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"Magic Bean" chocolate cake

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created: 2011/09/12 changed: 2014/08/01
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Ingredients

Portions12 portion(s)
Cake

  • 420 g can kidney beans or butter beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon water or coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or more to taste
  • 70 g raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon GF baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 125 g Butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 140 g rapadura or coconut sugar
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35m
Preparation 5m
Baking/Cooking 30m
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Difficultyeasy
Appropriate for Thermomix ®-Beginners
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Recipe is created for
 
 Thermomix ® TM 31

Recipe's Preparation

In your TM puree the beans, water/coffee, I egg and vanilla until smooth. SP 7. Set aside.

Without washing the bowl, beat the butter and sugar SP 5 30 seconds

Add the remaining eggs & beat for 20 seconds SP 4.

Add bean mixture SP 4 5 seconds.

Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and blend SP 4 10 seconds.

Pour batter into greased ring tin pan and bake MOD oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 



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Recipe's preparation

In your TM puree the beans, water/coffee, I egg and vanilla until smooth. SP 7. Set aside.

Without washing the bowl, beat the butter and sugar SP 5 30 seconds

Add the remaining eggs & beat for 20 seconds SP 4.

Add bean mixture SP 4 5 seconds.

Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and blend SP 4 10 seconds.

Pour batter into greased ring tin pan and bake MOD oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 



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Tip

This GLUTEN FREE / NUT FREE /HIGH PROTEIN cake is wonderfully moist and works with most canned beans. Chickpeas work but they have a bit of a strong taste. If you use a round tin it will take a few minutes longer to bake.

You can also use oil instead of butter to make it dairy free - but butter is better!!

You can also make it in muffin tins which take about 20 mins to cook.

Check out www.clevercook.net.au for more of my recipes! Happy thermomixing!

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Tip

This GLUTEN FREE / NUT FREE /HIGH PROTEIN cake is wonderfully moist and works with most canned beans. Chickpeas work but they have a bit of a strong taste. If you use a round tin it will take a few minutes longer to bake.

You can also use oil instead of butter to make it dairy free - but butter is better!!

You can also make it in muffin tins which take about 20 mins to cook.

Check out www.clevercook.net.au for more of my recipes! Happy thermomixing!

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COMMENTS (380)
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Five stars! Delicious! A lovely dark chocolate flavour, a little bit bitter and not too sweet! This is a definite 'make-again'! Thanks for sharing!

hey squish, i used butter beans, more sugar and less cacao! Try again! Wink

hey there, try again but with more sugar and less cacao! I did this and it was a hit with my fussy 5yr old. Wink

I've made this a few times now, both with kidney beans & chic peas. I find the coffee & cacao very strong so will reduce quantities next time like some others. For the 1 tablespoon of coffee - does that mean liquid form of black coffee or ground coffee or instant coffee? 

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I'm a useless cook and this cake worked wonderfully. It was so light and moist and the whole family enjoyed it. I added a ganache topping because I was slightly worried about the bean taste but I really needn't have, the sponge was delicious on its own. Just hoping that it wasn't beginners luck and It will look and taste as good tommorrow when I make it. Thank you.  Smile

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I used cannellini beans and the end result (as well as the batter) was lovely. Didnt quite cook it enough as it sank a little, but that in no way affectrd the flavour. Next time 50 minutes in a round tin.

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I think I am going to be the only one here to say "really?"  I must have done something very wrong because I didn't tell any of my family members what it was other than "a chocolate cake" and they knew straight away something was amiss.  Most ate half, more to be polite, but then the rest was sadly binned the next day.  Sorry.  But it must just be me I am thinking!  Or I just like processed sugars and flour WAAAAYYY too much lol  Tongue

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Made these in muffin form the other night and they are AMAZING!! So soft and moist you would never believe they are made with kidney beans. Will be a definite in our house especially with our daughter being gluten intolerant.

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Beyond brilliant! An instant hit and will be repeated regularly.  Made as muffins.

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Yummo!! Not too sweet. I would defy anyone to identify the ingredients. My new favourite choc cake. Thank you!!

This cake is such a surprise! I've made it as a cake before, and now as muffins, yum!

