Father's Day Chocolate Cake

today is father's day here in australia and i don't know about you but i think dads are pretty special. for starters, most of us only get one and they come in all shapes and sizes. but somehow they all manage to come up with the corniest dad jokes, daggiest dad dance moves and each have their own weird obsessions. every dad is the best* and every dad is different. 

i always found it funny when in movies kids would argue about whose dad is the best. maybe i just missed that memo altogether. that's probably what happened actually now that i think about it, because every single damn time we have a family event everybody wears stripes except me. 

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nannie and i were talking about installing a polka dot theme for next year, because we've been striping like it's going out of style for years (in fact, the length of time that we've been striping for proves that it's not going out of style any time soon). the point is, i have a thing about missing memos. oh and that one time i did actually wear stripes? everyone wore solid colour t-shirts. not just any colour though - apparently we were starting a wiggles tribute band. enter captain feathersword. 

anyway, back to what the focus of this post actually is, happy father's day dad!! i chose almonds not hazelnuts with you in mind (there's a back story but it's too long to tell) and i love you lots and let's eat cake and have a movie night. okay? cool, i'll get the plates xx

 

 

*i say that, but actually mine's the best...i'm a tad biased tho.... :) 

 

notes: this cake is deceptively small - it feeds a hell of a lot of people. the icing is the bomb and it's pretty moist for a gf cake. my only tip would be to keep it covered to prevent it drying out and keep it moist. you can use whatever gf plain/self-raising flour when it specifies for 70g of gf flour. 


Chocolate Cake w' Almond 'Crust'

{makes two 6'' mini cakes }

ingredients

300g 80% dark chocolate (the good stuff!)

125g vegan butter

6 eggs separated

1/2 c castor (superfine) sugar

70g gf self-raising flour (or gf plain flour with 1 tsp baking powder) 

130g maize flour

1 tb almond milk, unsweetened

1 tb vanilla extract

1 tb castor (superfine) sugar, extra

 

for the frosting

4 tb vegan butter

500g icing sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tb  almond milk, unsweetened

 

assembly

2 1/2 cups chopped almond

method

preheat your oven to 180 degrees C and grease and flour two six inch baking tins.

melt chocolate & butter in either a bain marie or in a microwave, until lump-free and glossy. set aside to cool to room temperature. be careful not to overcook the chocolate!!! 

beat the egg yolks and castor sugar on high until pale and creamy. gently add the chocolate mixture in small parts and mix until well combined. use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. 

on the lowest possible setting, or by hand, fold in the flours in small batches - being careful not to knock out too much air. set aside. 

in a large bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff mountainous peaks form. add a large tablespoon of the mixture to the flour batter, on the lowest possible setting or by hand, fold the whites in. add the rest of the whites and fold until just combined.  

add the milk and vanilla. divide the batter evenly between the two tins, leaving about 1-2 cm at the top (at least!) to allow for rising. bake the cakes for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

 

to make the frosting 

cream the butter on the highest possible speed in a stand mixer until pale and creamy (about 5 mins). add the sugar in batches, starting on a slow speed (unless you fancy yourself an icing sugar dust storm in your kitchen!) and mix really well between each addition. 

add the milk and vanilla. you may need to add either more milk or more sugar if the mixture is either too stiff or too loose. 

using the palm of your hands (as demonstrated in the images above) smoosh some almonds into the sides of the cake and use a palette knife to make some swirls on the top of the cake. serve to the hungry masses of about 9-12 people. 


- jess 

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