Week CHESS- Carrot and Carob Chess Cake

I was about to use one my filed recipes when I remembered we were in the middle of Chess week. My recipe didn’t have anything to do with chess. Luckily,  I could improvise with Papa’s Birthday cake, yes! because it was his birthday yesterday we made a cake and I just needed to “chess” it 🙂

We came up with  an adaptation of the latest carrot cake (pastel de zanahoria) recipe my mum gave to me and it was reeeeeally yummy.

This is what was left

You will need:

  • 2 tazas de azucar = 2 cups of sugar
  • 3/4 taza de leche = 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 taza de aceite = 3/4 cup oil
  • 3 huevos batidos = 3 beaten eggs
  • 2 cucharaditas de vainilla = 2 tspVanilla
  • 2 tazas de harina = 2 cups flour
  • 3 cucharadas de algarrobo = 3 tbsp carob powder (or cocoa)
  • 2 cucharaditas de polvo de hornear = 2 tsp baking powder
  • pizca de sal = pinch of salt
  • 1 cucharadita de jengibre = 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tazas de zanahoria rallada = 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 taza de semillas de girasol = 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 lata de pina picada = 1 tin of crushed pineapple
  • 1 taza de coco rallado = 1 cup dessicated coconut
  1. Combine flour, carob powder,  baking powder, salt and ginger and set aside
  2. In another bowl, mix sugar, milk, oil, vanilla and eggs
  3. Add dry mixed ingredients to the sugar mix
  4. Incorporate the rest of the ingredients and pour mixture into 2 greased 20cm tins and bake at Gas 4 for 50mins or until toothpick comes out clean

For the frosting:

  • Blend together a pack of tofu with 1/2 cup of powdered sugar or any other sweetener to your taste. (Maybe more, maybe less sweet)
  • Finally, sprinkle some cocoa as suggested in this post, keep reading…

This cake is great without any frosting but if you decide to go for this delicious frosting you will need to cut a template to sprinkle the cocoa in square shapes

I only used a corner of an A4 card paper, (forget about the other 2 squares on the side)

Important note: I have only used the tofu frosting for this template which you would rather use last minute before serving as the carob/cocoa powder will start getting soggy after an hour or so. This might not happen with other types of frosting (drier or more consistent ones maybe), so you could try the sprinkling of your powder onto the frosting of your choice beforehand (on a little cupcake or so)

You will use this template to cover the cake and sprinkle your cocoa through a sieve onto your cake, and every time you sprinkle you will follow your pattern to keep moving the template as you sprinkle more squares with your cocoa. Easy!

You could probably use your lolly stick figures to decorate even better your chess cake  🙂

I actually halved my recipe so just got one cake but if you do both cakes then use the same tofu mixture for the filling. If you do only one and have some tofu mixture left, just add 2-3 tbsp of carob or cocoa powder and place in the freezer, then every hour or so take it out give it a stir or put in the blender, put back in the freezer until you get something like this:

There you go!

2 recipes in one 🙂

Now enjoy your cake and your easy non-fat chocolate ice cream! Just like her…

Happy cake decorating!


2 thoughts on “Week CHESS- Carrot and Carob Chess Cake

  1. I am still amazed at what you can use tofu for! Tofu icing is such a great idea 🙂 And how clever is your template! I bet everyone loved this cake. Thanks for sharing on Happy lil ❤’s are baking x

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