Couple of weeks ago we went to Sweden and stayed with our friends, a lovely Finnish- Dutch couple. Tytti, our hostess, made the most delicious dairy and gluten free cake! I loved it, because it did not taste strange as some of these cake do, it was moist and fluffy. I asked her for the recipe and have experimented with my store cupboard contents to make it from commonly available ingredients.
Tytti’s original recipe called for flour and she’d substituted potato flour for this, I went further and substituted the potato flour for smash aka instant mashed potatoes. The regular cornflour (the stuff you use to thicken things) worked really well. This recipe really is easy to make and turned our really well.
So here is Tytti’s Easy Chocolate Cake (Gluten and Dairy free)
125 g non- dairy butter/margarine (unsalted better)
40 g (½ cup) instant mashed potato (unflavoured! 99% potato type)
150 g castor sugar
20 g (¼ cup) cornflour (cornstarch in the US)
2 tsp vanilla sugar or a splash of vanilla essence
¼ tsp salt
4 tbsp cocoa powder (just the plain stuff with no added sugar or milk powder)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– Prepare 25cm pie-shape or cake ring or anything similar sizewise (2x recipe for a whole baking tray). I usually just pop some baking paper on and no need to butter etc.
OR a 12 cupcake mould
– Melt the butter, let it cool a bit and then add in the eggs. Mix the eggs only so much that they are broken and mixed in with the butter – avoid any kind of whipping or whisking
– Mix all the dry ingredients together
– Add in the butter-egg mix, mix together – again avoid excessive whisking, just mix it with a fork so that it all is blended together.
– Pour it in the shape and bake at 180C for about 30 min (20 min for cupcakes)
I also sprinkled some dessicated coconut on some and flaked almonds on others- both worked very well.
It turned out delicious!
AND as all the ingredients are by cup and spoon measure, no whipping required it is a perfect mix to make with young children. My little helper today was Max, my 2 year old.