I have been told you can make a mud cake substituting cooked quinoa for normal wheat flours. Is this possible and do you need to add anything else?

  • Hi Naomi, welcome to Seasoned Advice. It looks to me like you want to use quinoa instead of wheat flour as opposed to the other way around. I edited your question because it seemed to read the other way. If I'm in error, feel free to click "edit" under the word "substitution" to change it back.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 0:49
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    "Mud Cake" means different things to different people. Could you post a recipe so we can all be on the same page?
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 3:02
  • I'm with Jolene. What's a mud cake?
    – Preston
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 7:53
  • This isn't a cake, it's a mousse from Hurbert Keller. When I saw it I thought of this question.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 5:24

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Making substitutions to baking usually requires a bit of experimentation, so unless you're set on converting a particular recipe, your best option is to start with a recipe that is designed to use it. There are tons of chocolate quinoa cake recipes on the internet.

If you are hoping to convert a favourite recipe to gluten-free (the usual point of these cake recipes), then the proportions of the recipes I looked at are generally similar to flour cake recipes (2 cups cooked quinoa for a 2-layer cake), but the cake batters are mixed in a blender or food processor instead. I assume this is to make the quinoa finer, more similar in texture to flour.

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