Monday, April 30, 2012

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mint Cake

This past weekend was my mom's birthday. Naturally a cake was part of the two days of celebrations with various friends. As with most raw vegan cakes, this is dense, decadent, and delicious. A meal in its own right. The mint filling makes it refreshing too! I served it with raw vanilla bean ice cream and topped the cake with mint cream truffles.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cake 
With Mint Cream Filling and Chocolate Ganache

I made a 12" cake but you could half the recipe and make it in a 6 or 8" spring form pan. I love the combination of fresh mint leaves and peppermint essential oil in mint flavored desserts. You could use some natural mint extract if you don't have the oil. I did some piping with coconut whipped cream. A raw cake CAN look "regular"!

Chocolate Cake

3 cups almonds
2 cups pitted dates
2/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup cacao powder
2/3 cup pecans
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1-2 teaspoons water, as needed

Grind almonds in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl.
Puree the dates and raisins in the food processor until smooth (or as smooth as you can get it).
Add the ground almonds, cacao powder, pecans, vanilla, and salt to the date puree and process to bring all ingredients together into a dough.
Press a bit of the dough in your hand. If it's still crumbly, add 1 teaspoon water (it will probably need it). Process again. Add a bit more water if needed.
Press HALF of the dough into the bottom of a 12" spring form pan.

Mint Cream Filling

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon irish moss gel
1 cup cashews
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup packed peppermint leaves
1/3 cup maple syrup
3 drops peppermint essential oil
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Blend all but the coconut oil in a high speed blender until completely smooth.
Add the oil and blend again to incorporate.
Pour over the first layer of cake.
Freeze for a few hours until the cream firms.
Press the second layer of cake evenly on top. Chill in the fridge.

*Irish Moss Gel

2 oz soaked irish moss
1 cup water

1. Rinse a handful of irish moss in cold water until any bits of debris have been removed. Rinse until the water runs clear.
2. Allow the moss to soak in cold water for 6-12 hours.
3. Remove the moss from the soak water - do not rinse.
4. Chop the moss and blend it with the 3/4 cup water until it warms up and turns into a gel.
5. Chill the gel in the fridge for 6-7 days, or use immediately. When using in recipes where it's already chilled and firm, make sure to pack it into the cup to get a proper measurement.

Silky Chocolate Ganache

2/3 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup maple syrup*
1/3 melted coconut oil

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. 
The ganache will probably start getting cold quickly as mine did - Transfer to a bowl. Set the bowl over another bowl of very hot water and whisk until it starts to warm a little and will be liquidy again. 


Remove the spring form ring from the cake. 
Set the cake on a cooling rack and place the rack on a baking sheet. 
Pour the warmed ganache over the cake. Spread evenly on the top and sides with an offset spatula. 
Chill in the fridge. 

*Make sure it's room temperature otherwise the mixture will start to firm up too quickly.

A little vanilla ice cream with cake...

This cake is perfect for a special occasion! My mom requested mint and chocolate for her cake. 

What is YOUR dream birthday cake??? 


Spencer said...

Looks delicious! I would love to try some. The photo is so good it is making me drool.

Tamikko said...

This is the mother of all chocolate mint lovers desserts!!!! So drool worthy. I'm going to make it for my birthday this year :)

Nicole said...

This cake is gorgeous!

shannonmarie said...

Oh yum! Happy birthday to your mom. She's lucky to have a daughter like you :-)

April said...

Mint and chocolate together is one of my favorite combinations! I have tons of mint growing in my backyard that I need to use up!

Vicky (Sweet and Healthy Living) said...

You did a beautiful job! I love minty desserts!

Heather Pace said...

Thank you gals... I still wanna hear the answer to my question - what's your dream birthday cake?! :)

Jessica Wood said...

strawberry shortcake cake!!! :)

Consuelo said...

It looks amazing!! I need to try it!! delicious!!! I have a question. The Irish moss, is the same used in beer elaboration? Thanks!!

Amber said...

My goodness, this is just beautiful. I found you through Ricki's link party (Wellness Weekend). This is my husband's favorite combo. I am pinning and sharing this one! Just a really wonderful recipe with such lovely ingredients. Well done!

Be Well,

Heather Pace said...

Thanks Amber! Yeah chocolate and mint is always a winning combination! :)

Corinne said...

Fantastic recipe!! Just made it for hubby's birthday - he thought it was a real cake bought from a shop!!

Heather Pace said...

Im so glad you guys enjoyed it Corinne! :) I froze a chunk of it and am just waiting for the right time to pull it out. Probably soon now that you reminded me of it!

Bee said...

Hi this looks amazing, can i just ask though what would the measurements be in english? I dont know how cup measurements convert x