This cake was created for a cake sale at my mum's church. She got the call Friday night that she had to bring a cake for the cake sale on Sunday and immediately looked at me. I was glad that she thought about me to save the day for her and immediately knew what I wanted to do. Somehow a chocolate cake with berry yogurt frosting just came to me like a lightning bolt. It's probably because while making a mental note of the ingredients we had on hand, I remembered the plain fat-free yoghurt I had originally bought to make something and never got around to making and the tub of berries that I got for a great deal at the fresh market. Normally people don't get too fancy with cake sales, but I have a little problem.
I'm almost a little ashamed to admit this, but when I was in college, the Psychology Club was having a Valentine's Day cake sale and I wanted to beat a girl named Lucy (whom we dubbed Martha Stewart) because she just had to be so perfect with every little crafty thing she did. It wasn't a competition, but she made it one. With her snooty comments and high brow conversations on how one SHOULD bake, I wanted nothing more than to smash her face into one of those cakes. So I tried to make a cheesecake. And I do say TRIED! I wasn't nearly the baker back then, that I am today. For some strange reason, I thought that I could make a cheesecake with yoghurt. I know, I know! What the hell was I thinking?! It was horrible! And worst of all, I didn't know that a cheesecake had to have a crust. So my poor soupy excuse for a cheesecake sat on the table for hours with no buyers while her cake sold out within the first hour. I was humiliated and defeated.
When I came back from class, I was shocked to find that my "cheesecake" was completely sold! They said that someone came and bought the whole thing! I later found out that the guy who would become my college boyfriend made the big purchase. It turns out, he knew how badly I wanted to beat her and he couldn't let me fail, so he bought the whole thing. Even more satisfying was knowing that he actually liked how it tasted (even though all I made was raspberry yoghurt). He ate all of it and returned my bowl. It was the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me.
Ever since then, I've been trying to redeem myself at cake sales. I still haven't mastered producing a simple cake because my inner Martha Stewart just wouldn't let me, but I think I finally got something right with this one! Get the recipe below!
Chocolate Cake with Berry Yoghurt Frosting
· 2 cups flour
· 1 cup sugar
· 1 cup Dutch chocolate milk
· 1/3 cup baking cocoa powder
· ¼ cup applesauce
· 2 eggs
· 1 tsp baking soda
· 1 teaspoon baking powder
Berry Yoghurt Frosting Ingredients
· 1 cup Mixed berries
· 1 ½ cups plain non-fat yoghurt
- 3 tbsps powdered sugar
· A few fresh berries for garnishing
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. Add eggs, chocolate milk and applesauce and mix until well combined.
3. Transfer to baking pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Mixture will be enough to fill one round baking pan and a mini baking pan.
4. Allow to cool completely before frosting and enjoy!
Yoghurt Frosting Directions
1. Mix berries and yoghurt in a food processor until smooth. Drizzle over cake and allow to set. Top with fresh berries in the centre.
Don't believe my cheesecake story? Here's proof that I didn't have a clue what I was doing in the kitchen 5 years ago:
File this one under Redemption!
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