Experimenting with Paleo Baking- Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Avocado Icing

29 Jun

I am very skeptical of Paleo Baking. I just can’t imagine how the sugar/dairy/wheat substitutes could ever taste as good as the real thing, I mean avocado as icing? Hmmm. I also don’t want to waste the time and food making something no one wants to eat.
For my first attempt at this I chose a chocolate zucchini cake from Elana’s Pantry. I altered the recipe a little, here’s the original.

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For my cake I swapped out 1/2 a cup of almond meal for tapioca starch, I couldn’t get cacao powder so I used unsweetened cocoa, I also didn’t have vanilla stevia so I used normal stevia and added vanilla essence and I reduced the amount of honey and added two Medjool dates.

To make it is pretty simple, add everything to a food processor and whizz till smooth, then bake in a loaf pan at 170 degrees Celsius for 40-45 minutes.

For the icing I found a recipe on Paleo Spirit.

Since I didn’t have any maple syrup and I didn’t want to use honey I substituted treacle, which is not paleo but I used such a small amount I wasn’t bothered by its inclusion.

The icing was meant to go in the food processor, but since I had already put the bowl into the dish washer and I was in a let’s get this done mood I just mashed it all together with a fork and that worked just fine.

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I had a little taste of the icing before it went on the cake, and I must tell you, I wasn’t impressed, it was bitter like dark chocolate, but I went ahead and put it on the cake (the great thing about this icing is that you don’t need to wait for the cake to cool as it doesn’t melt!) I put a sprinkle of coconut on top to pretty it up and cover up the bitterness.

So, the cake passed the first taste test, Duckman promptly devoured a whole slice when he woke up from his nap, which I took as a good sign.

We were going to my step sisters for lunch today so I took the cake with me and after lunch with a cup of tea we all had a small slice.

The taste surprised me and everyone else. It is rich, chocolatey,moist beyond belief,  fudgey and so yummy! The icing even tasted fine. For a cake with only cocoa it is super rich, it tastes like it has melted dark chocolate in it. It has a subtle sweetness which is a really nice change from the sickly sweet cakes that I normally treat myself with.

Mr Minx didn’t like it, but that was to be expected and Rooster did not try it, apparently he doesn’t like chocolate cake, which was a revelation to me.

It was really great to have a slice of cake knowing that it wasn’t laden with sugar and that it might actually be healthy and it was actually tasty. This cake will be made again.

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Chocolate Zucchini cake with Avocado Icing

Ingredients

  •  ¾ cup Almond meal
  •  ½ cup tapioca starch 
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  •  ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  •  2 large eggs
  •  2 tablespoons coconut oil
  •  ¼ cup honey
  •  2 medjool dates
  • ¼ teaspoon stevia
  •  1 cup zucchini, grated
  •  ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence

Icing

  • ½ avocado
  •  1/3 cup cocoa
  •  ¼ cup treacle

Method
For the cake mix ingredients in food processor until smooth pour into loaf pan and bake at 170° C for 40-45 minutes.
For the icing mash or process all ingredients until smooth. Spread over cake

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3 Responses to “Experimenting with Paleo Baking- Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Avocado Icing”

  1. Cassie July 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Just thought I’d let u know I made this cake today! Half way through though I realized I just used my Zuchinni in my veggie soup I made :-/ so I used a cup of grated carrot and it turned out fabulous!!! All 3 kids & hubby ate it! I didn’t tell them it was healthy or what was in it! Kids didn’t question it!! (Hubby said it tasted a bit different but he still liked it ) Yay!! Thanks. Oh I found your blog through Mel at one crafty muma. Cassie 🙂

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