Saturday, October 12, 2013

Ricotta Chocolate Cake {with gluten free option}

A new favorite recipe around here is this one I created on a whim. I had some ricotta cheese in the fridge that I bought to experiment with baking and it resulted in a moist, melt-in-the-mouth dessert that can be personalized in so many ways. We loved the chocolate version, but it's also delicious without chocolate and two cups of chopped mangoes instead, or other fruit of your choice. It's a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee. We even had the leftovers for breakfast, I admit! Bonus - it's so easy to make, there is really nothing more than mixing ingredients for the batter, bake, and you're done.

Now, I haven't seen any organic ricotta in stores, I just used regular ricotta from Trader Joe's (milk from cows not treated the hormones). You could probably easily substitute it with homemade farmer's cheese

30 minutes
This recipe serves 5-8 people for dessert

5 pastured eggs
1 cup turbinado or sucanat sugar
1/2 honey
1 stick grassfed butter or ghee, melted
1 tub of ricotta cheese (16 oz)
1 tsp bourbon vanilla
1 cup gluten free flour OR sprouted whole wheat flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
real sea salt
1/2 tsp aluminum free baking soda
1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
5 tbsp cocoa powder


1. One by one combine all but the last ingredient in a stand mixer, but you can do it by hand if needed (make sure to add flour slowly, not all at once). Mix.
2. Slowly add cocoa powder one tablespoon at a time. You can add more or less according to your own preference of "chocolateness".
3. Pour batter into greased pan. Fend of toddler that wants to lick the mixing bowl. 
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour (time varies with different ovens and bakeware). 

If you make this recipe, we would love to know what you served it with or if you put a different spin on it! If you adapt this recipe and post it on your own blog, please link to Eco-Babyz, we would appreciate it :)

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  1. I watch the Food Network a lot and I have seen chefs use ricotta in several recipes. I saved this one and hope to try it soon. :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. this is very different from any recipe Ive seen lately. I think it sounds delicious! I def want to try it soon.

  3. I never would have thought to use Ricotta in a cake. Your recipe looks fantastic. I so cannot wait for them to finally open a Trader Joes near me so I can find their brand of Ricotta, and the rest of the amazing food. Thank you for posting.

    1. Their products are great, though not all of it is healthy, but they have much better selection than most stores! :)


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