Brownie cake with chocolate chips and walnuts (gluten-free)
It probably seems a bit crazy to everyone around me when I made the very impromptu yet not completely thought through decision to move into a house with three guys, but honestly they’re harmless and apart from the fact that they are totally disgusting, there is something appreciative about moving into a house that all of sudden I share with three fucking guys.
If I was still college maybe this wouldn’t be too bad but I’m 28 and the shit I used to put up with, I no longer find as funny as I did when I was a drunk college freshman. I don’t find it hilarious when they don’t flush the toilet or when the kitchen is such a mess that I kind of wanna hide under the covers for the rest of the day.
Okay, that is a bit extreme, I think that’s why I’ve been smoking a bit more the last couple weeks, it makes all the digusting things boys do a lot more tolerable.
I also made a decision when I first moved in and that was that I wouldn’t be doing too much cooking in the next two months, and what I mean with that is, no cooking or baking for the next two months, until I have my own place in August. (recruited some awesome people to help me with the search, btw if you know of any studio/one bedroom near downtown Denver that won’t cost me an arm and leg, give a girl some help)
I still visit my mom a couple times a week and create awesome recipes in the comfort of her clean kitchen. Don’t worry I clean up afterward.
Regardless though, I’m here, in Colorado, a place I’ve been craving since I first stepped foot late last summer. Boulder is amazing but there is something about Denver that makes me just melt, I like the chatter of the city. It’s soothing. I split my childhood in so many different places, the insane city noise is relaxing.
I baked this brownie chocolate cake today, mainly because I love brownies and when you mash them together, you get this symphony of flavors. Oh and also it’s my birthday, so if today is not cake day, then I don’t know what day is.
Okay, in full disclosure I treat myself to cake all the time but this cake is truly something magical.
I love brownies but I also love cakes and being able to make a brownie cake seemed like the smartest idea ever, between the brownie edges of the cake and the fluffy inside I feel like I created the best of both worlds when it comes to desserts. Who said I have to pick one or the other. I don’t believe we live in a world where it is one or the other. That is just me though.
I use rasa koffee (my adaptogenic friend of choice) instead of water and it adds this layer of depth to the cake, you can totally sub in coffee if you like. I use cannabis infused coconut oil because it’s awesome and totally gives me that chill out buzz I am always looking for.
I like using cassava flour in my baked goods as a gluten-free alternative because other than the obvious, it doesn’t really mess with the texture of the baked goods. Oh and it is so much cheaper to buy than nut flours.
There is something naughty about this cake, it might be the cannabis coconut oil in it or it might be how. fucking. amazing. it. is.
I might be slightly biased but honestly, I’m not. It’s ridiculously good.
MAKE IT: Brownie cake with chocolate chips and walnuts (gluten-free)
1.5 cups of cassava flour
1/2 cup of cacao powder
1 tsp of baking soda + baking powder
1 T of vanilla extract
1 cup of rasa koffee or you can use coffee of choice
1/2 cup of coconut oil, I used a cannabis infused coconut oil from Alchemy Foods
1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
1 tsp of salt, plus more to sprinkle before baking
1/2 cup of chocolate chips, you can use chocolate chunks which I highly recommend
1/2 cup of walnuts, roughly chopped, I honestly just use my hands to crush them
5 oz of melted dark chocolate, melt over a double boiler or in the microwave.
1/4 cup of nut butter of choice, I used sunflower seed but hazelnut is equally tasty
Preheat oven to 375
In a large bowl whisk in the cacao powder and cassava flour.
Add all of the ingredients but the nut or seed butter of choice, and mix until combined.
Pour into a cake pan that has been greased with coconut oil, and then swirl in the nut butter over the top to create a marbled effect.
Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a knife is inserted and comes out clean.
Let cool, or not, whatever you prefer.
These are great warm or room temperature and I would be lying if I said I didn’t eat it with ice cream. It’s my birthday after all.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to any other June 7th Geminis out there and if you happen to be born in 1990, then an extra hug for you, cause we share the same birthday! If you really wanna celebrate with me, you can totally make this cake