Two Ingredient Cake

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Call it magic, call it a miracle, this no-bake recipe uses just two ordinary ingredients to create an otherworldly cake! ๐Ÿช„(And no, water does not count as an ingredient. ๐Ÿ˜‰) Apples ๐ŸŽ work double time in this recipe to add natural sweetness, heft, and texture. Obviously chocolate ๐Ÿซ is a must in any great dessert (am I right or am I right?) and I recommend a bold, fruity dark chocolate, but really you can use any kind of chocolate you like.

Two Ingredient Cake

Why You’ll Love My Two Ingredient Cake

Vegan? Gluten-free? Dairy-free? Just want an easy, delicious dessert that requires no baking? I got you! ๐Ÿ‘Š This cake is a dream come true for anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions. ๐Ÿšซ There is no added sugar or gluten included, just apples and chocolate! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿซ Baking or steaming the apples brings out their natural sweetness and softens the texture. Then, they’re blended with your favorite chocolate and the batter sits in the fridge, where it transforms into a rich, pudding-like texture, similar to the consistency of a chocolate cheesecake.

How to Prepare My Two Ingredient Cake

๐Ÿ”ฅ Preheat oven to 400F (200C).

๐Ÿ Peel, core, and cube or quarter the apples. Place them in a parchment-lined baking dish.

๐ŸŽ Add a cup of water to the baking dish and bake the apples until soft.

๐ŸงŠ Remove apples from the oven and set aside.

๐Ÿ’ฆ Optionally, boil the apples for 15 minutes until soft, instead of baking.

๐Ÿซ While the apples are cooling, melt chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave with periodic stirring.

๐Ÿฅฃ Blend the apples with the melted chocolate until smooth.

โ„๏ธ Pour the mixture into a parchment-lined 7-inch springform pan, distribute evenly, and refrigerate until set.

๐ŸคŽ Once set, top the Two Ingredient Cake with chocolate shavings and enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip ๐Ÿฐ

You can boil the apples until tender or bake them in the oven with a little bit of water at the bottom until soft.

Two Ingredient Cake

Variations and Substitutions for Two Ingredient Cake

By experimenting with these variations and substitutions, you can customize the cake to suit your taste preferences or dietary needs. Remember if you are changing or adding ingredients you may have to experiment and adjust the quantities.

  1. Add spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger to the apples for a ๐Ÿ”ฅ warm flavor.
  2. Mix in chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, or almonds into the batter after blending for a crunchy texture.
  3. Sprinkle seeds on top such as chia or flaxseeds for added nutrition.
  4. Top the cake with whipped cream, caramel sauce, or ๐Ÿ“ fresh berries instead of or in addition to chocolate shavings.
  5. Dust My Two Ingredient Cake with powdered sugar or cocoa powder.
  6. If you don’t have a blender, use another appliance such as a food processor or an immersion blender to get a smooth consistency.
  7. Make a vegan version of this cake with dairy-free chocolate.
Two Ingredient Cake

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Best Served With

  • Coffee or tea ๐Ÿซ–
  • Some vanilla, caramel, or cinnamon ice cream
  • A dollop of freshly whipped cream or a warm ๐Ÿ“berry or apple compote
  • A sprig of fresh ๐ŸŒฟ mint on top
  • More desserts, such as my Baked Apples

Common Questions

What type of chocolate works best for My Two ingredient Cake?

Dark chocolate is ideal for a rich flavor, but you can use milk or white chocolate if you prefer a sweeter or creamier taste. Dairy-free chocolate can be used for a vegan version.

What type of apples should I use?

I would recommend using firm and balanced apples like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Braeburn, or Pink Lady because these varieties hold their shape well and provide a good mix of sweetness and tartness.

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the cake in advance and refrigerate it. Store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Add any toppings just before serving.

Do I need to peel the apples?

Yes, peeling the apples is recommended for a smoother texture in the final cake.

What can I use if I donโ€™t have a springform pan?

You can use a regular cake pan lined with parchment paper. Ensure it is well-lined so you can lift the cake out easily after setting.

Two Ingredient Cake

Two Ingredient Cake

Vegan? Gluten-free? Dairy-free? Just want an easy, delicious dessert that requires no baking? I got you! ๐Ÿ‘Š This cake is a dream come true for anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions. ๐Ÿšซ There is no added sugar or gluten included, just apples and chocolate! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿซ
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 pieces
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 4 apples , peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup water, for the bottom of the baking dish
  • 225 grams dark chocolate, or any you like

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  • Peel and core the apples. Cube or quarter the apples and place them in a baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  • Note: you can also boil the apples on the stove for 15 minutes (until soft) if you don't want to bake them.
  • Add a cup of water to the bottom of the baking dish and bake until soft.
  • Mine took 1 hour and 15 minutes but this will depend on the apples and oven so please keep an eye on them. They are ready when soft and a knife can easily go through.
  • Take the apples out of the oven and set aside.
  • Now, melt the chocolate over a double boiler on the stove OR melt it in intervals in the microwave as you stir periodically.
  • How to melt over a double boiler: A double boiler is when you simmer water in a pot, add a heat-proof glass bowl over the top, then add in the chocolate chips as you stir over low-heat until the chocolate has fully melted.
  • Add the apples to a blender along with the melted chocolate. Blend until smooth .
  • Pour the chocolate cake batter into a 7-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper. Shake the pan to distribute the batter evenly and and let it set in the fridge.
  • Once set, add extra chocolate shavings on top and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 298mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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9 Comments

    1. Hi Bob, if the apples do not absorb all the water, then I would drain off any excess water before blending.

  1. i made this and the taste is so great, but mine turned out more like a mousse. how do you make it harder? did you squeeze the water out of the apples?

    1. Hi Sanah, the consistency can vary depending on what kind of apples and chocolate you use. I used a SugarBee apple and I have not experimented with other varieties.

  2. How long to bake Honey Crisp apples at 400? (I see to boil for 15 minโ€™s, but no timing for baking)

    1. Mine took 1 hour and 15 minutes but this will depend on the apples and oven so please keep an eye on them. They are ready when soft and a knife can easily go through.