PDC Birthday: Manure cake! or is it??

PDC Birthday: Manure cake! or is it??

Tahlea with her Chocolate "Manure"cake...
Tahlea with her Chocolate “Manure”cake…

One of our PDC students had her birthday with us yesterday. In the morning we heard all sorts of requests for her birthday cake: a compost cake, a manure cake, a kale cake, even a humanure cake! So we did some creative baking and decorating and came up with a Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Mud cake, decorated with kale and with a big lump of poo-looking chocolate on top! 

I used 4 cups of GF flour mix (in this case the mix was Brown Rice Flour, Buckwheat Flour and Sorghum Flour), 1 1/3 cup of Rapadura Sugar, 1 1/2Tbs Aluminium Free & Gluten Free baking powder, 2 Tbs Cacao, 2 handfuls of each dark and white chocolate chips. I mixed that thoroughly then added water to make a sticky but not dry dough. I melted 1 1/2 bars of dark cooking chocolate on a double boiler and added that to the dough. This was put into a large baking tin and put into the oven at 180° Celsius for around 1/2 hour, until the middle was firm and springy.

We let the cake cool. I left the decorating to Brad, our long term volunteer, who melted another 1 1/2 bars of cooking chocolate. Some of the melted chocolate was spread over the whole cake, and enough was left over to create a large chocolate “poo” mound in the middle. Kale leaves were put on the corners of the cake and a candle sat in the middle. Voila, the chocolate “manure” cake!

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