This was the first of the Extreme cakes and remains many people’s favourite. It is grain free, gluten free, dairy free with an amazing texture and richness
The cake is quite special. It’s unique. We receive voluminous feedback about this cake but the comment I hear most frequently is ‘wow, that is amazing’.
The cake is gluten and dairy free and rivals the best chocolate cake you have ever tried. It is made from the highest quality ingredients, including:
The icing is made from:
The cake has the deep, moist chocolate flavour of a great chocolate cake combined with the subtle softness of the roasted kumara. It is energy dense, satisfying and absolutely perfect with a cup of coffee. It also has the slow release energy of coconut sugar and coconut oil so it doesn’t bring on sugar spikes or cravings.
It’s also a great way to get some healthy coconut fat into your diet. Over 60% of the cake is medium-chain fatty acids from coconut oil.
The cake has a long shelf life due to the natural preservatives contained in the coconut oil.
We don't generally think of a cake as having nutritional value but the Extreme Chocolate Cake is a powerhouse of nutritional value. Particularly:
High in Insoluble Fibre
This cake is extremely high in dietary fibre which comes from the coconut flour that does not break down in our stomach but passes through our system undigested. All dietary fibres are either soluble or insoluble.
The Coconut Culinary Four (fine ground high fat) used in this recipe contains approximately 35 grams of fibre per 100 grams. Of that fibre around 93% (or 32.5 grams) is insoluble and 7% (or 2.5 grams) is soluble.
Insoluble fibre is a gut-healthy fibre due to the laxative effect it produces. It adds bulk to the diet and helps prevent constipation. The fibres do not dissolve in water so they pass through the gastrointestinal tract intact.
They have the effect of facilitating the passage of food and waste through the gut.
The high percentage of insoluble fibre is one of the reasons why this cake is extremely low cabohydrate.
Contains Soluble Fibre
The Coconut Culinary Flour (High Fat) used in this recipe is a good source of sobluble fibre. Soluble fibre dissolves in water and attracts further water and forms a gel, which has the action of slowing down digestion. Soluble fibre delays the emptying of the stomach and makes you feel full and thus has the ability to help in weight control.
The slower stomach emptying also has an effect on blood sugar levels and a positive effect on insulin sensitivity. Soluble fibre can also lower LDL (or the bad) cholesterol by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol.
Medium-chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs)
High MCFA Content
This cake contains a high percentage of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) derived from both the Raw Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Culinary Flour (High Fat) used in the recipe
The MCFA's in the virgin oil nad coconut culinary flour provide a range of health benefits, that includes:
Rich Source of Lauric Acid
Both the Raw Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Culinary Flour (High Fat) used in this recipe are rich sources of lauric acid.
Lauric acid coverts to monolaurin in the body. Monoglycerides such as monolaurin are 'active' fats. The 'activity' of monolaurin is expressed in its antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal powers.
Coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid on the planet. The body cannot produce lauric acid, other than it is produced in breast milk by lactating mothers, so must be obtained from a food source.
This cake is mineral rich. The minerals come from a number of sources including the Cacao Powder, Coconut Culinary Flour (High Fat) and Coconut Sugar. These three ingredients are rich in a range of essential minerals including:
Selenium (from Coconut Flour & Sugar)
The New Zealand diet, due to a deficiency in the soil, tends to be lacking given selenium generally comes from plants.
Selenium is an essential trace element that is important for health due to its ability to:
Magnesium (from Coconut Flour, Cacao Powder & Coconut Sugar)
Magnesium is another essential mineral that regulates a range of metabolic reactions and the general consensus is that many of us are magnesium deficient. It is used by the body in:
Common signs of magnesium deficiency include:
Whilst I wouldn't suggest that you live on Extreme Chocolate Cake there are a number of reasons why it's my cake of choice:
The Glycemic Index (or GI) is a measurement that indicates how quickly carbohydrates break down in our system and raise the level of blood sugar. This cake is sweetened with Coconut Sugar which is about half the GI of white table sugar and significantly lower than hone. It provides slow release energy that does not spike insulin levels.
Because this cake only uses only Coconut Culinary Flour (High Fat) is totally gluten free and is a healthy and delicious alternative to wheat flour based cakes. Coconut flour also has the advantage of being hypoallergenic meaning that there are very few people who show an allergic reaction to any coconut products.
Whilst Cealiac Disease is at the extreme upper end of the problem some studies indicate that up to 40% of the population have some kind of tolerance. Often undiagnosed and often blamed on something else.
Low Carb Option
This cake is a low carb option that contains very little in the way of the simple carbs that are associated with insulin spikes, weight gain and lethargy.
The cake is high fat, reasonably high protein and low carb. It has a significantly lower carbohydrate content than similar cakes or desserts. This cake has about 6 grams of carbs per 100 gram slice.
What people have said about the Extreme Chocolate Kumara Cake:
No wonder you're selling those cakes so fast. It's more like a chocolate bar than a cake. Gorgeous with stiff black coffee, and have some left over for tomorrow.
I love it
Yes, this is my 2nd cake....I love it...been telling all my friends about it.
Thanks so much. Your food tastes beautiful!
BTW, your choc kumara cake is delicious
Delivery has been straightforward to date. A few things you might need to take into account when orderng the cake through the website:
Delivery by Castle Parcels
The cake is couriered to you by Castle Parcels. Delivery is generally the next day in the North Island and the day after to the South Island.
Auckland deliveries can sometimes be the same day.
There is no Saturday delivery with Castle Parcels so I will hold back orders received from the South Island after Wednesday until the next week to guard against the cake being caught in transit over the weekend.
Orders after Thursday morning in the North Island are held over until the following week.
The cake is bubble wrapped to keep it safe and also cool. Bubble wrap is extremely effective in keeping the cake from overheating and it should reach you still 'cool' to the touch.
No Signature Required
I mark all parcels with cakes or probiots as 'Leave without signature in a safe place' if you do not provide specific other instructions.
Castle Parcel courier drivers will not leave parcels without signature unless they have specific authority.
You can provide us with specific instructions i the Specl Instructions box as you go through the checkout process
The Extreme Chocolate Kumara cake should be kept refrigerated. Both from the point of keeping it fresher but also because it contains a large amount of coconut oil it will go soft in the warmer weather if kept out of the fridge.
Properly stored the cake will last for about four weeks. The long life of the cake is due to the protective action of the coconut oil.
You can buy Natural Abundance Extreme Chocolate Kumara Cake at a nuber of outlets in Auckland, including:
Naturally Organic Northridge
Naturally Organic Northridge
Located at the Northridge Plaza, Shop 23, 100 Don McKinnon Drive, Albany.
The new Naturally Organic store stocks the full range of Natural Abundance Exreme Cakes and Brownies and also our Paleo and Raw Crackers.
Naturally Organic Rosedale
Naturally Organic Rosedale
The original Naturally Organic store is located at Shop 9, 215 Rosedale Road, Albany. They stock all the Natural Abundance Extreme Cakes and Brownies as well as the Paleo and Raw Crackers.
Our Dairy Free Cheesecakes are also available at Naturally Organic.
Health Planet is located at 458 Lake Road, Takapuna and stocks the Extreme Chocolate Kumara cake as well as a number of the brownies.
Huckleberry Farms Royal Oak
Huckleberry Farms Royal Oak
Huckleberry Farms at Royal Oak stocks the Extreme Chocolate Kumara Cake. The store is located at 6 Campbell Road, just near the Royal Oak roundabout.
Harvest is located at 405 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn. They stock the Extreme Chocolate Kumara cake.