Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ok, I Tried It

sorta, almost...  Ohiofarmgirl issued the challenge for Black Bean Chocolate Cake.  I was skeptical but intrigued as well.   I tried the white version.  Not that chocolate doesn't always make everything better, but I had a pot of chili in my dinner plans already, so I figured I'd throw in a few extra beans and give it a whirl.  Then looking over the recipe, I noticed they're not much different, so I'll do a chocolate version with white beans as well, just add in the cocoa.

The thing that intrigued me about the bean cake, is the TEOTWAWKI possibilities.  If TSHTF, growing beans is pretty simple.  Cooking beans is pretty simple.  Making bean cake is pretty simple.  Much easier than growing/harvesting/grinding wheat.  So, you know, I had to try it.

The vanilla was better than the chocolate, but that may have been my own fault.  I mixed a double batch in one bowl, then poured about half into a cake pan (the vanilla).  Then I added cocoa to the remainder, and poured it into the second cake pan.  It turned out to be more than half.  Almost two thirds.

The vanilla was well done, and felt like a regular white cake.  The chocolate was a little spongier, didn't feel quite cooked through.  When I try it again I will use three cake pans.

They were both really nice served with a drizzle of raspberry sauce over top.  Nobody questioned that they were anything but a regular cake.  I'm not sure whether to tell them or not.

Are you up for the challenge?


  1. oooh...this is pretty awesome sounding - especially because beans are so easy to grow and store!!! i have to give this a try. won't be today - gotta get some seedlings potted - but i will give it a go and let you know how it works out!

    your friend,

  2. Wendy,
    I just saw this cake recipe somewhere and was going to try it and post, I can just eat it when done! Using beans now and if the end comes is so much healthier. This way, your kids can have dessert and still get their vegetables. Plus, there is so little sugar.

    I use Great Northern Beans for hummus because I like them, have them, and dislike Chick Peas. My friend who married a Jordanian andlived in the Middle East for years said she could not tell the difference.

    Wish there were raspberry sauce in the house!