So I was browsing for something new to try with my WonderMill grain mill and I found this recipe for chocolate cake using 100% barley flour? Ya, barley flour. I had to try it and now that I have tasted it I have to share it with you.
She bought the barley flour at the store but I decided to make my own. I bought pearled barley at WinCo in the bulk food bins for just 48 cents a pound and milled it into flour in the WonderMill on the pastry setting, it came out super fine and fluffy.
I have to say that the cake came out very tasty, I think I am going to love Barley Flour and I can’t wait to experiment some more with it. I also topped it with my wife’s recipe for chocolate buttercream frosting.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup avocado oil (or any oil you want)
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups pearled barley flour
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ cup powdered buttermilk
- 2 cups cold water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan or 2 round cake pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla for 2 minutes until it is creamy.
- In a separate large mixing bowl whisk together the remaining dry ingredients.
- Add ⅓ of the flour mixture and ⅓ of the water at a time to the sugar mixture and whisk until just combined before adding another ⅓ until all ingredients have been added and combined, don't over whisk mixture.
- Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, until a tooth pick comes out clean.
- Let cake cool in the pans.
- Top with your favorite frosting and enjoy your whole grain cake.
- ½ cup softened butter (1 stick)
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 1½ tbsp. heavy cream
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- Add all ingredients, except the powdered sugar, to a mixing bowl.
- Whisk with a hand mixer on medium speed and add powdered sugar in slowly until all sugar is added.
- Turn up to high speed to cream it together well.
- Top your cake and enjoy.
I also found this website that has several other great recipes for whole barley flour http://gobarley.com/