Posts Tagged ‘chocolate cake’

I find it ironic that a bit after Passover, when most of Israel eats gluten free, my son was diagnosed with celiac. It took some time for the final result, but it’s final: my son has celiac. So I started searching for a dairy free easy chocolate cake with no margarine that’s also gluten free. It took some trial and error, but here it is! It’s from the book “pashut lelo geluten” (simple without gluten) by Myriam Mor Yosef, with a few tweaks.

180 ml oil
5gr baking powder (or one heaped tsp)
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, unpacked (originally 240 gr white sugar, way too much brown)
1/2 cup potato flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup ground almonds
1 tsp vanilla

Baking dish of size 27×33 cm

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Mix everything together using a mixer. Pour into baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Easy peasy, and so tasty!


Note: I haven’t written in a while as my computer died, phone problems, trip abroad and not least a shooting war. May we all have peace, amen.

Edited: Cake would sometimes fall flat, changed to 160¬įC and halved amount of baking powder thanks to excellent suggestions from my SIL who bakes like a dream. Thanks for the tips!

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Something odd happened to me last week. I ran out of oil.

This almost never happens. I don’t use a lot of oil, and I usually know when to buy more. In addition, I usually have one spare in the cupboard. So to run out of oil, I needed to really use it up. How?

I calculated: We made some schnitzels. My husband is the schnitzel cooker in the family. He makes the best schnitzels I’ve tasted (with the possible exception of my MIL, who taught my husband everything he knows ūüôā ) He uses more oil than I would, but his schnitzels come out much better than I do them, so I never complain ūüėČ However, he doesn’t use that much more oil than I do – certainly not enough to finish the bottle!

And¬†then¬†I realized: cakes. I finally found an oil based cake that tastes wonderful. Each cake uses 1/2 cup of oil. And in the past 10 days I made 5 cakes: two for Shabbat, one for a birthday, one for my mom (who had 10 guests), and one more for us (As I was already baking for my mom, I baked for us as well). That’s 2 1/2 cups of oil!

But the cakes were great!

This cake is almost like a conjuring trick. It has no margarine, no eggs, no dairy, no baking powder. It uses one bowl and a spoon Рno food processor, no extra dishes. And the result is a moist and flavorful chocolate cake that everyone loves. In addition, it is the only chocolate cake that my mom can digest. She has some stomach problems and she bid goodbye to her last chocolate cake a few years ago. She was tempted to taste with her guests, and there was no problem at all. My mom was in seventh heaven!

However, a caveat: This is still a cake. it has white flour and white sugar. In other words, it is healthy only up to a point. But otherwise, it wouldn’t be a cake now, would it? ūüėõ

Note: after noticing a bitter after-taste in some cases, the baking soda and vinegar have been replaced with one heaped teaspoon baking powder. Problem solved!

Ingredients (based on this recipe)

  • 1 cups white sugar
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 handfuls chocolate chips, or to taste (optional)
Preheat oven to 175¬įC. Sift sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder into a ¬†large bowl. Mix. Add water, vegetable oil, vinegar and vanilla. Mix. Pour into 25x25cm pan. sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and eat!
Note: I kept trying to photograph this cake¬†and¬†never managed to (chewing noises). I’ll try and update this later. (gulp)

Sleeping after eating a lot of cake

Edit: Finally got it ūüėÄ

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In keeping with the health fads of the day, I’ve been trying to modify our cakes to be healthier (the chocolate cake and also the 4-cake). The substitutions I thought of were:

  • Substituting half the white flour for whole wheat flour
  • Substituting half the margarine(75 gr) for 60 ml oil
  • substituting brown sugar and/or honey for white sugar
I tried all three on our chocolate cake recipe. substituting flour was good, it made the cake more brownie-like. substituting oil was excellent. Substituting sugar was a flop. Even though I find brown sugar to be as sweet as white sugar, substituting one cup of brown sugar for one cup of white sugar was not sweet enough and came out insipid and bland. I added chocolate frosting to “cover it up”.
In the 4-cake I only substituted the oil, and the result, again was excellent. It makes the cake lighter and was a great success, as I have always found the 4-cake a little dense. As part of its charm is its colour, I didn’t try substituting whole wheat flour yet, but maybe someday…
I know I could just try to find a healthier recipe, but these are the cakes we’re used to. I’m still keeping an eye open for chocolate oatmeal oil based cake, but last time I tried it I got an oily black mess. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Can anyone think of new tips?

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A number of¬†unrelated¬†thoughts…

A Nice Story

My mother was invited to a good friend of hers who¬†completed¬†the Hajj to¬†Mecca. A number of friends all got together, and my¬†mother¬†was touched by a gift of dates from Mecca. My mother is a member of the Women’s Interfaith Encounter and she has met many of her closest friends there. I thought it was a nice story to hear after reading the news…

More Pooh Bear

We celebrated a birthday for my eldest (again!) this time in his day-care. We made a great birthday cake! My MIL gave me a pooh-bear shaped cake pan, so I used it with my basic chocolate cake. I used chocolate frosting from Ugot Lekol Et, and wrote on it with eggless white frosting from here: basically 1/2 cup sugar and 2-3 tbsp milk. I also could have used melted white chocolate, but I thought of it only afterwards. It was a great hit and all the kids wolfed it.

Chocolate Frosting

Before Frosting

After Frosting

Unexpected (but welcome!) Guests

A few weeks ago I had an urge to really cook something substantial for Shabbat. Lately¬†we’ve¬†been eating hard eggs,¬†yoghurt¬†and¬†cheese¬†(and vegetables and fruits, of course) for Friday dinner and blintzes or a one-dish meal for¬†Lunch. However, that¬†Friday¬†I made blintzes for Friday dinner and for lunch made meatloaf, two kinds of potato, chicken soup, vegetable¬†casserole, and a cake. We also had strawberries as an additional treat.

About 20 minutes after my husband and the kids left for the synagogue, my MIL showed up, with a bag of my eldest’s drawings that we’d left there. I was grateful but… to come specially for this on Friday evening? I asked if anything was the matter, perhaps?

She looked at me blankly: “You invited us for dinner tonight…didn’t you?”


“But we talked about it, you said Friday night and not Shabbat lunch!”

“I thought we were talking about next week…”


And then I rallied. “No problem, I’ll just switch between lunch and dinner”. I removed the blintzes warming on the hot plate, and put all the abovementioned foods instead. As I had prepared them on Friday, most were not in the fridge but at room temperature or warmer. My MIL tried to think of another solution, but at this point it’s too late to take anything out of the freezer, and the prospect of eating a can of tuna is not appealing. I reassured her that it’s no problem. “I felt like cooking a lot for this Shabbat – it’s turned out well!” The one thing that wasn’t totally hot for dinner was the soup, and there was plenty of food for everyone. It’s a good thing my MIL has a habit of coming early to chat a bit, otherwise we would have been in real trouble…

On Saturday, I was with the kids as usual in the morning after Synagogue, and I saw that they were tired, and besides I was getting hungry, so I put the blintzes on the hot plate so we would eat around 11:45. I woke up my husband and began to arrange the kids towards lunch and…knocking on the door. My parents came, as we had mentioned that with the winter days and daylight saving it’s hard to come in the afternoon, as my youngest sleeps between 14:00 and 16:00 and by then it’s too late to visit. So they came early, to find us preparing for lunch. Of course we invited to them to join us, and they thoroughly enjoyed blintzes with sweet cheese and strawberries (as a pre-lunch “snack”) ūüôā .

It was a lovely weekend!

Next weekend we invited my MIL… and wrote it down…

Have a great year!

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