I had been playing with figs from an orchard in Mangawhai (Fig'n Delicious by name) and had it in mind that they would make a great cake in the extreme cake range. Unfortunately i had missed the season and had to wait about 9 months to try to make the cake. I just pictured in my mind it would be a stunning cake.
And I remember my disappointment when i made the first cake and tried the first slice, because it tasted nothing like fig. So i gave the cake away to people and they came back raving about it. Why, i asked? it doesn't taste like fig. The answer came back the same each time. The texture. The texture of the cake is amazing.
And so it is. And after a while you can even start to taste the fig poking its subtle aroma through the chocolate.
It has become the second-best selling cake in the Paleo Cake range.
It 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:
One of the best things about the Paleo Cake range, and I am told this quite often, is that you don't need to eat a whole slice, because they are so rich. You just cut off a little slice.
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:
Insoluble Fibre Rich
Simarly with the other Extreme Cakes our Extreme Supreme is a rich source of insoluble fibre and one of the reasons the cake is so kind to the system.
Dietary fibre does not break down in our stomach; rather it passes through our system undigested.
Insoluble fibre in the diet has a number of health benefits, including:
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.
You need a balance of both soluble and insolble fibre in your diet. Soluble fibre dissolves in the gut. It forms a gel by attracting further water, which has the effect of slowing down the digestive process. The Coconut Culinary Flour (High Fat) used in this cake is a good source of soluble fibre.
If you can retain the 'I am full' feeling for longer periods after eating there are obvious benefits around diet management and weight control.
In addition to making you feel full longer a slower emptying stomach has a positive impact on blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. Soluble fibre has been shown to lower LDL (commonly seen as the bad) cholesterol by interferng with the absorption of dietary cholesterol.
Rich in Medium Chain Fatty Acids
Rich in Medium-chain Fatty Acids
This cake has an unusually high content of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) which is 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:
You don't generally think of a Christmas cake as containing minerals but his 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:
The Extreme Christmas cake uses quality cacao powder as part of the recipe. Cacao is accredited as being the most antioxidant laden food on the planet, rating four or five times higher than goji berries, acai berries and blueberries.
Cacao powder is rich in anthocynidin which is not only involved in the prevention of free radical damage but also:
Whilst I wouldn't suggest that you live on Extreme Supreme 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.