Easter Chocolate Cake

chocolate cake

 

Equipment

20 cm round cake tin

This quantity makes one layer. We tripled this to make a 3-layer cake. You can do this in batches or triple to amount below and then divide equally between 3 cake tins.

Ingredients for the chocolate sponge

235g gluten free flour
– we used a blend of the following:

100g whole oat flour, 100g white rice flour and 35g tapioca flour 200g coconut flower sugar

40g cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 pinch of salt
130g chocolate chips (we used 65% vegan dark chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar)
75g coconut oil melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
230g cold water
Rhythm 108 Swiss Chocolate Truffle Eggs

Method

Line your cake tin with baking paper and grease the sides with a little coconut oil. Preheat the oven to 180 °C fan.

Weigh out the 3 types of flour, cocoa powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Sift them together into a large bowl. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

In a separate small bowl melt the coconut oil (you can do this on a low temperature in the microwave for 30 – 40 seconds)

Once melted, add the vanilla extract, vinegar and water. Pour into the flour mix along with the water. Stir to combine the ingredients but don’t overmix.

Bake at 180 °C fan for 40 – 50 minutes. To check its ready, insert a knife or cake tester, if it comes out clean its ready! Leave cakes to cool down in their tins and then remove form their tins onto a cooling rack to cool completely. The sponges need to make cold before you start icing them.

Ingredients for the icing
Triple the amount below for a 3-layer cake!

page1image12192960Make sure the coconut oil is at room temperature, the softer the better and easier to mix! Also, make sure the icing sugar is lump free, you can sift it into the coconut oil to make sure you end up with a smooth icing.

120g of coconut oil at room temperature 350g of icing sugar
Blue spirulina powder (for colouring)
1 teaspoon of almond milk

Method

Mix together the icing sugar and coconut in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. As it starts to come together add the milk and food colouring. The spirulina powder goes a looooooong way, so be sure just to add a tiny bit (a small pinch to start with) and mix it in fully before adding more. Once you’re happy with the colour, make sure the consistency of the icing is spreadable, its needs to be soft but hold together.

To assemble a 3 layered cake spread a quarter of the icing onto the first sponge. Then place the second sponge layer on top and spread another quarter of the icing on top. Place the final sponge layer on and cover the sides and top of the cake with the remaining icing. If you plan to do some piping work, make sure you leave enough icing for that.

Smooth the sides and top of the cake with a spatula and decorate with Rhythm 108 Swiss Chocolate Truffle Egg


About Rhythm108:
An award-winning plant-based Swiss chocolate and treats that reinvent well-loved traditional treats into healthier alternatives, using vegan, gluten-free, organic ingredients.  Offering a range of wholesome and nutritious treats including Chocolate Bars, Tea Biscuits, and Snack Bars. Handmade by patissiers in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, meaning taste and quality always come first. Rhythm108 is on a mission to change the food industry for the better for consumers, farmers, and the environment, by championing organic producers and spearheading the use of compostable packaging. Rhythm108 are stocked in over 5,500 locations throughout the UK in major retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Boots, WHSmith Travel and Wholefoods Market.