Favorite Chocolate Almond Cake

My best friend and I had a conversation about favorite foods and what order they would go on a list of 1-10, # 1 being the favorite. Well, as it turns out, chocolate was #1 for both of us! That was my tricky and covert way to figure out what flavor to make her birthday cake, hehe!

I decided to combine the wonderful flavors of chocolate and fresh pears in a simple to make, in less than 30 minute cake.

 

Favorite Chocolate Almond Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 c unbleached (organic) flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  •  1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 cup of boiled water
  • 2 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate (there are dairy-free brands at better stores)
  • 3 tbsp dairy-free butter/butter substitute
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2  beaten organic free range eggs
  • 2 ripe Bartlett Pears, peeled, cored, and cut in slivers

Directions

preheat oven to 350°

  1. Use shortening and flour to dust the mini-springform pans and line a cupcake tin with muffin paper. This is for any additional leftover batter. (I had enough batter for 4 cupcakes as well)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the first four ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar with the boiled water, stirring a few minutes until sugar dissolves. Add in the chocolate and dairy-free butter , gently stirring until melted altogether. Allow to cool and add in the vanilla. Place aside.
  4. Whisk the eggs into the cooled off chocolate mixture until all the ingredients are combined. Add this mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients with a spoon, then mix at medium speed until smooth. Place the batter into the pans about 2/3 full adding the pears on top, they will sink down. Use any additional batter for cupcakes, adding in bits of pears cut into small pieces.img_3704
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 10-12 minutes, but leave in the cakes for a total of 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans for 10 minutes, then release them and place them on racks.

Easy Chocolate Frosting

  1. 3 tbsp dairy free cocoa powder
  2. 3 tbsp dairy-free butter
  3. 1 1/2 – 2 cups of powdered sugar
  4. 2-3 tbsp almond milk
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend the above ingredients with a spoon until combined. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes until smooth, if it seems dry, add a little more almond milk.

 

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