Raw, noun: 13. unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

I had three free hours Thursday afternoon. It was pretty wild. I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself, or with which overflowing Inbox to start trying to catch up.

Luckily, I had an important task to take care of first. My good friend Kate turns 31 today, so a herd of us celebrated Thursday night, with a little Gracias Madre this and a little MC Yogi that. And I found a long-overdue excuse to bake again.

Here's the result. I turned to that old standby, the vegan chocolate coconut cake recipe from my yoga of baking article. I tweaked a few things this time around: added more coffee and more espresso powder to kick up the mocha factor, added a 1/2 cup each of Kahlua and Frangelico to give it more of an alcoholic hazelnut punch, swapped out the whole wheat pastry flour for a friendlier gluten-free variety, whipped up a Mocha Frangelico glaze and left out the coconut and the Chambord.

Gotta say: it was delish. Even for a [potentially grainy and dry] gluten-free vegan variation. Heart-shaped, for K's big heart. And those blossoms on top? Red sweet peas, for a sweet pea.

Happy Spring.


It was indeed delicious! So so delicious!

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