Yesterday was Matt's birthday, and to celebrate, I baked this moist and flavourful nutty banana chocolate cake, a slightly modified version of a cake in Elana Amsterdam's The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. (If you're looking for other good cake recipes, as well as delicious ideas for frostings, I highly recommend Elana's cookbooks as well as her website.)
Nutty Banana Chocolate Birthday Cake
For the cake:
3 cups blanched almond flour
3 tbsp arrowroot powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup very ripe bananas (approximately 2-3 bananas), mashed
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a bundt pan with grapeseed oil.
In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, agave nectar, water, and vanilla extract. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. Fold in the mashed bananas. Scoop the batter into the prepared cake pan.
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool, then remove it from the pan and place it on a cake plate.
For the chocolate topping (This was my own creation!):
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (I use Endangered Species Supreme Dark Chocolate, which is 72% cocoa)
1/4 cup natural almond butter
Melt the chopped dark chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the almond butter. Immediately spoon the melted chocolate and almond butter topping over the top of the cake, using the back of the spoon to smooth the mixture out and encourage it to drip down the sides of the cake. To serve, add candles and a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday to You", then slice the cake, place the pieces on plates, and add a little scoop of Vanilla Coconut Bliss for each person.
Seeing the smiles of appreciation on the faces of everyone who eats this cake, whether they have food sensitivities or not, suggests that it definitely makes birthdays happy! I know it makes me happy to be able to keep baking cakes to show the ones I love I think they're really special.