Organic Chocolate Cake with a Strawberry Acai Buttercream

I just got these fabulous cookbook, “Organic and Chic,” By: Sarah Magid. I was so excited to find this because I LOVE her philosophy being Organic and local as possible! This is completely up my ally… I must admit though, the only little thing that I was disappointed about was the food coloring she uses. It is the generic “chemical” kind. But for my recipes I want ALL of my ingredients to be as pure and chemical free as possible. Therefore, I have discovered this amazing naturally made  food coloring by “India Tree.” I paid $19 for it, but to me it’s worth it 🙂

 I made the Pink Macarons with an Organic Strawberry Acai Buttercream I had left over buttercream so I wanted to make a cake… and Since I love ANYTHING Chocolate, I made Sarah’s “Easiest Chocolate Cake…”

Ingredients

(This is the recipe cut in half for a smaller cake)

1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Organic AP Flour

1 Cup scant Organic Cane Sugar

1/2 Cup Organic Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/2 Tablespoon ALMOND EXTRACT (This is a change I made; Original recipe called for Vanilla Extract)

1/3 Cup Organic Canola Oil

1 Teaspoon Organic White Vinegar (Apple Cider is what I used)

1 Cup Cold Water

Directions

Preheat the oven to 35o degrees F. Butter and flour a 8 or 9-inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix the extract, oil, vinegar, and cold water. Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, 

being careful not to overmix. The mixture will be quite wet, but this is okay. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-24 minutes.

Allow cake to cool then frost it with the Strawberry Acai Buttercream.

Pink Macarons with an Organic Strawberry Acai Buttercream topped with Fleur De Sel

FINALLY! Successful Macarons!!

It took 3 times and it finally worked… I learned from all this that “Patience pays off!” Initially it was the whole “waiting” thing that I failed at during the first 2 attempts. But I did it and it worked.

I followed this specific Strawberry Macaron Recipe but of course I changed just a few things...

When making the Macarons I completely ommited the “Strawberry Flavor” because I only wanted the strawberry to come from buttercream. The food coloring I used is made by “India Tree.” It completely natural food coloring made from Vegetables. (AWESOME!!) I also sprinkled to tops on the Macarons with a coarse Fleur De Sel. Now the buttercream, instead of using Vanilla I used 1 teaspoon of Acai Berry Powder. Then, I substituted the heavy cream with Organic Sour Cream to give it a little more tang since its super sweet from the powdered sugar.

Im so excited about these little cuties and I hope you will be too!

BIG HUG for this one 🙂

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

The last time my husband and I had Rhubarb was in Paris and his Aunt had made a homemade Rhubarb Marmalade… it was insanely good! Since I have been craving that sweet tart flavor I had to make this beautiful vegetable one of my favorite ways, Galette. My favorite thing about any Galette, is how organic and free flowing it looks (and you can pick which edge has the most crust… wink wink).

Ingredients

Dough

1 3/4 Cups Organic AP flour

1/3 Cup Organic Sugar

1/4 Cup Semolina Flour

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt

1/2 Cup cold Organic Unsalted Butter, cut into small pieces

1/3 Cup Organic Cream, Milk or Half & Half

Strawberry Rhubarb Filling

2 1/2 cups sliced Organic Strawberries

1 cup chopped Rhubarb

1/3 cup Organic Sugar

3 Tablespoons Arrowroot Starch

1 Organic Egg, beaten

2 Tablespoons Raw Turbinado Sugar

Directions

1. To make the dough, combine flour, sugar, semolina, and salt in a processor; pulse 2-3 times. Add butter and pulse 4-5 times, or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With the processor running, slowing pour the cream through the chute, processing until the dough forms a ball. Remove the dough ball and adhere any remaining pieces of dough to it, then wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before rolling out.

2. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

3. To make the strawberry rhubarb filling, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and toss gently, making sure that the arrowroot is coating the fruit. Set aside.

4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Starting at the center of the dough, roll out, forming a 14-15-inch wide circle. Place the dough with parchment paper on a baking sheet. Add the fruit mixture to the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the border over the filling, overlapping where necessary and pressing gently to adhere the folds.

5.  Lightly brush the edge of the dough with the egg and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.  You don’t need to use the whole egg, just enough to brush the edge of the galette.

6. Bake for 1 hour, or until crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for 

at least 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note-you can make the galette dough in advance. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. Try serving the galette with vanilla ice cream for an extra special dessert.

Serves 6

Recipe was adapted from here I just changed some ingredients 🙂