Recipe: Chocolate Cakes

This amazing Chocolate Cakes Recipe was kindly donated by Dean and Sarah Gough, authors of the book ‘Recipes For Life – Fighting Back With Food’, a recipe book with a difference. Each individual recipe was eaten by their two-year-old son Alfie when he was battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Sadly, little Alfie died in 2010, however, Dean and Sarah believe the nutritional diet they chose for their son gave him a fantastic quality of life in his fight.

Chocolate Cakes


Makes 12 muffin size cakes

110g white spelt flour

110g plain wholemeal flour

28g cocoa powder

¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda (aluminium free)

½ tsp cream of tartar

4 organic eggs

1stp vanilla extract (don’t use vanilla essence)

110g rapadura sugar

2 tbsp maple syrup

110g goat’s butter

5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp goat’s milk, rice milk or oat milk


• Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/315°F/Gas Mark 3.

• Sieve the flours, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda & cream of tartar into a large bowl.

• Add all of the other ingredients except the goat’s milk.

• Beat thoroughly using an electric mixer.

• Add the goat’s milk & beat again.

• Either line your muffin tray with un-bleached paper cases or grease a stoneware muffin tray with olive oil.

• Put 1 heaped tablespoon of cake mixture into each paper case.

• Bake for 15-20 minutes.

• Cool on a wire and store in an air-tight tin for up to 5 days.

Suitable for freezing;

Defrost overnight in the fridge.

*165g xylitol & tbsp of vegetable glycerine cab be used to replace the sugar & maple syrup when following an anti-Candida diet.

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‘Recipes For Life – Fighting Back With Food’ (£15.99 Ecademy Press) is an essential source of information for families in the same situation, not only does it help try and save other lives, by releasing this book it will also hopefully help the funding of the Alfie Gough Charity. #alfiestrust

“The side effects of the chemotherapy were barely noticeable, he had no hair of course, but he gained weight on treatment and he never suffered from any of the symptoms that we were warned about. We are 100% convinced that this was due to the diet we had chosen for Alfie,” says Sarah.

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Several celebrities have pledged their support already, including Chef Gary Rhodes OBE donating his Leek & Potato Soup to the cookbook. Additionally, Sir Ian Botham visited Alfie at Great Ormond Street Hospital in April, 2010 and says: “I am delighted to be part of this book in memory of a special boy and knowing that the success of this book will be Alfie’s legacy living to help others.”

Dean and Sarah share their nutritional knowledge in this book, hoping to help families in a similar situation with information on the importance of nutrition. Dean says: “We learnt a lot about nutrition from the experts in this country and even when we went across to an alternative clinic in Mexico.”

“In summary, the common theme we found was focused on purity and cleansing the system to allow the immune system and the body’s natural defences to work correctly,” Dean says.

However, the main purpose for writing this recipe book is to fund the charity set up in memory of their son Alfie; the Alfie Gough Trust. After Alfie tragically died, Dean and Sarah decided to carry on with the fund-raising in memory of their son to try and help other children, consequently creating the Trust.

Sarah says: “By providing families with what we found was essential nutritional information, the aim is to reduce some of the severe side effects of the Chemotherapy, ultimately keeping a child with this disease stronger throughout the treatment, giving them the immune support to help fight this disease.”

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