unsweetened dark cocoa powder

Homemade vegan chocolate mousse ❤️ …. Recipe:
I used silken tofu, unsweetened cocoa powder, 86% dark melted chocolate, maple sirup, essence of rum, essence of vanilla and Psyllium Husk (for consistency) ✨ Mix everything together in a food processor and blend until the mixture is a smooth paste and you get the mousse consistency! Add the ingredients after what you like (more maple sirup if you want it sweet or more cocoa if you want it bitter etc.) You can enjoy it right away or place it in the fridge for an hour or overnight 😋❤️

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A small and cute miniature chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream, crushed raspberries, and lemon curd inside each layer.

I put the crushed raspberries under the buttercream on top of each layer, to give a little tartness between the frosting and the cake. I was really pleased how this turned out- the cake was moist and rich and delicious, and definitely tasted of DARK chocolate (I used unsweetened cocoa powder). The flavors all played nicely with each other. Raspberry, lemon, and any type of chocolate is so my jam.

(As in, I love it. Not as in, “I make preserves out of it.” That would taste strange and not necessarily good.)

And the lemon curd filling didn’t fail! This was my first time making a filled cake and I was convinced it was gonna fail miserably and it didn’t and I’m still in shock a month and a half later. True story.

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Here, for your consideration, is my dessert of the week: a Really Gay Cake.

Since Pride Week just started here in NYC, I figured I needed to make a little rainbow cake, so not only did I make rainbow-colored vanilla buttercream, but I made a confetti cake by baking sprinkles into the batter! You can see that best in the third photo. The little flecks of color on the actual cake cross-section are the sprinkles, not frosting that got smudged.

I made a swirled batter, also: white chocolate and dark chocolate cake batter, to represent that there are people of all shades in the LGBTQ community. For the dark chocolate, I used unsweetened cocoa powder and a little molasses instead of some of the sugar, since molasses is less sweet tasting.

In between the layers is crushed raspberries because I wanted to use something red for AIDS remembrance. AIDS may not be as widely-spread or as quickly lethal as it once was; however, it disproportionately affects LGBTQ people of color, due to unequal access to health care and other systemic factors. (Sorry to get up on my soapbox, I’m just pretty passionate about this issue. Gettin’ off the soapbox now.) I also put some rainbow frosting between the layers.

And on top I put vanilla buttercream in rainbow colors, and I cut a couple of little hearts out of a raspberry. Yes, that is a shout-out to one of my favorite songs in Dance Dance Revolution. No, it has nothing to do with Pride Week. “Raspberry Heart” on Expert Mode is just really friggin’ fun.

The cake was super delicious. It was really moist and the chocolate flavors were…well, I mean, this is chocolate I’m talking about! Whaddaya want me to say, it tasted bad? Because then I’d be lying. Poorly lying, too.

…Um. Right. Anyway. I was really happy I put the crushed raspberries, because they brought some tartness, and also because I love raspberries with any kind of chocolate (but most of all on their own).

Happy Pride Week, everybody!