So yesterday was Nishan's birthday and although he's only had 1 slice of his cake (he's not a cakey person) it turned out way too good to not share the recipe!!
The ingredients I used made it wheat/gluten free and there was no added sugar, butter, or sweetener (although my protein powder may have contained sweetener and the choice of dark choc is likely to include some sugar). It still makes this cake a healthier option than most standard birthday cakes, plus the dates provide it with fibre too. The best part is that it just tastes like a normal, delicious chocolate cake!
Using the protein was a test, next time I'm going to try with maybe a bit more protein powder as the brand I used was a whey and casein mix so prevented any drying out of the cake.
Ingredients: -100g pitted dates -35g Grenade Cookie Chaos protein powder (can use any good tasting choc/vanilla protein) -3 eggs -75g Lindt dark chocolate 70 -20g Green & Black's hot choc powder -1 tbsp baking powder -1 tsp vanilla extract -1 cal spray (for greasing cake tin)
For the chocolate 'ganache': -50g dark choc chips -Icing/decorations of choice (optional)
Method: 1.) Place the dates in a bowl and add 150ml of boiling water. Leave to stand for 15 minutes. 2.) Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate (see my tips below) and pour into a blender 3.) Check that the dates have softened and add them (with the water) into the blender. 4.) Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well (the mixture doesn't need to be really smooth). 5.) Grease a cake tin with 1 cal spray and pour in the mixture. 6.) Bake at 180 degrees for 20mins. 7.) Wait for the cake to cool completely.
I needed the cake to be fresh for Thursday and I made it on a Tuesday. So before adding the chocolate ganache topping, I wrapped the cooled down cake in cling film and an extra plastic wrapping before putting it in the freezer until Thursday morning. I then completed the topping whilst still frozen, which I think is what helped it set well.
However, you can just make the ganache topping straight after its cooled down and here's how:
8.) Melt the dark chocolate chips (see my tips below) and either pour in the middle, let it spread on its own and allow to set or use the back of a spoon to spread it out as you wish and allow to cool. 9.) Finish with your own choice of decorating, if desired.
*Tips for melting the chocolate: Either put in a bowl in the microwave using 30 second increments until it has melted or my preferred and used method us to put it in Tupperware. Then put the Tupperware in a saucepan of boiling water so it just floats on top, for about 10-15 mins.
Remember your choice of ingredients will determine the taste so make sure to use only a protein powder that tastes good and a great quality dark chocolate will help!