Cupcakes and Sunshine: Quinoa Chocolate Cake for #MakeitPinterestingMonday

Monday, February 3, 2014

Quinoa Chocolate Cake for #MakeitPinterestingMonday

If you don't know me too well, you probably do not know that I actually like healthy food a lot. I've told you a lot about Mama's Boy, my obsession with donuts, my weakness for French toast, brownies, and biscuits. But I haven't really talked much on the blog about my enthusiasm for healthy desserts (or anything healthy for that matter). My roommates probably think I'm crazy because I've probably tried every "healthy" dessert you could possibly make. Healthy-fied ice-cream, healthy-fied smoothies, healthy-fied puddings, healthy-fied cookies. Gluten free this, vegan that, etc. You name it. 

Sometimes, the healthy-fied recipes are terrible. Really terrible. I'm sorry, but I've never had a black bean "brownie" that doesn't taste like dirt. 

Sometimes, you do find a winner though. With better ingredients. That make you feel a little less guilty when indulging. And that just makes you feel like a better person. It really does. And when you feel like a better person, then you feel like you can eat more biscuits and donuts and French toast and brownies.It's about the balance, y'all. But let me tell you, making healthy desserts is an art. And I just want to high-five all of the bakers out there who can master the skill of healthy dessert recipe development. Gold stars for you because it is tough business.

Today, I would like to give a huge shoutout to Mel at Mel's Kitchen Cafe who inspired today's #MakeitPinterestingMonday post. After finding her Quinoa Chocolate Cake recipe on Pinterest, I was intrigued. Quinoa!? In cake!? No way! Quinoa is...healthy! With raving reviews and positive feedback from her commenters, I had to give it a go. 

AND BOY OH BOY AM I SO HAPPY I DID. My roommates, friends, and friends of friends who sampled it would agree. I may or may not have had three slices.

it was absolutely wonderful. 

decadent and chocolate-y. 

and the frosting was light and fluffy and dreamy. 
I'm saving this recipe in my books forever. and ever. 

I did change a bit of the recipe. Instead of butter, I used coconut oil. And I replaced half of the fat in the cake with applesauce. And guess what? It worked. This cake is unbelievably delicious. I was skeptical. But bring this to parties and I swear it won't disappoint. And the good news is, it's sort-of healthy.

The Pinteresting Details:

My thoughts:, periods and dramatic one-word sentences for emphasis because this cake deserves it)

Easy? Um, well, sort of! I would say it was a little tough waiting for the cakes to cool. And then waiting for the heavy whipping cream and chocolate mixture to get cold enough in the refrigerator to whip into soft peaks. I have zero patience when my face wants to stuff itself with delicious chocolate things. So that was hard. Also, the cake was extremely fragile. You have to be vewwwy, vewwwwy careful when taking the cakes out of the cake pans. 

Changes I made: I replaced the butter with coconut oil and used applesauce in place of half of the oil. 

Would I make it again? YES YES YES. 

Give it a go and pin it HERE.

Don't forget to checkout my other #MakeItPinterestingMondays and pin all of your Pinterest favorites. 

Happy Monday!


  1. This looks awesome! I'll have to check it out. My husband loves Quinoa.

  2. I love making healthy desserts! I agree with the blackbean brownies comment it tastes horrible but I do love brownies using pumpkin as a substitute!!

  3. Thanks for letting me know about this post! Your pictures are lovely and I think your changes are fantastic (so many others have tried the coconut oil substitution that I'll definitely be giving that a go next time). Thanks, Haley!

    1. It was absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to make it again! :)

  4. Oh gosh, this cake looks absolutely scrumptious!! And even better that it's a healthy dessert :)
    xo TJ

  5. This looks so chocolatey and delicious! I love love trying all the crazy sounding healthy desserts as well. So far chocolate avocado mousse is my absolute favourite! Still not sold on the black bean brownies though either! I'm saving this recipe :)



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