Recipe: Soaked Whole Spelt Chocolate Cake (Parve/Dairy Free or Dairy)

This recipe was inspired by a recipe for carob brownies I saw in Nourishing Traditions. I have made both the parve/dairy free and dairy version. The parve/dairy free version was really delicious but as we all know most things taste better with butter (and yogurt) in them and this is the case with this cake. The picture above was taken about a half hour after the dairy version had been out of the oven. I had to quickly freeze the rest so that my kids would not eat it all up.

3 cups whole spelt flour
2 cups of full fat yogurt or 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
3/4 butter softened or extra virgin coconut oil
1 1/2 cup Rapunzel organic whole cane sugar or sucanat (I have bought both of these at Fairway and Whole Foods.)
4 eggs beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 cup of cocoa powder (not dutch processed!)
1 tablespoon of baking powder
oil/butter and white flour for the pan

1. Soak flour with the yogurt or the water and lemon juice on your counter for 12 to 24 hours.

2. Cream butter or extra virgin coconut oil with whole cane sugar or sucanat.

3. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder. Please note: I have found that the eggs don't combine well with the dried whole cane sugar/sucanat and butter mixture. It does, however, all come together when you add the flour soaked in yogurt. I did not have the same problem with the coconut oil.

4. Mix in the soaked flour mixture until well combined and pour into the pan.

5. Pour batter into a 9x13 inch greased and floured pan.

6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


I am wondering about coconut oil. I use Extra Virgin and also expeller pressed. I get a good quality expeller pressed when cooking something that would not benefit from the coconut taste. What are your thoughts on this and do you know of a cheaper source for a quality expeller pressed oil? I use Nutiva Extra Virgin but can't find an expeller pressed gallon any less than Nutiva's extra virgin! Just asking around for a better deal for our family of 6 as we use a lot. Thanks and I just found your blog and love it! Shalom.
From what I understand there are still benefits from using expeller pressed coconut oil although I am no expert on the subject. I have used it for everything from challah to baked goods.

I just end up buying my coconut oil locally but Wilderness Family Naturals has bulk expeller pressed and extra virgin coconut oil. I have heard that it's really good and one day I will get it together and order from them!
cool, please guidance so that I can create a blog like yours

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