“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.”- Audrey Hepburn.
A friend who is toying with the idea of turning Vegan urged me to do some experimentation with vegan baking . This is the simplest , most basic vegan cake you could make. Its almost a cheat’s version of vegan cakes!
I didn’t have to look far for a great vegan chocolate cake recipe . This one is highly rated from Allrecipes.com. It is easy , deeply chocolatey and moist. And like most oil cakes, it keeps well for days. You would never guess it was missing eggs or dairy! As good as any “regular” chocolate cake. I baked it in a 6 inch pan as the intention was to make a layer cake , but you can see my notes below to make an 8 or 9 inch cake.
Making a good Vegan frosting was another story altogether! Many recipes need special vegan ingredients like vegan butter , which I couldn’t get hold off. Besides , I wanted to make the frosting with ingredients that would be found in most kitchens. I tried using coconut cream , but the cartons of coconut milk I used did not thicken enough even when chilled . All i managed to make was a frothy , coconut milk -cocoa- sugar mixture ( to which I promptly added a banana and made one delicious smoothie!)
Running out of patience (thats me!), I finally resorted to good old ganache. But ganache made with water ! Did you know that existed ? It seems to go against all the laws of chocolate-ism! Like all bakers, I have tried to dry everything like a maniac while melting chocolate , lest a stray drop seize it all! But apparently , hot water added in the right amount and the right way makes good ganache!
And the right amount is dark chocolate to water in the ratio 2.5 : 1. Couple of pointers, make sure the chocolate you use is Vegan ( the list of ingredients shouldn’t say milk solids, casein, whey etc etc) and use the best chocolate you can! (as there is nothing to mask or mellow its taste here). I added a little instant coffee powder in the water for that mocha kick that I love!
This one was a great hit – and not just with my vegan (potential) friend. Its a absolute yum cake , that it is vegan is just a plus! The ganache is creamy and each forkful is outrageously chocolate !
Of course, my interest is piqued and I have a feeling this won’t be my last vegan cake . Or frosting!