Black Bean Chocolate Cake Recipe

Make this deliciously chocolatey gluten-free cake for your Valentine

Black bean chocolate cake. Picture / Babiche Martens

What better way to finish a picnic than with an awe-inspiring chocolate cake made with a tin of black beans? Of course, you’d never know. This cake is not too sweet but deliciously chocolatey, and looks spectacular piled high with fresh berries. Wash it down with a cold rose and then kick back in the shade.

Serves 6

400g tin black beans, drained and rinsed
4 eggs
80g butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
4 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp baking powder

20g butter
1 cup icing sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa
Milk to mix

½ cup cream
½ cup chocolate pieces
Fresh berries to garnish

1. Preheat oven to 170C. Line a 20cm tin with baking paper.

2. Place the beans and three eggs into a blender and blitz until smooth. Set aside.

3. Beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the vanilla and remaining egg beating until smooth. Sift in the cocoa and baking powder and stir. Pour in the black bean mix and stir until well combined.

4. Pour into your tin and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out just clean. Cool completely.

5. For the filling, beat the butter until light and creamy. Sift in the icing sugar and cocoa and stir through. Add a little bit of milk to get the right consistency.

6. For the ganache, bring the cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir through the chocolate until perfectly smooth. Cool to a spreadable consistency (it may need time in the fridge).

7. Split the cake through the middle. Fill with butter cream, place the top on. Pour over the ganache allowing it to dribble down the sides.

8. Before serving, cover the top with fresh berries.

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