Ridiculous Rich Chocolate Orange Cake w Sweet Potato Ganache + I’m 25!

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Ridiculous Rich Chocolate Orange Cake w Sweet Potato Ganache www.Earthsprout.com

In two hours I’ll turn a quarter of a century. How’s that for an opening line? In two hours I will have breathed the air of this atmosphere -in this now- for 25 years and you know what? It feels damn fine.

We (even I!) have a habit of measuring knowledge and wisdom in years and I feel like my age in years is finally catching up on my real age. It feels good, sort of safe. To tell you the truth, every 10th of February for the last few years I’ve been relieved. Relieved that when people ask how old I am and I respond, I’ll be a little less strange. A little less too young to be doing what I’m doing and unapologetically being who I am. I feel a bit stupid for saying this because another side of the story is that I’ve always been deeply happy and also proud that I have known where I stand for a very long time. However.. when I flicker through old journals, I’m not entirely sure that I’m getting any wiser. Kidding. Sort of. :)

Oh well, enough of that. When can we talk about the ridiculous I-want-to-bury-my-freaking-face-in-it Cake?! Well, let me start by saying that this year round I so not felt like making a raw food cake for my B-day. Nope I wanted an over the top real life baked cake (gasp!). I wanted something that resembled the wildest cake fantasies of the lil’ kiddo in me (I guess that’s me revolting against the new grown up mama role). Even though this may be my ”I’m turning a quarter of a century and I’ sort of growing up-cake” I feel like the 5 year old Elenore in me still got a substantial amount of kiddo cake ridiculousness. Thank goodness. I think we all need our fare share (ahem, abundance) of the ”it feels a bit nutty but I’ll do it anyhow”-things-. Like whimsical forest frolicking, singing some Westlife-song at the top of your lungs in the shower (?!) or making that crazy-town moist, rich and decadent chocolate cake of your dreams that you saw on Earthsprout.

Since this is a special occasion and I’m in the silly play time mode, I am not doing the regular full article with the Fun & Fabulous Facts section this week. Because, first of all it’s my birthday and second of all you can feel rather safe with this cake, it’s still worlds away from a regular tired old refined sugar/trans fats/preservatives heavy cake (I mean, this baby has vegetables in it!). The wisest thing we can do this day is a.) drool at the sight of these pictures b.) make the cake. Important though: Put on your polka dot apron and a flipped out playlist. It’s time to be a little bit ridiculous.

..and do try not to eat all of the ganache before you spread it onto the cake. It will really effing hard but please try.

Ridiculous Rich Chocolate Orange Cake w Sweet Potato Ganache www.Earthsprout.comRidiculous Rich Chocolate Orange Cake w Sweet Potato Ganache www.Earthsprout.comRidiculous Rich Chocolate Orange Cake w Sweet Potato Ganache www.Earthsprout.com

Chocolate Orange Cake w Sweet Potato Ganache

Healthy ingredients combine to make this almost sinfully tasty cake. The chocolate cake tastes amazing on it’s own (maybe with fruits/berries!) but here the Creamy Sweet Potato Ganache goes ahead and makes it even better/richer/more fabulous. I use roasted cacao powder here (organic of course) because I wanted the deep notes of it but you can of course use raw cacao powder, the end result will simply be a bit more light and fruity. The date syrup/molasses also adds to the richness of the cake and I highly recommend getting a jar of that. Otherwise maple syrup/rice malt syrup/barley syrup/honey will work perfectly fine.

Chocolate Orange Cake
Serves 8-12

Dry ingredients
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1 cup light spelt flour
2 tbsp chia seeds
2/3 cup real cacao powder (not cocoa powder!)
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp real vanilla powder (ground whole bean)
a pinch of good quality salt

Wet ingredients
5 tbsp date syrup
4 tbsp plant based milk of choice
6 tbsp virgin olive oil (or virgin coconut oil)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cup sweet potato, cubed (around 3 small/1 1/2 big sweet potato)
2 organic oranges, the zest

1. Preheat the oven to 175°C / 375°F
2. Thoroughly mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl using a wisk, set aside
3. Peel and cube the sweet potatoes (preferably prepare and steam the sweet potatoes for the ganache at the same time). In a steaming basket over boiling water this will take sometime between 4-8 minutes depending on the potato and the size of the cubes. The cubes are ready when you can easily stick a knife all the way though. Set aside. Take 2 1/2 cups of the sweet potato cubes and add to a blender, save the rest of the sweet potatoes for the ganache.
4. Add all other wet ingredients to the blender and blend until really smooth. Carefully fold wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients using a wooden spoon or the like.
5. Grease two 7″ spring form baking pans/regular baking pans, divide chocolate cake batter in two and add to the spring forms. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (which took 40 minutes on all of our tries). Remove cakes from baking pans and put on a cooling rack while you prepare the ganache.

