real raw kitchen: RECIPE: raw cacao orange cake

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RECIPE: raw cacao orange cake


This creamy and rich cake is the perfect matrimony of sinful and light. The orange and chocolate pairing is one I've never been a fan of (I'll never forget that time I accidentally bought the orange chocolate bar and how so incredibly disappointed I was) but this works wonderfully and is just so sweet on my tastebuds. It served as a sort of celebration. Of what? Who knows .. there was no birthday and no anniversary. Instead, it was a celebration that my life is really beginning right. now.

My husband and I have been making hard commitments with ourselves in order to get serious about this whole "grown up" thing. We were talking and suddenly realized that this is it. We're here. We're grown ups and if we don't like how that feels then we should probably fix it fast. I decided to really get serious about this blog as a way to fix the direction my adult life is taking.


What does that mean? Well, it doesn't necessarily mean that I'm building this blog in order to replace my current job (though that'd be a welcome success!). Instead, it means that I'm going to honor it as the creative space that it is and make it the best it can be for the simple sake that both my and your time is invested in this. If I have an aspect of "work" that I truly look forward to then I'd say my adult life is really a lot more fulfilling.

As a result I'm migrating over to Wordpress. Eventually. And this is why I needed a celebration cake. Wordpress is no joke and I've spent a better portion of this weekend trying to make it work for me. I've made huge gains but also realized I have much further to go. While I feel as if championing Wordpress certainly warrants a celebration cake I also feel that this cake provides a motivation to keep working hard on transferring everything over .. because I'm convinced it will take months before the site is up and running.


So keep your eyes open for some changes. And in the meantime, celebrate adulthood with me with this cake. I swear to God (or whomever) that it's amazing and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I moaned when I took a bite.


And it's low in fat, which is always awesome.

Raw Cacao Orange Cake

Ingredients

For the crust:
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 4-5 medjool dates, soaked
  • 1 T cacao powder
  • 1 t orange zest
  • 1/2 t vanilla

For the filling:
  • 2 cups medjool dates, soaked
  • 2 T cacao powder
  • 1 orange, juiced and zest
  • 1 T Brazilian Ginseng (optional)

Instructions
For the crust:
  • Peel and pit the soaked dates and place in a food processor with remaining ingredients. Process until everything is incorporated.
  • Dump contents into a small springform pan and press down until even. Set aside.

For the filling:
  • Peel and pit the soaked dates and add to a food processor. 
  • Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides as you go.
  • Spread the paste over the top of the crust until even. Please in the fridge to set for 20-30 minutes.
  • Optional: Sprinkle with cacao powder or nibs (or even orange zest!) for garnish.



4 comments:

  1. Lots of dates in this cake.
    It sure looks very tempting!

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    1. Yes I LOVE dates because they are so sweet, filling, and provide the exact consistency I'm usually going for :) It is SO tempting and I'm loving on it so much right now haha

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  2. I don't blame you for this cake, Wordpress can be a pain in the butt! BUT you will be glad you did it : )

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    1. Thank you so much for saying that, I really appreciate it! I'm finally at the point where I'm looking forward to it, but for awhile I was thinking "what is the point?!" .. I think I've gotten past all the hard stuff and now it's about slowly re-configuring every.single.past.post. And I'm checking out your pb and strawberry brownies right now .. omg

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