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

Hi there Internet, it’s me Christina!

First off, WELCOME to my first post and the launch of my website and blog The Green Spatula. 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 will share 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.

I hope you have a cup of tea or 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 the chocolate cake recipe), and how cooking and food can bring people and families together around a table. Food encourages experimentation and creativity in the kitchen and I find it such a stress release after a long day. That and some wine never hurts. Food nourishes our bodies, souls, and minds. Although absolutely delicious, there are some dishes that are better at promoting healthy bodies than others. 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.

Another reason for starting this website and blog is to share my own health journey and how changing my relationship with food has positively affected every aspect of my life. I lost about 25 pounds, cleared up my acne, improved my digestion (I can now poop everyday! TMI??), increased my energy levels, and removed guilt as well as self deprecation from my daily routine. I know how hard it can be to figure out a plan that makes life feel enjoyable rather than restrictive while still being effective. Change is hard, especially if you don't have support to guide you along your path. That is why I decided to become a health coach. I want to help people who feel lost in the vast ocean of nutritional information to find their way to their ideal version of a healthy, fabulous, and amazing life. But enough about that, let's get to the best part of this blog!

Since I always keep my promises, here is that chocolate cake recipe I was talking about earlier. Trust me when I say this will be the BEST cake ever and you will not believe the secret ingredient. It's my family's go to dessert for any special occasion. I may or may not have eaten the entire thing by myself since my husband doesn’t like chocolate (he’s crazy but more for me!).


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Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake with Chocolate Frosting

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

*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.

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat an 8” x 8” or 9" round cake pan with coconut or other oil and line the bottom with parchment paper. In a blender, puree the sweet potato, 1/2 cup of the water, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and vanilla extract until completely smooth. In a large bowl, combine the flour, coconut sugar, chocolate chips, and sea salt, then sift in the cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda. 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. 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.

 

Didn't I tell you the read was worth it? Now 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