11 Aug 2015

DECADENT SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE CAKE


I cannot lie to you and say this recipe is super innovative. I have done several raw vegan chocolate cakes on this blog in the past and yes, this is another one. But while it may be lacking in revolutionary flavour combinations, it still tastes really effin' good. And I mean c'mon, does chocolate ever truly get boring? (No.)


I made this cake to showcase a [vegan...duh] cacao-based blend called Rockin' Wellness, made with mainly and/or raw ingredients. It's a formula created by a couple music-loving health enthusiasts (Seth and Mike) who wanted to make a mix they could easily include in their day that would give them energy and nutrition all in one. I think it tastes really good. I love adding it to frozen bananas and water after the gym and blending... it becomes a chocolate shake. The ingredients are all foods I am wanting to incorporate more in my diet. I have been listening to Rich Roll's podcast a lot lately and taking notes on foods and supplements he - and the very intelligent people he interviews - recommend. What's great about Rockin' Wellness is that nearly all the ingredients are on my list of what I wanna eat more of. Flax, hemp, maca, etc. Score. If you wanna try some Rockin' Wellness, this is a good place to start.

They add cane sugar which I don't mind (although some of you might) so you can add it to a not particularly sweet smoothie to make it taste great. I also appreciate that it doesn't irritate my skin. I mentioned this in a post awhile ago and I'll recap now: about a year ago my facial skin started getting really sensitive, flaky, red and itchy; especially around my nose. At first I thought it was because I was eating too much sugar (I eat looooads of fruit everyday) so I tried to limit my fruit intake. Well that was a stupid idea because 1) I love fruit too much to restrict it, and 2) it didn't work anyway. So then I found some stories of people healing the same problem by eating a MOSTLY FRUIT diet. The human body is a weird thing. But I tried that and it worked. I was already eating a mostly fruit diet anyways but I also lowered my fat intake a bit. My skin has cleared up. My digestion still is not on point though so I am gonna go see my doc soon. When I actually stop procrastinating and call him.

This cake is delicious and made with mainly whole foods. It's gluten-free and very decadent. Enjoy.

Oh wait P.S. in case you were wondering: I had SUCH a fun time at Spokane Vegfest! I did a presentation on overcoming eating disorders and depression on a vegan diet and also did a recipe demo. I got to meet inspiring people in the animal rights movement and noticed the vegan community in Spokane is decidedly very LGBTQI+ oriented as well. YES! I rubbed piggies' bellies and ate [probably too much] vegan mac and cheese pizza. I had the privilege of meeting some of you guys too! It's always overwhelmingly flattering for me when someone comes up to ask for my picture with them or if I'll sign their book. I wish we could hang out forever. Anyhoo, let's eat cake.


DECADENT SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE CAKE

Frosting:
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup raisins
3 scoops Rockin' Wellness chocolate blend (or cacao powder)
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla bean
2 tablespoons coconut butter
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3/4 cup water

Cake:
1 1/2 cups buckwheat groats
1/2 cup pistachios
1/2 cup brazil nuts
3 scoops Rockin' Wellness chocolate blend (or cacao powder)
1 cup dates
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 cup water

To make the frosting: blend everything together until smooth and delicious. Put in the fridge until it firms up and becomes more like the consistency of buttercream. It's really the best when you let it sit in the fridge overnight because the flavours develop more.

To make the cake: grind the groats and nuts into flour in a high speed blender. Add the flour to a food processor along with the rest of the ingredients and process until it forms a dough; it should come together in a ball and be able to keep it's shape but still be a little crumbly. Roll out and cut into rectangles or whatever shape you want your cake to be. Put in the fridge until they firm up.

Assembly: layer the cake with the frosting until you run out of one or both. Carefully slice with a sharp hot knife and serve to a 8-10 lucky folks. Ideal when paired with banana or coconut ice cream.

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31 comments:

Katelyn Antuna said...

This cake is making my mouth water! I love every one of your chocolate cake recipes...and so cool that you tried out the vegan mac and cheese pizza at Allie's! I went there for dinner with friends twice this week. Allie's veggie is probably one of my favorites!

