If you’re looking for a gluten-free dessert that’s rich, moist and chocolatey, look no further! This Baking Therapy quinoa chocolate cake checks all the boxes. It has the texture of a classic chocolate cake and it’s made without any special flours. It might seem strange to add quinoa in a cake, but it is so delicious and adds to the perfect tender cake. It’s the perfect birthday dessert. All you need is a food processor or blender and you are on your way to chocolate heaven.
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Rest time: 2-4 hours. Bake time: 25-35 minutes.
For the cake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line and grease two 9″ x 9″ inch round pans, set aside.
Cook the quinoa to package directions, set aside to cool. Melt the butter and chocolate chips either in a double boiler or in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly.
In a food processor, blend the quinoa, milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and chocolate-butter mixture until the quinoa has broken down and the mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes.
In a large bowl, sift the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Create a well in the centre and pour in the wet ingredients. Whisk until fully combined. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and smooth out the tops. Bake for about 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, a few crumbs are OK.
Let cool in the pan for roughly 30 minutes then invert and let cool completely on a wire rack.
For the frosting, heat 1 cup heavy cream on the stove until it just comes to a boil. Pour directly over the chocolate chips, let sit for 1 minute, then stir to combine. Mix in the remaining 1 cup heavy cream, cover and chill for about 3 hours. Dividing the cream helps chill the mixture quicker. When ready to serve, whip the cream on high until stiff peaks form. Spread between cake layers and on top.
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