MUD CAKE, WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?

In case you weren't aware, it's Valentine's Day. As a a past student and ambassador for Endeavour College of Natural Health, I was over the moon when asked to develop a romantic, whole-food based recipe for Valentine's Day – a day always affiliated with chocolate, roses and declaring your love for someone. I started brainstorming ideas and it really got me thinking. The result? I booked a date with a mud cake!

Raspberries and Robert Gordon. So much love. 

Raspberries and Robert Gordon. So much love. 

As a single lass, people immediately assume that the 14th February must be terribly lonely and upsetting.

Example A

Concerned friend: 'Awww, what are you going to do on Sunday George... You know.... For Valentine's Day?'

Georgia (remembering she's meant to be miserable and lonely) : 'Oh yes, um, of course I'm going to cry into a tub of ice-cream, eat fried chicken in my fat pants and watch The Notebook in the foetal position!'

Concerned friend: 'Oh, you poor thing! It must be hard for you! Why don't you come and hang out with my husband and I?' 

Georgia (says to herself): 'Kill me!'

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The truth is, there's a lot of things that I love in my life and feeling miserable or lonely couldn't be further from how I actually feel. Valentine's Day shouldn't be a day for single people to feel sad! It's a day to embrace your independence and show yourself some love. Am I right? In the words of Beyonce, 'all the single ladies, now put your hands up.'  I'm going to start by sharing and proclaiming sincere, deep and unconditional love for my Bitter Chocolate & Rose Water Mud Cakes. 

Whether your Facebook status is unmentioned, single, it's complicated, married, divorced, in a relationship with, engaged to, or whatever other options there are, I encourage you to bake this and enjoy all of its beauty whether you're alone in a quiet place, or sharing it with a special friend. 

Hello, handsome! 

Hello, handsome! 

Firstly, it's delicious and it's also gluten free, grain free and refined sugar free, so forget the guilt and disappointment that comes with inhaling a box of generic chocolates. The flavour station of bitter dark chocolate, tangy raspberries and the floral essence of rose water is a love triangle that works in so many ways! Plus, the aromatics of rose are said to be a well-known aphrodisiac. Wink wink. Nudge nudge. 

BITTER CHOCOLATE & ROSE WATER MUD CAKES 
GLUTEN FREE | GRAIN FREE | REFINED SUGAR FREE | MAKES 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 90g 85% dark chocolate, good quality
  • 60g butter
  • 2 organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tbs fair trade organic vanilla essence
  • 100g almond meal
  • 70g rapadura sugar*
  • 25g cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt flakes
  • 2-3 tsp rose water
  • 100g fresh raspberries
  • Edible rose petals*
     

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 160oC. Lightly grease a muffin tray. 
  2. Gently stir chocolate and butter together over a double boiler until combined well and just melted, being careful not to seize the chocolate. Set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk eggs using electric beaters for 5-10 minutes until thick and fluffy. Fold through vanilla and cooled chocolate and butter.
  4. Combine almond meal, rapadura sugar, cacao powder, baking powder and salt. Gently fold into wet ingredients until just combined. 
  5. Add rose water to taste and mix well. 
  6. Spoon into prepared muffin tray. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the top of each cake is firm. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing. 
  7. Arrange raspberries and rose petals on top of cakes. Serve and enjoy!

NOTES

  • Rapadura sugar is an unrefined sugar that is made from evaporated sugar cane juice. It’s a great alternative to heavily processed white and brown sugar and has a delicious caramel flavour.
  • Not all rose petals are edible as many are sprayed with harmful pesticides and chemicals.
2nd image down from the left, please note my attempt at a winky face. Nailed it. 

2nd image down from the left, please note my attempt at a winky face. Nailed it. 

I've now publicly declared my love this Valentine's Day. I haven't gone without the chocolate or the flowers and I'm definitely not nursing a food coma from trying to replace the absence of a special someone in my life with ice-cream and takeaway. I hope your day is full of love and happiness whatever your situation is. 

Until next time, lovers.

 

Georgia x