The other day Sunflower and I had a fun morning creating some chaos and chocolate cake in the kitchen.
We were making little chocolate cakes inspired by an article in one of Mr R’s fitness magazines. Essentially these cakes were designed be used as portable nutrition, to be taken and eaten on a long run or cycle, instead of a pre-packaged sports bar or drink.
The magazine 220 Triathlon featured a great selection of these little treats that could be used by anyone doing endurance events. The idea behind these sort of snacks is that they are easily portable, wrappable and not too crumbly. They should contain easily digestible ingredients and should have calories to sustain around an hour of effort
Now my cakes were really just destined to be eaten as a marginally healthier treat than a standard chocolate cake, so my recipe does not exactly follow that recommended by triathlon 220. The result was tasty with a slightly chewier texture compared to standard cakes. I could definitely see why they could easily be wrapped and eaten on the move – almost as useful for hungry little ones in a pushchair as for an athlete running a marathon!
- 4 eggs
- 200ml milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (or butter could be used)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp coco powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- Half a loaf of bread
- 50g chocolate chips
- Melt coconut oil
- Mix all these ingredients in a food processor apart from the bread and chocolate chips
- Add bread to soak and blitz in food processor again.
- Stir in chocolate chips
- Divide into paper cases
- Bake at 180 degrees for around 15 minutes
- Futile debate with Sunflower about wisdom of baking whilst wearing fairy wings and tutu
- Sunflower wins debate with unimpeachable pre-schooler logic
- Wash Sunflower’s hands and put on apron (on top of tutu)
- Sunflower licks hands for unknown reason.
- Wash hands again.
- Collect ingredients whilst answering 1000 questions about why eggs might break if she carries them.
- Position steps to allow her to see work top
- Reposition steps to cater to random whim
- Allow her to handle egg in attempt to stem the flood of questions
- Make flying save to prevent egg toppling off bench
- Attempt to blitz ingredients in food processor but against better judgement resort to mixing bowl on floor to allow Sunflower participation
- Go to bread bin at other side of kitchen
- Return to scene below – cake mixture on Sunflower’s hands, nose, floor and the front of three kitchen drawers (how this is possible in 10 seconds I have yet to establish)
- Clean Sunflower’s hands.
- Sunflower commences imaginary game involving 3 stuffed rabbits
- Clean up chaos and complete rest of recipe in peace