I needed to make a birthday cake recently so wanted to make a new and very yummy cake for the occasion. So, here's what I came up with! It is SO delicious & a REAL treat! It reminds me of eating cake and ice cream together or like a banana split. The frosting smells and tastes like a creamy strawberry ice cream and the cake is so rich and chocolatey with a boost of strawberry-banana. This cake is not light and fluffy like an angelfood cake, it's more dense and rich like a flour-less chocolate cake. That, in combination with the yummy strawberry frosting, make this a very rich and naughty-tasting treat. It tastes MUCH naughtier than it actually is...
2 tbs melted butter or coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups almond meal (directions for making your own here)
1/2-2/3 cup cocoa powder/carob powder mixture (your choice-- I used mostly cocoa)
1/8 tsp sea salt
stevia powder, to taste
1 cup fresh chopped strawberries
milk, to add in small amounts to add if batter is too thick
1 1/2 cup milk (I use soy or almond)
3 tbs arrowroot powder
9 tbs butter or coconut oil, soft consistency (not melted!)
2 tbs food-grade vegetable glycerin
stevia, to taste
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped strawberries (approximate equivalent: you don't need to actually chop them as you will be putting them in the blender)
Beat the eggs, whisk in the butter or coconut oil and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl mash the bananas while heating the chocolate over low heat, paying close attention to it so it doesn't burn. Mix the melted chocolate, baking soda and apple cider vinegar along with the bananas. In a third bowl completely mix together the almond meal, cocoa powder/carob powder mixture, sea salt, and stevia.
Combine ingredients from all three bowls into the a large bowl and stir until mixed but don't over stir. Add small amounts of milk if the batter is too thick. Fold in the strawberries.
Pour batter evenly between the two cake pans.
Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Warm the milk on high in a saucepan until it just starts to boil (keeping an eye on it so it does not burn). Turn heat down to medium and slowly add the arrowroot, mixing constantly with a wire whisk. If the arrowroot doesn't mix in smoothly, that's okay, you can get it all smoothed out when you add it to the blender with the strawberries. In the end, though, you want to make sure it is heated with the arrowroot powder in it enough that it thickens (but doesn't burn!). Place in the blender along with the strawberries and blend on high for about a minute. (You might want to let it cool a bit before adding to the blender, so as to not overheat the blender). If the mixture hasn't yet thickened, you can place it back on the stovetop at a simmer and stir until it thickens. Once the mixture has thickened, place in the freezer to cool down while you prepare the rest...
Use an electric mixer on high to whip up the butter or coconut oil (make sure it's got a soft consistency, NOT melted, before you do this) thoroughly. Fully cream the butter or oil, THEN add the stevia, glycerin, and vanilla extract, then mix well.
Mix in the mixture out of the freezer thoroughly with the electric beaters.
Removing cake from pans is easy, all you to is turn them upside-down over plate and it should come out easy. Be sure to peel off the wax paper!
Spread the frosting over the first layer. Next, place the top layer over it. Finally, apply the rest of the frosting to the top and sides. Cover (without disturbing frosting) and refrigerate until ready to eat. It should keep for approximately 5 days (unless you live with me, then it would not last that long!:)).
I found a bowl in the cabinet that fit perfectly over the top of the cake on the plate and this worked very well for refrigerating without messing up the frosting with any cling wrap, etc., or having to find a container made just for cakes:
Strawberry for garnish looks nice...
And it makes a perfect birthday cake!
It's tasty and might go quickly, so make sure you get a piece. :)