Friday, 17 May 2013

23rd Birthday Cake! Healthy Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Cream Filling

So today is my 23rd birthday. And for my birthday I baked myself a cake. I can't say I have ever baked my own birthday cake before, but since I am off work recovering from my operation and too mentally fuzzy from the drugs to do uni work, baking seemed like a good idea today.

I guess the good thing about baking your own birthday cake is that you get it just the way you want. I wanted a healthy cake. I wanted there to be chocolate and I wanted there to be fruit. In all honesty the recipe I designed for my perfect birthday cake seemed like a real stretch and a likely failure, which would hopefully at most provide a few spoonfuls of yummy cake mixture gone wrong. However to my amazement this did not occur. Maybe the mightier powers took pity on the recent bad luck Ive had and figured they would let me have this one.

The cake did more then work. It was divine! I was amazed at how using only healthy ingredients could equal something so indulgent and decadent! I can understand what the avocado craze is about now. They added moisture and structure to the cake, absorbing the cocoa powder to metamorphose into a rich velvety chocolate batter. The eggs then stabilized this mixture when baked, turning it into the torte I eagerly hoped would occur. The raspberry 'cream' gives the torte a contrasting tartness and the 'ganache' adds an moreish sweetness overload. I am very proud of this cake and I am excited to share it with everyone because I know you will love it just as much as I do!

Healthy Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Cream Filling
Serves 10


For the cake
1/3 cup flaxmeal
2 ripe avocados
1 cup granulated stevia for baking (or 1 cup granulated sweetener of choice)
50 drops liquid stevia
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 eggs
1/2 cup almond milk

For the Ganache
1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1/4 cup hot water

For the Raspberry Cream
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp honey


1. For the Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350F).  Line a spring form pan with baking paper or foil, covering both the base and the sides.

2. In a food processor, pulse the avocados until they resemble a smooth puree. Add the granulated sweetener, stevia, almond milk, vanilla and salt, pulsing again. Once combined add the eggs and pulse. Finally add the cocoa powder and flaxmeal pulsing until combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 40 min. Once the cake is browned and the center firm to touch, turn off the oven, open the door and let the cake cool in the oven until cold, around 5 hours.

3. For the Ganache: Place the dates in a shallow bowl and cover them with boiling water. Leave the dates soaking in the water for at least 5 hours (same amount of time the cake should be cooling for).  After 5 hours, drain the dates and place them in a food processor with the hot water. Blitz on high for 5 minutes until pale and creamy. Add the coconut oil and cocoa powder, and blitz for a further 2 minutes, until smooth and combined.

4. For the Raspberry Cream: Place the raspberries, honey, lemon juice and chia seeds in a small saucepan with 1/2 cup water. Bring to the boil and then simmer gently for 5 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and pour the raspberry mixture into a blender. Blend on high for around 2 minutes minutes, until smooth and pureed. Set aside to cool.

5. Putting it all together: Once the cake is cool, use a large sharp knife to cut the cake in half. Place the top half of the cake, top side down on a serving platter. Pour the raspberry cream over top and spread evenly. Place the remaining cake layer on top, bottom side facing up (so both cut sides of the cake are facing towards the center).  Now spread the ganache over the top of the cake, smoothing it out to evenly cover the cake. Now place in the fridge and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. This cake is best eaten cold and is the perfect cake to make the day ahead. When ready to eat, decorate with some fresh raspberries and bunting flags if desired. Enjoy!


  1. Happy Birthday!

    Beautiful cake for a beautiful girl <3

    1. You are such a sweet heart and have my heart <3

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  2. Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day :)))

    1. Thank you! Birthdays are always wonderful days :)

  3. Happy Birthday!
    What a cool flourless cake! never thought I could add avocado into a cake :) hmm.. If I substitute the egg with nuts/coconut meat, it could even be a raw cake.. :)
    Thanks for dropping by my blog. you have a cool blog.

    1. Thanx! This is the first time ive ever used avocado in a cake but now im hooked! The raw idea would be great also! As long as you added something else to stabilize the batter, even date paste, it would certainly work!

  4. Happy happy BIRTHDAY!
    The flourless chocolate cake with avocado and flaxseed looks ever so tempting!

    1. Thank you :) It was very tempting and did not last long at all!

  5. Happy Birthday! Ok, it's like 9 pm here and all of a sudden I am craving a piece of chocolate cake. Yum.

    1. I think it's totally normal to crave chocolate cake at any time of the day :)

  6. Happy Birthday! You've celebrated with a really unique cake, I love the ingredients you used!

  7. Oh my goodness, Brooke! This looks divine. Happiest birthday to you!

    1. Thanx sweetie! Birthday times are the best :)

  8. Happy (belated) birthday! There's nothing wrong with baking yourself a cake, that's for sure. This one looks amazing!

    1. Hehe thanx. There is nothing wrong with it unless I make it a habit. I could easily see myself justifying baking a cake for myself for any occasion...

  9. happy belated birthday!! I have only made myself a birthday cake once! for my 22nd birthday. I think I might make one this year too (it's in two weeks!!) I usually make cupcakes, but there's something about making a whole cake! lol - especially being able to eat it!!

    1. I agree! Cakes just seem so special and a real spoil to yourself. I am looking forward to seeing the cake you make!

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