the best healthier chocolate cake!

This cake is for chocolate lovers only! Prepare yourself for an amazing flavor experience!

I’ve been making chocolate cakes from scratch for years, and have used several different recipes and ingredients.  I must say that this cake is probably in the top 3 of my favorites, but the premium ingredients are the reason.  I do make a grain and gluten free chocolate cake which is also “to die for”, but for a standard chocolate cake, this is AMAZING! It is based on the basic Hershey’s recipe and an adaption by @addapinch that I came across, but I’ve added some of my favorite techniques and healthier options to make it more nutrient rich! What’s also great is If you don’t feel like pulling your mixer out, both the cake and the frosting can easily be done in a bowl with a good whisk or even a large fork.

The key to this recipe is using a special flour blend by this whole grain flour blend is absolutely wonderful for breads and is proving to work well for cakes, pancakes and waffles also! The Sunrise Flour Mill Heritage Bread Blend is a blend of both refined white flour and whole wheat flour that has been specially milled to produce a super fine grain without removing the most nutritious part of the wheat berry.

The deep dark chocolate cocoa I use makes for an extremely decadent experience as well.  This special rich dark chocolate has 3 times the amount of cocoa butter compared to other baking cocoas, so it makes for a very wonderful rich chocolate flavor!

I use Sucanat sugar in these recipe as well because it is an unrefined sugar which retains more nutrients than refined white sugar. I recently had the opportunity to visit Grabill, Indiana which is a small Amish community near Fort Wayne and purchased a nice bag of Sucanat. (Unfortunately, half of it got spilled all over my backpack when TSA went through my luggage and took my Amish raw honey because it was over the liquid limit. I was so sad!!)

What makes Sucanat better that white sugar?

Sucanat, or rapadura, is simple whole unrefined sugar. It is not separated from the molasses like refined sugar is, so it maintains more of its nutrients. It also is absorbed more slowly into to bloodstream. While it is still sugar, it certainly is a much better choice than plain white refined sugar and has a much richer caramel taste. Here is a great detailed article on the benefits of sucanat-

In Grabill, IN Amish Community

Why is the Heritage blend flour better?

The Sunrise Flour Mill Heritage Bread Blend is a blend of both refined white flour and whole wheat flour that has been specially milled to produce a super fine grain without removing the most nutritious part of the wheat berry.

Cake Ingredients

2 cups Sunrise Flour Mills Organic Heritage bread blend or similar high-quality flour

2 cups Sucanat or coconut sugar

1/2 cup raw cocoa powder

¼  cup Ramstadt rich dark cocoa from Prepared Pantry

2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1 teaspoon high quality espresso powder

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup melted organic unsalted butter

2 large organic eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water in small saucepan


Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare two (or 3) 8-inch cake pans by buttering and lightly flouring , or you can just unbleached parchment paper rounds.

For the chocolate cake:

Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, Himalayan salt and to a large bowl. Whisk through to combine well.

Add milk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together until very well combined.

To boiling water, add cocoa powders and espresso powder, stir well. Add cocoa mixture to batter and mix well.  No worries, the batter will be thin. If you don’t care to add the cocoa and espresso powders to the water, you can just add it in before with flour mix, I just like to have the powders develop their flavors in the hot water for a bit.

Pour cake batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the chocolate cake comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely on wire racks.

Frost cake with Becky’s Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

@addapinch also notes that this cake is freezer friendly but I don’t think it will last you long enough to freeze it! “Let the baked cake layers cool completely. Wrap them well with plastic wrap and then with foil. Put each layer into a freezer bag and freeze up to 2 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight with wrapping intact. The next day, the layers are ready to fill and frost.”

Becky’s Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

2 sticks organic unsalted butter room temperature

½ cup raw cacao powder

4 cups organic powdered sugar

½ to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons whole milk

Mix butter with cacao powder, in electric mixer or by hand. Slowly add in powdered sugar and vanilla extract.  Add in milk and mix or whisk thoroughly until light and fluffy.  Add more milk slowly if mixture is too dry. Frost cooled cake with an offset icing spatula

Enjoy this cake and let me know how it turned out for you!

Love and blessings,


Today is a good day – cancer update

 I made this plaque a few months ago at a Women of Purpose in Christ ladies event at Board and Brush.  It’s a little rustic, and has a couple of mistakes here and there, but what you can’t see is that it has a beautiful glittery shimmer covering it. It reminds of how life can be- a little shabby and not perfect, but with a nice shimmer of Hope all over. I have placed it on my wall in the middle of our living room to encourage me that it IS a GOOD day. 

It’s now been over 2 years that I received a cancer diagnosis and I’m thankful to say that for the most part I am doing pretty well. The last time I had my blood checked, my lymphocytes had not increased, praise God! I’m due to have bloodwork again soon. But I’ll be honest, some days are not great.  While I might look like I’m doing well,  there are days when I really struggle to get out of bed.  To be expected I guess, when you’re dealing with a chronic blood cancer.  I think my kids are the only ones who see how things really go on a day to day basis.

According to the Experts there is no cure for CLL, so I am doing as much as I can to heal myself naturally.  It takes a lot of time, money, discipline and energy to keep up with everything and honestly, some days I would like to just do nothing regarding my treatments. But I do it anyway, because I won’t give up. It’s those times when I really thank God for the Sabbath day- a time to cease from the cares of this world and rest in Jesus.

One of my motivational phrases

I don’t really like to talk much about my cancer for a few different reasons.  Mostly, I just want to live life to the fullest and not be ruled by the diagnosis. I also want to stay positive especially for my kids and hubby and loved ones. Sometimes It  just makes me sad. I won’t lie, a day never goes by that I don’t contemplate the issue.  My mind wonders many things, especially, will I EVER feel normal again?  I’m not a fan of the phrase “new normal” I want to be in the REAL normal.

What about prognosis?  My specialists say that most people live for 14 plus years with this disease, but that data is based on folks being diagnosed around 75 or older.  I was diagnosed at 49, how will that affect me, or not??  

Then after the questions come the feelings, and lots of them.

I feel TIRED many times exhausted both physically and mentally.

I feel PERPLEXED, wondering how I got this cancer, what caused it? Could I have prevented it? 

I feel THANKFUL but at the same time I also feel GUILTY. Thankful that my cancer is not an aggressive one, but at the same time guilty, knowing that several friends and loved ones have died or are currently suffering from other more aggressive forms of cancer.  

And I feel WORRIED. Worried that according to some stories I have heard, that CLL can turn into something more serious and that I would die before my kids grow up and are ready to be on their own.

At the same time however, I feel PEACE, because I know that my God has a plan for all of us and I have faith in HIS healing and HIS will. 

You might ask, why am I talking about it now?  I was recently thinking about my situation and the thought came to me that if I don’t talk about it, how will I help other women who may be going through the same thing?  So you may find me talking more about this in the future, and please, if you are going through something similar don’t hesitate to share with us here or send me a message.  

Before I go, let me leave you with this blessing from the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:

‘May Yahweh bless you and protect you. May Yahweh smile on you and be gracious to you. May Yahweh show you His favor and give you His peace.’

Numbers 6:24

Have a great day and take care!

Love and Blessings,