(it's not my birthday. it happened a few weeks ago, but it's never too late to talk about cake.)
Although I had some dietary restrictions to consider, I was determined my cake wouldn't be abused. It would not be "health food." I wanted to keep it simple, with familiar ingredients. That's the way to a realfood dessert that doesn't disappoint. The result was this naturally sweet, grain-free tower of chocolate that you would never know wasn't totally "normal." I can honestly say it's my favorite birthday cake yet! Completely indulgent. Even people other than me can testify to this.
What kind of cake will you pick for your next birthday?
Okay, this recipe looks forever long! But it feels very simple when you're actually doing it.
German Chocolate Coconut Cake
grain free. makes one 9-inch round or 2 smaller rounds.
6 T. coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
5 eggs (room temp, if you can)
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
1/2 cup melted coconut oil (or butter)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup crushed dates (you can skip & add more honey. i love the taste of things that are fruit-sweetened.)
Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and sift well. Using a hand mixer, blend eggs, vanilla, oil, honey and dates, if using. Add dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and blend well. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or 2 smaller round baking dishes. I used some 4-cup glass pyrex dishes that we usually put leftovers in, Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. Do not over bake.
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
2 T. cocoa
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
2 T. honey
While cakes are cooling, combine chocolate sauce ingredients in a 1 or 2 cup measuring glass and place in a pot of simmering water. Heat, stirring, until everything is melted and well combined. Spoon sauce over cooled cakes, with lots of poked holes.
Coconut Pecan Topping (I didn't measure, so these are rough estimates)
about 1/2-3/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
about 1/2 cup crushed dates*
2-3 T. coconut oil
pinch of sea salt
In a small bowl, combine dates with coconut and pecans and a bit of coconut oil and salt. I used a fork to do this, and my dates were warm, so this was pretty easy. Feel free to play around with the amounts to fit the taste and texture you're looking for.
**To soften and prepare dates for baking, here's what I do: put a 4 or 5 ounce package of dates into a small pot with about 1/4 inch of water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. It doesn't really matter how long, just gets them a bit soft. Put into a food process or blender and pulse until completely smooth.