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Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake - one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork! #chocolate #cake #baking #easyrecipe

Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake – one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork!

Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake - one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork! #chocolate #cake #baking #easyrecipeI feel the need to clarify the title of this post: this cake is everyday as opposed to birthday.ย It is the kind of cake to whip up on a whim because you really rather fancy chocolate cake, rather than bake it for a special occasion. No need for anything but the willingness to wait for it to cool enough to cut. No icing, sprinkles, clouds of whipped cream. Just a fork. Maybe some ice cream.

Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake - one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork! #chocolate #cake #baking #easyrecipeBut feel free to drape it in folds of chocolate ganache. Or whap out the palette knife to cover it in this rather uniqueย chocolate frosting. I dusted the cake you see with homemade unrefined icing sugar that I made in my blender. As I rarely need icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar) I make my own rather than buy it. You can do this with any granulated sugar.

Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake - one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork! #chocolate #cake #baking #easyrecipeSpeaking of sugar, I’ve deliberately made it lower sugar than most cakes, but feel free to add a bit more sugar to your taste. By keeping the sugar on the low side I’ve let the subtle umami-ness of the cacao shine through. You can even add sweet miso to amp this effect: it’s really rather nice – and not at all salty or weird.

milk kefir

homemade milk kefir

Another kind of unique thing about this cake is that I recommend using milk kefir. If you make your own milk kefir you will probably have leftovers of it at some point. This cake is a brilliant way to use it up. With a natural tang, milk kefir also creates incredible moistness and soft crumb due to its gentle acidity. If you don’t have milk kefir – and I realise this is a bit niche, so no worries – just use buttermilk or plain yogurt.

Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake - one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork! #chocolate #cake #baking #easyrecipechopped dark chocolate by kelliesfoodtoglow.comcake 6And one last thing, I use half spelt flour and half whole oats to give body to the cake.ย  I just bung the flour, oats and the remaining dry ingredients in my blender to blitz the oats and mix it all up. This combination is one of my favourites for not only its nutritional value – although let’s face it, we aren’t eating cake for its nutritional value! – but its taste too. In almost any cake recipe you can substitute some of the flour with oats or other whole grains to give it added value. You may use a good gluten-free mix instead of the spelt if you wish, as well as gluten-free oats, or even chestnut flour for the whole grain bit.

So, how will you eat this everyday chocolate cake? With frosting? Icing sugar? A big pile of berries? How about alone. Jk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

sticky swedish chocolate cake by kelliesfoodtoglow.comNeed more chocolate cake? How about my 1-Minute, 5-Ingredient Chocolate Mug Cakeย , Chocolate and Banana Rosemary Cake, Chocolate Chestnut Truffle Cake (it’s amazing!), Chocolate Beetroot Cake, or this (above image) sticky Swedish Chocolate Cake?

Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake - one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork! #chocolate #cake #baking #easyrecipe

Everyday Chocolate Cake

  • Servings: 12 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake – one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork! xx

 

100g best dark chocolate, chopped

100ml olive oil or rapeseed oil

3 eggs

85g unrefined brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

165ml milk kefir or buttermilk or non-dairy equivalent

150g light spelt flour

150g whole oats

30g cacao or cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Optional: 50g chopped chocolate to stir through

Optional: Chocolate Ganacheย 

Method

1. Heat the oven to 160C fan/180C/ 350F. Line a 1 lb loaf tin with baking parchment.

2. Melt the chopped chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Set aside to cool a bit.

3. Mix the oil, eggs, sugar, vanilla and kefir in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the cooled liquid chocolate.

4. Add the dry ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until the oats are flour. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just amalgamated. Do not over beat. Stir in extra chopped chocolate if you wish – triple chocolate!

5. Spoon the batter into the lined tin and place in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes, then carefully upend the cake from the pan to cool a bit more on the rack.

Serve dusted in icing sugar, with ice cream, whipped cream, cherry/berry compote or crรฉme fraรฎche (my favourite!)

This cake keeps well for a few days if tightly wrapped in foil or parchment paper and kept at room temperature.

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Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake - one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork! #chocolate #cake #baking #easyrecipe

 

12 thoughts on “Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake

  1. Mr A says:

    Phenomenal with natural yoghurt!!! Great pics Mrs A

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Indeed..thanks for the recommendation, Mr A xx ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  2. This looks amazing. I love your recipes, I love your photos and I’m going to have to try this as the summer holidays are coming up and it would be too easy to let the kids have conventional sweet treats more than usual. I’m always on the look out for delicious low sugar options

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thank you so much, Nic. I remember those long school holidays very well even though my daughter is now 22. We loved baking projects (Scottish summers sometimes lend themselves to indoor activities๐Ÿ˜‰). Perhaps your children do too? This is one that I’m confident kids would find rewarding to help with. I recommend topping it with my black bean frosting. I think these days something like this would be called chocolate hummus! Let me know how they like it if you make it xx

  3. fruitcrmble says:

    Oh my that does look good. You don’t by any chance have a good everyday vegan cake recipe do you?

    thanks.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Have you been in my kitchen? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m working on just that this weekend. I make vegan cupcakes and will work on how that is in cake form, but lower sugar and with whole grains. Thanks for asking xx

  4. Sheree says:

    A girl can never have too many recipes for chocolate cake!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I’m finding that out myself!

  5. Love a chocolate cake and this sounds brilliant. What a great idea to add the oats, love that. I shall most certainly be making this and I LOVE the photos, exquisite!

  6. @RebekahKFit says:

    I like the โ€œeverydayโ€ cake vs birthday cake definition! Great idea!

  7. superfitbabe says:

    Hey, ANY DAY is appropriate to have cake. This chocolate cake looks SO decadent, but I cannot believe it is super easy!

  8. I am always interested in healthy desserts made with chocolate. I like all the ingredients.

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