You may not guess it by looking at it – or even after your first rich chocolate-filled bite – but this Easy Chocolate Molten Cake is actually pretty healthy! And it’s even vegan. Grab this dessert and a tall iced glass of soymilk – this is a decadent dessert to feel good about serving your family. With a nice history lesson to go with it!..
Easy Chocolate Molten Cake! Now traditionally, the chocolate sauce spills from the center. So I’ve just made a slight tweak to make the warm chocolate sauce spill from the bottom. Still delicious. A lot easier! Now onto this cake..
This week I fell in love with a recipe found in Dr Neal Barnard’s book 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart. The recipe is called Wacky Chocolate Cake. At first glance I was sure that the cake would turn out quite average because of the minimalist – seemingly way too healthy – ingredients in the cake. Not added fat. Water as the liquid and basic cocoa powder as the main flavoring ingredient. But I gave it a whirl and was quite impressed by the results. The cake baked up super light and fluffy – almost spongy. The cocoa powder added a pure chocolate taste to this moist cake.
The history of the cake is quite interesting as well. As Dr Barnard says on his blog, “Here is a delightful version of legendary Wacky Cake, which is said to have its origins in World War II rationing, when milk and eggs were hard to come by. At the time, the cake was lower in fat and cholesterol, not by choice but by necessity. Today, those characteristics are virtues. “
This recipe reminded me that you absolutely do not need heaps of fat and sugar and salt to make a classic dessert taste delicious. I think it’s easy to forget that nowadays with so many heavy, decadent desserts at our fingertips. Sometimes the simplest things in the kitchen can lead to brilliant results.
Kids in the Kitchen: This cake would make a great lesson to teach kids that certain foods like milk and eggs are not always easy to come by – or even necessary in baking! If your child is a history-buff or just loves to hear American history tales – this Wacky Cake story will surely get them excited to get in the kitchen just the way the soldiers may have done back in WWII times.
So I added a chocolate-molten twist to the cake recipe. Easy and delicious!
Easy Chocolate Molten Cake -
1 square of Wacky Chocolate Cake - recipe here, via PCRM – RECIPE BELOW
1 spoonful of Kathy’s Easy Chocolate Lava
a light dusting of cocoa powder to plate
Kathy’s Easy Chocolate Lava Sauce
makes 1/2 cup sauce
1/3 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp maple or agave syrup
2 tsp olive oil
To Make: Add to small bowl. Heat in microwave ten seconds. Stir briskly. Heat for another ten seconds. Stir briskly again. Repeat until chocolate is perfectly melted – but not burnt.
Wacky Chocolate Cake
recipe from Dr Barnard’s book: Recipes from 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart
1 1/2 cups unbleached pastry flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 teaspoons unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup cold water
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a bowl; stir with a fork until mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk the vanilla, applesauce, vinegar, and water. Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until well mixed. Pour into a 9″x9″ baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Per serving (one-ninth of recipe): 171 calories, 2 g protein, 36 g carbohydrate, 18 g sugar, 2 g total fat, 10% calories from fat, 1 g fiber, 343 mg sodium