Chocolate Walnut Cake
This little cake is easy to make and has an intense chocolate nutty flavor. It's great for a sweet snack or dressed up for an after-dinner delight.

Chocolate Walnut Cake

Cake
  • Canola spray 
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, ground
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 cup canola oil 
  • 1 cup maple syrup 
  • 4 ounces vegan sour cream
  • 3/4 cup water
Frosting
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance or other vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate soy milk or vanilla soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Garnish
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Raspberries
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Spray an 8" x 8" baking dish or a 9" round pan with canola oil.

3. Prepare Cake: Grind walnuts in the food processor until they have a flour-like consistency. Be careful not to grind them into a paste. In a medium bowl, mix walnuts, flours, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder together. Set aside.

4. In another medium mixing bowl, stand mixer, or food processor, blend the canola oil, maple syrup, and sour cream together until creamy. Add water and mix again.

5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix until well combined, being careful not to overmix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread batter evenly.

6. Bake about 30 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched in the middle and is pulling away from the sides of the pan. Remove from oven to cool.

7. Go around the sides of the cake with a knife and gently turn over onto a plate.

8. Prepare Frosting: Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender until creamy.

9. Assemble Cake: Frost the top and then the sides of the cake. Sprinkle with walnuts and garnish with fresh raspberries.


Excerpted from Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Kitchen

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About the Author

Kris Carr is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and health advocate. She is the subject and director of the documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, which aired on TLC and The Oprah Winfrey Network. Kris is also the author of the award-winning Crazy Sexy Cancer book series. Her latest books, Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen, will change the way you live, love and eat! Kris regularly lectures at hospitals, wellness centers, corporations such as Whole Foods, and Harvard University. In addition to writing for Kriscarr.com, she regularly contributes articles to The Huffington Post, Prevention.com and Natural Health Magazine. Media appearances include: Good Morning America, Today, The Early Show, CBS Evening News, Access Hollywood, The Doctors, The Gayle King Show, Super Soul Sunday and The Oprah Winfrey Show. As an irreverent foot soldier in the fight against disease, Kris inspires countless people to take charge of their health and happiness by adopting a plant-passionate diet, improving lifestyle practices, and learning to live and love like you really mean it. Her motto: Make juice not war!


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