Monday, December 24, 2012

Chocolate Pumpkin Torte

A torte is a rich, multi-layered cake that contains a filling of whipped cream, jam, mousse, jams, or fruits. Sometimes they are iced or glazed. Other times they are served with whipped topping mounded on the top. 

Chocolate Pumpkin Torte

1 3/4 cup flour (may be a gluten-free flour blend of choice)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder*
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 1/3 cup coconut milk
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 - 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp. flax seed
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 Tbsp. vanilla
Non-dairy whipped topping

Sift dry ingredients together in large bowl. In another bowl, mix together liquid ingredients. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. Place batter into a prepared, oblong cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes. Test for doneness. Remove from oven and cool. Then slice in 1/2 lengthwise. Place whipped topping between layers. Add a dollop of whipped topping to the top of each slice when serving. Garnish with mint leaves and fresh raspberries or other fruit.

*carob powder may be used instead of cocoa.

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