Monday, March 07, 2011

brownie-gianduja cake with
chocolate-gravitas frosting :: recipe

A Jackson-Pollack-esque drizzle of dark chocolate takes the hedonism quotient over the top.

When it comes to eating – and most things in life, really, I believe in the 80/20 rule. I eat uber-healthily about 80% of the time. Eight to ten servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Whole grains.  Healthy oils, in moderation. I eschew animal products. Plus, after some recent health issues, I even macheted caffeine from my diet, and now only enjoy wine on weekends rather than nightly. All this said, when it's time to sin [20%], I want to do it right, hence the creation of this recipe. I made the pictured cake for F-stop's birthday. 

The dictionary defines decadence as "unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence," and that's also a good description for this cake: two dense, brownie-inspired layers sandwiched together with vegan Nutella (aka "gianduja"), then iced liberally with a chocolate-espresso frosting, finished with a drizzle of best-quality melted dark chocolate. You might actually experience a sugar low just from looking at the picture. The full recipe will appear in the new cookbook, but I've included the Chocolate-Gravitas Frosting recipe below.

Beater-licking good.

Chocolate-Gravitas Frosting

• 1 stick plus 2 T Earth Balance

• 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

• Up to ½ cup espresso (You can just use coffee or soy milk, but you’ll miss out on the gravitas that comes with espresso)

• ¾ cup cocoa
• Pinch salt

Makes enough for one layer cake or about 18 cupcakes

1. Cream together Earth Balance and cocoa

2. Alternate adding powdered sugar and liquid, about ½ cup at a time. Mix well until spreadable and no lumps remain.


Bianca said...

You had me at vegan nutella. And I stand by your 80/20 philosophy....except I'm more 60/40 (60% healthy, 40% junk food).

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

Oh yeah! That looks amazing!

Sarah said...

Um...yum. That's all I can say!


Millie said...

I don't know what it is about sweets but they always make my mouth watery...YUMMY!

Missy said...

DAMNNNN Look how good that looks! YUM!


Abby Bean said...

I've been trying to decide if I need to break down & buy a kitchen mixer...that pic of yours oozing chocolate may have sealed the dea.

T said...

Oh man, that looks decadent indeed.

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

Craving. Constant Craving. Coffee.

urban vegan said...

Abby Bean: You'll never look back. Love mine and use it a lot. The attachments are also fabu.

mayajo said...

Just makes me drool looking at it! I wanna have it!

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vko said...

loving the Pollack drizzle...& vegan nutella, that would be too dangerous for me- could probably eat it in one sitting...

Sarah said...

That looks awesome! This one will go on my "need to eat before I die" list.

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Kate Cunningham said...

Oh wow, this looks amazing! I have more of a 60/40 balance at the moment, so decided to make fat-free brownies this week, and they still turned out decadent, ultra rich and delicious.

Ooey-Gooey Coffee Chocolate Brownies - check out the recipe on my blog:

Omen shara said...
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