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Tuesday Teaser #12: Magic Chocolate Cake and Creamy Smooth Chocolate Frosting

Tuesdays are always “Teaser Tuesdays” at Alf Hana.  We try out other people’s recipes and share our impressions and recommendations with you.

Are you a chocolate freak?  I am.  I love chocolate.

Did you know that chocolate actually has some health benefits?  Cocoa supposedly can help blood flow more easily, playing a role in the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks!  Because it also contains powerful antioxidants, it may also help reduce damage to coronary arteries.  When you choose your chocolate, be sure to choose the darkest, least processed available to get the most benefit.  *Also, be sure that if you’re watching your weight, chocolate still contains sugar and those calories add up!

Having said that, when you have a special occasion to celebrate, chocolate cake is a time-honored tradition.  There are many chocolate cake recipes around the internet, but this one is EASY, QUICK, LIGHT, healthIER than the animal-based alternatives, and TASTY!!!

This recipe originally comes from the Peaceful Palate by Jennifer Raymond, one of our favorite cookbooks!  Both the cake and the icing recipes are available online for free on compassionatecooks.com here.

We absolutely love this recipe.  I’ve made it as birthday cakes before and just recently took it in its cupcake form as a treat for a Ramadan iftar.   It makes one 9 inch cake or 12 cupcakes.

Here are some more pictures… I told you I love chocolate!

Nutritional Information (for the cake): 1 of 12 cupcakes

164 Calories; 6 g Fat; 0 mg Cholesterol; 25 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Protein

Nutritional Information (for the frosting): 1 of 12 servings

66 Calories; 1 g Fat; 0 mg Cholesterol; 15 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Fiber; 0 g Protein

What’s your favorite cake flavor?

Alf Hana!!!


Apple Cake: A Treat for Any Time

It was hard to choose which of our recipes to feature in our first recipe post on Alf Hana. In the end, this recipe, a favorite of many of our friends, won out. It can be served as a special festive dessert, a quick breakfast and a light snack. In fact, we have prepared it as a whole cake, small mini cakes, and even cupcakes. It’s a very versatile recipe!  Don’t forget to check out the nutrition info at the end of the post!

110 ml tofu (firm) OR 4 tablespoons of corn starch mixed with 4 tablespoons of water
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup cooking oil
3 cups plain flour (or 1 1/2 cups plain flour and 1 1/2 cups brown flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups apples, pealed and chopped
2 teaspoons vanilla

1. Preheat the oven to 350° or between gas mark 4 and 5.
2. Oil and flour a tube pan, cup cake tin or mini cake tin.

3. Peel and chop apples.

4. Beat tofu (or mix corn starch and water well). (The corn starch mix is pictured below.)

5. Add sugar and oil. Beat for 3 minutes. (When using corn starch, I do this using a whisk, but when using tofu, it’s best to do this in a food processor).

6. Sift remaining dry ingredients together and add slowly to the creamed mixture.

7. Add apples and vanilla. Stir until well mixed. (It will be a thick mixture.)

8. Bake in the tube pan at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave in the pan until almost cool. (If you are making smaller cakes or cupcakes, bake for about half the time – about 37 minutes.)

Veganized from a recipe by Hilda Wilds

Here is the same recipe as a minicake: