Confession: I’ve never actually tried a smoothie bowl. They are just one of those things that continually pop up in my instagram feed this time of year, and I love looking at all the brightly colored concoctions with fun toppings. The idea to make a smoothie bowl inspired cake has been in my head for a while now, and I wanted it to be something like a hybrid of the two- not as healthy as an actual smoothie bowl (because it’s cake) but healthier than the sugar/butter bomb that cake traditionally is. Unfortunately, my first attempt turned out disgusting (you can see it here). This green smoothie bowl look-alike was spinach cake with avocado frosting. It was also the first time I tasted something I baked and immediately gagged and spit it out, so needless to say it never made it to the blog.
However, I wasn’t ready to give up, and decided that a chocolate smoothie bowl might be more appropriate cake inspiration. This cake almost didn’t make it to the blog either because after I finished taking photos, the SD card to my camera broke and I lost everything! But I took one bite of the cake and decided I had to post the recipe, so I snapped a few quick pictures in mediocre light because I was dying to share it.
Like any smoothie bowl, the toppings are fully customizable. You can even replace half the flour with white whole wheat, whole wheat pastry, or whole grain spelt flour. Coconut flout won’t work though. I opted for a less sweet frosting and added a bit of maple syrup, but you can adjust it to your taste by adding more or even adding powdered sugar.