Mini Chocolate Cakes with chocolate curls are a big hit in my house. Especially when both are free of dairy and gluten, and decorated with curls of dark chocolate. I explain how to easily make chocolate curls below! This recipe makes two 6-inch round cakes.
Rub a six-inch round pan or two with coconut oil, and dust with cacao powder. Preheat oven to 350 F.
Melt the chocolate chunks in the measuring cup, either in a pot of hot water or in the microwave in 20 second increments.
In a mixing bowl, stir with a hand mixer or spoon, the sugar, coconut oil, cashew butter and chocolate.
In a different mixing bowl, combine flour, cacao powder, baking powder and salt. Stir until combined.
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, blend with a hand mixer until combined. Add the plant milk and apple cider vinegar last. Blend until combined.
Pour the batter evenly split into the two 6-inch pans. Bake at 35oF for 25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
Let the layers cool in the pans about 2 minutes. Release them onto a cooling rack and let them cool for 1 hour.
Make the `frostings and assemble cake. For this cake, I used frosting recipes on my blog. I also used a frosting comb To pattern the sides - have you ever used a frosting comb?
How to Make Chocolate Curls
Melt 2-3 chocolate bars in the microwave at 30 second intervals.
Pour into a miniature loaf pan lined with parchment and put in freezer for about 30 minutes. You are going for a chocolate brick that is at least 2-inches tall.
Once chilled, remove chocolate brick from parchment and using a vegetable peeler, slice thick strips off the chocolate brick. You can scrap either the side for narrower curls, or the top for wider ones.
Treat the curls gently, let them fall or gently place them onto a small dish layered with smooth parchment paper.
When you have enough to decorate a cake, put the newly-created curls, still on the dish, into the freezer for 20 minutes so they can become firm enough to handle. If the brick feels cold as you are "curling", warm it in the microwave for 30 sec to soften it. Decorate your cake! Enjoy!