On this special occasion of Mother's Day, here is another sweeeet recipe for all the Wonderful Moms out there!!! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MY READERS!!!
So, here is the sweet recipe I was talking about...Chocolate Cake!!!!
What, ANOTHER CHOC CAKE RECIPE??? Like there arent enough of those floating around already??!!! Well, before you yawn, here is the reason for my addition to the choc cake recipe world...first of all, I was very happy to receive this pack of Wonderful Cherry Juice from the folks over at Cheribundi!!! Thanks, Samantha!!!
Next, while trying out this unique cherry juice variety, I wanted to use it in one of my recipes, but not in a smoothie or shake or parfait....I wanted to put it to a different use altogether...now, recently, I have been reading quite a few recipes for cakes sweetened and lightened up by using fruit juice as an ingredient. That way, the liquid ingredients become lighter in calories (as long as you dont use artificially sweetened juices) and also, the cakes end up becoming quite moist and are naturally sweeter, without the need for too much added sugar...how is that for multiple benefits??
Going onto Cheribundi...its a funny name but a very unique juice!!! According to the Cheribundi website:
"cheribundi™ starts as Montmorency cherries grown in Michigan and New York orchards. They use a proprietary juicing process that was developed with Cornell University to make a drink that retains all the power and benefits of the nutrients and antioxidants found in the little round fruits. cheribundi™ has more disease-fighting antioxidants than other juices and has been tested in the lab and field by athletes and people who just work out. Because cheribundi™ is all-natural and not from concentrate, it's a feel-better and live-healthier addition to your lifestyle."
I received a sample pack with samples of their a)Tru Cherry - which offers 50 cherries, 2 servings of fruit and an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients(source: cheribundi.com)
b)Skinny Cherry - which offers 40 cherries, 90 calories and all-natural Stevia for sweetening(source: cheribundi.com)
c)Whey Cherry - which offers 45 cherries, and 8 grams of whey protein, a powerful ratio of nutrients, carbs and protein.(source: cheribundi.com)
Verdict of taste-test of the cherry juice - all three cherry juice varieties were very, very flavorful and this juice was especially tasty, since it did not have the overpowering sweetness of artificial sweeteners...definitely, a refreshing change from the usual juice varieties out there. For my chocolatey cherry cake recipe, I used the Whey Cherry...since I felt it struck a good balance of tartness, cherry content and sweetness.
Do hop on over to the Cheribundi website to find out more about their distinctive cherry juice varieties and to find out more about the many health benefits of cherry juice.
My family loved this light, flavorful and intensely chocolatey cherry cake...very different from the usual choc cake due to the addition of the cherry juice... yet the addition of the fruit juice did not detract from the chocolatey flavor of the cake...all in all, a recipe I will definitely try again with enthusiasm!
RECIPE FOR EGGLESS CHOCOLATEY CHERRY CAKE(using cherry juice from Cheribundi)
Prep/cook time: 45mins-55mins
2 cups All purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli unsweetened dark cocoa powder)
1/3 cup Cherry Juice ( I used Whey Cherry Juice from Cheribundi)
2/3 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Thick Yoghurt
1/4 cup cherry preserves(or any other mixed fruit jam)
1/3cup melted Chocolate chips ( I used Nestle semi-sweet choc morsels)
1/3cup cooking oil( of course, you could use butter too instead of oil)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2tbsp Flax seed meal
6tbsp warm water
1tsp Baking powder
1tsp baking soda
Garnish: fresh cherries or choc chips or nuts
Preheat the oven at 350F.
Mix the flaxseed meal with the warm water and set aside for 5 - 10 mins.
Mix the liquid ingredients including cherry preserves(or any other fruit preserve of your liking) and melted choc chips in a large bowl..whisk everything well
Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.
Add the flaxseed paste and the other liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients, a little at a time and whisk (by hand or using blender)until well combined into a thick batter
Grease the cake mould and pour the cake batter into it.
Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
When the cake cools down, you could glaze the top of cake with melted chocolate and garnish with cherries or nuts or any other garnish of your liking.
Note: This cake stays fresh for upto a week in the refigerator.
Version with eggs: You could substitute the flaxseed paste with 2 large eggs and whisk that with the other liquid ingredients.