Grain-Free Cream Cheese Cake

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
15 min 1 h 10 min 12
Grain-Free  Cream Cheese Cake
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1 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup Cassava flour
1/2 cup Coconut oil (or butter or ghee, melted and then measured)
1/3 cup Water
4 medium Egg
3/4 cup Maple syrup, pure (honey or coconut sugar)
3 tsp Vanilla extract, pure
1/2 tsp Baking soda (sifted)
1 tsp Sea Salt
227 gm Cream cheese (room temperaature)


For the Cream Cheese Filling:

Place cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp salt into blender or medium sized mixing bowl. Blend on low speed, or use hand beaters to combine until thoroughly mixed and creamy, about 25 seconds. Set aside until above recipe calls for filling.

To make the chocolate cake:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 7-inch or 9-inch leak-proof cheesecake pan or use any shape pan your prefer (a 9“ by 13” casserole dish, a traditional 9" round cake pan lined with parchment etc.); but a leak-proof cheesecake pan is best for presentation. (If you use the 7-inch, you'll have batter left over, with which I make 2-3 black bottom cupcakes!)

In a medium sized bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: 3/4 cup cocoa powder, cassava flour, baking soda and 1/2 tsp sea salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, blend together oil, water, 3 eggs and 2 tsp vanilla. Alternatively, combine them in a blender or briskly by hand.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together with a rubber spatula until completely combined. Do not over-mix. Pour into the greased pan.

Using 2/3 of the mixture, ladle large dollops of the cheese filling around the surface of the cake. Use a spoon to push down 1-2 inches on each dollop, so the filling goes into the center of the chocolate batter. Use a spatula to scrape the remaining cheese batter over the surface of the cake; and spread it out evenly, not all the way to the edges, leaving about 1/2 an inch of chocolate batter showing around the circumference of the pan.

Bake for about 45 minutes in preheated oven until the edges are puffed and the center is slightly puffed and golden and beginning to look dried out on the top with very little jiggle if you shake the pan side to side. Cooking times will vary slightly based on the size of the pan and the depth of the cake; check cake(s) after 25 minutes if you're using the batter divided between two pans (see Recipes Notes for this idea).

Allow to cool. Using a wooden knife, unclasp the outer ring of the pan and slide the knife around its circumference. Remove pan's sides. Use wooden knife again, if needed, to release the base of the cake from the pan base. Transfer cake to serving plate. Sift remaining cocoa over its surface until cream cheese is completely or partially covered, whatever looks prettiest to you. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 286
Calories from fat 162
Calories from saturated fat 112
Total Fat 18.0 g
Saturated Fat 12.4 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.2 g
Cholesterol 83 mg
Sodium 332 mg
Potassium 197 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27.4 g
Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
Sugars 17.8 g
Protein 4.5 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Meat Alternative 0.2

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