Fudgy Vegan Chocolate Cake
When it comes to needing to make a dessert for a special occasion, making a birthday cake, or just making something chocolatey to make your sweet tooth happy, you really can't go wrong with chocolate cake! This recipe is adapted from Nigella's and I've made both versions for big events before and they've gone down insanely well.
1 1/2 cups plain flour of choice
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp fine espresso powder (I was kindly sent some chocolate coffee powder from Koro)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups coconut sugar (you can sub this for light brown sugar)
1 1/2 cups recently boiled water
6 tbsp vegan butter/margarine (I used Pure)
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 big handful chopped dark chocolate
1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F and line two spring-form cake tins with foil and then grease them.
2. Combine all ingredients up to and including the cocoa powder in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, water, vegan butter/margarine and apple cider vinegar until the margarine has fully melted. (There will be some separation with the water and margarine).
4. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet until full combined. The mixture will be fairly thin.
5. Add in the chopped chocolate and without stirring too much transfer the cake mixture into each cake tin evenly.
6. Bake for 30-40 minutes. You can test if it's ready by sticking a cake tester or knife into the middle of the cake - if it comes out clean then the cake is cooked. If however it comes out with cake mixture on it then the cake isn't done yet.
7. Remove from the oven once cooked and leave for 10 mins before transferring to a cooling rack. I usually use a chopping board to help me get the cake onto the cooling rack without it breaking.
8. For the icing I unfortunately didn't write down the recipe as I tried something different to usual as a test - I used a banana, a couple of avocados, some cocoa powder, melted chocolate, melted coconut oil, a few drops of vanilla extract and a few tablespoons of maple syrup. Feel free to experiment if you like! Usually though I just make chocolate 'butter' icing using cocoa powder, vegan butter/margarine and icing sugar.
9. Assemble your cake once completely cooled. I topped mine with some chocolate sauce (cacao powder, maple syrup and a bit of water), cherries, strawberries and cacao nibs. So delicious!
I'd love to know what you think of this cake recipe so let me know in the comments below or over on Instagram!