Chocolate Cake with Quinoa? What!


How exciting! We can now eat cake that is loaded with vitamins and protein! Since quinoa is a healthy grain, we can now feel guilt free while eating CAKE! This is a great dessert for kids as well. After all, what kid doesn’t like chocolate cake? Keep in mind that you do not have to use whipping cream. You can use a healthier alternative like coconut cream. If you want your cake even healthier, you can skip the cream and add fruit or powdered sugar. The possibilities are endless!


  • 2 cup – Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/3 cup – almond milk, unsweetened
  • 4 large – egg
  • 1/2 cup – butter, unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 1 cup – sugar
  • 1/2 cup – cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoon – cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon – baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 cup – heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoon – powdered sugar
      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray and line a 9-inch nonstick cake pan with a round of parchment paper at the bottom.
      2. Melt butter.
      3. Put the quinoa, milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade.  Pulse to combine and then process until smooth, this will only take about 30 seconds or so.
      4. Add the sugar, 1/2 cup of the cocoa powder, baking powder, soda, and salt to the bowl and pulse to combine well.
      5. Turn into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-42 minutes until a toothpick comes out without wet batter sticking to it.  Remember that if your pan has different dimensions, your cooking time will vary.
      6. Let the cake cool on a rack for about 15 minutes before turning out of the pan.  Be careful when you flip the cake over as it will be delicate.  I like to place a plate over the pan and then gently flip both over together.
      7. When the cake is completely cool, frost.
      8. To make the frosting whip the cream until it is starting to thicken, then add the sifted confectioner’s (powdered) sugar and remaining 2 Tbsp of the cocoa powder.  Continue beating until thick and spreadable.  Don’t over beat!

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2 thoughts on “Chocolate Cake with Quinoa? What!

  1. Thanks for the recipe Jessica! My daughter loves Quinoa. Have you tried making this yet? I’m so not a baker so want to see how easy this really is. – Thanks again!


    1. Hi! No, I haven’t made it yet but I love Quinoa! I have tried Quinoa in brownies and I loved it. This should almost be the same. That was also super easy to make. I hope your daughter loves the cake! If she does, please let me know 🙂
      Thanks! – Jessica the Foodie


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