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8 Silverdale Street | Silverdale Auckland | 0932

Monday  - Friday 8am - 4pm
Saturday  8am - 3pm
Sundays and Public Holidays CLOSED


This recipe is based on one supplied by Magnolia Kitchen. However, I used 300g of caster sugar rather than the 400g the recipe stated as that is all I had on hand. I used Magnolia Kitchen’s Gluten-free Flour.

225g butter
60g Dutch cocoa powder
5 large eggs
300g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
125g gluten-free flour
200g dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat the oven to 175C. Lightly brush a 20cm square cake pan with canola oil. Line with baking paper.

Place the butter in a microwave bowl and melt in bursts.

Transfer to the bowl of a cake mixer. Fold in the cocoa with a spatula. With the motor running at medium speed, crack in the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. When all the eggs have been added, beat for 5 minutes. The mixture will double in size.

Stop the mixer and add the sugar and vanilla. Whip for another 5 minutes.

With the motor stopped, fold in the flour and chocolate. Pour into the prepared cake pan.

Bake for about 40 minutes, until the side are quite form but the centre is still a little wobbly.

Cool in the pan.

Orange & Hemp Seed Flour Cake

Uncle Joe's New Flours

Uncle Joe's walnut company originated in the early 1990s when a Nelson man named his business after his favourite Uncle Joe who lived in Blenheim. He enjoyed time with him sitting around the fire listening to the rugby, cracking walnuts and throwing the walnut shells into the fire.

Now owned by the Horwell family, the company has developed an impressive, award-winning product line which also includes hazelnuts, nut and seed oils and flours, pastes and meals. Many trees have been planted on their property just out of Blenheim but they also buy nuts from other parts of New Zealand.

"We all love the fact that we are growing good, healthy food," says Jenny Horwell

The nut and seed flours are a product started from their oil production.

"After the oil is squeezed from the kernels a dry pellet is formed and this is ground into a fine flour, again providing all the goodness of the seed or nut from which it is produced."

Walnut and seed flours are perfect for the health-conscious, gluten-free cook. One-hundred per cent natural, the flours add goodness, flavour and texture to coatings, bakes and desserts. For baking, you can use half nut or seed flour and half gluten-free flour as the nut flours are quite substantial. 

The five Uncle Joe Gluten-free flours available are: walnut, blackcurrant seed, hemp seed, kiwifruit seed and grape seed.

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