Orange chocolate cake -Appelsiinisuklaakakku

ImageMy friend had a BBQ party and I wanted to bring something special like a cake. Everyone else was bringing savoury things so I thought after the tasty grill food something heavy and sweet would be good. I love cakes and of course wanted to make sure I am able to eat the dessert too so I made again dairy, egg and gluten free cake! I was very happy with it and wanted to share the recipe with you. You can obviously do it with dairy too, this is just the version I used. Also all of you who maybe already bored with my special diet recipes I guarantee when the situation is over and I manage to get some special formula for my baby and reduce breastfeeding I will start adding amazing ”normal” recipes again. I, however, think I may need to do these special diet ones on the side if my baby girl’s allergies won’t pass quickly.

It has been a crazy roller coaster and I feel it just gets worse. Now when she is feeding huge amounts of breast milk the allergens pass through in bigger amounts too. Again yesterday I ate something unsuitable (my guess is lentils…) and today she woke up with the horrendous rash everywhere in her body. Therefore I am leaning towards quitting breastfeeding and moving to formula. I know they say ”boob is the best” and I totally agree if the child is not as allergic as mine. At the moment I feel ”boob is the worst”, there is always some new food that causes reactions and poor little thing suffers. Anyway, I hope things will change soon as we will see the specialist in a week’s time. Until then…special diet continues..

Cake base:

5dl (2 1/2 cup) gluten free flour or normal white flour if possible

2dl (1 cup) sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

100g grated dark chocolate or alternatively dairy free rice milk chocolate

2 orange zests grated

150g margarin (dairy free if needed)

1 tbs cashew butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

250dl (250ml) rice milk

1/2dl (50ml)  orange juice form the oranges

Filling:

Apricot marmelade/jam

Oat cream mixed with sugar, vanilla sugar and vanilla extract

Icing:

1dl (100ml) oat cream

1dl (1/2 cup) dark brown sugar

1 tbs Cointreau orange liquor

6 pieces of dark chocolate

1. Mix together dry ingredients.

2. Melt the margarin in the pan, add cashew cream and vanilla extract.

3. Pour margarin mix and rice milk into the dry ingredients and mix well.

4. Bake in 175 celsius degrees for 40-50min.

5. Let the cake cool down. Cut it in half.

6. Spread the jam on the base and oat cream mix on the top of it.

7. Prepare the icing.

8. Boil oat cream and sugar in the pan 5-7min until thick. Add Cointreau and chocolate pieces. Spread the icing on the top of the cake.

9. Decorate the cake with some orange.

TIP: If you want to have a moist cake use rice milk on the base and top and brush it and let it absorb.

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Raw Food Chocolate Cake -Raakaruoka suklaa kakku

KuvaI promised to share the raw food chocolate cake recipe with you. This recipe is from the book called Raw Food Delights. I guess it is originally a Swedish book or at least the writer is Swedish based on what I have heard. You would not know that this cake is raw food and never ever even seen an oven. Like I mentioned in my previous post this dairy, egg and gluten (wheat, rye, barley) free diet is a totally new world for me. I, however, have decided to make most of it. The interesting thing is that for the past few weeks when I have not eaten any dairy I have felt much better physically. My whole body feels somehow cleaner and my tummy is happier. I will not become a vegan as I love my steak but I have to say that other animal’s milk that is actually meant for its calf does not make sense to me anymore. The more I think about it the more unlikely it is that I will go back using milk as such again. Butter and cheese are very processed so I don’t mind them but milk as a milk, strange. Like one of my friend noted the whole Finnish culture and cuisine is around milk. Grown up men drink milk from the can, at the grill in the middle of the night a Finnish man buys  sausages and chips with the can of milk. We drink milk, piimä (buttermilk), quark, smetana, cream, yoghurt…all the time every day.  A trip to Spain was also very eye opening as Spanish don’t use that much milk but the cuisine is fantastic. I guess we have made ourselves dependent on milk even though there are many other things we could eat and cook. The recipe below is probably the best demonstration about this. After eating this delicious coco dream you will ask where do we even need milk and eggs!? Also, this recipe is perfect if you have a toddler and don’t want to pump them full of sugar or E code preservatives and colourings! I have also another raw food cake recipe for you that is a white chocolate strawberry cake alternative and will share it with you soon. For all these amazing recipes I have to thank my dear cousin who has been baking these treats for me during the summer holidays here in Finland! Like I said this is  a new world for me but worth trying and I will master it in the end, I have decided so.

Base:

5dl (500ml) walnuts

5-6 tbs coco powder

hint of salt

2 tbs coconut oil

2 tbs honey

15 fresh dates

1 1/2 dl (150ml) cashew cream (2dl cashew nuts, 2dl water and 1 tsp vanilla powder -not sugar! Just mix these all together in a blender.)

Avocado chocolate mousse icing:

I have given you this recipe in my previous post but here it is in case you need it.

1dl (100ml) dates

1 dl water

4 tbs honey

1 tsp vanilla powder (from organic stores)

2 avocados

1 dl coco powder

1. Crush walnuts in a blender.

2. Add coco powder and salt, blend well.

3. Add all the other base ingredients and blend more.

4. Tap the base in teh bottom of the serving plate or cake tin.

5. Prepare the chocolate mousse by mixing dates, water, honey and vanilla in a blender. Add avocado and coco powder and blend well.

6. Pour the mousse on the top of the base. Let the tart set in a fridge and serve it as any dessert with coffee or dessert wine. Sprinke some fresh strawberries and mint leaves on top. Yummy!

PS. I have also thought about adding stories in both Finnish and English in future, I would love to hear your opinion about it. Should I write also in Finnish like many other Finnish bloggers seem to do?