Sweet Potato Ganache
3 cup sweet potato, cubed (around 3 small/1 1/2 big sweet potato)
5 tbsp real cacao powder (not cocoa powder!)
1/2 tsp real vanilla powder (ground whole bean)
6 tbsp date syrup
5 tbsp virgin coconut oil
a pinch of good quality salt

1. Take the rest of the steamed sweet potato that you prepared when making the cake batter and add to a high speed blender (immersion blender will work just fine).
2. Carefully melt the virgin coconut oil in a hot water bath, add to the blender with the rest of the ingredients for the ganache. Blend until really smooth. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set.

To serve
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tsp cacao powder
10 dried orange slices (make sure they are organic /dehydrate your own)

Arrange
Using a rubber spatula, spread a generous amount of ganache onto to top of one of the cakes then sprinkle a handful of orange ”glass” pieces over it. Add the other cake layer and cover the entire cake in the rest of the ganache. Upon serving, dust the cake with cacao powder, add a sprinkle of cacao nibs and 5-ish slices of dried oranges. Enjoy!

Ridiculous Rich Chocolate Orange Cake w Sweet Potato Ganache www.Earthsprout.com

Even tough I miss a good layer of snow, I’m planning to have a miraculously ridiculous birthday with my little family and I fully believe 25 will rock my world. I hope you’ll join me for the ride!

 

Thank You for being here and for being a loved and important part of the Earthsprout tribe. Now. Let’s go be  silly, shall we?!

°°Elenore°°

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41 Comments

  1. Harriet
    10 februari, 2014

    Happy birthday Elenore! May you have a magical and sparkling day! Also you’re not alone in your feeling if being older than your age – I totally connect with you in that – being 23 and enjoying a night in knitting a jumper with a steaming cup of chai seems to challenge some peoples ideas on age. Anyway, this cake looks so extremely delicious and amazing – ill definitely have to make it soon!!

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  2. Jo
    10 februari, 2014

    Happy Birthday beautiful Earth sistar! This cake looks out-of-this-world incredible, I may just have to make it for ours! (I share my birthday with my love, hehe!) I’ve been thinking about a sweet-potato cake for a while now, but sweet potato ganache?! Genius! Have a beautiful day full of silly, crazy and deliciousness! xxx

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  3. anna s
    10 februari, 2014

    Grattis fina fina Du! Önskar dig ett fortsatt än mer magnifikt sekel. Liten fråga, tror du man kan ersätta dinkel m något annat glutenfritt mjöl o tårtan funkar ändå? pussar o kärlek

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  4. Chelsea The Naked Fig
    10 februari, 2014

    Whoa Baby! This is gorgeous, over the top goodness! Happy birthday, babe! And thanks for giving us this awesome birthday present!

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  5. Kathy-Lee
    10 februari, 2014

    Happy Birthday Elenore! Have a fantastic, sweep off the feet Birthday party, with all crazyness and indulgence, for you truly deserve it ;)
    I discovered your blog just recently and have fallen in love with your recipes and especially how you have healed my way of seeing the world!
    And this cake looks so incredible! I planned to make it for my older brothers birthday, because he really does love chocolate + orange too! Unfortunatly I’d have to wait until Octobre hehe…

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  6. Nathalie
    10 februari, 2014

    Dearest Elenore, you are a true ‘lighting bulb’ in these days! May this lovely (birth)day bring you lots of love, hugs, laughter and mouthwatering earthliciousness! Since my birthday is around the corner, I want to thank you immensely for putting this naughty-chocolate-cake-idea in my head :-)

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  7. Sarah B
    10 februari, 2014

    Happy Birthday sweet cheeks! GORGEOUS cake…and amazing flavour combo. Great minds…

    Have the best year of your life!!!!
    I love you always,
    Sarah B

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  8. Magdalena
    10 februari, 2014

    Grattis Elenore,
    Magisk kreativitet,
    tänk allt du vet,
    tänk att solen skiner och ärtor gror,
    oj vad du blivit stor!

