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gooey chocolate cakes

Accidents generally carry negative connotations. 

Dog pooping everywhere in the house, while the owners are happily asleep.  It was an accident. 

Ashley not properly closing the lid to Chris’s coffee mug, which makes it spill all over the inside of his bag.  It was an accident.  All four times.

Leaving a carton of eggs on the counter [cough-Chris], then leaving the house, then Dakota eating 2 raw eggs…shell + all.  It was an accident.

Using cayenne pepper instead of chili powder.  It was an accident.  A very spicy accident.

But what about good accidents?

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They happen.  Most often for me in the kitchen.  But they’re quite rare.

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This accident happened about 2 weeks ago, when I tried to make Triple Chocolate Donuts for my sister-in-law.  For some reason, before heading out to the store, I forgot to check and make sure I had all of the necessary ingredients.  They are typically things I have on hand.

Oops.  Accident!

I was out of eggs, almost out of sucanat, and had no applesauce.  Being out of eggs, wasn’t a huge problem, as I could just sub flax and make the vegan version.  But only having half of the sugar and no applesauce, left me stumped for a few minutes. 

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I decided to sub pumpkin puree instead of applesauce, and use 1/2 sucanat and 1/2 brown rice syrup, instead of only sucanat.  As soon as I poured the wet into the dry, I thought, this is probably going to be too wet with the brown rice syrup addition.  I should have subbed out some of the milk.  When vegan/gluten free batters are too wet, they just never seem to fully set.

I baked them for what seemed like forever, and the toothpick would just not come out dry.  I made a double batch too, which really annoyed me, because I thought it was going to be a major fail.  I was looking for donuts, not gooey cake.

But, after awhile I thought…

“What’s wrong with gooey cake?”

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Serving these warm, fresh out of the oven, is highly recommended.  However, if eaten the next day, your mouth will still do a happy dance. 

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Gooey on the inside.

Chewy on the outside.

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I will always have an undying love for half melted ice cream, especially when sitting atop warm chocolate cake.  As a kid, I used to vigorously stir my vanilla ice cream into a puddle, then slurp it down with a spoon.  Vanilla was always my favorite, with mint chocolate chip in close second.  It was a tough decision, deciding between the two flavors for this dessert.  I wanted the gooey chocolate cake to shine, so I chose vanilla.

The Ciao Bella Gelato had great texture, but the vanilla flavor was actual a bit too strong for me.  You know the point when there is slightly too much vanilla added in something?  This was definitely that.  More than edible, but wouldn’t buy it again.

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Gooey Chocolate Cakes adapted from triple chocolate donuts [vegan + gluten free]

  • 1/2c GF oat flour
  • 1/2c sweet rice flour
  • 2T coconut flour
  • 1.5T ground flax meal
  • 2T sunflower oil
  • 1/4c sucanat
  • 6T brown rice syrup
  • 3T pumpkin puree
  • 3/4c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2t vanilla
  • 1/2c vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1/2t baking soda
  1. Preheat your oven to 350* + grease your donut pan.
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix together the oat flour, sweet rice flour, coconut flour, sucanat, flax meal, cocoa powder, salt, chocolate chips, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, brown rice syrup, vanilla and oil.
  4. Stir wet into dry, until combined.  Do not over stir.  It will be quite thick.
  5. With a spoon, spatula, or piping bag, transfer the batter to your greased pan, filling about 1/8-1/4” from the top.
  6. Bake for 35-40min. 
  7. Test with a toothpick for doneness.  The toothpick should not come out clean, but it should feel somewhat “set” when you push it in.
  8. Remove to a cooling rack for 5min and serve immediately with any toppings you desire.

*Yields 7 cupcake sized cakes.  I know, kind of an odd amount.  Double it, trust me!

*For high altitude – oven 375*, 3/4t baking powder

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When our friends came over for dinner, I had the dry ingredients and wet prepped in separate bowls.  As soon as dinner was over, I preheated the oven, mixed the wet + dry, spooned them into the muffin pan and set them to bake. 

If you pre-mix the wet + dry, the batter will become too thick.  Keep them separate, right until you’re ready to bake.

Nothing better than the smell of baking chocolate coming from the kitchen. And trust me, no one will mind the wait for dessert.

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Sunday highlight?

Hour long bike ride with Chris, in chilly 40* temps.  Not as bad when running, but quite different on the bike!  Then, coming home and attack snuggling the mutts!

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Definitely looking forward to this week!  Friends + FOOD.


Reader Comments (61)

The inside of those cakes looks like a gooey place that I'd like to live forever :)

I have some sweet rice flour kicking around in my pantry that I've had no idea what to make with I know exactly what to do! I agree with Averie -- I'd like to be wrapped up in a blanket of chocolate gooey-ness for a while!

