Paleo chocolate cake with creamy avocado chocolate frosting

Paleo chocolate cake with creamy avocado chocolate frosting
Paleo chocolate cake with creamy avocado chocolate frosting

I have been baking chocolate cakes two weekends in a row. Last weekend was a photo assignment for FishHead Magazine with Laura Vincent‘s addictive chocolate cake with vanilla milk chocolate ganache. I tried to paleo-lize her recipe as much as I could and it turned out really well, taste-wise. I was supposed to make another batch using the same recipe but I came across this Naked Chocolate Cake recipe by Teresa Cutter of thehealthychef.com. All the ingredients are Paleo-friendly and her chocolate cream frosting using avocado sounds interesting, so I gave it a go.

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Simple joy #19 Black bean brownies with peppermint

Black bean brownies with peppermint
Black bean brownies with peppermint

Once I tasted this black bean brownie in Lara Ferroni’s Portland studio, I promised myself that I would make it once I returned to Wellington. I’ve tried other recipes for black bean brownies and this is the first time I’ve followed a brownie recipe to the letter, except I used Whittaker’s 72% Cocoa Ghana Peppermint chocolate instead of any other regular chocolate chips (I can’t help it. It’s my favourite chocolate.)

AWESOME is all I can say of this healthy, vegan-friendly, gluten-free brownies!

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Simple joy #13 Whittaker’s classic chocolate cake

Whittaker’s Classic Chocolate Cake
Whittaker’s Classic Chocolate Cake

I was supposed to bake some brownies. I didn’t know what came into me that I baked a cake instead. I told myself I would never bake a cake, it’s too complicated. But I ate my words (pun intended) and was happy that I did.

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The surest way to go to hell …

… is to try these sinfully gooey fudgy-licious brownies!

Dark orange chocolate hazelnut brownies
Dark orange chocolate hazelnut brownies

If there is something I enjoy baking over and over again, it’s brownies. It is so easy to do. No need to knead. Over-mixing is a no, no. Just fold wet and dry ingredients together, put them in the oven for 20 minutes and you’re done. After eating one brownie you can go to hell! I mean, they are so delicious because of all the sinful ingredients. Take sugar, for example. Two cups of sugar make 16 pieces of brownies. That’s 2 tablespoons of sugar per brownie! Add to that a cup of butter and 4 eggs. I also added half a cup of hazelnut chocolate spread. And a block of dark chocolate. Did I mention 2 cups of sugar?

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