I just read that dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease and decided to make a healthier heart friendly chocolate cake using dark chocolate. I personally prefer milk chocolate but for those who enjoy dark chocolate this cake is an absolute treat!!! If any family member is a heart patient and has to watch his diet a piece of this cake can do no harm. I made it with sugar but you can always use a healthier substitute. I have used olive oil in this recipe which once again is very good for health. Heart patients on medication need to look after their diet and that does not mean sacrifice. Many of my recipes are oil free and healthy. Please do remember that one cannot eat a lot of dark chocolate…just a small quantity to suffice cravings or to have a celebration!!
I will be making a few healthy recipes in the future for those who need ideas for healthy menus as diets can be very boring.
INGREDIENTS FOR THIS CAKE
2 1/4 cups of white flour (can also use whole wheat, or half and half)
1 1/2 cups of sugar or sugar substitute
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup skimmed milk or lactose free milk
1/2 cup of boiling water
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
Heat the oven to 175 degrees. Mix the sugar, oil and milk and then add the sieved flour with the baking powder and baking soda, salt and cocoa. Lastly add the boiling water. Pour into a greased baking dish and bake till done.
FOR THE TOPPING:
150 grams of dark chocolate, chopped
a splash of skimmed or lactose free milk
in a double boiler melt the dark chocolate and add the splash of milk. Let it cool slightly and sandwich the cake with this and also pour it on the top.
I decorated it with a few whole almonds