Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Best [VEGAN] Chocolate Cake EVER!

Back in March my friend Debbie T (in the blue & white floral sweater) secretly got some of my girlfriends together to celebrate my 44th birthday at Celadon Thai Cuisine Restaurant. It was so fun and I was very surprised to see them all sitting there. I was speechless...and anyone who knows me knows that's a very unnatural state for me to be in. For realz.

I had a wonderful time. Completely blown away. Thank you Debbie T!!

I'm the birthday queen, crown and all. Felicia L (who's in the back left by me, balloons near her head), made me the best cake ever. And it's vegan! 

I'm 100% vegetarian, however, I'm completely fascinated (borderline obsessed) by vegan cooking. I love the idea that I can create simple, clean, environmentally responsible meals that are free of all animal products, contain no cholesterol and are also delicious.

I don't eat many sugary sweets or desserts, but I do enjoy a treat on special occasions - like birthdays!!

Felicia found this recipe through a google search and landed on 
It's called The Best Chocolate Cake EVER and you can find the recipe --> HERE <--

I will also post the recipe at the bottom of this post, but I want to make sure I give credit where credit is due.

I'm stunned at what these 9 little ingredients can do: 

(dry) flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder 
(wet) water, vegetable oil, vanilla extract & apple cider vinegar.

And these 4 ingredients are all you need for a glaze. DOH! I forgot vanilla. OK pretend there is vanilla in this picture~I'm too lazy on this Sunday evening to attempt to photoshop it in:

[non-hydrogenated] margarine (I use Earth Balance), sugar, cocoa powder, soy milk & vanilla extract.
(If you don't want to make it vegan you can use butter and dairy milk)

This recipe cannot be any easier and you can actually do the mixing in your 8x8 pan to save 2 bowls. I like to use a wire whisk so didn't want to ruin my nonstick baking pan. 

Preheat your oven to 350*
Dump ALL dry ingredients in.....

Mix well.

In a small bowl (or in the 8x8 pan if you choose), dump ALL wet ingredients in.

Mix well...

Combine (if you are using 2 different bowls, like me)...

Mix well....

See? Didn't I say it was easy? Pour into an 8x8 pan sprayed with nonstick spray.

Tap out some of the bubbles.

In you go! 350* for 30 minutes. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven begin your glaze.

Mix the first 4 glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan (DO NOT ADD VANILLA EXTRACT).

Bring to a simmer. Turn down heat.

Simmer and stir for 2 minutes ~ glaze will get thick.

Remove from heat & stir continuously for 5 minutes.

(Here's where I forgot to show another photo...) ADD VANILLA EXTRACT. Stir in well.

Pour on warm cake.

Spread glaze evenly on cake (don't wait, icing sets quickly). 

Note: This is the point where you'd add some sprinkles or finely chopped pecans on top if you so desire. I will experiment in the future.

Now the hard part. Let cool for 1 hour.

I mean it. 1 hour.

Don't touch it. Don't even pick at the icing...Practice. Self. Control.

Stay away. Even though it's so tempting  and your kitchen smells heavenly. 

NOW! It's been an hour and the cake is nice and set ~ GO FOR IT!

My husband & I poured ourselves a glass of soy milk and got lost in this delectable dessert, neither of us speaking a word. Just sitting there. Glassy eyed. 

It's hard to believe this recipe has: no eggs, no milk, no yogurt, no butter, etc. It's as moist & flavorful as any cake I've ever eaten. Try it! You probably have everything in your pantry right now. 


Thanks Felicia L for bringing this treat into my life. It's here to stay xoxo

Thanks Alicia Katchmar for posting on for us all to enjoy.

Best [VEGAN] Chocolate Cake EVER!
(Mix) Dry Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda

(Add) Wet ingredients:
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Chocolate Glaze
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp non-hydrogenated margarine (such as Earth Balance) 
2 tbsp soy milk
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
(add AFTER removed from heat AND stirred 5 minutes) 2 tsp vanilla extract



Debbie T said...

Beautiful! My cake did not turn out near as well as yours, but it was still delicious!

The pictures will be very helpful for the next time I bake this cake, now I know what the cake and the icing should look like :-)

Debbie T

Anonymous said...

It was vegan until white sugar was used.. white sugar is not a vegan ingredient.. (>__<)

Brenda said...

You can purchase vegan sugar at Whole Foods Market. It's even organic ;)

Brenda said...

You can purchase vegan sugar at Whole Foods market in 3# bags.