I was very delighted with the creation of this cake recipe and happy to share it with you. I have been making it for over 8 years now for my family and perfecting it each time or adding different things to it for variety. This cake is a treat and should be consumed sparingly which is why we make it our family Birthday cake and only cook it at those times. Everyone in our family looks forward to being treated with this wonderful cake on their Birthday. It does take time to prepare but is well worth the effort.
This cake can be made when all signs of digestive stress is settled and the patient has been on the GAPS diet for approximately 8-12 months when healing is well on the way.
The chocolate flavour is rich and presents with a similar texture crossed between a mud cake and black forest cake…. only much better for you!
Berry Birthday Cake
Appropriate for the Full GAPS Diet and when all digestive distress has settled
2 x stainless steel round spring-form cake pans
Food processor or thermomix
Cake Mixture Instructions
Place pitted dates in a saucepan on the stove with a tablespoon of ghee and heat on a low temperature until they soften. If you have a thermomix, you can do this for 5-7 minutes
Place softened date mixture in the blender (or thermomix) and blend dates into a paste. Add remaining ingredients and blend at a high speed until the mixture resembles a chocolate cake mixture. The mixture should hold a firm smooth consistency
Baste the spring-form cake pans with ghee or coconut oil and pour the mixture into the pans. Cook for 40 – 50 minutes at 150◦C
Test the cake with a fork before you take it out of the oven and when ready, remove cakes from the oven and take them out of the spring-form pans as soon as you can. Let the cakes cool on a cooling rack
You can place any filling in the middle or on the top of the cake with a little creativity. The berry filling works well as a middle filling for the cakes and the top of the cake works well with sour cream and fresh berries. Alternatively, you can try the cake icing below and use it for the top layer with fresh berries on top as shown in the picture.
Combine berries, apples, lemon juice and honey in a saucepan and bring ingredients to boiling point, then turn the temperature down and continue cooking the mixture slowly on a low heat. Stir frequently as it thickens
Place the ingredients in the fridge to set for 4 hours
Chocolate Icing Instructions
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. If possible, let them sit in there for a few minutes to soften the dates a little bit.
Blend all ingredients in your high-speed blender. The ingredients can be a little tricky to blend, so start at a slow speed and increase speed slowly
Keep blending for a very long time to get a velvety consistency. This is one of those recipes that really makes use of the power of a high-speed blender. If you feel that the blades are just spinning but aren't actually moving all of the icing around, turn the blender off and make an air pocket down the side of the blender with a spatula to expose the blades. Remove the spatula, replace the lid, and start blending slowly again.
You'll know it's ready if there are no bits of dates and all you can taste is velvety chocolate goodness. This raw chocolate icing is ready to use as soon as you pour it out of the blender
Simply use a spatula to spread the mixture on the sides and top of the cake.
Serve with some sour cream, kefir, yoghurt or creme fraiche