This is a genius cake. A Chocolate leftover rice cake. Have you ever heard of that? This is a lovely fudgy chocolate cake that just happens to use up your leftover rice. Bonus!
How do you bake rice into a chocolate cake?
I dreamt it up one day. I was making the well loved and famed orange and almond cake. The one with boiled oranges and I forgot to buy the oranges! After I swore a bit I decided to replace the oranges with leftover rice. And, this cake was born.
The cake is made with lovely dark cocoa. That’s what gives it its deep flavour. When using rice for this recipe, I used steamed rice. This is probably drier than boiled leftover rice. If you have boiled rice it will be easier to puree but it might be just a bit wetter than steamed rice. You may need to add an extra 1/4 cup (25gm) almond meal (flour). Basmati rice is a bit dry for use in this recipe
I love rice, I try not to eat too much of it at home in Australia….where I am carb-conscious …. but there are certain places in the world that you would not dream of skipping it. Italy for example……..or when in Asia it just feels right, breakfast lunch and dinner.
Times when rice is king!
There were times when I was in the Cambodian jungle that I prayed I could be eating rice. The jungle is green and dense and full crawling, flying, jumping creatures. If the bugs don’t get you the almost 100% humidity will. You feel tired just putting one foot in front of the other. While you are swatting mosquitoes and sweating, you can only dream of sitting in the shade and eating some fluffy rice.
The Elephant Valley Project is in Mondulkiri, a northern province in Cambodia. Here, a motley crew of Elephants are living a well deserved life of luxury. After surviving lives of incredible work loads farming and lifting and sometimes being used to carry tourists in painful heavy baskets, they are resting. Some have been tortured and beaten but now spend their days foraging in the jungle, safe and protected. Elephants eat a lot and did you know they are vegetarians? Here they wander the forest uprooting trees and foraging for juicy bits of greenery and sometimes they feel the need to raid local farms that have delicious crops growing, causing all kinds of trouble.
Here at the EVP in Cambodia, they are regularly offered Banana palms as a morning treat. These need to be hacked into large chunks before they are shared amongst the herd. They grow on hilly slopes in the sun while the Elephants like to wait in the shade down by the river. I did say banana palms, the whole tree, yes. Going down a slope generally means you have to go back up. It is incredibly tiring and slow work. Food here tastes extra amazing for humans that have been feeding elephants!
There were days that we joked about the lunch hooter going off………We PRAYED for the lunch hooter.
Some times I include a layer of salted caramel. This is super delicious too. If you want to do that you can get a recipe here (it makes a takeaway container, keep the leftover in the fridge to use it on other things).
Watch the video to see how easy it is
Chocolate Leftover Rice Cake- Gluten Free
- 250 gm cooked rice nice and moist
- 250 gm caster sugar
- 1 Tablespoon golden syrup
- 6 whole eggs extra large or 70 gm
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 200 gm almond meal
- 50 gm cocoa just under 1/2 cup
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 150 gm dark chocolate chopped or buttons
- 150 ml cream heavy or thickened
- You will need 20 cm ( 9") cake tin. I like to use a springform tin if possible. This mixture can also be made into cupcakes and set the oven at 180C (350 F) deg for 15-20 minutes.
- Put the rice and sugar into the food processor and buzz till smooth. This will take just a few minutes. It needs to be quite smooth
- Add the eggs, vanilla, almond meal, cocoa powder and baking powder .
- Puree till combined.
- Pour into a 20 cm ( 9") cake tin or cupcake papers 3/4 full. Bake at 180 C(350 F) deg for 15-20 minutes for cupcakes and 40-45 minutes for a 23 cm. A skewer should come out clean when the cake is tested.
- Let the cake sit on a rack for a few minutes before turning out and cooling completely
- Heat the cream in a jug or a sauce pan till warm but not boiling. Take off the heat and add the chocolate . Stir till melted. Cool . Beat in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread onto the cakes.
- I spread a layer of salted caramel on the cake before ganaching it.
More than an elephants tale ………………..Chocolate Left over Rice Cake, Gluten Free
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