Miko has discovered a new game called stash treats in the couch.
I found quite a few cleaning over the weekend which made him very excited.
The thought of heading back to Las Vegas makes me excited because I have a soft spot for the Wynn Las Vegas. I did a huge report and presentation on Steve Wynn in college, back before I changed my mind about pursuing a Marketing degree. Hubby and I stayed at the Encore when we eloped there in 2009 which was amazingly lovely. And Steve Wynn is a vegan and makes sure all Wynn restaurants have a decent vegan menu.
Vegas is about fun and indulgence, so a dessert recipe seemed appropriate and I wanted an excuse to make a raw vegan cake. I’ve never been a huge cake fan growing up, dry sheet cake is nothing but a vehicle for sugary frosting and we know we should avoid processed sugar and flour like the plague. But not chocolate thankfully, that delightful and decadent superfood makes dessert a dessert. And it becomes a raw vegan superfood dessert when processed with hemp seeds, walnuts, and coconut oil.
This recipe is inspired by the Chocolate Mousse Cake at La Cave and it’s a fabulous way to increase your superfood intake.
Raw Chocolate Mousse Cake
- 1 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
- 2/3 cup cacao powder
- 2 cups pitted dates
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates (or agave nectar or maple syrup)
- 3 tbsp. cacao powder
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup water, as needed
- Place walnuts, hemp seeds, salt, and cacao powder into a food processor and process until well blended.
- Add dates and vanilla extract and process into a smooth and creamy texture.
- Grease a 6” cake pan with coconut oil and form mixture into pan.
- Place frosting ingredients into a blender and blend to a creamy texture. Spread mixture over cake.
- Chill for 8 hours. Serve and enjoy! Makes 8 servings.
I may have mentioned this before, but I am not a baker. Something about baking treats, bread, etc. has never appealed to me. Raw cakes require no baking and usually come together quickly with a good food processor and blender – my type of dessert.
And this recipe is blissfully easy to form into a cake pan like this 6″ Springform one.
I used dates as the sweetener in the frosting and purposely left it a little chunky for a fun texture, but you could use agave nectar or maple syrup and blend it to a silky smooth texture too.
The finished cake may not look too impressive, but it’s a blank canvas for creative toppings from dusted berries, goji berries, nuts, or any festive topping you want to add. How about sweetened avocado cream for St. Patrick’s Day?
I just dived right in – mmmmm, lunch.
The frosting is a creamy mousse texture with sweet and gooey date chunks and a hint of coconut while the rest of the cake is a hearty and thick brownie texture.
The flavor is wonderful because it’s not too sweet allowing the rich and complex dark chocolate flavors to shine and even be enhanced with just a hint of salt.
Linda @ Veganosity says
Haha! Miko is so cute. :) I didn’t know that Steve Wynn is a vegan, that’s very cool. I’ve never had the desire to go to Vegas, but if I ever do I’ll know where to stay.
This cake looks so decadent! I have all of the ingredients so I might just make one today. Thanks for sharing Christine.
Vegas is fun in moderation, it’s been years since we’ve been and going back would be fun.
Thanks on the cake, try it!
Kristi @ MySFKitchen says
1) This cake looks AMAZING! Can I have a piece pretty please??
2) The Wynn & Encore are beautiful hotels in Vegas, I haven’t stayed there yet, just walked around and I loved them both.
Thanks on the cake, I never get tired of raw desserts! So true on the hotels, just wow on the dining and shopping inside the resorts alone!
This looks amazing! And the new game of Miko’s – very funny and cute! Yes…Charlie our cat is coming down stairs and trying to flop over the baby gate that we have up to keep Paco from going up the stairs and Riley getting up stairs and eating Charlie’s food! I think Charlie is doing it just to piss the dogs off! LOL