I always need to wear 2 pairs of gloves when biking in the cold. Every other part of my body can tolerate it but my hands.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@spicedplate

Yum!! I love vanilla and mint chocolate chip ice creams too! :)

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ Jess Go Bananas

I have the same thing with ice cream!! It's best when it's softened a bit. :) I breathed a total sigh of relief when I saw these are gluten free. I want these for my birthday!!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria @ Beautiful Busy Bee

Yum, those look AMAZING. I want some now!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle | Gold-hearted Girl

Poor Dakota.

And I don't know how you did this, but I'm glad you did. Every time I have an undercooked gf baked good, it always tastes "floury" - does that even make sense?

oh, this is a very happy accident :) you had me at "gooey chocolate" - from there i would have followed anywhere!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

What a wonderful accident! I love it and wow the cake, muffins look really moist and I want one right now!! I love the ice cream on top!!

There's absolutely nothing wrong with gooey cake if you ask me!! I agree, this was a fabulous accident!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Looks like a delicious accident to me...

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

no fair. Again, you make me jealous of your photography. Any chance you'd like to teach us a thing or two at the BLEND retreat next May?? :)

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's List

YUM! Looks delicious!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

How delish!! They look great :)

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

You're right, there is NOTHING wrong with gooey cake :) Anytime I see that on a dessert menu, there's not even a decision to be made. Now I have an at home version :)

I LOVE happy accidents in the kitchen! Makes me feel like a rock star! These look amazing!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

oh my goodness. must. make. this. now.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Gooey on the inside.

Chewy on the outside.


The absolute perfect cake!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

These look amazing!!!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Healthy Heddleston

I love gooey desserts, and your muffins look divine.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLena @Fit on the Rocks

I can totally live with the kind of accidents that end up with chocolate cake! ;)
Your cayenne mistake reminded me of the time I dumped cumin in my oats instead of cinnamon...deeeeerp.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Hahahaa...nasty! :)

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Sure! That would be fun!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Well you must try this out!!! Nothing floury about it! :) Dakota loves to be smooshed! hehe

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Pretty much everything you see on here is gluten free, as of last winter! I'm able to tolerate beer, so I have an occasional recipe involving beer, but that's about it!! Hope you enjoy these for your birthday!!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yummmm! & I used to do the some thing with my ice cream too. :)

Wow that looks like a fantastic accident!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ IHeartVegetables

yummy yummy yummy! That's all I have to say!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdana @ my little celebration

Amazing!!! Wish were were having Thanksgiving together :)

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

omg i want these NOW.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

What an amazing accident! :) I bet those are awesome right out of the oven!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Your gooey chocolate 'accident' cakes remind me of Lava Cakes...outside is firm but when you cut into it soft chocolateness emerges. I prepped the wet and dry before dinner too...they were always better served warm. How would I substitute regular flour?

Dakota should meet Ollie (my labradoodle) - sounds like they have a lot in common! I thought for a second you put cayenne pepper in the cake!! This recipe looks awesome. Love it that it is gluten free. Thanks!!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie at Burnt Carrots

Ahh this sounds so perfect, just what I've been craving lately. I'm going to have to take a whirl at these!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjb

Ooooh heck yes. These look so good I want to faint. I LOVE happy accidents in the kitchen!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Omgsh, they are like tiny little gooey brownies! Yummm.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandice @ Sailing on Paper

These are absolutely lovely...I love that last picture of the cake. I would devour these!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

Your mistakes always look so good!! I love ooey gooey chocolate cakes! :-)

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlaina

This reminds me of that (1200 calorie) molten lava cake from Chili's...but better of course!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

I want to dive right into that mini cake, I love that its chewy on the outside but completely gooey inside. Nothing trumps a description like that!!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

Oh wow, the gooey-ness of these cakes is out-of-control! YUM! :-)

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika - The Teenage Taste

YUM!!! love gooey chocolate things!!!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw twins

Talk about an epiphany... there is NOTHING wrong with gooey cakes! :)

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan @ MegGoesNomNom

What a delicious accident!! Vanilla and mint chocolate chip were my two favourite flavours of ice cream too. :) Well I also loved cookies and cream, and bubblegum.

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wish I could send you two some gooey cakes!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha...1200 cals...yiiiikes!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Cassie!!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes...just like gooey brownies. :)

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Enjoy! Let me know what you think!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha, no cayenne in the cake...although I have seen that done before!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm not sure about the regular flour subbing. It ends up changing other things like the amount of flax + liquid. It's always tricky going from gluten free + vegan to just vegan....sorry I can't be of more help!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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