Friday, April 11, 2008

Birthday and Rich Chocolate Dream Cake

Here's a picture of my beautiful rich chocolate dream cake. It's almost all raw and very delicious and indulgent. It's sweetened with agave nectar and maple syrup (both with a low glycemic index). So yes, Carla, I made myself a raw Birthday cake.

I had a wonderful Birthday yesterday. Andy took me out to breakfast at a wonderful little cafe in Ashland. I had lemon ricotta stuffed french toast served with warm berry sauce. Not raw but absolutely delicious. Then we met my sister and brother at a bowling alley in Medford and went bowling (there's not too much to do around here except bowling). I got second place with a score of 99. My 3-year-old nephew Quin got 70 (with bumpers, but still impressive). Then Andy and I went to a movie - we saw Vantage Point, which was pretty good. Go Dennis Quaid.

Then Andy took me home and my whole family was at our house for a surprise party! I sort of knew about it, but I didn't think that my sister and brother would be there. Then a bunch of people stopped by throughout the evening to eat food, hang out, and to wish me a happy birthday. It ended up being a wonderful day.

As per Emily's request, here is the recipe for my Rich Chocolate Dream Cake:

For the Crust:

1 Cup Almonds

1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder (Cacao Powder)

2 TB Agave Nectar

1 Tsp. Virgin Coconut Butter

2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt

Step 1 In a food processor, grind the almonds and cocoa powder together until fine. Do not over-process. Then add in the sea salt, vanilla, coconut butter and agave and pulse a few times.

Step 2 Press into bottom of 7″ Springform Pan and set in the freezer.

For the Filling:

5 oz Bittersweet Organic Chocolate (Green and Blacks or a raw brand)

1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder (Cacao Powder)

2 Cups Young Coconut Meat

1/4 Cup Virgin Coconut Butter

1/2 Cup Cashew Butter

1/2 Cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Cup Agave Nectar

2 TB Vanilla Extract

Step 1 Melt the chocolate over a pan of hot water in a heat safe bowl (double broiler), or in a dehydrator.

Step 2 Add everything to a high speed blender until smooth. Pour into the springform pan and set in the fridge or freezer until firm.


Emily said...

Happy Birthday! Your cake looks scrumptious! Can you share the recipe?

Randall said...

You didn't think I'd be there Jill? What would I do?