I’ve never liked cheap sheet cake, even as a kid it never did much for me. A friend once called it a dry vehicle to consume frosting with, but why not just eat the frosting? Which is what I did a lot as a kid, was there anything better than a tub of cheap chocolate frosting and a spoon? Well, yes, just about every raw chocolate cake I’ve ever tried.
Today we went to my nieces birthday party where I knew the brightly colored princess sheet cake just wouldn’t cut it for the adults. So I got to work creating one of my all time favorite raw chocolate cakes – the recipe from Jennifer Cornbleet’s Raw for Dessert. Since it was such a huge hit for Christmas, I decided to do it again. But I doubled the recipe and used a 10″ deep cake pan to accommodate a larger crowd this time. I did two separate cake “batter” batches and layered one on the bottom of the pan.
Added a layer of organic berries.
Then another later of the cake mixture which wasn’t easy over the berries because it’s so thick and gooey.
Then added the chocolate frosting and more frozen berries in a design lacking creativity today. The party was princess themed and I just couldn’t design one out in berries. :-)
Unlike Easter, there wasn’t much for a vegan at this party. But plenty of meat, ugh. There was a salad, so I had to improvise a vegan dressing for it by mixing hummus, water and a little nooch from my sister’s pantry.
Like my plastic bling ring? My niece won it from the pinata and gifted me with it, how could I not wear it?
My dinner salad was lacking, but I wasn’t starving with other vegan appetizers of fresh veggies, hummus and veggie chips.
Besides, it left plenty of room for the cake which was a little messy when I removed it from the cake pan, but still pretty.
And easier to cut being less dense in the center with the berry layer.
What I love about raw cakes is they’re so filling and rich, a little slice is beyond satisfying. This one had the texture of a dense, flour-less cake or brownie and a rich dark chocolate flavor that was divine. It was a huge hit with the adults and even got compliments from the meat-loving guys.
Now I’m so wiped I’m not sure how I’m still sitting here after hours of fun with family and friends, a little time in the bounce house when the kids got tired of it and tons picture taking. Since getting a DSLR, I’ve become the family photographer and have about 800 pictures of kids whacking pinatas to sort through now, good thing I love it.