Since Optimum Nutrition are celebrating their 30th Anniversary, we thought it would be nice to honour this and make them a cake! :)
This colourful creation is Red Velvet Choco-Raspberry Protein Cake, and features ON’s Gold Standard Whey in two of their top-selling flavours: Strawberry and Chocolate. Plus a secret ingredient... beetroot. Not so secret after all, then.
This cake looks really naughty – it actually tastes naughty as well (I tested it, because someone had to!), but it’s actually a pretty clean, lean recipe, as far as cake goes, and super chocolatey. Plus, that reddish hue really POPS!
So, here goes:
(Serves approx. 8)
- 120g (approx. 4 scoops) of ON Strawberry Gold Standard Whey
- 120g (approx. 4 scoops)of ON Chocolate (Milk or Double Rich) Gold Standard Whey
- 200g of ground almonds
- 120g of high quality cocoa powder/cacao
- 1 tsp of vanilla essence
- 2 large eggs, whisked
- 50ml of coconut milk
- 3-5 tbsps of beetroot juice
- 50g of melted, dark chocolate
- 170g of coconut sugar, or an alternative such as xylitol or erythritol (try the Sukrin brand)
- A handful of fresh (or frozen) raspberries, scattered throughout the mixture
- A few raspberries, for decoration, plus a dusting of cocoa powder
- 360g of soft cheese, such as Quark or Philadelphia
- 90g (approx. 3 scoops of ON Strawberry Gold Standard Whey
2 tbsp of Sweet Freedom, or a few drops of liquid stevia, to keep the carbs down
- 2 tsps (thereabouts) of beetroot juice (optional)
- A dash of almond milk, if needed
- Pre-heat the oven to 160 °C/140°C Fan/Gas Mark 3. Grab a 9” silicone baking pan (or a spring-form pan), and lightly grease the edges with coconut oil.
- Mix all the cake ingredients* together in a large bowl, scattering the raspberries in last, and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, until set. Allow to cool COMPLETELY.
*Add enough beetroot juice to turn the mixture a rich, red-brown colour. It won’t taste of beetroot – honest!
- Carefully slice across the diameter so that you have two halves.
- To make the frosting, whisk together all the ingredients, adding a touch of beetroot juice to make a raspberry pink colour. If you’re an alpha male and feel this would be a test of your masculinity, skip this step (the fact that you’re baking in the first place suggests you have no qualms with said masculinity). Ladies, proceed as desired.
- Spread part of the frosting between the two cake halves; spoon the remainder over the top. If you want a runnier type of frosting for the top (as pictured), whisk in a little almond milk.
Scatter raspberries over the top, and dust with cocoa powder! Voilà.
Happy Anniversary Optimum Nutrition!