Quinoa chocolate cake

by Alissa

Yes, another food post. It occurred to me recently that making our food is one of the few shreds of agency I have at the moment.

The thing is, we don’t know if we will stay or if we will go. Most of the time this is irrelevant in the all-consuming glory of life with small children, but lately it has become an active question again. On one hand this is liberating (Australia is not a sentence), on the other hand we are once again considering making ourselves vulnerable to the wild lottery of the academic job market.

Does anyone else need a slice of chocolate cake?

Our neighbour baked a quinoa chocolate cake for me last year and it has become our most frequent cake. Moist, rich, not too sweet. It will mark this moment in our life for me, wherever we end up going. I fed this to a gf friend recently, and she declared it the best cake she has had in five years.

Quinoa chocolate cake
2 c cooked quinoa
1/3 c liquid (milk, water, milk sub)
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 c softened butter/coconut oil
1/2 c – 3/4 c sugar (I reduced this from 1 c from the recipes I found online)
1 c cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 F/180 C
Line two rounds or a large-ish baking pan with parchment paper.

Combine liquids in a blender. Add quinoa and butter/oil and purée.

Mix dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients. Bake about 30 minutes or until a fork inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

We have been eating this with a bit of coconut cream on the side, but it would probably be nice with your favourite chocolate frosting, too.IMG_0285.JPG