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  9. Lina Liwag
    10 februari, 2014

    Happy Birthday Elenore! What an awesome cake! Enjoy life and 25 is such a good moment!

    Lina

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  10. Anna
    10 februari, 2014

    Happy birthday and thank you for an amazing blog. Love to follow you here and on instagram! It is so strange to hear someone else feel that way about age – I turn 25 in june and i feel completely the same! While my friends find it aweful to become 25 I just can’t wait. Not because I’m not enjoying my life and my age as it is but because I am often meet with comments like ”but you’re only 24 – no need to rush”. So I can totally relate :)

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  11. Golubka
    10 februari, 2014

    Happy Birthday Elenore!!! Enjoy your gorgeous cake!

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  12. Kristien
    10 februari, 2014

    Happy Birthday Elenore!
    This cake looks awesome. I think I won’t wait until it is my birthday to try this one…

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  13. The Vegan Cookie Fairy
    10 februari, 2014

    WOW. Just… wow. This is by far the most impressive cake I’ve ever seen! I love that you used all-natural ingredients, I wouldn’t have thought of using sweet potato as a wet ingredient for the icing. I’ve been wanting to make a cake with a chocolate icing but didn’t want to use conventional ingredients for it. Thanks for the inspiration! xoxo

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  14. Katherine
    10 februari, 2014

    My Mister turns 35 this week. I just found his birthday cake! Looks frigging delish!

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  15. Shilpa
    10 februari, 2014

    Happy Day of Birth, sweet Elenore!! Thanks so much for this recipe and all your wonderfully creative recipes!!

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  16. Kathleen
    11 februari, 2014

    Oohhh. This looks amazing! I’m going to give it a try. Thank you for sharing! And Happy Birthday!!

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  17. Shanna
    11 februari, 2014

    <33333 Sending so much love to you on your birthday!!

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  18. Anja
    11 februari, 2014

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELENORE !

    Your website,recipes, thoughts are so sweet and inspiring! ( refreshing, every post)

    This winter i drunk the ‘golden detox drink’ almost every morning – and haven’t been ill until now :-)

    …and then there are sometimes moments I laugh out loud when reading a post because i recognize myself in it…

    <3 keep on shining :-)
    Greetings from germany

    And some under-the-shower-music from the bottom of my heart ;)

    And when she knows what
    She wants from her time
    And when she wakes up
    And makes up her mind
    Mhmmhmmmmmhmmmm just because i'm in love with an uptown giiiiiiiiiaaaarl ma uptown giiirl…
    :-)

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  19. Lane | Green Spirit Adventures
    11 februari, 2014

    Happy birthday! I hope you had the most spectacular birthday ever!! :)
    This cake is gorgeous; absolutely breathtaking! I want to eat it right off my computer screen. Cacao, oranges, sweet potatoes… yummy, some of my favorite foods ever! I cannot wait to try this.

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  20. Dor
    12 februari, 2014

    Happy Birthday Elenore!
    Thank you for your words again! We all so need to be silly sometimes!
    The cake looks fantasctic and delicius! Chocolate and orange is quite a good match!

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  21. Karen
    13 februari, 2014

    Happy Birthday Elenore and thank you for this fabulous looking cake. I just found your website and ordered some of your Nordic Superfood Mix and can’t wait to try both your cake & the mix. I have a birthday coming up and unlike you I feel much younger than my real age. When I was younger I felt older but now that I am older I feel much younger. Like 20 yrs younger! Funny how that happens. Love your funny, adventurous spirit. Look forward to spending some time with you. Blessings.

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  22. Johanna
    13 februari, 2014

    Oh vilken bra tårta! Jag undrar också om du rekommenderar något särskilt glutenfritt alternativ till dinkel. jag testade bovetemjöl och det tog över lite för mycket tycker jag (god ändå dock!). Sen undrar jag om du med rostad kakao menar ”vanlig” kakao som finns i matvaruaffären..?
    Tack för svar och fint recept!

