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Chocolate cake

Recipe from: 1/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
Ingredients 17
Servings 20
Time 25


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    200g sweet potato, peeled
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    5ml bicarbonate of soda
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    100ml cocoa powder
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    60ml oil, canola or macadamia
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    125ml boiling water
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    1 large apple, peeled and grated
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    125ml low-fat buttermilk or low fat yogurt
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    10ml vanilla essence
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    375ml cake flour, sifted
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    1,25ml salt
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    20ml baking powder
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    125ml out bran
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    4 eggs, preferably omega -3 rich ? separated
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    190ml castor sugar
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    60ml icing sugar
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    30ml cocoa powder
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    200g smooth fat-free(or low-fat) cottage cheese


1. This recipe requires 4 mixing bowls. Use the biggest one for the egg yolks.
2. Cook the sweet potato (microwave for 10 minutes) until soft, then mash and set aside.
3. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
4. Lightly grease 2 cake pans (20cm diameter x 4cm depth) with non-stick spray.
5. Add the bicarbonate of soda to the warm, mashed sweet potato, stir in lightly and leave to foam.
6. Sift the cocoa and mix well. Add the sweet potato, apple, buttermilk or yoghurt and the vanilla essence. Set aside.
7. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into another bowl. Add the oat bran and stir, lifting the mixture up a few times with a spoon to incorporate air.
8. Beat the egg yolks until frothy in the largest mixing bowl, using an electric beater. Add the castor sugar in 2 batches, beating for 1 minute after each addition.
9. Add the dry ingredients to the egg and sugar mixture, alternately with the buttermilk (yogurt) and apple mixture.
10. Whisk the egg whites to the soft?peak stage in another bowl and fold lightly into the batter.
11. Spoon the batter into the cake pans and spread it out to the sides, so that the cake does not rise too high in the centre.
12. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until done. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before removing the cake from the cake pan.
13. Icing: sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into the cottage cheese. Mix gently.
14. Spread some icing on the top of 1 cake layer, and then place the other layer on the top. Use the rest of the icing to cover the top of the cake generously.

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