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A Tale of Two Cakes

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When our co-wranglers, Jay and Arwen, proposed a Foodie’s Guide to the Tarot, my first thought was of cards with food on.  Not having the Cook’s Tarot (Schiffer, 2015) is not much of a hindrance, as the Empress is often surrounded by abundance in the form of fields of wheat or piles of food.  The Ace of Pentacles is another card that springs to mind, where more than one version shows  some kind of cornucopia of fruit and veg.

However, my mind then flitted, as it does, to the more sinful delights found on the Devil card from the Housewives Tarot (Quirk Books, 2004).  Mmm, chocolate cake!  While a foodie may rave about a produce supplier with juicy peaches, or a deli with the most delightful cheeses, those are tips that wouldn’t be helpful for most readers of this post.  A chocolate cake recipe, on the other hand… 😀

What’s the most decadent chocolate cake recipe I have, I wondered?  I don’t tend to do fancy cakes with icing and fondant, never having learned how.  And the Devil is also about laziness.  So, how about a quick and easy triple choc muffin!

Devilishly Simple Triple Choc Muffins

True to foodie understandings, the quality of the cocoa and chocolate you use will make all the difference with these muffins.

100g soft margarine or butter

100g caster sugar

100g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

30g cocoa powder

100g chopped milk chocolate (or buttons)

100g chopped white chocolate (or buttons)

Heat the ove to 200ºC and get ready 18 paper cases and a muffin tin.

Beat together the sugar, butter, and eggs.  Sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa.  Once smooth, stir in the chocolate chunks.

Divide between the paper cases and bake for about 15 minutes.  Leave to cool on a wire rack.  Eat them all! 😀


However, it’s been a long time since I made those muffins.  Neither of my boys like chocolate, nor do I want to encourage a sugar habit.  So, I offer a treat: a second, healthier, simple cake recipe.

bf-gay-xivThis one is inspired by the Temperance card from the Gay Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2004).  I love this version showing a chef at work.  It reminds me of the healing properties of food, and the importance of getting not just the right mix of ingredients, but also the relevance of timing.

Temperance’s Balanced Date and Walnut Cake

Much of the sweetness here comes from the dates, so it’s really worth spending extra for medjool dates.  Their sweet, gooey caramel taste and texture is beautifully balanced by the crunch and slight bitter edge of the walnuts.

250g stoned dates

30g cashew butter (can use unsalted butter or corn oil)

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

240ml boiling water

70g agave syrup or coconut blossom nectar

2 eggs

280g plain flour (can use coconut flour)

2tsp baking powder

1.5 tsp ground mixed spice

pinch of salt

115g chopped walnuts

bf-housewives-xxPlace dates, cashew butter and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl, and pour over the boiling water.  Stir til the butter melts, and set aside to cool.

Heat the oven to 180ºC and lightly grease an 18cm round deep cake tin.

In another bowl, beat together the eggs and agave or coconut syrup.  Then, sift in the flour baking powder, salt and mixed spice.  Mix til smooth, then add in the cooled date and butter mix, and the walnuts, and stir til well mixed.

Pour into the tin and level off the top, then bake for about an hour – til a knife or skewer comes out dry.  Leave to cool on a wire rack.

If you’re undecided about which cake to go for, a last card, Judgement, also from the Housewives Tarot…  Of course, too much of even the healthiest cake is the Devil’s work.  Bwahahahaha!

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31 Responses to “A Tale of Two Cakes”

  • Oh how I want those decks, I have the Gay Tarot, which is lovely and completely appeals to me but just when I thought I didn’t have any more to find on my list… Thank you <3

  • The Housewives Tarot remind me of some of the trading cards that I used to get with gum—therefore, I want that Tarot deck.

    • I know the ones you mean, Morgan 🙂 It’s a really great deck, and a lot of fun!

  • Now I want chocolate cake! Both recipes sound wonderful. Except, when my dates show up stoned, I’m never impressed. (A little Colorado humor.)

  • Ooh, I have a load of dates and walnuts in the cupboard that need using up. Guess what I’m going to be making 😀

  • Yum, yum, yum…. Now why didn’t I post my Devil’s Food Cake recipe? Next time…:-)
    Will definitely try these out.

  • Lovely, Chloë! I’ll go for the chocolate cupcakes myself. I thought the chocolate “buttons” very mysterious for a moment, but then figured they might be the UK version of our American chocolate chips (ours look like miniature chocolate “kisses”). I like “buttons” better, actually.

    I was wondering how many of our blog hop bloggers would use the Housewives Tarot. It has great food images. 🙂

    • Nope, chocolate buttons are bigger than chocolate chips (which are also available in the UK!). They’re flatter, and larger in diameter.

    • The dangers/joys of international recipes 🙂 I’ve never gotten my head around using cups, I have to say 😀

  • Katalin Patnaik

    You. are. evil. 😀 I will save those recipes, thank you!!!

  • I use dates to make a Date Slice for my DH; and went healthy this week with a tray of granola bars 🙂

  • I’ve seen you post several times about that date cake, and I think it’s time I try that out! I love dates. I didn’t realize how much I love dates until my sister took a teaching job in the Middle East and I was able to try so many different kinds. But you know, I love chocolate, too, and I adore cake 😀 So yeah…. I’ll be trying both!

    • Tee hee 😉 Oooh, that must be amazing, having your sister bring you dates. We get a reasonable selection over here (most decent shops sell at least three different varieties), but getting them directly from the source would be wonderful!

  • Uhh. 🙂 Now I am in trouble, not having any ingredients at home, but I can already picture myself going shopping in the afternoon. I so much love the closing card! 😀

    So these recipes, thank you for them, on the one hand – I adore kitchen time! And this Gay Tarot, I have never seen its pictures, but what a great Temperance card! Thank you for this great article, Chloe! 🙂

    • The Gay Tarot is a great deck! It is based on RWS, yet comes up with very alternative and appropriate imagery. Some really powerful cards in there, and lots of insight 🙂


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