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!
As a single lass, people immediately assume that the 14th February must be terribly lonely and upsetting.
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!'
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.
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
- 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*
- Preheat oven to 160oC. Lightly grease a muffin tray.
- 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.
- Whisk eggs using electric beaters for 5-10 minutes until thick and fluffy. Fold through vanilla and cooled chocolate and butter.
- Combine almond meal, rapadura sugar, cacao powder, baking powder and salt. Gently fold into wet ingredients until just combined.
- Add rose water to taste and mix well.
- 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.
- Arrange raspberries and rose petals on top of cakes. Serve and enjoy!
- 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.
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.