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Old 10-04-2018, 05:14 PM   #1
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Eggplant Chocolate Cake

Okay, this has got to be the weirdest cake I’ve ever baked!

https://food52.com/recipes/77833-ian...eggplant-cakes

However, it really does make a super-moist cake healthier than flour and sugar-loaded regular cake. Those who dislike how sweet most cakes are may love these.

Check the Author’s Notes for making it vegan/egg-free. I used the wildflower honey specified, but I’ve no idea why that’s called for as the chocolate overwhelms any flavor from the honey. I’ll use whatever honey I have next time.

You can substitute oat flour for the almond flour if tree nuts are problematic. For gluten-free, I used 1 Tbsp. brown rice flour instead of the all-purpose flour—worked fine.

These will be very moist and won’t have the rounded top of most cupcakes when cool. I found a silicone spatula helped pry them out of the muffin cup without damage. I doubt that paper baking cups would work well with these so wouldn’t try them if I were you.
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Okay, this has got to be the weirdest cake I’ve ever baked!

https://food52.com/recipes/77833-ian...eggplant-cakes

However, it really does make a super-moist cake healthier than flour and sugar-loaded regular cake. Those who dislike how sweet most cakes are may love these.

Check the Author’s Notes for making it vegan/egg-free. I used the wildflower honey specified, but I’ve no idea why that’s called for as the chocolate overwhelms any flavor from the honey. I’ll use whatever honey I have next time.

You can substitute oat flour for the almond flour if tree nuts are problematic. For gluten-free, I used 1 Tbsp. brown rice flour instead of the all-purpose flour—worked fine.

These will be very moist and won’t have the rounded top of most cupcakes when cool. I found a silicone spatula helped pry them out of the muffin cup without damage. I doubt that paper baking cups would work well with these so wouldn’t try them if I were you.

Very extreme! I doubt I will make it, since I love eggplant and this sounds like a waste of the veg, but I applaud you for doing so. I do like putting vegetables in everything......but I think here is where I draw the line.
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Very extreme! I doubt I will make it, since I love eggplant and this sounds like a waste of the veg...
Yup, it does sound bizarre. I thought much as you until we tried these. They are simply yummy, however.

A bonus is that they so lack flour but are high-fiber that they didn’t seem to affect blood sugar—a concern for us—as regular carb-loaded cupcakes would.

Might be doable for others with blood sugar concerns as a result. Also may work for people who hate eggplant.
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Very interesting sounding. I would never get it past DH (he hates eggplant! ) but I want to know who was it who sat there and thought "I'll try putting eggplant into a chocolate cake recipe".... I bet whoever it was, they got some weird looks when they first served it up!
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Trust me, if you don’t tell him there’s eggplant in it, he’ll never know.

It’s rather like a mayonnaise cake—very moist and chocolatey.

Drew took several to share with coworkers. Not a single one guessed there was anything out of the ordinary in the cake. Even a couple who said they hate eggplant loved this cake.
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Interesting but doubt I'll ever make it.
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Trust me, if you don’t tell him there’s eggplant in it, he’ll never know.

It’s rather like a mayonnaise cake—very moist and chocolatey.

Drew took several to share with coworkers. Not a single one guessed there was anything out of the ordinary in the cake. Even a couple who said they hate eggplant loved this cake.
I had a feeling you might say that...

A mayonnaise cake? Good grief, I feel so far behind. I've not seen/come across anything like that over this side of the pond...
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Mayo cake is somewhat a Central U.S. thing, I think. It was very popular in the 60s and 70s.

Basically, mayonnaise replaces oil in chocolate cake. Works beautifully with the slight acidity of the mayo spiking the cake’s sweetness.

And then there’s Coca Cola cake for a Southern weird chocolate cake...

We Yanks have created some truly bizarre foodstuffs, I admit.
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And you can use 12oz of soda/pop any flavor, diet or regular to make a cake mix cake. You just mix the soda/pop with the package of cake mix, pour in to the prepared pan(s) and bake as usual. You don't need the eggs, oil or water the mix calls for. I've tried this and it does work. You're only limited by the flavors of cake mix and soda/pop that you're willing to combine. When I did it I used chocolate cake mix and orange soda/pop and it was good.
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