questions. Is it best to just stick with fully raw, or to do the "Raw Till 4"? I have a friend (whom I go to for vegan advice), but she was FULLY raw, so she doesn't know much about "carbing up". Can you help me please?! I'm a confused vegan in need! haha
Thank you (: Hope to hear from you!!

Also, my email is saleenacerrillo@yahoo.com (if I don't get your response)
Thanks again!

Box Free Family said...

I know better than to make this. I'd lose all self-control. With some things, it's best to just drool over the pictures, and I am so drooling.

Jane NZ said...

This was amazing, thanks Emily! I substituted the figs with prunes which worked great , used a heart shaped cookie cutter and served it as dessert for dinner guests. Even my friends 5 year old son tucked in!

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Anna said...

That looks so ooey gooey delicious!