Let’s kick off the week with this delicious Vegan Pear Dark Chocolate Cake. By using Healthworks Cacao powder as ingredient, this cake can satisfy your chocolate craving in a healthier way.
- 1½ cups all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour*
- ⅓ cup Healthworks cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon Healthworks Ceylon Cinnamon Powder
- ¾ cup maple or agave syrup
- ⅔ cup cold water
- ⅓ cup neutral vegetable oil (such as grapeseed or refined avocado)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 ripe pear, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon demerara or cane sugar (optional but really nice, for topping)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and lightly oil or line a 9 inch springform cake dish with parchment.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, Healthworks cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- In another mixing bowl, whisk together the syrup, water, oil, and vinegar. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine thoroughly, but it's okay if there are a few small clumps. Fold half of the pear into the cake, then pour the batter into the pan. Top with the remaining pear and the chocolate. If you like, sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over the top of the cake.
- Transfer the cake to the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is rounded and set. Remove it from the oven. Allow it to cool for a whole hour, then you can release it from the springform pan. I recommend allowing it to cool for another couple hours before slicing: the dark chocolate will be very melty at first, and it's better to give it some time! Enjoy.
*You can use the same amount of a trusted GF, all purpose flour blend.
Images and recipe via The Full Helping