Chocolate Quinoa Cake

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You’d never guess what’s in this amazing chocolate cake (except if you read the title of this recipe 🙂 ).  Yep, it’s quinoa.  You can’t even tell at all.  It’s probably one of the most moist chocolate cakes that I have had.  My sister is celiac and came into town so I made this cake so that she’d have dessert at my friend’s birthday party.  For some reason the cake came out of the pan in two pieces, so I made what was supposed to be a two-layer cake into a “dirt cake” (I’m not sure what else to call it, but it’s like the “dirt cake” I had as a kid minus the gummy worms).

I am going to try making this recipe again and hope that I have better luck with the cake coming out of the pans so that I can actually have a beautiful looking layered cake 🙂  I added the whipped cream that was supposed to be the frosting into the mess of cake and also made vanilla pudding.  This doesn’t keep that well so eat it the day you make it (and refrigerate covered until you do).

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Chocolate Quinoa Cake Ingredients:

1/2 cup dried quinoa, cooked to package directions (plus a tad bit more water) & cooled

1/3 cup milk

4 large eggs

1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 cup butter, melted

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Cake Directions:

1) Cook the quinoa, make sure that it is completely cooked and not crunchy at all.  Set aside to cool.

2) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two 8-inch round pans, line the bottom with parchment paper (I think I skipped this step because I used Wilton’s cake release, don’t skip this step).

3) Blend together the milk, eggs & vanilla in a food processor.

4) Add the cooked & cooled quinoa and butter to the milk, eggs & vanilla mixture in the food processor.  Blend until completely smooth – you do not want chunks of quinoa.

5) Wisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.  Then stir in the quinoa mixture from the food processor.

6) Pour the cake mixture evenly into your two pans.

7) Bake the cake for about 30 minutes / until it is cooked through.

8) If the cake comes out of the pan in one pieces (!! I hope yours does !!) skip the vanilla pudding step.  Or, break your cake up in a decorative dish if you want to add the vanilla pudding.

 

Vanilla Pudding Ingredients:

2 cups milk

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon butter

 

Vanilla Pudding Directions:

1) While the cake is baking, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it bubbles – be sure that you don’t over cook or burn the milk!  Turn down to low.

2) Stir together the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a bowl.  Pour the mixture into the heated milk a little bit at a time, stirring during each addition.

3) Continue to cook the pudding until it thickens just enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Do not boil!!

4) Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.

5) Pour into a bowl and let cool in your refrigerator.

 

Whipped Cream Ingredients:

small container of heavy whipping cream

sugar

vanilla

 

Whipped Cream Directions:

1) With the wisk attachment beat the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form.

2) Gently stir in the sugar & vanilla to taste – don’t add too much sugar as this will be going into the already sweet chocolate cake with the vanilla pudding.

 

Cake Assembly:

1) Pour the cooled vanilla pudding and whipped cream into the dish with the crumbled chocolate quinoa cake.

2) Gently stir together until it’s all combined; serve chilled the same day.

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Sponge Cake with Strawberries & Rhubarb

Sponge Cake with Strawberries & Rhubarb (11) WM

 

This cake is a recipe for high altitude.  To be honest I don’t know what’s different between this and a non high altitude recipe.  If you are at sea level let me know!  The ingredients below are for one sponge cake – I made two so that they could be layered.  If you do make two make them in separate batches (you can bake both at once if you have two of the same sized pans). You could also make one cake and cut it in the middle to get two layers.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup cake flour (see note below about making cake flour)

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon cold water

4 egg yolks

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 egg whites

 

1 container strawberries

3 rhubarb stalks

small carton of heavy whipping cream

sugar

vanilla

parchment paper

 

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Cake Directions:

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2) Grease a 9″ or 10″ springform cake pan and line the bottom with a parchment paper cut to fit the pan.

3) Whisk together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, oil, water, vanilla, and egg yolks.

4) In a separate bowl whip the egg whites until they are white and fluffy.

5) Gently fold half of the whipped egg whites into the batter, then add the other half after the first half is mixed in.

6) Pour the batter into the greased and parchment lined cake pan; bake about 35 minutes until it is golden brown.

