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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake

When Greek yoghurt became popular a few years ago (or to use my husband’s phrase, it “blew up”), naturally bakers of all stripes put it in their products. Three tablespoons, though, is superfluous. It’s not enough to add flavor or a preponderance of acidity to make a cake rise, especially when the leavening agent is baking powder, not the basic (as in pH, for all of you who failed chemistry) baking soda (NaHCO3). But I may just be an old vegan codger. Greek yoghurt does make good traditional cheesecake, and I used to eat a lot of it before I became lactose-intolerant.

Anyway, strawberries were on sale at Lucky’s.

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I saw this cake on Facebook months ago when strawberries were not available. It’s from Martha Stewart via a website called Julia’s Album. Oddly enough, an acquaintance named Julia (no relation to website) shared this on the social networking site. Funny old world. The cake is kind of like a less-cookie-ish chocolate chip cookie topped with strawberries. It would be delicious with coconut whip, but alas, we are out due to the berry tarts. My recipe is closer to the original on Martha Stewart’s website rather than the JA adaptation. Also, I don’t know in what parallel universe these recipe authors live, but this cake bakes up in significantly less than an hour…if you use a 12-inch springform pan. This pan is too big for most recipes, so everything bakes faster (at high elevation, too). I would tend to agree with Martha’s instruction to bake at 325 degrees for a moister cake, but I like my cookie textured-cake, too (not dry, but not quite a spongy cake, either).

 As you can see from the pictures, I could care less about arranging the strawberries perfectly or topping the cake with powdered sugar, as TC suggested. Give me a simple, unassuming cake and let me eat it in peace.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 12 ounces strawberries, hulled and quartered
  2. 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  4. 1/4 cup warm water
  5. 1 tablespoon psyllium husk
  6. 6 tablespoons vegan margarine
  7. 3/4 cup coconut sugar, blendered to powder
  8. 3/4 cup sorghum flour
  9. 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  10. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  11. 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  12. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  13. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  14. 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease then dust with flour (arrowroot starch) a 12-inch springform pan.
  3. In a small measuring cup, combine nondairy milk and vinegar and set aside.
  4. In another small measuring cup, whisk together warm water and psyllium and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, sift then whisk together the flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt.
  6. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat together the margarine and coconut sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  7. Beat in the psyllium mixture, then add the nondairy milk mixture.
  8. Mix in the flour mixture in three additions, mixing well after each addition.
  9. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread to cover the bottom of the pan; it should be slightly thick for cake batter.
  10. Scatter the chocolate chips evenly across the batter and press them down slightly.
  11. Arrange the strawberry quarters on top of the batter and fill in all the spaces.
  12. Bake for 35-37 minutes, or until the cake batter that seeps up between the strawberries springs back to the touch, and the edge of the cake has pulled away from the side of the pan.
  13. Let cool completely in the pan before re-plating and serving.
  14. Store in the fridge covered in plastic wrap.
Adapted from Martha Stewart & Julia's Album
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strawberry chocolate chip cake | vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

I could really use a cake saver to store my cakes and pies.

Mmm, still-melty chocolate chip goodness.

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Mystery cornling! It fell out of the husk with this full-sized ear next to it.

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Almost exactly two years ago, I made a strawberry bundt cake…at midnight. So glad I don’t have to work crazy hours anymore!

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