My friend Lionel has a rapier wit, so when he said he was going to send me a cake recipe containing butter beans, I waited for the punchline. I tried the recipe yesterday and it delicious beyond a joke; more pudding than cake, I could believe how quickly it was eaten. (This is my contribution to Tandy’s current challenge to cook something sweet using spices.)

Lionel’s Super rich Butter bean and chocolate cake

5 eggs separated
1 x 90g slab dark chocolate
1 cup castor sugar + 1/3 cup caramel sugar
1/3 cup ground almonds
100g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon whisky/brandy
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 heaped tablespoon cocoa
1 small tin butterbeans
Preheat oven to 180 C

Melt butter and chocolate in bowl over boiling water with tsp coffee
Beat egg yolks and all the sugar till white and creamy
Blend butterbeans straight from tin with the brine they’re in
Pour into egg mixture
And add cocoa, spices, vanilla essence, whisky and melted butter and chocolate
Add almonds
Whip egg whites till they peak and fold into mix
Pour into cake tin lined with greaseproof paper
Bake for 45 mins or till skewer comes out clean
It’s quite wobbly as it’s super moist, so remove with care once it’s cooled down a little.
Dust with icing sugar
Serve with whipped cream.

Photograph: Milan

LIONEL BASTOS is a multiple SAMA and international award-nominated and SAMA award winning artist/singer/songwriter and producer who has written songs and produced albums for some of the top artists in South Africa and Europe including Vicky Sampson, Wendy Oldfield, Coleske, Ed Jordan, Little Sister, Andre Schwartz, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka , David Abatte, Clout, Bernie Williams, Garth Taylor, Jimmy Wagner ( Luxemburg ) , Leigh Matty of Romeo’s Daughter ( UK), Trio Rio and The Reespect ( Germany ), James Stewart , Karin Nortje ( South African IDOLS winner ) , Emmanuel Castis, ,the official 1998 SAFA FIFA World Cup CD and DSTV’s year long ad “More” to name a few.
He is recognised as one of South Africa’s most versatile and covered songwriters.
He has released four acoustic/alternative /rock CD’s as the front person of Be like water ”um…”
“Rising above the madness”
He has just released his 5th album, “hmmm…”
….but is currently very busy merely going mad.

To take a listen to Lionel, click here:



62 Comments Add yours

  1. souldipper says:

    Lots and lots of YUM in this post, Cin!

  2. slpmartin says:

    Now this dessert looks divine! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      We need to work on perfecting the recipe, but it is a sure winner 🙂

  3. nrhatch says:

    Enjoyed Lionel’s music videos (I checked out a few). Thanks for the link.

    The cake looks grand. I love the idea of adding beans to sweet treats . . . extra protein and fiber with less fat. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      It has made me want to experiment more with beans 🙂

  4. What a wonderful idea. I keep wanting to try, but cooking for one makes me very lazy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think you’d really like it 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Pudding and bloke 🙂

  5. looks a gorgeous cake. And Lionel looks gorgeous too. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Doesn’t he, Kate, and he’s a poet. Some girl is going to be very lucky 🙂

  6. that song: nice cruisy sound and thoughtful lyrics; one of the better love songs around for mature adults

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, he has always reminded me a little of Michael Franks 🙂

  7. Interesting ingredients in the cake Cindy & lovely tones to the guys singing voice, going to investigate this guy more.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good on you, Cheffie 🙂

  8. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    I am so going to try baking this cake! I however refuse to use vanilla essence, will go for vanilla paste instead :0)

  9. Tandy says:

    how very interesting indeed! Thank you for taking part in the challenge 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the challenges 🙂

  10. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    P.s Can I use demarara sugar instead of caramel? And maybe only use 3/4 of the amount then as demarara is really sweet and treacly once cooked?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m sure you can!

  11. I would never have guessed! You are so unafraid of trying new things! 🙂 I’m keeping this one. I know someone who likes chocolate and butter beans 😉

  12. Angeliqueca says:

    now this is a first! I will have to try this one out!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You have to let me know how it turns out 🙂

  13. earlybird says:

    Sounds a bit ‘heavy’ for now… I’d take some convincing about butter beans – at school I hated them so much I swallowed them whole and once one got stuck for a while. It hurt and I panicked!

    Still, I’m a grown up now 🙂 and I’ll file this one for cooler days.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ouchie, wouldn’t like a stuck bean :O

  14. adeeyoyo says:

    Gosh, it’s nice to have someone try it out first – wouldn’t like to sacrifice the slab of chocolate…! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha, adee 🙂

  15. Tilly Bud says:

    I’ll have to take your word for it; I’m not brave enough to try it. My latest attempt at what my recipe book laughingly calls ‘Easy Cake’ was heavy and soggy and only the Hub was brave enough to eat it.

    On my way to check out Lionel now.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh dear, best stick with Maltesers, Tilly 😉

  16. Butter beans?! In a tin with brine? In a cake?! I really don’t know what to make of it. Sounds like the perfect food for me. I have never heard of the beans in a tin with brine. I wonder if our butter beans in America are different? Or would work just as well.

    1. theonlycin says:

      What are your tinned beans preserved in?

  17. mairedubhtx says:

    Butterbean cake? Never heard of such a thing. Still, It looks good.

  18. SuziCate says:

    A butterbean cake? Now I’ve heard all. Well, I do like butterbeans, and we know I love chocolate….hmmm…..I know you’d never lead me astray so I guess I must try it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Go on, do it, SuziCate!

  19. Naomi says:

    Oh WOW, Cindy, what an awesome man! Love his music, and OMG on top of all that ART, he also knows how to make a pudding with beans! BTW, I couldn’t resist dashing over here when I read your post title via comment luv…you had me instantly 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi, been missing you 🙂

  20. Butter beans in chocolate cake? Why not? Zucchini is good in chocolate cake, too. Chocolate makes anything taste good. Well, now I’ve said too much for chocolate. The cake looks delicious! I’m sure it is. Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Carol, I am still hunting for your zucchini cake recipe 😀

      1. I’ve lost it. My life has taken me from here to there too many times. I always lose something in a transition. It had a couple cups of zucchini in the batter, which made it deliciously moist and deeply chocolate. If I find it, I’ll send it your way. Blessings.

      2. theonlycin says:

        I’m going to experiment and try to make one anyway 🙂

  21. bluebee says:

    And bakes like a demon, obviously – some just have it all!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I know, not fair hey?

  22. Sparky says:

    If it was not Jamie Oliver it was Nigella who mashed butter beans with mashed potatoes, I tried it and it was nice. My sister doesn’t like it though.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love it Sparky 🙂

  23. I think this must have been some mother’s idea of being able to get veggies into her kids. I can’t possibly imagine who else would even try something like it……maybe a pregnant fairy.
    I just couldn’t bring myself to try.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You would never gues 🙂

  24. libraryscene says:

    Oooo, la la, me listening and me likes (what a lovely friend to know, too, lucky you!)
    As for the butter beans, I’ve come across quite a few vegan recipes making black bean brownies, never tried, but hear they are terribly dense and yummy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      This cake was quite brownie-like 🙂

  25. lily says:

    i am so lucky to here, you arise me appetite

  26. Jamie Dedes says:

    The cake sounds great. Will have to try.

    By the way, we did the sweet potatoes in rubios tea and loved it. We are going to try the same technique now for making sweet potato pie with an almond crust (no wheat!). So, thanks for that.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oooh that sounds good, Jamie!

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