Friday, March 8, 2013

easy-as-pie dark chocolate dump cake

Sugar free.
Oil free.
Gluten free.

Impossible to accomplish in just one recipe?

Not at all.

I've been experimenting with date paste and how to incorporate it into recipes to reduce or eliminate the need for added sugars, even unrefined sugars like maple syrup and agave nectar. Sugars suppress the immune system so cutting back on them, especially during cold & flu season, is one of my goals.

What I love about this recipe is that it takes just 5 ingredients for both the cake and the frosting.

There's only one thing that could make this cake sweeter: buying fair trade cocoa powder

Here's the harsh reality: Chocolate is a $2 billion industry. Want to guess how much the average cocoa farmer receives from these profits? Less than $2 per day - an annual income totaling less than $730. (See info from Oxfam here) That's my grocery bill, give or take a few dollars for one month!

Here's a harsher reality: It doesn't have to be this way., me and every chocolate you know, can choose to buy chocolate only from companies that fairly compensate their workers for the cocoa they harvest. Look for the fair trade label and read about the company's practices on their labels and websites.

While fair trade chocolate costs more than slave chocolate, the cost not to do so is higher.

Here's one other free, fast way to further sweeten the deal: You can sign Oxfam's petition to tell Nestle, Mars and Mondelez (the three largest chocolate purchasers) to change their buying policies to make a positive difference in the lives of their farmers. Signing this petition takes less than one minute. Please consider doing so within the next 60 seconds.

And now, here's the recipe :):

Easy-as-Pie Dark Chocolate Dump Cake
3 c. date paste
3 c. almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
5 T fair trade* unsweetened cocoa powder + 3 T for icing
1 tsp baking soda
2 c flour (I used spelt, for gluten free option, I used brown rice flour)

1. In a medium saucepan combine date paste and non-dairy milk and warm over medium heat until the date paste breaks down and combines with the milk to make a smooth paste. A potato masher works best to help break up the paste.

2. Remove 2 cups of the date/milk mixture and set aside

3. Dump 5 T cocoa powder, baking soda and flour into the pot and stir to combine.

4. Pour mixture into a greased 8 x 11.5 baking dish and bake in a 275 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.

5. While the cake is baking, make the icing by returning the 2 reserved cups of the date/milk mixture, add 3 T cocoa powder and stir to combine. If the icing needs thickening, stir over medium heat until the desired consistency for your icing is reached. Spread icing over cooled cake.

1 comment:

  1. Looks delicious. One little thing though, this is a one-bowl cake, not a dump cake. (A dump cake is by nature never ever ever going to be healthy.)