Coconut Chickpea Chocolate Cake (GF) – We Should Cocoa #46
The theme of this month’s Clandestine Cake Club was free as a bird. I have to say, I was somewhat stumped by this and the best I could come up with was a free to make whatever I liked cake. The theme for this month’s We Should Cocoa is gluten free, so that got me wondering. I’d also been sent some coconut oil and coconut nectar to use from Cocofina – review to follow in a later post. Suddenly it all clicked into place and I would do a free from cake – free from gluten, free from dairy, free from eggs and free from sugar (sugar in the everyday sense anyway).
Last month’s We Should Cocoa was my inspiration. It included chocolate chickpea cupcakes from Janet over at The Taste Space, which I found rather intriguing. It just so happened that I had a bag of chickpea flour in the cupboard that was waiting for just the right opportunity. This was it, my gluten free cake would be made from chickpea flour. I was also rather pleased with my £1 chocolate cake, so thought I’d go to the other extreme and make a very expensive cake, but one inspired by that one.
When I found out that our Cornwall Clandestine Cake Club meeting was at The Baking Bird in Truro, I realised why the bird theme had been chosen. You can see from the picture that other interpretations of the theme were a little more sophisticated than mine. The cafe come bakery was spacious and attractive with a fabulous view of the next door cathedral spires from the upstairs windows. As well as eating far too much cake, we had a quick masterclass in rose piping on cupcakes. I was somewhat miffed that CT did a near perfect one at his first ever attempt at piping, whereas mine was much less successful. Still, at least I got to eat my mistake. To complete the bird theme we tweeted furiously for Cornwall Hour – when cake munching allowed. Thanks go as always to our excellent CCC organiser Ellie Michell for another splendid event.
|Beautifully decorated Hummingbird Cake|
|A blue and yellow kite seen in the background|
|Is that a flock of Tweets? Blueberry cake from Hungry Hinny|
|Enthusiastically getting stuck in to icing roses on cupcakes|
|NOT the one that I attempted|
|Truro Cathedral peeking out above the neighbouring roof tops|
I was a little concerned that the chickpea flour would make the cake overly bitter; it certainly seemed quite bitter when I tasted it raw. Luckily the cooking process transformed it. In CT’s words it was a satisfying cake: rich, filling and not too sweet. The chickpea flour gave it a very distinctive taste, but not an unpleasant one. The coconut flavour came through and gave the cake a certain unctuousness which prevented it from sliding into 70s wholefood worthiness.
- 70g coconut oil – softened
- 130g coconut sugar
- 1 large banana
- 1 tbsp flax (linseed) – ground
- 2 tbsp water
- 200g chickpea flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 1 rounded tsp baking powder (gf)
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- a pinch sea salt
- 2 tbsp coconut nectar
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 25g 100% dark chocolate
- 20g coconut oil
- 2 tbsp coconut nectar
- a small handful coconut flakes
- Soak the linseeds in the water for about 5 minutes until the water has been absorbed and it has gone a little jelly like.
- Cream the coconut oil and sugar until well combined, then mash in the banana.
- Stir well, then beat in the soaked linseeds.
- Sieve in the dry ingredients, then add the nectar and vinegar. Stir until just combined.
- Spoon into a 23 cm cake mould and bake at 180℃ for about 35 minutes when the cake should be risen and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Turn onto a rack to cool.
- Melt the remaining coconut oil with the chocolate and nectar in a pan over very low heat.
- Stir until just combined.
- Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly, then pour over the cooled cake.
- Scatter some coconut flakes over the top.
- Makes one 23cm round cake.
Most of us now know someone who is gluten intolerant so widening our baking repertoire in that area can only be a good thing. Thanks to Michelle of Utterly Scrummy Food for Families for coming up with the gluten free theme and hosting We Should Cocoa this month. You still have over a week to go if you’d like to join in.
I’m also entering this into AlphaBakes where the letter is D this month. With my use of 100% chocolate I am going for D for Dark chocolate. Hosted by alternately by Caroline Makes and the More Than Occasional Baker.
A slice also goes to Lucy of SuperGolden Bakes for her new blogging event, Cook Blog Share.
This cake has to go a long way as I’m also sending a slice off to the 21st Century Housewife for the Hearth and Soul hop.