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This is amazing! Stayed moist until we finished it (4 days later!). Next time I will try with a ganache! Thanks for the recipe. Smile

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Fantastic. The whole family loved this. Nobody guessed there was anything different about it. Used butter beans and was very impressed.

i told my husband I would divorce him if he told the kids what was in this- they LOVE it. Great source of protein thank you!!!!!!

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Absolutely amazing cake! I made this for the first time today and made a few substitutions to make it even healthier - I used 25% reduced fat butter and swapped 2/3 of the sugar for Natvia (granulised stevia based sugar free sweetener). I also used butter beans instead of kidney beans because I can't stand beans and butter beans are the least beans tasting beans, if you know what I mean. The cake turned out wonderfully and my husband doesn't believe me when I tell him its actually not that bad for him and has beans instead of flour. This really is a magical cake indeed.  

Surprisingly easy and oh so yummy, a real hit with my family. I made them in the muffin tin so it was easier for the lunch boxes and none of them had a clue that they may have been just a little bit healthier for them,  thanks very much.

My sisiter in law made this and i was suprised it is so moist like a rich mud cake. I made it for the guys i work for and they loved it they were suprised when i told them it was made from kidney beans. They now ask me to make it all the time.  Smile

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I get really inconsistent results in the appearance of my batter - I have no idea what I'm doing to cause that but oh well, not to worry as the end result only varies between very good and excellent!! It's a winner. 

Made this today for the first time. Wow. Everyone went back for seconds. And I love that there's a serve of veg in every slice! 

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I can't believe this tasted good!


I'm not normally what I'd call a "Mung Bean" cook but I wanted to try this to help with my chocolate addiction. 


I used a 400g tin of Butter Beans as they looked the plainest - the smell of them, especially once blitzed, made me want to be sick so I struggled to finish making it.  I iced it and served it up to the kids after school and they would have known something was up if I didn't have any so I had to eat it, even though my stomach was churning, and...yumm! 


2 of the 3 kids loved it (the 3rd is not really a sweet fan) so I think it will be on the menu again.  Thanks for the recipe Wink

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Loved sharing these cupcakes around at our family gathering, everyone raving about them and then telling them kidney beans were in it. After reading some comments I reduced cocoa to 50g and I used water not coffee for the young kids. Am about to bake some more now. Smile

Amazing! Kids loved it and it stays moist nearly all week making it perfect for lunch boxes! 

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Not that this recipe needs any more hype, but it is certainly all it's cracked up to be! Like many others I cut down the sugar to 100g and cocoa to 50g. It's light, moist, delicious, and moreish. It would work equally well with a ganache topping or cream & fresh berries on the side. I can't wait to feed it to my family tomorrow and see the looks on their faces afterwards when they find out about the 'magic beans'!

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so soft, so yummy and so nutritious Smile

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my unsuspecting chocolate loving husband was none the wiser  Wink will be our replacement cake now

 

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A real surprise! Great texture and great flavour. had a very slight bitter taste but I used cocao and red Kidney beans so I wonder if cocoa powder and white beans next time would alter taste. will be making again

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It was ok

I was expecting a bit more considering the comments! but it wasnt too bad. My dad and husband werent a fan though, maybe i shouldnt have told them after theyd eaten it what it was!

I made this using caster sugar instead of coconut sugar and poured it into muffin tins. Best chocolate cakes ever!

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So hard to believe that this is actually tasty.... A real winner!

Delish! Thankyou! I reduced the coconut sugar to 100g and it still tasted perfect!

ThermoJell

This was a great success. I substituted carob powder for the cacao and it had a delicious flavour. I find that carob doesn't have the bitterness often associated with cacao or cocoa. 

I also used organic coconut sugar and organic kidney beans. Next time I'll try the coconut oil instead of butter.

Thanks for the recipe!

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Should've Googled before typing my comments! I've found out why it tasted like that; every other version on the net uses less cocoa and more sugar (eg. See Nigella's website - she also uses less butter). So if you're going to give it a go, I definitely recommend following the other bean chocolate cake recipes out there for proportions, and follow the method here.

