I know, sounds weird (super weird), but I promise it isn’t as weird as it sounds! I wanted to make an effort to do some Christmas baking this year. Of course gingerbread men & mince pies are next on my list, but I fancied making a cake. But not just any cake. A festive, gluten-free, kidney bean cake, with raspberry & white chocolate. What could go wrong?

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IGTV

So I originally wanted to post the method as an IGTV, but sadly Instagram won’t let me… But instead I’ve uploaded the video clips to my stories & I will save them in my highlights. Head over to my Instagram page to have a watch!

Kidney Bean Cake – The Ingredients

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You will need…

  • 1 tin of kidney beans (400g)
  • 100g of gluten free plain flour
  • 50g of cocoa powder
  • 75g of coconut oil (if you aren’t a fan, butter is fine)
  • 125g of brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 250g of raspberries
  • 1 bar of white chocolate
  • Icing sugar & other items to decorate

Kidney Bean Cake – The Method

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Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 20″ baking tin.

Use a blender to blend the kidney beans into a smooth paste-like texture. Then, measure out the rest of your ingredients (apart from the chocolate & raspberries) and add it all into a mixing bowl.

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Mix well until all the ingredients have combined, then add the raspberries. Gently stir the raspberries into the mixture, and add around 3/4s of the white chocolate (breaking it into small chunks as you add).

Pour the ingredients into your baking tin and bake for 25 minutes.

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The Decorating

Leave the cake to cool for 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, melt the rest of the white chocolate.

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Roughly coat the top of the cake with the chocolate (I found a teaspoon the easiest way to do this), and add your decoration!

For my cake I used edible sugar holly leaves & berries and lightly dusted the top with icing sugar. But you can be even more creative, or just leave it with the melted chocolate!

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Alternatives

Of course, this cake will work just as well with ordinary plain flower. You can also use butter instead of coconut oil, and milk-free chocolate if you want it to be dairy free too! Why not get creative and try different berries, or even dark chocolate?

Are you doing any Christmas baking this year? Tempted to try this cake? Let me know!

And don’t forget to take a look at the rest of my festive blog posts!

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