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Thursday, 09 July 2015 16:29

Basic Dark Chocolate Cake or Cupcakes

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Dark Chocolate Cake Dark Chocolate Cake Amore di Mona Couverture Chocolat Speciale
It has taken us years to develop one of those oh-so-moist / can't-even-tell-it's-gluten-free cake batters, and here it is. Finally! This recipe is extremely versatile. You can add fresh or dried fruits, chia seeds, chocolate chunks, or whatever sounds good at the time. The secret is stirring the batter the absolute minimum number of times necessary to combine the ingredients. 

  • Ingredients:
    3 1/2c millet or white quinoa flour
    1 1/2c tapioca flour
    1/2 tbsp xanthan gum
    1/2 tbsp baking soda
    2 1/2 tsp baking powder
    3/4 tsp salt
    2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 c safflower oil
    1 1/8 c rough cut, unsweetened apple sauce
    1 tsp gluten-free vanilla
    1 2/3 c pumpkin or banana puree
    2 c agave nectar
    8 oz Amore di Mona Dark Chocolate bulk bar (4 squares), melted to 90 - 95 degrees F*
    optional: Your choice of fresh or dried fruits, etc

    * For help maintaining temper when melting bulk chocolate, click HERE.

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 

    2. Combine first seven ingredients and set aside. 

    3. Blend oil and agave nectar at low speed until just combined. 

    4. Add room temperature applesauce and blend until just combined. Repeat for pumpkin. Repeat for melted chocolate.

    5. Add flour mixture a cup at a time, beating at low speed just until combined. 

    6. Add any other fresh or dried fruits, etc desired and mix just until combined.

    7. Bake in cake pan, muffin cups or molds until toothpick comes out clean or until internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F. See below for approximate baking times. 


    Cupcakes: 15-18 min

    9-10 inch round cake: 25-35 min

    Quarter sheet cake: 30-40 min


    30-35 cupcakes

    2 10" round cakes

    1 quarter sheet cake
  • Serves: 30-35 cupcakes; 2 10" round cakes, 1 quarter sheet cake
  • Cuisine: -Select (optional)-
  • Cooking method: Bake
  • Special ingredients: no dried fruits, no fermented / pickled foods, no beans / legumes / pulses, no dried / ground spices, no meat / poultry, no alcohol, no grains
  • Just right for...: Great for kids, Elegant evenings, Crowds/parties, Comfort food, Thanksgiving, Holiday Sweets & Treats, Easter Favorites, 4th of July, Halloween Treats
  • Top 8 allergens?: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, nut-free, peanut-free
  • Active/prep time: 30-45 minutes
  • Total time (inc active/prep): 45-60 minutes
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