It's National Chocolate Day! Woo-hoo!
So today I'm sharing this chocolate cake recipe from The Good Cake Co., run by three friends in Sydney, Australia. They focus on making the best allergy free cake recipes possible and after trying this recipe I think they're right on track.
I first made this cake for our photo shoot a few months ago. The recipe popped in my inbox the day before and I thought 'Why not? I followed the recipe without tweaking a thing and within an hour had a beautiful chocolate cake. It was awesome. However I do admit that I was a little short on time, so I topped it with some LoveBean raw chocolate spread instead of the chocolate ganache, but let me tell you, it tasted as good as it looks.
The products I used to keep the recipe 8SAFE were: BOB'S RED MILL BRAND: GF Garbanzo & Fava Bean Flour, Xanthan Gum, Corn Flour and Baking Soda; RUMFORD Baking Powder; NAVITAS NATURALS Cacao Powder; SHILOH FARMS Himalayan Pink Salt; ALTER ECO Organic Mascobado Cane Sugar; NAPA VALLEY NATURALS Organic Olive Oil; NATIVE FOREST Organic Coconut Milk (full fat); EDEN ORGANIC Apple Cider Vinegar; SIMPLY ORGANIC pure Vanilla Extract; ENJOY LIFE Semi-sweet Chocolate Mini Chips; and MALDON sea Salt Flakes for garnish.
A recipe is only 8SAFE if it is free of gluten and the top eight food allergens. Please be mindful of this when selecting products to use in this recipe, and double check the ingredients of the products you use.
Always use safe handling practices when preparing an 8SAFE recipe:
Wash hands with soap and water (hand sanitizer does not remove allergens).
Wipe down all surfaces; use clean equipment; and
Avoid cross contamination of ingredients not called for in the recipe. Be mindful that allergens can become airborne in flour or powdered form. Preparing 8SAFE recipes before ‘regular’ recipes will help prevent cross contamination. Do not share equipment among recipes (For example: If you cook regular pasta alongside 8SAFE pasta, use a dedicated spoon for each. Do not use one spoon to stir both pots.)
Clean your grill thoroughly beforehand (or use a clean grill pan or tin foil on the grill) when preparing an 8SAFE recipe.
Dedicate individual serving utensils for each dish. Allow food sensitive guests to serve themselves first to reduce risk of cross contamination from serving utensils.
When in doubt, snap a photo of the ingredient list of any processed items you use for an 8SAFE recipe. You can then share the information with your guests to confirm that it’s safe.