These next two posts are dedicated to Chocolate Cakes…This one in particular is really the easiest recipe you will ever come across – Vegan or otherwise! There are no Eggs to separate or beat, no messy Butter or Chocolate to melt, and there’s no ‘weird’ replacement ingredients like Soymilk or Tofu. I know it’s not exactly the healthiest cake, as it contains Sugar and Wheat, but for a quick fix (if you need to take something to someone’s house for tea or for a birthday) this is perfect, as it’s simple & easy – anyone can make this cake! I like to mix it up a bit by making it in a loaf tin and adding Nuts, Cranberries & Cinnamon (I call it my ‘Christmas’ Loaf), and people always rave about it. If you’ve previously shied away from Vegan Cake recipes, or even just baking, I urge you to give this a try – you won’t be disappointed!
Ingredients: (from The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets, makes 1 cake or loaf)
1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
3/4 cup Sugar (I like to use half White, half Brown)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 cup Cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup Canola Oil
1 Tblsp. Vinegar (White or Apple Cider)
1 cup (235ml) cold Water
optional: 1/2 cup each of Walnuts and Cranberries, + 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Frosting (to follow)
– Preheat oven to 350F/180C, and lightly oil Bundt pan, 9 inch Springform pan or Loaf tin.
– Combine Flour, Sugar, Salt, Baking Soda, and Cocoa powder in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Create a well in centre, and add Vanilla, Oil, Vinegar and Water. Add Nuts & Cranberries if using.
– Mix until just combined, don’t overmix. Pour into prepared pan, and bake in oven for 30 mins. or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean (if making in loaf tin it may take another 5-10 mins).
– Cool on wire rack for 10-15 mins. and then run sharp knife around inside of pan to loosen cake. Turn onto wire rack, and cool completely before frosting or dusting with Icing Sugar.
1 cup Icing Sugar, sifted
3-4 Tblsp. Cocoa, sifted
4-6 tsp. Hot Water or Milk of choice
Mix well until right consistency, and frost cooled Cake.
*Next up: Kahlua Chocolate Birthday Cake…