What? An Enticing, Uber-Delicious, and Fudgy Chocolate Cake that is Guilt-Free?

Hi there Internet, it’s me Christina!

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First off, WELCOME to my first post and the launch of my website and blog The Green Spatula. This will be you go-to place for drool worthy recipes (that are both health and easy to make), fresh health hacks, and health coaching. Hopefully you are a complete stranger and are not related to me or one of my friends that feel obliged to read this. I promise I will make it worth your time because I am sharing a recipe for the BEST chocolate cake EVER towards the end of the post. So if you enjoy delicious treats and chocolate, you NEED to stick around. I’m not ashamed to entice you to keep reading. I think it’s a smart move on my part.

 Our puppy Kyra🐶

Our puppy Kyra🐶

I hope you have something cozy to drink because it’s time to chat and get to know each other. We won't be strangers for much longer. My name is Christina and I live in sunny (sometimes too freaking hot) Florida with my wonderful husband and 10 month old pup. I grew up in Norway (yes, where Frozen takes place...sort of) and moved to Florida about 7 years ago for college. I absolutely adore the beach, yoga, chocolate (hence my attempt to tempt you with that chocolate cake recipe 😎), and how cooking and food can bring people and families together around a table.

Food encourages experimentation and it's my favorite creative outlet especially after a long day (that and some wine never hurts). Cooking is so interesting since food can both nourish our bodies, souls, and minds but also cause disease and sickness. I am passionate in finding those healthy but DELICIOUS recipes that makes your belly and body feel and look amazing! And I intend to share those with you and the rest of the Internet. So keep checking back to The Green Spatula because my next recipe could be you family's new favorite dish.

Now, a little more about The Green Spatula. After going through my own health and weight loss journey (read more about that here), I discovered a deep calling to help other women find wellness and realize the strength of their own bodies. Change is hard, especially if you don't have support to guide you along your path. I am now a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and just launched my own health coaching business, The Green Spatula. I am here to help women navigate through the vast amount of nutritional information to understand the specific lifestyle choice that will serve them so they can live a healthy, fabulous, and amazing life. I promise that is achievable!

And now, since I truly believe that life is all about balance and that "diet" is a dirty word, here is that chocolate cake recipe I enticed you with earlier. It's my family's go to dessert for any special occasion. It's also the perfect example of the types of recipes you can expect to see on this blog: using only real ingredients and absolutely delicious!


 
 A decadently fudgy, plant-based cake made with chocolate and sweet potatoes. Topped with an equally delicious and rich chocolate frosting. Served with fresh berries and toasted coconut.
 

Original recipe and all credit goes to Dreena at Plant-Powered Kitchen (I have make a few tweaks to her original recipe, like using gluten-free flour and removed the almond butter from her frosting since my sisters are allergic to nuts). I found her recipe on Pinterest and it has become my family's go-to since! Now that you are a part of The Green Spatula family, you also get to know the secret to what makes this cake so freaking delicious: the almighty sweet potato.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 3/4 cup cooked and cooled orange sweet potato* (remove the peel after baking when cooled)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp water divided
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup GF or regular flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini or regular nondairy chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt scant
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Frosting

  • 1 cup cooked and cooled orange sweet potato* (remove the peel after baking when cooled)
  • 2/3 - 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (rounded)
  • 2-5 tbsp nondairy milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
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*carefully pierce whole sweet potatoes with a knife and bake in a 425°F oven for 1 hour. They are ready when you can easily pass a knife through the potato. You will need about 3 large sweet potatoes for this recipe.

Directions

Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly coat an 8” x 8” or 9" round cake pan with coconut or other oil and line the bottom with parchment paper. 

2. In a blender, puree the sweet potato, 1/2 cup of the water, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and vanilla extract until completely smooth. 

3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, coconut sugar, chocolate chips, and sea salt, then sift in the cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda. 

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry (be sure to scrape out all the blended ingredients with a spatula, and use the remaining 1 tablespoon of water to rinse the blender jar and get out any remaining puree). Mix until just well incorporated. 

5. Transfer to the prepared pan, bake for 21–23 minutes, remove, and let cool on a cooling rack.

**Double the cake recipe to make a two-layer cake. You won't have to double the frosting as it will yield enough for a doubled cake batch**

Frosting

1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth. Use more milk if too thick and more sweetener to taste. Place in fridge while your cake is cooling. I have also used this frosting recipe as a substitute for Nutella! You will thank me later :)

2. Frost the cake and decorate with berries. If you made a two layer cake, you can add berries between the layers as well.


Alright, go throw some sweet potatoes in the oven and let me know how your cake turns out in the comments below! While you are there, let me know of some other baked goods you enjoy. It might appear in my next post :)

I hope you enjoyed the first post on The Green Spatula. Keep coming back for more recipes, sappy motivational quotes, and easy health tips to loose weight and recalim your health.

Love,

Christina