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No Joke Dark Chocolate Cake

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Dessert, primal | 191 comments

No Joke Dark Chocolate Cake

I’ve made the paleo chocolate birthday cake recipe from Paleo Spirit countless times and had great results. It’s delicious. But since it’s all coconut flour, it is quite dense, and uses a lot of eggs.  I don’t have a problem with egging up my baked goods, but when I quadruple (or more) the recipe for a party I’m catering, it gets a little crazy, and expensive, considering I’m extremely particular when it comes to my eggs. Let’s talk about that for a moment, shall we? You may have noticed that the vast majority of egg cartons boast the words “vegetarian fed” Sounds good, right? But is it? Are chickens supposed to be vegetarians? Pretend for moment that you are lucky enough to have chickens in your backyard. What are they pecking at back there? Corn and soy? Hmmm… Probably not. The truth is this: Chickens are not vegetarians. Based on what I’ve been told by chicken owners, they’re essentially the pigs of the bird world. They eat everything, and especially love the bugs and grubs that they find in the ground. (also pizza crusts, but we won’t go there) This begs the question: If free range chickens are vegetarians, where (and what) is this range they’re so free on? They aren’t vegetarian by choice, which means they’re kicking it on some pretty impenetrable concrete, outside of tiny cages perhaps, but not much of a step up. Phew. Now that we’ve covered that, you’re probably wondering which eggs to buy. My first choice is the pastured eggs I get at the farmers market from the same wonderful people I get my meat from, Fallon Hills. I’ve been to the ranch, and the chickens really are hanging out in the grass, being chickens, acting dumb. Pastured eggs such as these are more expensive than the free range organic ones you find at your supermarket but to me, it’s worth it. If you have a farmers market near you, find a farmer who sells eggs and ask them about how the hens spend their days. My second choice are pastured eggs from a larger company, such as Vital Farms. They supplement with corn and soy, which I’m not crazy about, but it’s still a better option than the rest. At least their chickens get some quality outside time and as many bugs and grubs as they can find. Well, I bet you never saw a big lecture about eggs coming on a post about chocolate cake, did you? I honestly didn’t either. This is what happens when I write first thing in the morning while still drinking coffee. Apologies. Now, on with the cake.   No Joke Dark Chocolate Cake Feel free to make this as complicated, or as simple as you’d like.  This cake would be perfectly lovely plain, no frosting, with some berries. For a birthday or other special occasion, Go all out! Chocolate whipped cream filling and ganache glaze makes this cake one to remember. This recipe made 2 small spring form pans. If you plan on making a large (10″ or so) cake, double the recipe. For the Cake: 1 cup almond flour 1/2 cup arrowroot powder 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup coconut oil (plus more for greasing pans) 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract For the chocolate whipped cream filling: 3/4 cup heavy cream (or equivalent in coconut cream, from the top of an unshaken can of coconut milk 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life because they’re gluten and soy...

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