Sunday, 12 February 2017

Best Ever One Bowl Chocolate Cake! (Low Fructose) ...and First day of School blues

Like a lot of parents last week I sucked up the tears and waved Miss M off on her first day of school. She was ready, so ready, she couldn't wait and apart from a little tear on the third day she has just loved it so far. It's great to see. 

The actual first day for me wasn't too bad, the logistics and organisation involved kept me occupied enough to not focus on the momentous (insert super emotional) occasion, but the weeks leading up, well that was another story...


In the weeks prior I experienced the full spectrum of the 7 stages of grief. There was the shock and denial that she was now 5 1/2 years old, where did those 5 years go?! Wasn't I just recovering from their babyhood?! Can't we just stop the clock?! Then there was the guilt; that I didn't spend enough quality time with her, that we never had one one time, that I spent too much of our time running around doing chores than taking it all in.(I still drift into this stage at times, but what Mum doesn't?) 

The anger and bargaining soon followed (husband certainly suffered through this part) five days at school is too long, maybe we should move to Finland where school days are shorter? Maybe we should home school them?  The sadness and loneliness was next. The house just wouldn't be the same without her around. How would Master Q cope without his bestest buddy? Many a night tears rolled down my cheeks as I thought about how much I would miss her. I still have days like this, but in the few days before school I had come to accept that this was an unavoidable part of life. That no matter how hard you try, your babies grow up. This next stage of our family's life would bring new adventures, new challenges and I am privileged to be able to witness it all. We are so proud of you Miss M! 

Just in case you still need a little comfort cake after school drop off I managed to come up with an awesome one bowl low fructose chocolate cake! I made this for husband's birthday and it worked out a treat! I detest cleaning up and love a recipe that calls for minimal equipment and minimal cleaning! 

Here it is!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake (Low Fructose)

Ingredients

125 grams 85% chocolate
125 grams butter
4 x large eggs
1/3 cup stevia
1/3 cup rice malt syrup
1/2 cup cacao
3/4 cup milk
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup almond meal
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bi carb soda 

(Note: If you are using self raising flour reduce the baking powder to 1 tsp)

Method


1.  Pre heat oven to 180 celsius
2.  Grease and line a 23cm springform tin
3.  Melt chocolate and butter in microwave in a glass bowl in 20 second spurts until fully            melted
4.   Let chocolate and butter mix cool a little before beating in the eggs, one egg at a time. 
5.   Sift in the flour, baking powder, bi carb and cacao.
6.   Add the almond meal, stevia and mix well with a spoon. 
7.   Once combined add the rice malt syrup and the milk and mix until combined.
8.   Pour mixture into tin.
9.   Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
10. Remove from oven and let it sit in the tin for 10 minutes before removing. 
11. Let it cool on a rack before icing.




I used a chocolate cream icing for this cake as it is super easy!

Chocolate cream icing

1. Whip 1 cup of thickened cream until thick
2. Sift in 2 tablespoons of cacao
3. Stir in 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of stevia.
4. Make sure cream is whipped enough to hold its own and spread onto cooled cake! 




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