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  23. Loretta
    14 februari, 2014

    Happy birthday Elenore! May you have a day filled with happy celebrations, laughter and splashings of magic. Thank you for sharing your happy spirit, wise words and joy of life with us. :)

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  24. Leah
    14 februari, 2014

    Happy birthday Elenore! My little one turns 3 in April and she wants a CHOCOLATE CAKE!!! this is so IT!! Sending lots of love your way from US!

    xoxoxo

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  25. sonja
    14 februari, 2014

    Wow this looks *and sounds* great!:))
    Happy birthday and keep up with the things that make you happy and joyful!:)

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  26. Leticia
    14 februari, 2014

    Happy Birthday, Elenore! Your positive atitude is such an inspirations.
    I am dying to make that cake, however there’s a catch: Spelt flour is not available over here. How can I substitute it? I am thinking buckwheat flour. Or brown rice flour. Do you think either one would work? Thanks!

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  27. Ivelina
    14 februari, 2014

    Happy birthday, Elenore! Your cake looks absolutely luscious, and beautiful and those oranges are like small suns! Hope you’ve enjoyed a fantastic 25th birthday! Your blog is a true gem with its spirit and you are always a source of inspiration! Keep it up!

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  28. Jessica
    14 februari, 2014

    This cake looks sensational, delicious and I absolutely love the ingredients that you’ve used in it. Have a wonderful birthday!

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  29. Diana
    17 februari, 2014

    your cake is gorgeous and looks incredibly moist!
    cheers!

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  30. Meri
    18 februari, 2014

    Happy birthday and thank you for the amazing recipe (and for the wonderful blog)! I tried the recipe and used whole rice flour instead of spelt flour, since I am a gluten intolerant. It worked perfectly and everyone in my family enjoyed the cake to the fullest. This was so much better than a ”traditional” sugar/wheat flour/butter cake :) Thank you!

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  31. Katherine - The Beauty Of Life
    4 mars, 2014

    This looks delicious!! I am a cake lover from way back and lately I’ve been really trying to not eat so much cake (the flour and sugar and butter kind at least), but this is one I definitely need to try!

    Especially as it’s my birthday next week. Happy birthday to you also ;)

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  32. Nathalie
    7 mars, 2014

    Merci pour cette recette. La ganache est une vraie découverte! J’avoue y avoir mis un peu de chocolat fondue de bonne qualité. À refaire

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  33. Ann-Louise
    9 mars, 2014

    Hope you had an amazingly awesome 25th birthday! My 38th is coming up soon and this might just be the cake for the occasion. Thanks for a mouth-watering recipe!

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  34. karina
    11 mars, 2014

    Under wet ingredients for the cake it says 2 1/2 cups, but directions says to take 2 cups of the sweet potato cubes and add to blender……
    The ganache is 3 cups right? Sorry if I missed something.
    I appreciate your respond, and thank you for this awesome website and recipes! Sending love to your little family <3

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 mars, 2014

      You are so very right! I’ve corrected it and realized I had confused the measurements (2 1/2 cup cubed sweet potato yields 2 cups purée!). All love and happy baking!

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  35. gingermylk
    21 mars, 2014

    Amazing! Do you think I can replace the spelt flour with buckwheat or oat flour? :)

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  36. Elanor
    3 april, 2014

    I made this cake…oh golly it is delicious! Just 3 things I had to change: buckwheat instead of spelt; honey instead of date syrup; & had no oranges so omitted these (though i very much wanted to have them, my options were lemon, lime, or pomelo and they didn’t float my orange-replacment-boat)!
    The sweet potato makes it so very filling that my appetite is quite satiated from just one piece – and I normally never stop at one piece!
    Where ever you get these ideas from Elenore – keep them coming! This ganache especially is super specially yumazing XOX

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    • Elanor
      3 april, 2014

      oh yeah I put on a funky silly dancey play list too – Thanks for the advice ;D

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  37. Nathalie
    16 april, 2014

    Merci pour cette recette très originale! J’ai surtout adoré la ganache. Je dois avouer que j’y ai également ajouté du chocolat de bonne qualité.

    Pour le gâteau, j’ai mis du jus d’orange au lieu du vinaigre de cidre.

    Encore merci

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  38. Laura
    6 maj, 2014

    I’m celebrating my birthday this Thursday myself and I’m planing to make a bunch of wonderful blissful dishes to celebrate – including this cake. Thank you for this present! Do you think it is possible to bake this baby already one day before (only the cake, not the ganache)?
    :-)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 maj, 2014

      Absolutely Laura! Do it! And happy early birthday to you!

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