Chocolate-mousse cake with secret ingredient.

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This is an amazing cake. It’s so rich you only need the smallest sliver to be satisfied. It’s actually fairly healthy, with no refined grains or sugar (though it does contain a good few dates, which are high in fructose). The secret ingredient is avocado! The avocado gives the cake a lovely thick mousiness. I got the recipe here. Here’s my version:

Ingredients: 

For the cake: 

  • 1 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup date paste (soak dates 30 mins then blend in food processor until smooth)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the icing: 

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup date paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup warm water

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Method: 

For the cake: 

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C. 
  2. Line springform pan with foil so that nothing can leak through.
  3. Coat pan with melted coconut oil.
  4. In food processor, add avocados and date paste and blend until well combined and creamy.
  5. Add eggs and process unti smooth.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until well incorporated.
  7. Pour cake batter into springform pan and bake in oven for about 30 minutes, until top appears darker all over. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
  8. Turn the oven off, crack door open and leave cake to cool for an hour or two before transferring to fridge to cool completely (at least 8 hours).

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For the icing: 

  1. In food processor, add all ingredients except cocoa powder and process until well combined. 
  2. Add cocoa powder, about 1/4 cup at a time, and process until smooth and creamy.
  3. Take cake out of fridge and place upside down on a serving plate.
  4. Pour icing in middle of cake and spread it gently all over cake.

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Just look at that texture. It’s the best!

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