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Chocolate Quinoa Cake (Gluten Free)

This is a super easy yet really delicious and moist chocolate cake. The best part - no flour at all and gluten free! If you bake regularly, you would usually have these ingredients in your pantry so it is also a great impulse baking recipe. Take this cake to another level with an amazing orange cream cheese frosting. This is a great recipe of a basic cream cheese frosting which you can combine with other cakes. Omit the orange and add cinnamon, lemon, berries etc. Sandwich the frosting between two cookies for a delicious treat for the kids!

What you need for the cake:

2 cups quinoa, cooked

1/3 cup milk

4 eggs

½ cup butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

½ cup cocoa powder

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

Icing sugar for dusting (optional)

Putting it all together:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease and line a 9” cake tin with butter paper.

2. Melt the butter

3. In a blender or food processor, put the quinoa, milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. Pulse to combine till smooth.

4. Add the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt and blend again till combined.

5. Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake for 45 mins or until the top of the cake is firm and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 15 mins in the tin. Turn onto a wire rack and cool further.

7. Finish with your choice of frosting or décor. You can just dust some icing sugar for a simple yet elegant look.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

What you need for the cake:

50 gms butter, softened at room temperature

80 gms icing sugar

100 gms cream cheese

Zest of one orange

2 tbsp orange juice

Putting it all together:

Beat the icing sugar and soft butter together. Add the cream cheese and beat further.

Add in the orange juice and zest to taste and combine.

This can be stored in the fridge for a week.

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