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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Black Bean Chocolate Cake- Mom's Crazy Cooking Challenge


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This month's challenge is chocolate cake.  While these two words may cause some to quake at the knees, I have to say they hold no such power over me.  In fact, if I'm going to be completely honest, I don't really like chocolate cake (or cake at all for that matter).  I find that they are usually too dry, or generally 'meh'.

I won't lie, this cake did not convert me, I'm still rather nonplussed by the entire subject.  I will however say that this was possibly the most moist chocolate cake I've ever had, and I really appreciated it's subtle sweetness and sponge like texture.  Not to mention it's non-traditional ingredient- black beans- which make this cake gluten free!  (If you're in to that kind of thing ;) )




I followed the recipe (which you can find here) word for word.  It yields a silky smooth batter:





And a beautiful cake:





The recipe is healthier than your average chocolate cake, packed with protien and fiber (although I wouldn't go so far as to call it 'health food).  As to the taste- can you tell that this is bean based rather than flour?  Not at all!  If you want to sneak in some extra nutrition for your friends and loved ones, this really is a covert operation.  

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the rest of the entries!





27 comments:

  1. I LOVE chocolate cake, and if I can get a little extra nutrition with it, I'm all in. Going to make this one for sure. It looks delicious!

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  2. Nice cake. I'm always looking for good ways to sneak a few more beans in to my diet.

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    1. Thanks Samantha! Good luck with hiding your beans ;)

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  3. This cake sounds fabulous! I definitely want to try it ...

    Mine was #72 ... Midnight Sin Chocolate Cake

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    1. You definitely should! It's a great cake. I'll be sure to check out your cake.

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  4. Very interesting. Looking forward to checking out the recipe. Good way to get some extra fiber. Hope you'll check out my Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake, if you haven't already done so (#30)

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    1. Fiber is always a winner in my book. I'll make sure to look for your post!

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  5. Pssst! My fav cake is white with white icing. Shhh! Don't tell ok? Your cake looks moist and yummy in the picture! (Visiting from the CCC...I'm #60)

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    1. I'm glad to know I'm not the only faker-baker, haha. Thanks much, I'll be sure to look up your post!

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  6. I know you weren't so keen on this cake but I love cakes, especially moist ones and especially when I can tell myself that it is a little bit healthy too. I'm sure it's lovely!

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    1. Hi Corina, it wasn't so much that I didn't like this cake. I thought it was very good... for cake. Don't let my luke warm feelings for cake stop you from trying this one out!

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  7. Very creative recipe find! I've made black bean brownies before, but not cake. I bet it was every bit as good as a "regular" chocolate cake.

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    1. Thanks! I loved the idea, and the cake came out very well. I'd say better than most 'normal' chocolate cake.

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  8. What a neat idea! This one looks delicious!

    Please feel free to check out my recipe, I'm #37!

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  9. What a unique recipe! It even looks moist in the pictures!

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  10. Don't like cake! Why else get out of bed in the morning! I've got a real gem of a dark chocolate cake. I'll forward it when I can dig it out of the archives. JATMOM

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  11. Very unique with the black beans, sounds great.
    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I'll definitely look up your post!

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  12. Very cool recipe. I love the ones that are unique. It really does look spongey and light. Great choice.

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  13. This cake would be so moist and delicious! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen
    #7

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  14. I am always looking for new gluten free treats. I haven't ever been brave enough to try beans in a cake, but thanks for the recipe.

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  15. I've made black bean brownies but never used them in a cake. Love it!

    Jen #79

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  16. My husband doesn't care for cake either! However, I do. :) I've been wanting to bake with black beans for a while now. This cake looks delicious!

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  17. I love your blog. It's simple and elegant. Just plain and simple but says a lot. Great cake recipe! I love chocolates and I'm really ecstatic everytime I see one.

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