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Cacao Magic Pumpkin Cake

October 17, 2013

This is an awesome cake the whole family will enjoy! Great for when you are entertaining over the holidays or as a snack with tea in the afternoon as a pick-me-up. Tis the season! :)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C applesauce

  • 2 T coconut oil (I like Garden of Life brand)

  • 1/3 C Cacao Magic powder

  • 1/3 C + 2 T boiling water, divided (see note)

  • 1 C organic pumpkin puree

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    1 C sugar in the raw or brown sugar (coconut sugar is also cool)

  • 1 t pure vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 C gluten free baking flour (premixed for baking)

  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 t ground ginger

  • 1/8 t ground cloves

  • 3/4 t baking soda

  • 3/4 t pink sea salt

  • 1/2 C dark chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and lightly grease an 8 inch loaf pan. Also, boil some water in a tea kettle.
  2. Put applesauce, coconut oil and Cacao Magic powder in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, spices, baking soda and salt.
  3. Measure out 1/3 cup boiling water and pour into the bowl with the chocolate mixture, mixing quickly to make a smooth chocolate sauce. Add pumpkin, sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Dump about half of the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and gently stir just to incorporate, then measure out 1 tablespoon of boiling water and stir again. Now add the rest of the flour mixture and another tablespoon of boiling water and stir just until smooth. Take care not to overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan. It will be good and thick. You can smooth the top out with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 55 minutes to an hour. Stick a steak knife into the center of the loaf to check for doneness. A little bit of wetness is okay since it could be from a chocolate chip, but the knife should come out mostly dry.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert pan and place loaf on a cooling rack to cool most of the way. It’s yummy a little bit warm, or thoroughly cooled. Slice and serve!

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