Gluten-free Chocolate Quinoa Cake

The world is awash today with images of hearts and chocolate. Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. I know what you’re thinking. Chocolate, hearts, berries…but what’s Valentine’s Day without quinoa? I hear you, ye tired, hungry and gluten-free. Because having quinoa in your cake is like having dinner together with dessert. It’s just more efficient.

I happened upon this recipe at the Week of Menus blog. She must cook during the day because she has way better lighting than I do, and is reflecting on how to be a better mother while I am just thinking about my hair and thinking about how I can make dinner into a dessert. (I cut my hair. After a couple of weeks of awkward silences and people averting my gaze trying not to comment on it while I was figuring out how to work with it, I have finally found a way to make it look effortlessly tousled which requires way more time than if I tried to make it look like I made a concerted effort. But such is the price of beachy.)

Week of Menus has done a good job laying out the recipe, so I’ll just link to it below, but the basic gist is that you mix the quinoa in a blender with a bunch of stuff and end up with a batter that looks like this:

Bake it like she tells you to. I’m sorry, but making my hair look effortlessly tousled has drained me of my will to share detail. You’ll end up with a cake.

Then you can cut a heart out of wax paper, snowflake-style:

Place it over the cake and dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar:

End up with this:

So follow the recipe. Eat it. Enjoy.


  • February 17, 2014 - 9:24 AM | Permalink

    Yay for gluten-free goodies! I am sure your hair is looking DARLING — it always does! I am growing mine out and dreading all those awkward in-between stages. Bah!

    • February 18, 2014 - 8:58 AM | Permalink

      Sophie, thanks for your kind words about my hair SIGHT UNSEEN! I’m sure yours is adorable as always — though I understand the awkward in-between stages. I just got my hair cut like one! Ha! 🙂

  • Ann
    March 4, 2014 - 7:27 PM | Permalink
  • October 1, 2014 - 5:47 PM | Permalink

    Looks beautiful! And, I love your writing. But, I don’t see the link to the actual recipe. Could you point me to it, or put it in a reply? Thanks, Annis

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