7) Let the sponge cake cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then open the sides of the pan and let the cake cool completely.

8) Once the cake is cooled spread the strawberry rhubarb sauce over the top of one of the cakes.  Place the second cake on top.

9) To make the whipped cream pour the carton of whipping cream into a bowl and whisk on high until soft peaks form.  Pour in the vanilla (about 2 teaspoons) and sugar (to taste).

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce Directions:

1) After washing the strawberries and rhubarb slice into bite sized pieces and place in a small pan and put it on medium-high heat.

2) After the strawberries and rhubarb start to “melt” a little and boil reduce the heat to medium-low.  Continue to let the mixture gently simmer until it resembles a sauce / jam.  You can add sugar if you want as the rhubarb is a little bit tart.

 

cake flour ingredients:

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon corn starch

cake flour directions:

1) Place the flour in a bowl removing 1 teaspoon of corn starch.

2) Add the corn starch and sift until the cake flour is light and airy.

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Buttermilk Lemon Pie with Apricot Blueberries

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Yummy!  I had some buttermilk that I didn’t use for buttermilk pancakes, lemons that I didn’t use for lemon meringue pie, and frozen blueberries that I needed to use up.  I found a job for a buttermilk lemon pie, and added my own twist as usual.

Ingredients:

1 baked pie crust

for the custard

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 tablespoons + 1 1 /2 teaspoons cornstarch

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup buttermilk (1/2 pint)

lemon zest from 2 lemons

roughly 6 tablespoons lemon juice from roughly 2 lemons

for the apricot blueberry sauce

2/3 cup apricot preserves

2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries

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for the whipped cream topping

16 ounces whipping cream

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla

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Directions:

1. Stir the sugar and cornstarch.

2. Beat in the melted butter, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

3. Bake until set, about 45-55 minutes in a 325 degree oven.

4. Meanwhile.  Heat the apricot preserves & blueberries over medium heat in a saucepan until the two “melt” together.  Set aside until the custard pie has finished cooking.

5. Pull the cooked custard pie out of the oven, spoon the apricot / blueberry sauce over the custard and let cool.

6. Right before serving make the whipped cream topping and decoratively scoop on top.  Serve chilled.

 

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salted caramel tres leches cake

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The first time that I had tres leches cake was at my aunt’s house in Seattle, I have been using the same recipe my cousin used for years – this time I modified it by adding salted caramel.

Ingredients for the tres leches cake:
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions for the Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9×13 inch baking pan.
2. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
3. Cream butter or margarine and 1 cup of the sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla extract, beat well.
4. Add the flour mixture to the butter or margarine mixture 2 tablespoons at a time, mix until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Pierce cake several times with a fork.
6. Combine the whole milk, evaporated milk, and condensed milk together. Pour over the top of the cooled cake.
7. Pour the warm salted caramel over the cooled cake.
8. Whip whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup of the sugar together until thick. Spread over the top of cake. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated.

Ingredients for the Salted Caramel

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 7 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

Directions for the Salted Caramel:

1. Add the sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat.  Stir until the sugar has dissolved.  Use a spoon to remove any crystals that form on the side.

2. Once the sugar has dissolved increase the heat to high.  Now and then, using the handle, give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving  – do not stir the mixture directly.  The mixture will start to bubble after a minute.

3. As the mixture darkens to a medium amber color, approximately 5-7 minutes, add the butter, heavy cream and kosher salt to saucepan.  The mixture will bubble wildly.  Whisk to combine.

A note: even if the heat is on high the sugar might start to clump and not be liquidy (mine turned from clear liquid to clumps) – don’t worry!  Just begin to whisk the sugar so it all becomes hot again.  If you wait too long you’ll have to chop up the sugar clumps with a wooden spoon.  I turned the heat down to low during this declumping process so the caramel wouldn’t burn.  This clumping didn’t happen the first time I made caramel but it has all of the subsequent times for some reason.  After the sugar is clear liquid again (no clumps) it will start to turn that beautiful amber color, then you can add the butter, heavy cream and salt DO NOT add these ingredients when the sugar is still clumpy and before the sugar has turned into the amber color of caramel.