Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cacao Mousse Cake

I dubbed this rich gooey cake Cacao Mousse Cake, because of the mousse-like texture that the prunes (yes, prunes) lend to this paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free delectable dessert).

It is rich without being overpowering, and the cacao and maca lend a nutritious (and tasty) addition.

Easy, fast and unusual, this treat is surprising and quite, well, yum.  Rarely do my healthy recipes turn out so well on the first go 'round, so I am proud of this one.

Cacao Mousse Cake


1 cup prunes
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons plain coconut yogurt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1-1/2 teaspoons maca powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda


1.  Line a 9" cake pan with parchment paper and brush the sides with coconut oil.

trace the cake pan with a pencil (bonus if it's a Little Mermaid pencil) for a perfect fit

press the circle into the cake pan, then rub around the edge with coconut oil
2.  Place prunes and applesauce in a saucepan over low heat, simmering 15 minutes until there is only a little liquid left.
3.  Pulse eggs, vanilla, coconut oil & yogurt in a food processor.

think organic and local!  
4.  Add in coconut palm sugar, cacao, maca, baking powder and soda.
5.  Add prune mixture to the processor and pulse, stopping in between to scrape down the sides of the processor with a spatula if necessary.

beautiful mixture, right?  Add 'er in!
6.  Pour batter into prepared cake pan, and bake 25-28 min at 350 degrees or until set and inserted cake tester comes out pretty clean.  Let cool, invert and serve.

25 minutes exactly for my oven--baking time may vary slightly

Done!  Let it cool a couple minutes before you invert and peel off that paper
Invert onto plate.  Double up the recipe if you want 2 layers, or a thicker cake.

If you're going for a taller cake, layer 2 cakes on top of one another, with a thin layer of jam, melted chocolate or any other yummy filling in between

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