Recipe 'See in the Dark' Chocolate Torte

Morning Glory

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Ok. I finally got on the 'vegetables in cakes' bandwagon (thanks mainly to @classic33). I had to experiment a lot, but here's my kind of carrot cake - I called it 'see in the dark' because of the old saying 'carrots help you see in the dark'. But its also got a nice white topping to make it easy to spot on a dark evening.

Ingredients

2 medium carrots, boiled and pureed (I used a stick blender).
150 grams 70% dark chocolate
2 Tbsp golden syrup or maple syrup
25g/¼ cup cocoa powder
60g/½ cup ground almonds (almond flour)
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
White chocolate, to decorate

Method:
  • Heat oven to180C/350F
  • Grease a 9 inch baking tin or flan dish or round flan dish and line the base a sheet of baking paper.
  • Melt 150 grams of chocolate (I use the microwave).
  • Combine the cocoa powder, ground almonds, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  • Add syrup, melted chocolate and then the pureed carrots. Add the carrots gradually until you have a thick (almost stiff) batter. You may not need all the carrots.
  • Place batter into the baking tin and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool in the tin.
  • When cool, invert the pan onto a plate and peel off the baking paper. The base of the torte is the presentation side.
  • Melt white chocolate (I use microwave) and drizzle over the cake. Allow to the topping to set before serving.
 

kgord

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That looks really good I will have to try it sometime. Thank you for putting the recipe conversions in as well for us of the foreign persuasion. It seems like it would be a realtively low calorie way to eat chocolate torte. I am certain I would enjoy it as well. I do need to find almond flour though. It would be a nice special flour to have.
 

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That looks really good I will have to try it sometime. Thank you for putting the recipe conversions in as well for us of the foreign persuasion. It seems like it would be a realtively low calorie way to eat chocolate torte. I am certain I would enjoy it as well. I do need to find almond flour though. It would be a nice special flour to have.
If you can't find almond flour you can just grind almonds in a food processor until they are powdered.. Or you can substitute ordinary flour. In actual fact, ordinary flour probably has less calories than almond flour.
 

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This looks fantastic.I'm always looking for recipes that incorporate fruits or vegetables since my kids don't eat a whole lot of them. This fits the bill perfectly. I've never cooked with almond flour before. Almonds flour is a nice alternative to regular flour. It would be high in fibre, protein, calcium and gluten free too. I love using almond milk in smoothies. I have several friends who are gluten intolerant and this would be a great dessert to serve for them. Thanks for the recipe.
 

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This is a great recipe for a chocaholic like myself, and it's more healthy than a 'normal' chocolate cake, it is also gluten and dairy free so I can make this for my neighbour :) I think I would use honey instead of maple syrup since I love honey and buy a really nice local one. Thanks!
 
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