Cake often gets a bad rap. However, this confectionary treat has an important place in the ‘hygge’ lifestyle…
Cake itself is way of life. One inhalation as it cooks, and I’m filled with nostalgia and indulgence. It has a way of wafting throughout the house and settling in, leaving it’s sweet aroma in the corner behind the armchair and the nook under the stairs. It surrounds itself with happy memories, inspiring gatherings and glueing us together with sticky icing fingers. To light a candle upon it is to celebrate our dearest kin, and it lends itself to wish making and dream dreaming of every kind and nature…
We should all be a little more like cake, don’t you think?
I’d like to introduce a new series to the blog…’Friday Fika.’ Fika (I know, another Scandinavian word) is pronounced ‘fee-ka’. Fika roughly translates to ‘a coffee break, a conversation, and something sweet.’ To ‘fika’ is to meet up, enjoy a warm drink and a pastry, have a chit-chat… It is more about the togetherness, and the act of indulging and savoring together, than it is about the drink or dessert itself. None of us are coffee drinkers at our house but we do love a good cup of tea and some sugar on the side… To add more celebration and togetherness to our week I’ve started ‘Friday Fika’ at our house. Each week we make and enjoy a decadent, homemade dessert to celebrate that the weekend has arrived.
This cake from yesterday’s ‘Friday Fika’ only requires a couple of (relatively inexpensive) ingredients, is gluten free, and somewhat healthy (this won’t be typical, however). The original recipe can be found here, but I have also shared it below:
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 can garbanzo beans
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Melt the chocolate in a glass or otherwise microwave safe dish. Make sure to stir it about every twenty seconds until melted to keep it from burning.
Blend all other ingredients in a blender or food processor (except melted chocolate) until smooth. When it’s reached a smooth consistency, then blend in the melted chocolate.
Transfer to a greased 9 in. cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let it cool for at least 10-15 minutes, and then dust with powdered sugar.
Slice some cake, gather together, enjoy and share in eachother’s company…and wash down with ice cold milk and hot tea of course!