This is a recipe I made for my son’s 16th Birthday. He insisted that he did not want a birthday cake. This was sad for me as the long tradition of making cakes for birthdays are changing in my house. My daughter too on her 16th asked for the same!! Although she’ll be 18 in October so we’ll see what she wants this year as she is intended to have a party!
I love making my own cakes and this one is full of antioxidant rich chocolate so technically really good for us.
To make this recipe you can use any tin as long as it’s approx 22cm in diameter. I used a small roasting tin. line with parchment paper for the best results. always us parchment as without it, it sticks to the bottom and will become a big mess.
Ingredients for Birthday Brownies
Organic butter 100g, chopped
Dark organic chocolate 200g, chopped
4 Large eggs
Coconut sugar 250g
Plain flour 100g or Ground Almonds ( mine has ground almonds)
baking powder 1 tsp
Organic cocoa or Cacao Nibs 30g
Some variations to add if you wish:
- Dark chocolate chunks 100g, chopped
- hazelnuts, walnuts – 100g, toasted, roughly chopped
- pecans 100g, toasted, roughly chopped
- Sesame Seeds 50gm
Method for Birthday Brownies
Step 1 : Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
Step 2: Line a 22cm square brownie tin with baking parchment. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a microwave or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Cool to room temperature.
Step 3: Whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Step 4: Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and sift in the flour, baking powder and melted Butter & cocoa.
Step 5: Fold to make a fudgie textured batter.
Step 6 : ( add optional additional ingredients : as above – I used Walnuts and Dark Choc for mine).
Step 7: Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the cake cracks and the middle is moist but set. Check by inserting a fork for consistency. Cool then lift out of the tin and cut to required sizes. If your in a hurry or you like it warm- take it out and use a long knife to cut to precisely so it does not crumble.
Optional Textured Icing – Old Fashion style Frosted Icing
INGREDIENTS for Old Fashioned Butter Icing
Add the following ingredients and whisk up
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened, room temperature
½ tablespoon Organic Double cream – whip it up
1 bar of organic dark chocolate melted – pour in
2 large spoons of Green & Blacks cocoa powder, sifted
Cream up using a large spoon-
Refrigerate for 15 mins- serve with brownies and Fresh seasonal Fruit- We had Raspberries.
Please Let me know if you try out this recipe – I like to hear if you liked it.