A beautifully moist celebration cake that will delight everyone, especially your paleo and coeliac guests. This celebration cake is adapted from the famous Chocolate Chia Seed Cake recipe by Tania Hubbard. Another of my favourite cakes is Tania’s Date, Cinnamon and Rosemary Cake.
This recipe has been doubled to make two layers that will sandwich together. If a single layer is your preference, simply halve the ingredient amounts and use one tin.
Celebration Cake Decorating Tips
To decorate this cake, firstly I coated it with a mixture of 1/4 cup softened coconut oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup or more of cacao powder, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. I kept adding cacao powder until I got the spreadable consistency I needed.
Then I used chocolate chards made by melting a good quality dark chocolate, spreading it on a layer of baking paper, covering with a second piece of paper, rolling up to a sausage width, then letting it set in the fridge or freezer. Once set I gently pulled the two pieces of paper apart to release the chards. Go here for the video that I used as a reference. If you don’t own an offset spatula then use a rolling pin as was done here. I made my chocolate layer for the shards a little thicker than normal and rolled the baking paper not so tightly as I wanted sturdy chards that would survive the transport of the cake. I used a little melted chocolate to attach the shards.
I then used strawberry halves alternated with fresh bay leaves around the top edge.
Finally, I sprinkled with a dusting of cacao powder (mainly to cover an imperfection that was in the centre of the cake. 🙂