Chocolate And Kidney Bean Cake

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Chocolate And Kidney Bean Cake

Chocolate And Kidney Bean Cake? Yes, really! The kidney beans replace the flour, making this cake Gluten Free (if you use the right chocolate) and very moist… Don’t knock it until you try it!

Ingredients (To make the Chocolate And Kidney Bean Cake)

  • 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 420g can kidney beans, drained
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 70g cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Ingredients (to make the ganache)

  • 400g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 200ml cream

Kidney Beans


Pre-heat oven to 180ºC (fan-assisted 160ºC).

Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin. Set aside.

Place the dark chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir occasionally with a metal spoon until the chocolate is melted. Set aside until the chocolate cools, but does not set.

Chocolate & Kidney Bean Cake

In a food processor, puree the kidney beans, one egg, vanilla and the cooled, melted dark chocolate until smooth. Set aside.

Chocolate & Kidney Bean Cake

Beat butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the remaining four eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.

Chocolate & Kidney Bean Cake

Add kidney bean mixture and beat until well combined.

Chocolate & Kidney Bean Cake

Sift together cocoa, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt and add to wet ingredients and mix well.

Chocolate & Kidney Bean Cake

Pour cake mixture into prepared cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. The cake will rise as it cooks, but as it cools it will fall back to become a “flat” cake.

Allow cake to completely cool in the tin.

Chocolate & Kidney Bean Cake

Chocolate & Kidney Bean Cake

To make the chocolate ganache, place the dark chocolate into a mixing bowl, set aside.

Bring the cream to the boil and then add to the dark chocolate. Mix well until the chocolate melts and the ganache becomes silky smooth. Set aside to cool completely.

Once cooled, beat using electric beaters until fluffy and smooth.

Carefully cut the cake in half. Spread half the ganache onto the bottom half of the cake and spread to the edges. Place the top half back on top and then smooth the remaining ganache over the top of the cake. Enjoy!

Chocolate & Kidney Bean Cake

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Comments On This Post

  1. I am so grossed out at the idea of the beans in the cake, but yet I NEED to make this cake to find out how it tastes! Thanks for the recipe, I really like this one. And I think I know a few gluten-free fanatics who will love this recipe.

  2. ali

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I served up this cake at a picnic and wallowed in compliments all afternoon. It’s moist and delicious and nobody believes it’s based on kidney beans.

    I am making a second one as we speak 🙂

  3. I have to try this recipe! 🙂

  4. LC

    Can I put applesauce instead of sugar as a bulking agent? I want to make this sugar free and sweeten it with truvia.

  5. Belinne

    Thank you for sharing this interesting recipe. I did one cake as a try, with half of the ingredients, and it was a success. The only thing I will modify next time is sugar amount. I found this cake too savoury, maybe because the chocolate I used and cocoa powder were unsweetened and pure. So next time I will put more sugar, an maybe won’t drain the beans (I did it from scratch, cooking the beans), since the cake was a little bit too compact for me.
    Once again, great choice for wheat and lactose intolerant! 🙂

  6. I’m very curious about this cake. I’ll have to try it. I’m guessing this would be higher in protein than other cakes because of the beans. Interesting.
    I’ll have to make this for my gluten free friend when she’s visiting. Perfect.

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