Laura Fairchild said...

your photos are beautiful and this chocolate cake seriously looks like the most delicious cake I've ever seen!! my birthday party is on Saturday and it's safe to say this is officially on the menu :)

Sisley Killam said...

This looks unbelievable!!!

valentina | sweet kabocha said...

Omg, really decadent!! Can you send me one big piece of cake for my birthday next Monday?? Thaaaaanks :P

Blue Earth Grrl said...

Do they ship to New Zealand perchance? Not that there is anything wrong with straight up ground cocoa nibs which I usually use 1:1 with raw cacao powder but hey.....

Anonymous said...

Hi Em! Is there any way we can view/read your presentation on depression, eating disorders and a vegan diet? I would be really, really interested to here what you had to say. x

Iris said...

Do you think the cake base would work with all nuts in place of the buckwheat? Also, since the Rockin Wellness is made with sugar do you need to add any extra sweetener if you use cacao or cocoa?

Thanks for all you share,
Iris

Susannah (Lemon and Coconut) said...

Chocolate NEVER get's boring! :)

Susannah (Lemon and Coconut) said...

...except for when it's bad, i.e. slave-labour made and... puss-filled (oh God, I said it!) Anyway, thanks for another great recipe and all your inspiration. I'm currently building up to shaving my head, or at least cutting it all off, since your post I think about it a lot; I want to take away distractions and enable myself to become a stronger, better woman as a result, I think it must really help in that focus. How has it gone for you? :)

Ellie H. said...

Oh my GAWWWSH I'm drooling a ton. Wow this looks pretty and good. Pretty good!!!
And I would still read and love your bloggie if you ONLY posted chocolate cake recipes :) Mmmm CHOCOLATE

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Unknown said...

Sounds outrageous... will be making this on the weekend!! Quick question, please -- how many tablespoons in a "scoop" ?? Love your blog, thanks so much!!! Cameron

Sarah | Well and Full said...

Oh no!! I hope your digestion gets better soon, Emily. Stomach issues are the worst!! Do you have any idea what's causing it? I've been having consistent digestive issues for years now but I've noticed that eating a mostly raw, whole foods diet keeps my stomach in check. Actually I feel better than I have in a long time! I'm really hoping to continue on that trend so I'd be really interested in hearing ways you stay healthy! :)

Om Nom Herbivore said...

The frosting on this one looks soo good and creamy. Can ya really have too many chocolate cake/snack/cookie recipes? You never know when that craving will kick in and what will be in your cabinets :p
When I read "Rich Roll's podcast" I totally read "Rick-Rolled" at first. haha!

Mandy Oliver said...

do you soak the buckwheat first




Kim Pretorius said...

Hi Emily! Please could you give an overview of the ingredients of the 'Rockin Wellness Choc Blend' as here in sunny South Africa we do not have all the wonderful vegan foods and mixes etc. you have.It is sooooo frustrating seeing wonderful recipes and having no access to ingredients. I will try to get whatever I can and make a mix myself. Your photography is amazing as are the recipes.

Louisa said...

These look awesome! Will have to try them ASAP :)

Virgo903 said...

If you're using cacao powder instead of the Chocolate Blend, how much does "1 scoop" equal? What's the equivalent of the scoop in normal measures? Thanks.

Raven Driemeyer said...

This looks amazing!!! I need to make it

Sarah Aldrich said...

This looks absolutely DECADENT, Emily!! I'm having some major chocolate cravings right now :D

Debra Lawler said...

If I'm using cacao, how much would a scoop equal? Thank you! :) Looks amazing.

Jessica DeMarra said...

So decadent and it is truly amazing how cake-like it looks! Can't wait to make it!

Neyon said...

Most gorgeous slice of chocolate cake I have ever seen.

The constant efforts said...

Oh I looove chocolate cakes, cupcakes, brownies...everything with chocolate as long as it's healthy. Your's is looking too good!I guess you just can't have enough recipes for chocolate cake. I'm always looking for some new inspirtaion :)

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This looks so insanely gooood, will have to try out!
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Anna Dagrosa said...

When you say two scoops of cacao power....what is that measurement exactly? Thanks...

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