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I'm so disappointed (and surprised) after all the positive reviews, I did everything as per the recipe and it tasted very bland, like something major was missing, and bitter. And don't get me wrong; I love beans, I cook with all of these ingredients reggularly, and the cake even cooked perfectly so I don't know why it turned out tasting how it did. Maybe it needs actual chocolate in the mix? More sugar? I love how moist it was so maybe I'll keep trying tp modify this recipe so that it'll actually tastes like a chocolate cake... 

Mmm yummy! Hit with kids and adults alike.  Very happy for kids to take to school as a treat!  

Probably defeats the purpose of a low cal cake but just had some with vanilla ice cream!  Yummy!!

Line a square tin so it did take longer than half an hour but once it cooled, just pulled it from tin and put in container to take to friend's house today.  Kids all happily ate it.

Used butter beans.  Even the batter tasted yummy.  Used cacao so very strong cocoa taste so might perhaps put a bit less in or perhaps try the coffee next time but don't drink coffee so a waste if I make a cup of coffee for one tablespoon.

thanks, will make often!

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A big surprise. Great texture, very chocolatey, kids loved it. Will make a great lunchbox treat as we made it as cupcakes. 

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So yummy and good for you too!

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Delicious cake! My only adjustments for next time ( and there will definitely be a next time) would be to make it in muffin cases (not a ring tin as was quite crumbly and didn't turn out of the tin well), and to use slightly less cocoa powder as the kids found it a little bit bitter. I might also increase the sugar slightly to help with that also.

Looking forward to getting it right for the kids and making it for school lunches - so perfect for that.

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I made this cake for the second time today.  The first time I found that I could taste the kidney beans (as could my sons), so this time I used 1 drained 400g can of Red Kidney Beans and 1 drained can of Butter Beans (or Cannelli Beans).  I also substituted Coconut Oil for the Butter and Coconut sugar for the sugar and it turned out much better.  It is a little crumbly near the edges but moist and delicious.  Next time, I might try substituting the Coffee for Maple Syrup.  This time, my sons are devouring it and haven't even realised that it's the Magic Bean cake.  Thanks for such a fantastic cake.

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Awesome. this was so yummy

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OMG! AWESOME!!!   Cant Believe How Fantastic This Cake Is.  Love

I made this a couple of times and enjoyed it ...but have to say my friends and family REALLY enjoyed it. Always a winner when you come across a real crowd pleaser.

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I always make these as muffins, I haven't actually tried making it as an actual round cake yet. Everyone who has tried them has been told about the magic ingredient "after" and they can hardly believe it! A big favourite here. 5 stars all the way

This was fabulous. Worked really well and I was surprised at how moist it was and that I could not taste kidney beans at all. Winning. 

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These are a favourite in our house! I love telling people what's really in them after they've had one - no one believes me at first Smile I always make mine in muffin cases so they're easy for the kids to eat. 

Follow my Thermomixing adventures at www.facebook.com/therMELicious Smile

My kids just devoured this for dessert! Loved sneaking a bit more protein in to them!

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I'm afraid I wasn't blown away by this recipe. It didn't really seem to make enough for a cake tin, so I spooned it into small cupcake wrappers. Also, I've used beetroot in chocolate baking before and I think that works much better - sweeter than kidney beans and more moist.

 

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I'm baking this cake again right now. I have never told my boys there are beans in it, GF is all they need to know! 

Love this so much! 

Thanks

Ive made muffins and they were just as good, great recipe

 

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I made this for the 3rd time today with the most success. I actually heated the thermomix to 50 to aid with the creaming of the butter and panela as I have found in the past that it is really thick and tends to settle under the blades, failing to mix properly. This is a fantastic recipe. My family loves it and my 4 year old loves to lick the bowl Smile

Always get rave reviews when I make this. Love watching everyone's amazement and love the element of surprise when I ask them to guess the secret ingredient! It's made me wonder what else I can substitute with beans. I substitute organic coconut oil for the butter and coconut sugar, and cannellini beans instead. So moist and a subtle coconut flavour.  I don't normally like the flavour of coconut in baking but love this so it wasn't strong and I like that its healthier.  It's great on it's own or with berries for a bit more tartness. This is the only chocolate cake I make now!

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