Really sexy title for Valentine’s Day…
This no-egg, dense and moist cake is perfect for your rice cooker.
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 4 T. cocoa powder
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1/4 t. fine sea salt
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- pinch of cayenne
- 6 T. melted coconut oil, cooled slightly
- 1/2 t. vanilla
- 1 T. white vinegar
- 1 c. water
- ¼ c. dried cherries
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Add coconut oil, vanilla vinegar and water. Mix until smooth. Mix in cherries.
- Prepare rice cooker bowl by coating with a big more coconut oil.
- Pour batter into the prepared rice cooker bowl.
- Set rice cooker to “Cake” setting (or set your version to ‘slow’ if possible for 60 minutes and start cooker). Check cake at 45 minutes. Cake is finished when a toothpick comes out clean from edges and center of cake. (Depending on your cooker, it may take up to 75-80 minutes; keep checking after 45 minutes at 10-15 minute intervals.)
- Remove bowl when cake is finished and allow the cake to cool in the bowl for 15 minutes before removing. Carefully invert bowl over a serving platter and remove cake.
- When cake is cool, whisk together powdered sugar and a bit of cocoa powder and dust over the cake.
I based this cake on one found here. The cherries complement the cinnamon and the vinegar and cayenne gives it a hint of the unexpected.
I like this cake for a number of reasons:
- I did not have to heat up the entire oven for this one little cake.
- We are still concerned about portion control, so this recipe was perfect, i.e. we didn’t have a giant layer cake sitting around begging to get eaten.
- It isn’t too sweet.
- Its taste reminds me of a chocolate cake that my grandmother used to make (which had been passed down by her mother).
Confession: I actually did make two other desserts but they were not for our personal consumption. I made Lemon Bars and those oh-so-decadent Hello Dolly bars for The Hubs to take to work to sabotage the other 2017 Challenge players. (One of his co-workers paid me the ultimate complement. After eating big pieces of both the lemon bars and the Hello Dollies, he told The Hubs, “No wonder you’re a fat ass.” I guess it was a complement for me. It only resolved The Hubs to win that $800!)
I may make this cake again in a double portion and add lots of calorific butter cream frosting and send it back to his workplace.
I’m kinda’ bad like that….