Saturday, February 28, 2015

A STORY about a Grain Free Chocoate Peanut Butter Cake Recipe.....

Proud Parent Moment!

So I have to tell you that THIS IS NOT MY RECIPE.  My 9 year old daughter decided to try and follow a recipe for chocolate zucchini cake(without me knowing) and modified it to a grain free cake for her brother. Here is the story!

I walked in from doing chores outside and find her at the kitchen table with my lab top watch a cooking video and 'making this cake.'  My first instinct was to help of course(and move the computer) but she didn't want help.  She then proceeds to tell me that the lady was using 1/2 cup of almond butter, but she knew her brother liked peanut butter and she decided to use 1 whole cup.  I told her that she probably needed to stick to the recipe so that it will turn out.  She says "Mom, I got this."  Of course I am skeptical.  She is asking me about measurements because the video was just telling her to add baking soda, vanilla, cocoa powder etc. but was not giving exact measurement.   I was having to guess as well with the amounts of baking soda and vanilla and she did all the rest.  Then the video got to the zucchini and she cringed and said 'I don't want to add zucchini, even though she says you can't taste it."  I just told her that the zucchini was probably going to give it moisture so she could use applesauce or add a few more eggs.  She opted for the extra eggs.
Hard to see the cake because it had flaming candles on it!

She finished mixing all the ingredient and put the cake in the oven (I helped) and set the timer.  We took it out when it was finished.  It smelled good but I was still a little skeptical.  Then she says she needed to make icing and got out the cream cheese.  She needed help lifting the large stand mixer and and the proceeded to make the icing which she dyed yellow(with natural food coloring).

After we had dinner, she put candles on the cake and we sang Happy Birthday to my Son(who just turned 5). She cut this cake she made, put a piece on his plate and he took a bite.  His response was "Yum."  I just couldn't resist(and I don't like peanut butter) but I had to try.  I wanted to see how this turned out.  I was thinking that I might have to 're-invent' this dish into something else.  Boy was I WRONG!   She put a piece on my plate I took a bite with the butter cream frosting and seriously at the dinner table I said "Holy $hit." (I stopped myself before it came out as a bad word).  I was smiling from ear to ear and she started to have a little grin on her face.  She then dished up a piece for herself and took a bite(meanwhile, my son was on his second piece)...she said that she was surprised it was so good.

I would have thought it would have turned out more like a brownie, but it was light, fluffy and moist.  Just the right amount of peanut butter and the chocolate perfect.  The butter cream frosting tied it all together.  I still can't believe she did this with really NO recipe and it was this good!  Kudos to you dear, you are turning into fantastic cook!

So here is her recipe, word for word as she told me FROM HER MEMORY!!!!-Pretty impressive!

Dill's Grain Free Chocolate PB Cake
1. Grease 8 x 8 pan with coconut oil, oh and heat oven up I think 350.
2.  You can use parchment paper with 2 sides out so you can lift the cake out of the pan if you want to.
3. In a big bowl add 1 cup organic peanut butter
4. Add 1/2 cup maple syrup
5. Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder
6. You add 1/2 tsp baking soda
7. Add 1/8 tsp sea salt
8. Add 3 organic/pastured eggs
9. Add 1 tsp vanilla
10.  Then stir it with wooden spoon.  Make sure it is not to think but not to watery.  Make sure the eggs are fully mixed in and not to drippy or not to thick.
11.  If you wan to use a beater to beat the eggs you can, but I didn't because I thought it wouldn't work as well.
12.  Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips(semi-sweet)
13. Mix REALLY well
14. Poor into pan and make sure it is evenly distributed
15. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.  Check with a toothpick at 25 minutes.  Let Cool.

Dill's Butter Cream Frosting

1. Get a large stand mixer or hand mixer
2. 1 organic package of cream cheese-to mixer
3. 1/2 cup powdered sugar-organic
4. Mix sugar and cream cheese
5.  Add 1/4 cup room temp butter(organic)
6. Mix well
7.  Add 1 tsp vanilla extract
8. Mix really well
9. (optional) Food coloring.  I used organic natural dye
10.  Apply to cake after cooled.
11.  Serve and Eat!

The chef and her brother before trying cake.
What is left for tomorrow....

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