Trust the Great British Bake-Off crew to come at us with inventive and useful recipes in our hour of need.
Series 10’s Rosie Brandreth-Poynter has raided her cupboard and come up with an ingenious lockdown chocolate cake that uses no eggs or flour.
Traditional baking ingredients are hard to come by at the moment, with shelves of eggs in particular pretty much decimated as people stock up their cupboards and fridges.
That doesn’t mean you can’t bake something delicious, though, as Rosie’s chocolate cake – which uses potatoes and rice instead – proves.
Rosie said: ‘Buying eggs and flour in March 2020 is near impossible, yet chocolate cake can bring a little joy to these scary and bleak times.
‘Here is a way to turn potatoes (any kind) and rice (any kind) into a rich, moist chocolate cake. Magic!’
It really does feel like magic, and Rosie has even accounted for substitutions based on whatever you have in. So you can make the cake vegan with oat milk and marge instead of butter, or use whatever sugar you have around without worrying.
It’s also gluten-free.
Here are the ingredients as listed on Rosie’s website:
- 300g potatoes (peeled, boiled, mashed and cooled)
- 200g dried, uncooked rice (I used a mix of basmati and sushi rice as that’s what I had!)
- 250ml milk (or oat milk)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 60g cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee or ½ teaspoon orange extract or zest of 2 oranges (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 170g margarine/butter
- 350g caster sugar/any sugar (granulated, demerara, soft brown…whatever you have!)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
The rice is put into a blender or food processor until it’s powdery, and the lemon juice is added to the milk so it separates.
It all seems very weird at first, but once you merge the butter or margarine with the mashed potato and add the other ingredients, you’ll see a form of cake mixture coming together.
Rosie does say that, at this point, it may look ‘curdled’, but this is supposed to happen.
Once you bake at 160C for an hour, you should have a moist and delicious chocolate cake that no one would ever know was made of the humble potato.
You can decorate with anything you have lying around, but because the cake is very moist and rich, you can get away with eating it au natural.
Check out the recipe in full on Rosie’s blog here.
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