An Unusual Chocolate Cake Which is So Good

Prior to going on my holiday I found my well loved copy of Zorba the Buddha Cookbook. I had misplaced it for more than a year and was really missing it. When I found it I was almost tempted not to go on holiday so I could recreate all the recipes and make them vegan as a lot of the recipes in Zorba the Buddha are laden with dairy.  I resisted staying home but on return from India I started experimenting. This is the second recipe I have adapted and it’s a winner.
The first recipe that I adapted and shared was the Tofu Egg Fried Rice
This chocolate cake was quite unusual to make as the instructions said to pour ¾ cup of water or rum on top of the cake before baking.  I did as instructed and it worked well. 
This is not only a very tasty cake but a good looking one too.  You can impress your friends with how it looks and tastes.   The original recipe had dairy and gluten so it was a lovely challenge that worked well to make it vegan gluten free.


Chocolate Banana and Raisin Layered Cake 

Chocolate Banana and Raisin Layered Cake

1 cup vegan butter
¼ cup sunflower oil
1/3 cup soy milk
¾ cup raw sugar or coconut sugar
3 cups gluten free flour
1 cup almond meal 
4 tbsp desiccated coconut
2 tbsp filtered water
¾ cup sultanas or raisins soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes
1 cup chocolate 
5 bananas sliced 
1 cup hazelnuts 
1 cup water or ¾ rum (I didn’t use rum but think it would be amazing) 


1.  Either chop the chocolate really fine or place in a food processor and pulse until the chocolate resembles fine bread crumbs. Transfer to a bowl.
2.  Place the hazelnuts in the food processor and pulse until they also resemble fine bread crumbs. Place in a separate bowl.
3.  Cream the butter and sugar. Add the soy milk and oil to this mixture and whisk well.
4.  Place the flours and coconut in a bowl and mix in 2 tbsp of water. Fold in the butter mixture.
5.  Press ¾ of this cake mixture into a baking paper lined spring form cake tin. And bake at 160°C for 10 minutes or until it browns a little.
6.  Divide the rest of the cake mixture in half.
7.  Once the cake base is a little brown then add the rest of the ingredients in this order:
1/3 of the chocolate
½ of the banana slices
½ of the sultanas or raisins (strained from the water)
1/3 of the hazelnuts 
½ of the cake mixture 
1/3 of the chocolate
½ of the saltanas or raisins
1/3 of the hazlenuts
½ of the bananas
½ of the cake mixture
1/3 of the chocolate
1/3 of the hazelnuts 
8.  Pour over the 1 cup water or ¾ cup of rum (yes that’s right – it feels weird but it works).
9.  Place the cake tin on a biscuit tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
10. Cover the cake with baking paper and something to weight the paper down and bake for a further 15 minutes. 
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