Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Vegan chocolate cake with coconut strawberry mousse

This moist and rich chocolate cake is seriously the best thing I've ever baked. Considering I bake all the time, that is actually a big deal and quite an accomplishment. It's filled with sweet chocolate, caramel flavor with a smooth twist of coconut and strawberry. Honestly, this kind of deliciousness should be illegal. Especially considering there's no sweeteners added and nothing else than plant based ingredients.
Here's the recipe for the cake:

250 g dried dates
2 large or 3 small ripe bananas
200 g cooked white or black beans
200 g millet
100 g oats
1 generous tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Soak the dates over night and blend them with a little bit of the water. Mash the bananas with a fork or blend them together with the beans. Mix it with all the other ingredients in a bowl. Pour the dough into a little cake form or spring form. Bake it for about 30 minutes. Let it cool while making the mousse.
Here's the recipe for the mousse:

1 can of coconut milk (not light)
200 g strawberries (frozen or fresh)
1 ripe banana

Set the can of coconut milk in the fridge over night to make the coconut fat separate from the water. Spoon out the top firm layer from the can into a bowl and save the liquid part for a smoothie or oatmeal. Whisk it with an electric mixer until it thickens like whipped cream.
You can either blend the banana and strawberries or mash them with a fork, which makes the mousse a little chunky. Gently, fold the whipped coconut cream in with the fruit mash and spread it all over the cake.
I accidentally added too much of the remaining coconut water while blending the strawberries and banana, so the mousse looks a little more like a glaze in the pictures, but it still tastes amazing.
If you're feeling fancy, add some nuts to the dough or pour the mousse into a small plastic bag and cut a tiny hole in it. Now decorate the cake by making cute patterns and sprinkle freeze dried strawberries on top.
Actually, I baked this cake for my cousin twin babies' birthday but their older son got very ill, so me and my sister had to eat this divine bastard all by ourselves. What a horror.
All there's left to say now is ENJOY!

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