While I was having breakfast, my flatmate told me that he was going to a birthday lunch party and he was bringing a vegan cake. We both knew of places that sell vegan desserts, but they sell individual portions and a whole cake needs to be ordered earlier. So, I offered to make cupcakes for him to bring. He refused because there was less than 2 hours before he had to leave for the party. After much convincing, he finally agreed to let me make them. I insisted because I wanted a challenge, and it is fun to do impromptu baking.
I went online to look up a recipe and decided on chocolate, because everyone loves chocolate right?! I quickly found a vegan chocolate cake recipe and started the “race”. It was exciting and reminded me of the time I was baking in a commercial kitchen I hired. I had to get as much baking done as possible in a short time frame.
I modified the recipe by cutting down the sugar content, adding in wholemeal flour and using coconut oil. I mixed cocoa powder with boiling water, so that it brings out its flavour. I used mini Bundt cake tins, but you can also use cupcake tins. You can use any topping, but here I used strawberries, blueberries, coconut chips and edible gold leaves. It also looks great without any toppings.
The cakes taste amazing! They are moist and melt in your mouth. This is by far the best vegan chocolate cake recipe I have ever tried! Everyone raved about it. It is easy to make and doesn’t use fancy ingredients.
VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE
Yield 16-18 cupcakes or 2-layer size 8 cake
225g All Purpose Flour
100g Wholemeal Flour
300g White Sugar
90g Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
200 ml water
500ml non-dairy milk (I use soy milk)
160ml coconut oil
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
160 ml lite coconut milk
250 g 72% dark chocolate (I use Whittakers’ chocolate)
Preheat the oven at 180°C.
Thoroughly mix all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, except the cocoa powder.
Boil 200ml water and set aside. Stir in cocoa powder and coconut oil and mix until smooth.
Add in the wet ingredients. Cool down in the fridge to speed up the process.
While mixer is running on low, pour the wet ingredients slowly into the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
If making cupcakes, portion into the cupcake tins using a jug, because the batter is runnier than usual. Otherwise, prepare a size 8 cake tin and grease and line the bottom tin with baking paper. If making cupcakes, it takes about 20-25 minutes, rotate halfway. If making a whole cake, it takes 45-50 minutes.
Cool down on a wire rack for about 40-50 minutes. Flip it onto the rack and let them cool further.
To make ganache, boil coconut milk.
In a medium bowl, break the chocolate into chunks. Once boil, pour the coconut milk into the bowl. Leave for 5 minutes. Then stir until smooth. Let it cool down a bit. When it’s of pourable consistency, drizzle onto the cake and smooth off with a spatula. Decorate with topping of your choice.