Try these easy picnic cakes... simple to make and great to make ahead for your picnic.

Cakes are almost "a must" at a picnic and you will be thrilled to throw your easy picnic cake together, pop it in the oven... then enjoy the delicious wafts of baking cake coming from the kitchen while you prepare other food and gather things for your picnic.

 So let's start with this chocolate cake...

without flour or sugar, it's an easy picnic cake made with the sweetness of dates.

Make a lovely moist chocolate cake... for 10-12 people.

For this easy picnic cake you will need to...

  •   Begin by heating oven to 180C ( 160 fan forced)
  •   Grease a deep 20cm round spring form cake tin. Line base with grease proof paper.

Gather your ingredients for this easy picnic cake ...

  •  1x400g tin black beans... drained and rinsed well 
  • 15 soft fresh dates, pitted and roughly chopped... use lovely moist dates, not the hard dry variety!
  • 1tabspn Vanilla extract
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tabspns strong black coffee
  • 150g coconut oil
  • 60gm cocoa powder… ¾ cup
  • ½ teaspoon carb. soda
  • 1 teaspn baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Approximately 150 g fresh fruit… plums or, pears, apricots or, strawberries and blueberries or, pitted cherries, raspberries, bananas... your choice!

  • Beat... beans, dates, vanilla, 3 eggs and coconut oil all together in a food processor, until finely chopped and smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and beat together. It will be quite moist.
  • Pour into spring form cake tin lined with grease proof paper.
  • Place your chosen fresh fruit on top of the cake and push gently into the mixture. Plums, sliced, were used for this easy picnic cake. Our trees were laden with fruit and I just "had" to use them... and they were delicious... but you can use your favorite fruit.
  • ... So, use approximately 150 g fresh fruit… plums or, pears, apricots, peaches or, strawberries and blueberries, pitted cherries or, raspberries, bananas, apples... your choice!
  • Pop into the oven... 180C ( 160 fan forced) and cook for about 30min, or more if still very moist. Sometimes, depending on the fruit, it can be 10min or more, even longer!
  • It will be very moist.
  • The cake above looks cracked on the top, but this is the cooked plums, soft and delicious!
  • Let cake stand in tin for 10 min, at least, after removing from oven and before turning out onto cooling rack.

To decorate your easy picnic cake...

  • You can use your favorite fresh fruit. I have used mine here... mixed berries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries... just scatter across the top of the cake.
  • Then scatter clean edible flowers amongst the fruit. Please make sure they are edible clean flowers, not sprayed with poisons!
  • I took these to the picnic on a little plate, with a small amount of water to keep them fresh...  and covered them in biodegradable plastic film. Could be in a reusable plastic container too.
  • The berries and flowers and strawberry leaves, were put on the cake at the picnic... it only takes a couple of seconds to do this.
  • Give a light sprinkle of icing sugar if you wish... it does look good and adds a little sweetness.

A good dollop of cream... or yogurt... is excellent with this cake!

TOP TIPS... other suggestions on how to use this mixture for an easy picnic cake.

  • This recipe is also brilliant in a log tin... easier to cut at the picnic and can still look as stunning.
  • It can also be divided into a 10-12 muffin tin well buttered, for individual little cakes. They will take less time to cook... 15 to 20 min. Decorate too!
  • This cake can be used as a base for a trifle too. We made individual trifles to take to a last minute picnic for two... delish!

Check picnic dessert ideas for more suggestions...

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