My birthday cake {black tea infused, dark chocolate blueberry cake}

It’s my birthday! So given the fact that you guys seem keen on the dessert posts, we thought we would take my birthday as an opportunity to do a cake recipe.

Divya from Flavour Fiesta does her best to create a cake loaded with as many antioxidants as possible… aren’t you excited?

Today is Connie’s birthday, so we had to make cake! What’s a better way to celebrate your birthday than with a mouthful of cake?! Problem is most birthday cakes are just carbs and fat with absolutely nothing else to offer. Not this cake… it’s got dark chocolate, blueberries and anti-oxidant rich tea. Yes, your read that right, it’s got tea in it. Since Connie introduced me to tea and the idea of cooking with tea, I just HAD to include it in her birthday cake.
Let’s take a moment to discuss blueberries – the original superberry. They have been touted to have superior anti-oxidant properties, so I try to eat them whenever I can. They are the perfect addition to fruit salads, smoothies and cereal. But I like them most when they’ve been cooked down to a beautiful purple compote. Cooking them brings out a rich, sweet flavour that pairs really well with dark chocolate, so it’s the perfect addition to this cake. Not only does the flavour work well in the cake, but the blueberries actually keep it moist and luscious.

As for cooking with tea – it’s been a somewhat interesting experience for me and I’m getting used to it. I think it is certainly a good way to add some anti-oxidants to your diet. For this cake, I used David’s Tea Glitter and Gold, which is a Chinese black tea with hints of cinnamon. If you haven’t tried it, I strongly recommend it. It’s got a delightful aroma and is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly evening. As for cooking with the tea, I think it makes the chocolate in the cake taste a little more intense – which is always a good thing!

serves 4

½ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup blueberries
2 tsp maple syrup
½ cup milk
3 tsp cinnamon-black tea (We used David’s Tea Glitter and Gold)
2 tbsp dark chocolate, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
Splash of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Note: I like my cakes to be less sweet. If you prefer sweeter cakes, add 2 more tbsp of sugar to the cake.

Step 1: Toss the blueberries and maple syrup in a small saucepan and cook on medium-low heat for 4-6 minutes until the blueberries completely lose their shape. Remove from the heat.
Step 2: Heat the milk until it simmers. Turn off the heat and add the tea leaves. Steep for 5-7 minutes and strain the mixture into a small bowl. Add the chopped dark chocolate to the mixture and mix well.
Step 3: Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Add the coconut oil and mix well to fully incorporate the oil.
Step 4: Add the sugar to the dry ingredients, mix well and then add the eggs, vanilla and milk-chocolate mixture. Whisk until smooth.
Step 5: Fold the blueberry mixture into the batter until mixed evenly. Pour the batter into four small greased ramekins.
Step 6: Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20-24 minutes until JUST done. Be careful not to overcook the cake. Decorate with icing sugar or flaked coconut. Enjoy right out of the ramekin!

While cake may not be top of my charts for being skin-friendly, you can find creative ways of making it skin-friendlier than your traditional store bought cake. Find out why this mouthwatering list of ingredients makes the cut:
Cocoa Powder: Cocoa powder is considered to be one of the foods richest in polyphenols. That’s why, dark chocolate, which has a higher concentration of cocoa powder is actually good for you! It’s fighting off those age-inducing free radicals while satisfying chocolate cravings galore!
Coconut Oil: Don’t be scared off by the fact that coconut oil contains saturated fats. It actually contains the good kind of saturated fat – which we all need a little of in order to keep our skin smooth and supple. Coconut oil can also improve the absorption of calcium and magnesium, which can also improve your skin’s resiliency.
Blueberries: Chockfull of antioxidants, blueberries not only scavenge free radicals for maximum skin protection, but they also can soothe inflammation.
Black Tea: Did you know that black tea has 10x more polyphenols than what you would get in fruits and vegetables? It can also help detoxify which is important if you want to have clear skin.
Dark Chocolate: Rich in flavonoids, dark chocolate will load you up with antioxidants while giving you your chocolate fix. Trust me, with this extra infusion of antioxidants, your skin will not complain.

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