Hi everyone – I’m finally getting around to posting a recipe! We’re actually on holiday at the beach, which is why I’ve been so slack. This cake can be made with either cocoa or carob (use a little more if cocoa). There’s also a couple of suggestions for sweeteners – if you’ve never heard of Rapadura, see here. I sometimes use butter, sometimes olive oil, sometimes coconut oil – you can substitute it for whatever you usually use. You can make it either with spelt or gluten free flour (or wheat of course, but I don’t use wheat).
I use grams for most of my measurements (because the Thermomix has a built in scale, and that’s how you cook with it), so I’ve converted them to ounces as well, but not to cups – sorry!
The icing (frosting) is really yummy, and so healthy! If you can’t have soy, maybe you know of another type of carob buttons you could use. I’ve suggested a recipe for homemade soy-free carob chips here (with comments).
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Grease / line a 20cm square pan or small ring tin.
2. Melt butter/coconut oil (Thermomix: 2 mins, 60 degrees, speed 4):
– 120g (4.25 oz) butter (or oil)
3. Mix together all ingredients (including melted butter/coconut oil) in Thermomix or food processor for 30 seconds (speed 5 in Thermomix, med-high speed in food processor):
– 2 eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 150g (5.3 oz) spelt flour (or 120g (4.2 oz) gluten-free flour)
– 4 level tsp baking powder
– 30g (1 oz or about 3 heaped Tablespoons) carob powder
– 100g (3.5 oz) raw honey or 120g (4.2 oz) Rapadura or 60g (2 oz) Rapadura + pinch of Stevia powder
4. Pour into cake tin and bake in centre of oven for 25 – 30 mins, or until knife inserted in cake comes out clean.
5. Eat warm, dusted with powdered Rapadura, or cool and top with carob icing.
Carob Icing (Frosting)
(based on one from the Fit for Life Cookbook, Marilyn Diamond)
1. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients and warm over med-low heat while stirring continuously with a wooden spoon (or Thermomix – 2 mins, 60 degrees, speed 2).
– 3 Tablespoons coconut oil or butter
– 1/2 cup carob chips
– 1/4 cup honey (or rice malt syrup)
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
2. Drizzle and spread over cake – it will get firm as it cools.
If you have some left, you can keep it in the fridge and spread it on toast – it’s yummy! Try adding crushed hazelnuts for a healthy substitute for Nutella!